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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 15, 1907)
VOLUME "7j NUMBEn 5
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There Iiiih Just leturnert to Merlin Dr. A. von Fa1
Co(, Hie lifiicl ol Hie Hiiiiill Hclontmc party ue
Bputelied lv order of the (Senium Hniperor lo
Chinese Turkeslan In September, 11)01, to carry
oh the work of fxravalion in mid around the town
of TuiTun. For the most part these dlseovcries
consist of .MSS. in at least ton different languages
and paintings on hardened mud. plaster and wood.
There are several in a tongue Mint is declared to
ho utterly unknown. These last will probably at
tract thr notice and interest of ethnologists
throughout (he world. Apparently tills language
Is a variation or Syrlac. Although most of these
manuscripts must date back to the eighth and
ninth centuries, If not even earlier, there is no
papyrus among them, all being written on parch
ment, two or throe kinds of Chinese paper or
leather. (31 her discoveries made by this expedi
tion were of a more gruesome nature. In one tem
ple unearthed from the sands thai had long cov
ered It J)r. von I.e Coq found some hundreds of
dead bodies of Muddhlst monks. The place was
crowded with these to the very doors, and ei
dence was forthcoming of these having been
driven Into the temple by the Mongol followers
of Confucius and then so fastened in that escane
. was Impossible and death from suffocation was
only a matter of time. Probably this massacre
took place ten or twelve centuries ago, but when
the temple was opened the bodies were found to
be In a remarkable state of preservation."
THE NKW YORK IOvening Tost recently said:
"If Merlin annexed all its suburbs, after the
fashion of Purls, it would have about .'5,0UU,0UU
Inhabitants, and would bo the second city in size
In Kurope." Referring to tills statement a writer
in the Post says: "The fact is, of course, exact If
the contrary. llerlin is a big, overgrown, sprawl
ing place, in territorial extent; as related to pop
ulation, very m ich resembling Chicago. Its pop
ulation, according to a census taken within a few
months, Is iOTl.noo. That ligure having been, as
It seems, something of a disappointment, a prop
osition lias recently been made to annex some
suburbs so as to crowd the population up to about
.',000,000. On the other hand, Paris is the most
conllned and compact city in the world. Its den
sity of population is about ten times that of Lon
don and between seven and eight times that of
New York. The entire city is included within the
rovliuontlons; the area is less than thlrtv-ouo
square miles, and no proposition is put forward
to annex any suburbs. Its population on its thirtv
one square miles, by the census of 1001, was -iM.OIkS
If the city limits were extended so as to
make 1 aris conterminous with the Department of
ip Seine the urea would be IS-l square miles, and
n (ilm!,U,!i1,m, M:!!!)Jl51' l,l to the census
or 1001. Should the area be further increased so
as to make Paris equal in superficial extent to
C renter New York (IU7 square miles), the popula
lion would bo about -I.'JOO.OOO. If it were again
stre el.e.l out to make it cover as much ground
as London (,0l) square miles), the population
would be about ;,000,(ioo. There is, however
1 aris no disposition to be big merely for bigness
sake, nor any tendency to increase the area in
.r .. lRC UlP Poi"ltlon. Nevertheless,
" " ' "-i !". me mini, and probably the
eeond, center of nomilnilmi on im .,n. ......
passed only by London, and possibly .bv New York"
iiclucl ng the New Jersey sulnuWniul aside f i
U iTpopulaSi."1110 U Uler Clty 80P,ous,y rlvtlls
rpIIE CONGRESSIONAL postal committee bill
A Is described by the New York World as "n
bill to set the postal department to ed tiig all tin
newspapers, magazines and weekly per odica s n
the country." That this is not an o 1'"
"font or the purpose of the measure The World
eites the words of the committee report nccon
panylng the bill as follows: "Another eon equence"
ot the expansive power of fiction is fnnwi K
confusion of the newspaper and maga" li e tvn
and the unhealthy exaggeration of ? f morteS
newspaper, as shown especiallv in it SLi ?
tion. The newspaper L nlpldl " ng "oxtLSSi
Papo, The mtacellaSft'SnS, S K
Sunday issue of a newspaper must of necessity
lack the quality to make it socially and education
ally valuable." The World says: "The commit
tees are properly charged with recommending
postal rates on mail matter; no publisher objects
to their doing so. But when their members try
to distinguish between Uie 'magazine type' of
printed matter and the 'newspaper type' and to
determine Just what the 'magazine field' is, they
do what no editor has ever yet been wise enough
to accomplish irtid what no government ' official
should be permitted to attempt."
LMOST incredible in the opinion of the World
are the means proposed to check the "im-
liealthv exaggeration" of the newsnaners thus:
"No newspaper or part or section or a newspaper
or other periodical must consist wholly or substan
tially of fiction." The World adds: "This pro
vision would bar 'fiction supplements' from the.
Sunday newspapers. It would kill several excel
lent magazines devoted entirely to fiction. Under
its provisions Mr. Gilder, of the Century, or Mr.
Alden. of Harper's Magazine, would be unable to
issue a 'midsummer fiction number' and send it
through the mails." Again, it is provided that:
'No newspaper or part of section of a newspaper
must have advertising to a greater extent than 00
per cent of its superficial area.' This would not
only prevent the arrangement of advertisements
into sections, which are so convenient for those
seeking employment or employees, but it would
exclude from the mails any edition of a news
paper in which a rush of late advertising hap
pened to exceed 50 per cent of the total space".
Again: 'Each part or section of a newspaper must
he of (he same size, form and weight of paper.
What conceivable purpose this provision has, ex
cept to prevent supplement illustrations from be
ing printed upon better paper than the hurried
main sheet, Mr. Tenroso can perhaps explain.
Federal regulation of the arts and industries is
.iust now fashionable, but it has its danger limits.
If the postotlice department may edit fiction out
of newspapers and magazines, prescribe their size
and shape And determine the percentage of adver
tisements, how long will it be before the blue
pencils of Washington censors may be turned upon
the editorial criticism of public measures which is
essential in a free republic V"
XOIIN D. ROCK-UliVTOTT TOT Tn ,
-D !.,. -r,. ."""' ,,xx- reeeiveu a
Pln SivV,1 Ule meetinS of Ms Bible
ho Id socialistic views, was immediately on his
icet. Addressing Mr. Rockefeller, he sakl- ?
want to warn 3011 in advance, Mr. Rockefeller
In lnffonT an outsoke man, aid may say tiS
to oftend some people here Tin oh ,fJS 1, Ulin?
outgrown its usefulness ami tlti'v n0t
men do not go to church is wJS ?i h young
of this city a?e too f asliion able Md tt?nSrCbCB
s expected to pay a certain sum eac S Sv 'd
on the old-time K?eaPof on pSs0f boSlWaS mi
as another in God's house you wSu?d?fi1nB g00d
men. We all have some pridland ? n eJ0Un.s
forced to wear a seedy sti if nf iSJ f ,a man is
that his better dressed ww he kuows
the bench beside him in inwif W?Uld not sit 01
This is one solid leiSii a lda?-scbo1 or church.
Has little money cannot stamf?1 man who
on an empty stomaclu 1? S ? Jj? lffi "&L to
fore you preach to l m fJS , " nls stoniach be-
Hsten to yoand'w ncome agaeinmn ,Uk?!y to
well to tell about the eovl g0f , 8Ha11
but if you help him to gSt cL?or?nnrTUitUro.llf0'
in this world he'll approclateit mSS? ttppIne8s
promising happiness K vforid ToTonS
OTnERS of tlie class, according tn ,.
looked astonished. All eyes wo TDni
upon Mr. Rockefeller whn iiSS w,e,re tamed
one way of loofc SgatX? il m'a
body else''" A nii trVT matter !s there any-
in." lie said he was greeted at the door by nvi
young members of the class, who, of course, ini
not know him, and who grasped him by the i,ni
and escorted him in. "1 don't agree with the 1 1st
speaker," said the newcomer. "I don't thinu it
is necessary to have good clothes to bo a ohmvu
member. 1 do think that work such as M
Rockefeller is doing will bring more men to
church than anything else. Give the young i,u.u
more handshakes, like those I got, and you'll hi
them in church." Mr. Rockefeller's face bright
ened. When the stranger had finished he siui
"That is ftcvery interesting view of the question',
my friend." Mr. Rockefeller then took the llnor.
He said it was a deplorable fact that few leading
young men, these days, enter the ministry. "Y hy
is this?" he asked. "Perhaps it is because there
are so many other lines of Christian service open
to a young man where he can do religious work
while in the ranks of the laymen."
nplIE WITHDRAWAL of Senator John P. Drv
i den from the senatorial contest in New Jer
sey was a general surprise. Senator Dryden's
friends say that the action was taken on the ad
vise of the senator's physicians, who insisted that
he could not stand the long severe strain. Mr.
Dryden's friends favored Mr. Brlggs, chairman of
the republican state committee, and he was nom
inated by the republican caucus and elected. 'Sen
ator Dryden went before the republican voters of
New Jersey last fall in the primary election, was
a candidate for senator, and carried every county
in the state. A number of republican members,
however, refused to vote for him.
SENATOR RICHARD W. MORGAN of Boulder
county, Colorado, was expelled from the
Colorado state senate February G by a vote of
twenty-nine to one. An Associated Press dispatch
says: Morgan's expulsion was recommended by
a majority of a special committee of the senate
which found him guilty of having accepted a
bribe. This finding was based oiutbe statement
made to the senate in March, 1905, by Morgan him-
s?& Z JmVded, ? the secretary of the senate
50, which, he declared, had been given him bv
SXn'of1 n.nd ?nn,eI SullivlinTn cosid
ZmnLt rn.S promisetto te for Alva Adams,
w win f vcm?r iu tIle Peabody-Adams con
MoLi ' t0, 0U, Ulc contest s token
DeiTefnri iirPabdy- MorS failed to ap
Plbnloe m? instigation committee when
summoned and was not in the senate todav when
bis expulsion was decided upon."
Icle savs. SL t Tltav In tUe London 0hl'on'
tween tho n ?oC ,vr JL ' , London cabmen be
Se Tges of sevon and. f venty 249 between
LSra4Snana Gihtv' While ven re
Xost susne??J bnTeU Gishty and nlnety! One
KSAr?1 ?Jd Patrlarcbs of hav-
Af aTevltsetieVlre 1 V1'?51'1 days'
London as n bin in, I I ving advertisement of
coat aiVmuffle111 VWUtt WitU efsteak, over-
W probJblv &LE?S f KnoxvIe, Ten, will
New Y?nelnnS Manama canal contractor.
haVorKMlzGd Sv?S ?Z that Thomas 1?- Rvan
ing Olfver Rofo .HniCai 5,or tue PurPse of back-
NeSwYork WRo.m &" iT3 The
nort Tji on ii u , , A Walsh, of Daven-
Ke west 1 to ?ilargest raIlroad eontractor
cst, is to do the excavatinc P 7 Ttren
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