The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, July 15, 1910, Page 5, Image 5

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REPRESENTATIVE Miles Poindexter of
Washington is a candidate for tho senate
to succeed Senator Piles, Recently Mr. Poin
dexter visited Theodore Roosevelt and It was
reported that Mr. Roosevelt had endorsed Mr.
Poindexter aB a senatorial candidate. Return
ing from Beverly, Mass., where ho went to visit
the president and to arrange for the dischargo
from the reclamation service of Director
Newell, Secretary Ballinger gave out this public
statement: "If the report published ia true,
Mr. Roosevelt has been led astray by the de
ception of those who claim to bo his friends."
He added that he had taken no active part in the
politics of Washington for a long while and
denied that he headed the party in that state
or any wing of it. "I do not consider Mr. Poin
dexter a republican, but a rank socialist, or
rather, if he is not one, he will be one soon."
LEAVING OYSTER Bay after a visit with
Mr. Roosevelt, Representative Poindexter
said: "I found Colonel Roosevelt unchanged.
He is just the same as ever. He and I have
worked together always, and he assured me
that we always would work together. I am
delighted with the result of tho visit." The
Associated Press report adds: "Colonel Roose
velt looked happy when ho received the inter
viewers a little later. He was dressed in tho
crash riding suit which he wears most of the
time while he is at home. Seated in his library,
ho spoke of his talk with Mr. Poindexter in a
manner that showed plainly the pleasure .which
the meeting had given him. This is what he
said: 'Representative Poindexter and I went
over the political situation in the northwest.
He assured me that he was in hearty sympathy
.with. t my. .'conservation policy. Mr. Poindexter
is- a candidate for the United States senate and
is politically opposed to that wing of tho party
headed by Mr. Ballinger, secretary of the in
terior. "
MR. BRYAN, on his return home, learns that
Mr. Hatfield of Lincoln and friends in other
parts of the state have been circulating petitions
asking him to allow his name to, be used as a
candidate for the United States senate. Mr.
Bryan sent for Mr. Hatfield and, after expressing
his appreciation of the kindly sentiment em
bodied in the proposition, ho asked him to
abandon the project. In explaining his position
Mr. Bryati said: "I stated some months ago
that I was not a candidate for the senate and
did not expect to be. I told Inquiring friends
that while I would not promise anyone not to
become a candidate, I regarded the possibility
of my becoming a candidate as too remote to be
considered by anyone desiring to be a candidate,
and I was glad when others announced their
candidacy. There were a number of reasons
which combined to convince me that it was not
advisable for me to enter the race. One reason
was that I saw this fight on the liquor question
coming up and thought it probable that I could
do my duty better without being hampered by
a candidacy for any office. Later developments
have justified mo in the decision not to be a
candidate. I am needed in this state fight, and
shall have plenty to do. The people of the
state have done a great deal for me, and I have
not had a chance to do much for them in re
turn. I have an opportunity now, and I shall
show my gratitude for past favors by rendering
such service as a private citizen can render by
helping to keep our party from becoming the
tool of the liquor and other special interests."
THE PEOPLE of London have discovered an
aged gardener bearing the name of William
Shakespeare who is kin to the great poet. A
London cablegram to the Philadelphia North
American, referring to this gardener, says: "His
photograph shows him to bo almost a perfect
image of his greatest collateral ancestor of im
mortal memory, so far as prints of the poet
dramatis bear witness. But this aged and con
tented man never heard anything about the re
cent beat-up of poets' descendants, nor can he
even provo his pedigree. As to family history,
he is so honestly frank in disclaiming any
knowledge, save that his forefathers woro 'all
from these parts,' that tho fact of his connec
tion with tho original Shakospeares of Snlttor
fleld is bettor proved than by a host of parch
ments; for tho unwritten records of village
dynasties are in their way tho truest of any.
It may bo added that ho confirmed one particu
larly interesting fact, namely, that his father
and grandfather and all the family sinco ho can
remember have pronounced their name 'Shax
per' as, indeed, it was sometimes spelled in
tho poet's own time. Ho has, too, a 'young'
brother, Thomas, of whom ho is rightly proud
and who has achieved tho honorablo position
of head porter at tho Warwick railway station.
This William Shakespeare, too, is tho rightful
transmitter of a' tradition that tho poet onco
went to sleep for twenty-four hours under a
crab tree, and then awoke, exclaiming, 'Why,
bless me, today's tomorrow.' Ho says that ho
can rely on the truth of the story because tho
crab tree is still there. Tho logic is as unan
swerable as that of Smith tho Weaver in Henry
VI., who deposed that Mortimer's son, changed
at birth, became a bricklayer. 'Sir, ho mado a
chimney in my father's house, and the bricks
are alive at this day to testify it; therefore,
deny it not.' "
NOT LONG AGO, Senator Lodge of Massa
chusetts caused it to be announced that
Theodore Roosevelt would help Mr. Lodge in
his efforts to be re-elected to the senate. Mr.
Lodge is a standpatter. Now Senator Beverldge
of Indiana, says that Mr. Roosevelt has prom
ised to go to Indiana and make a speech in Mr.
Beveridge's behalf. Mr. Beveridge's opponent
is John W. Kern, the democratic nominee for
vice president in 1908.
FOLLOWING THE victory of Johnson, tho
negro prize fighter, at Reno, Nevada, there
were many race riots throughout tho country.
Some of these taken from the United Press re
ports are as follows: "Little Rock, Ark, two
negroes killed by whites. Houston, Texas
White man cuts negro to death. Roanoke, Va.
Six negroes critically beaten. Many whites
arrested. Saloons closed. One white shot.
Pittsburg, Pa. Scores of race riots In 'black
belt.' Thousands involved. Two policemen
seriously hurt. One hundred arrests made.
Louisville, Ky. Negroes attack newsboys selling
fight extras. Draw revolvers. Several arrests.
More trouble feared. Philadelphia' Whites pur
sue negroes along street, throwing bricks. Sev
eral injured. Negro paraders in Germantown
dispersed by whites. Wilmington, Del. Ne
groes attack white man. Whites attempt lynch
ing bee. Thousands engaged. Police answer
riot call and use clubs freely. New Orleans
Riots in front of newspaper buildings. Knives
and revolvers used; police called. St.
Louis Riots in negro quarter. Police
forco club many negroes. Atlanta, Ga.
Negro runs amuck with a knife. Mob tried
to kill him. 'Rescued by police reserves. Sev
eral arrests made. Cincinnati Negroes chased
off streets for Insulting remarks. Baltimore
Eighty arrests made in 'black belt.' Several
negroes badly cut up. Washington, D. C. Two
whites fatally stabbed by negroes, two hospitals
crowded with injured and 236 arrests made.
Riots continued all night. Mounted police
charged mobs frequently. Kansas City Ne
groes driven off street cars. Entire police force
on duty. Omaha, Neb. One negro was killed
and several Injured here as the result of John
son's victory. Dozens of arrests In race riots
'were made. New York One negro beaten to
death and scores injured in half hundred race
riots in 'black belt.' Several thousand extra
policemen needed to quell disorders. Chicago
Negro dying, stabbed by white. Scores Injured
in fights throughout 'black belt' last night be
tween whites and negroes. Pueblo, Colo.
Thirty hurt in race riot at negro picnic. Two
whites seriously stabbed, twenty-eight persons
beaten up. Shreveport, La. Three negroes
killed. Iron Mountain railroad conductor fatal
ly wounded, many others Injured. Riots in
northern Louisiana. Uvalda, Ga. Negroes In
sult whites. Pitched battle follows. Three ne
groes killed nnd many wounded. Mounds, 111.
Negroes shoot up town, killing nogro policeman.
Tallulah, La. Negro kills conductor who de
manded railroad faro. Indianapolis Whlto
man severely beaten and kicked by four nogrocs
early today when ho resented taunts over John
son's victory. Police subduo nogro revelers
after all night carousal." Genoral protest is
being mado throughout tho country against tho
display of moving plcturos representative of tho
Johnson-Jeffries prize fight.
THE DEMOCRATS of Lancaster county, Ne
braska, hold primaries on tho evening of
Friday, July 8 for tho purposo of choosing dole
gates to a county convention. Tho Issue before
tho primaries was whether a delegation favor
able to tho Insertion In tho stato platform of a
plank declaring for county option should bo
elected to tho stato convention which meets at
Grand Island July 26. Mr. Bryan favored this
plank. Tho county optlbnlsts won by a decided
majority. When the convention met Saturday,
July 9, a fight against this plan was led by Mr.
J. H. Harley. Mr. Harley made a speech which
stamped him as an orator of real ability and
captivated his many friends on both sides of
the question. Several speeches were mado for
and against the proposition and Mr. Bryan
closed the debate. The delegates then proceed
ed to register the will of tho voters expressed at
tho primaries and the county option plank was
adopted by a vote of 134 to 30.
WHO DISCOVERED grape-fruit? A writer
in Leslie's Weekly says: "Few of tho
thousands who dally enjoy tho wonderful tonic
found In those big, buttercup-yellow globules
that have become a breakfast nocosslty to Undo
Sam's discriminating children know that they
are indebted to a women for discovering tho
value of the onco despised fruit as a table deli
cacy. Not more than fifteen years or so ago tho
grapefruit was a thing without value a product
interesting because of its decorative appearance.
Now the number consumed annually In tho
United States exceeds 4,000,000 boxes, which
means approximately a half a billion grapefruit.
About ono million of these aro grown in Florida,
from which comes the story of tho grapefruit's
bow to tho epicurean world. Tho woman to
whom grapefruit growers should take off their
hats Is Mrs. Frank Leslie. She was on a visit
to Henry Plant, the builder of the East Coast
railway in Florida. James E. Ingraham wan
then, ns now, the vice president of the road, and
It was in his car that Mrs. Leslie and her party
traveled. On reaching the homo of Mr. Plant,
tho travelers were first introduced to the de
lights of tho refreshing citric fruit, which hung
In clusters on the trees, bending the branches
down almost to the ground. Thousands of
bushels lay on the ground under the trees, from
which they had fallen. There was no market
for them. Only a few of tho native Floridans
liked them, so the fruit that could not be eaten
by Mr. Plant's Immediate friends was left whero
it fell. Nearly every plantation In lower Florida
had numbers of the grapefruit trees, and under
each one was the same display of golden-yellow
balls which had fallen from the branches. Pas
sing one of these plantations, Mrs. Leslie asked
the planter what he would take for his crop.
'Why, madam, there is no market for it. No
body wants grapefruit. Help yourself.' The
party helped Itself, and grapefruit was thence
forth a regular part of tho daily menu. So
much did Mrs. Leslie appreciate the fruit that
she decided to introduce it to her friends up
north. She carried home several boxes, and
later Mr. Ingraham sent her forty barrels, which
she distributed among her friends, with instruc
tions how to prepare them for the table. En
couraged by the unanimous praise which issued
from each recipient of the fruit, Mr. Ingraham
had a, famous New York physician make an an
alysis of it and to certify to its remarkable qual
ities as a tonic, especially in tho spring. As a
result of this combined effort of Mr. Ingraham
and Mrs. Leslie, a demand for grapefruit grew
rapidly."
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