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AUGUST 30, 1907
that is technically lawful.
Tho cost of paper has advanced
much In recent years. Aside from all
Influences of the trust or trusts con
trolling this product, a -largo advance
was inevitable for tho reason that
the forests bearing pulp timber have
been so nearly exhausted that there
is added hardship and cost in using
what Is- left, and also because prices
always advance as the visible supply
shows far short of the inevitable
demand. And even if another gen
eral trust Is not formed the -prices
of paper will advance still more for
the same reasons here given. Even
in Canada, where there is a bounti
ful supply of pulp timber left, prices
have advanced in sympathy with gen
But some check can be put on any
arbitrary! advances that the trust
might be disposed to make by taking
the tariff off wood pulp and paper.
This would at once give the manu
facturers of the United States
access to the big Canadian
forests and would give the consumers
the benefit of competition with Can
adian mills. And what is more
and it is very important it would
help to save those American forests
yet untouched by the pulp manufac
turers. The removal of the tariff
would be justifiable on this ground
alone, to say nothing of the advan
tage it would be to the consumers
of paper and pulp. Kansas City
they noticed one of the club waiters
hovering round them, casting stern
and suspicious glances at their table.
He was a veteran waiter, a club land
mark, and thoy grew a little alarmed.
He might toll. Finally they called
the man over.
" 'Joseph said tho general, 'what
you suspect Is true. Wo are indeed
gambling, and wo want you to keep
mum. After all, Joseph, you have
been with the club a good while, and
I don't suppose this is the first time
you have seen the rules broken.'
" 'General,' said Joseph quietly, 'I,
have served the . club forty-seven
years, and I have seen, sir, every rule
broken but one.'
" 'And what one Is that?'
" 'The one, sir, against tipping the
club waiters.' .
"Joseph then had the pleasure of
seeing that rule broken, too.'' New
AN OLD "AD."
"Nothing succeeds' like- persever
ance," gaid Mark Twain at a dinner.
"When" the luck seems most against
us, then we should work and hope
hardest' bf all. In moments of dis
couragement let us remember ray old
friend, Henry Plumley of-Virginia
City. ' '
"Henry Plumley ran a collar fac
tory. Times were reputed to be hard
with him. When, his factory, which
was, very heavily v insured, burned
down there was every indication that
he had set the place on fire himself
in order to get the Insurance money.
Virginia City was the soul of honor
in those days. Shocked beyond
wordB, it rose en masse, seized Henry
Plumley, put a halter .round his neck
and lynched him.
"But he did not die. The, sheriff
arrived and cut him down in time.
He was tried and found fjuilty and
served a term in jail.
"On his release you wouldn't
have thought that he'd return to Vir
ginia City again, eh? He did though.
He" came back, reopened his collar
factory and prospered.
"What gave him his start was the
odd advertisement with which he an
nounced his return to business
among us. Preceded by a brass band,
Henry, in a great gilt chariot, burst
upon our streets". He sat on, a kind
of golden throne, and he held on a
crimson cusMon in his lap an old,
old collar. Above, the collar, on a
crimson banner, waved this inscrip
tion in huge letters ofe.gold: -
" 'This is the collar we1 wore when
we were lynched. It saved Our life.
Be wise in time .and use no other.
At all retailers, 10 cents apiece, three
for a quarter.' " Washington Star.
; .BROiqEN AT LAST
Joseph H. Choate adverted at a
dinner in New York to the- English
club rule that no club servant may
ever, on any account, be tipped.
"When I lived in London,"' said
Mr. Choate, "I heard of an amusing
Incident based, Upon this Tule.
"There was a certain club which
did not permit gambling, but four
members, at a loss one night for
something to do, decided to .have a
quiet game of bridge. a small game
half dl crown a hundred,, or .some
thing of -that sort. '" . .. .
)"&o they sought -out a secluded
corner and fell to..'.. Soon; -though;
A THOROUGH DIAGNOSIS
The New Orleans Times-Democrat
comments with marked good sense
on the recent heavy slump in the quo
tations of standard securities on the
New York stock exchange. It ex
plains that the disclosures of illegal
rebating and grafting in the case of
Standard Oil and other big corpora
tions involves not these corpora
tions alone, but casts suspicion on
all. "In such circumstances," It saysi
"every holder of stocks inevitably"
asks himself how far the ramifica
tions of the graft have gone and the
question gains in poignancy by the
drastic measures which tho various
sljatrs are taking against tho rail
roads." The Times-Democrat reaches
this eminently sound conclusion:
''The really disquieting feature of
the business lies deeper than this.
On the face of. the papers, it would
appear that the congress passed a bill
denouncing the severest punishment
against all carriers and shippers who
should grant or accept rebates and
that managers of railways and trusts
threw this bill into the waste bas
ket. One would think any mai of
fair intelligence might have known
that such a course was madness, for
'this nation has never yet been
balked of -Its set purpose. And thiH
view would have decisive weight
With honest people who were trus
tees for thousands of small investors,
neither able nor willing to play in
such a game. But no such doubt
se6ms to have daunted the high finan
ciers who were pampering their mon
opolies without a thought of the final
score. We suppose a long period of
immunity had bred a contempt for
the law and its minions. Tho conj
spirators thought with Gadshill in
Shakespeare's play, 'We steai as in
a castle, cocksure; we have the re
ceipt of fern-seed we walk invis
ible.' It is this utter lack of both
conscience and brains that has stag
gered the public and made them
doubt the best stocks. Tight money,
poor trade and other considerations
of similar sort are temporal y nt
worst, but the dishonesty arid in
civism of the magnates have no lim
its now discernible. Nevertheless,
ttiere is good- ground to hope that
even this barrier to the country's
progress will soon be, 'remoyed. A
disease, if not mortal, is half cured
When once the diagnosis is thorough.
With the gangrene of rebates and
graft cut out, American railways will
be better properties than they ever
have been in all their history. The
real remedv consists, not In mulcting
innocent shareholders, but in con
signing dishonest officials to the pen
itentiary. The final responsibility
for the collapse in values does not
lie with the president, nor on the
legislatures of state and nation but
with the plutocrats who sought lo'
'steal cocksure' and with the over-
l.paid attorneys who engaged to fur
nlsh tho fcrn-Beod."-Herald.
"Ah, lot me soe," said tho distin
guished arrival as tho tug bearing
tho representatives of tho press was
discerned coming down tho bay to
meet his vessel. "Have I got my in
terview down pat?"
"It Is easy, your highness," said
the private secretary. "You must
remember to say three things."
"Ah, yes. One Is, I am delighted
to realize my ambition to see your
wonderful country.' "
"And don't forgot to say, 'My na
tion ia in perfect accord with yours.
I deprecate any hint of war.' "
"Yes, yes. And the third Is, 'I
consider American women charming
Bring on your scribes." Chicago
NEBRASKA STATE FAIR
Tho Nebraska state fair will bo
hold in Lincoln Soptomber 2 to C,
The ofllcials of tho fair report that
a largo number of entries havo al
ready been made, and tho unusually
largo number of requests for stalls,
ground and floor spaco Indicates that
tho etato fair this year will be tho
largest and most successful In its his
tory. Tho good wheat and oat crop
in Nebraska, together with tho bump
er corn crop, which is practically as
sured will not only make as fine an
agricultural exhibit as can bo found
anywhere but Insures nnother good
business year in tho middlo west, not
withstanding tho probable riso in tho
price of oil to pay tho lwonty-nlno
million dollar fine.
This is a Time of Great Events
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