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MARCH 7, 1913
Sonic Awakened Memories
The Architect o this department
has just received a letter from an
old schoolmate, Henry L. Williams,
of Farmer City, Ills. Wo'd liko to
publish it, but there are some per
sonal matters therein that prevent.
But the lotter recalls a lot of boyish
escapades that might bo of interest.
For instance, Henry asks if wo re
member the ''Ancient Order of Centi
pedes." Well wo should smile! The
Ancient Order of Centipedes was
organized by a half-dozen youngsters
like myself, and its lodge room was
the loft in father's barn. Its mission
was to well, let that part of it re
main buried in the past. One of
the things we did was to organize a
dramatic company and put on plays
of our own devising. Of course In
dians and scouts and soldiers played
a very prominent part in the cast
of characters. Wo pulled off several
entertainments, and so long as we
charged ten pins admission wo pros
pered. But one day Henry, who was
treasurer and tired of accounting for
pins, suggested that we resume
specie payments and charge one cent
admission. We announced the
change, but we had no audience.
Disgusted with this reception of our
dramatic talents we decided to quit
the show business. Perhaps the most
diligent tasks we set about as "Centi
pedes" was to devise ways and means
of creating excitement in school.
Our teacher those days was a firm
believer in "lickin an l'arnln7 with
the accent on the "lickin'." I'll not
give her name for obvious reasons.
Being now verging close upon the
half-century mark we'll express the
hope that she did not fare in after
life as we wished than that she
would. One day The Architect tied
a string to the lid of the inkwell on
Sarah Collins' desk, dropped the
string down through the hole made
by lifting out the glass Inkwell and
ran it back to his own seat. Sarah
sat well up in front and was as full
of mischief as any of us. By pull
ing the string the lid of the inkwell
was made to rattle in a most exas
perating and mysterious manner. It
took the teacher a half a day to lo
cate the trouble and the trouble
maker. The resultant application of
a well seasoned raw-hide resulted in
some scars that The Architect can
still shdw. That the teacher believed
in doing the "lickin' " job well when
she started may be fully understood
when you know that she started after
Thompsy Price one day, and Thompsy
jumped out of the second story win
dow to escape. He showed up next
day and took the punishment, but
later confided to his brother "Centi
pedes" that he had thoughtfully
donned three pairs of trousers be
fore coming to school. Finally,
when things in that room looked
mighty bad the teacher decided to
quit the rawhlder business and ap
peal to our boyish sense of fair
play. She talked to us frankly and
freely and we finally agreed that if
she would stow the rawhide away
under the rostrum we would en
deavor to behave better. She agreed.
The Architect remembers that he
and Thompsy Price and Henry and
Bat Stacey and Asa White and
Johnnie Garver and two or three
others lifted ho rostrum, while the
teacher with due ceremonies placed
the rawhide thereunder. It came,
put a few weeks later, but not be
cause of any violation of the
promises made by members of the
"Ancient Order of Centipedes."
The Architect could maunder
along to the extent of colmns writ
ing down the memories recalled by
Henry Williams' letter, but he will
refrain. Ho says his hair is getting
a bit thin on top, and that he has
four grandchildren. The Architect
has got the best of Billy on hair, but
admits his superiority in the matter
of grandchildren. The one sad pari
of Billy's letter is his information
that Will Pryor, who was Tlio
Architect's closest chum and grand
panjandrum of the "Ancient Order
of Centipedes" Is in falling health.
Hero's hoping Pryor will regain his
health, and that before either of us
is called hence we may meet again,
together with all surviving members
of the first secret order The Archi
tect ever belonged to.
Diaz didn't have much more
trouble about it than ol' Winfleld
Scott had some seventy years ago.
It seems that both factions of the
g. o. p. are anxious to get together.
And both are anxious to get in the"
It's a mighty intelligent farmer
who knows as much about farming
as the average city man thinks ho
"Economy," as wo understand it,
is something that the other party
ought to practice when it is in control.
An ounce of prevention is worth
a pound of intervention.
Conservation does not mean hold
ing out of practical use.
It seems that thoso cash register
officials struck tho wrong key thus
throwing themselves out of balance.
Shakespeare vs. Bacon
The old Bacon-Shakespeare con
troversy has broken out again, this
time with greater violence than
ever. We don't know a thing about
it, but if Bacon did write 'em all,
and didn't have sense enough to
claim authorship while alive, he
doesn't deserve any consideration at
this late date. Every time we write
anything as good as some of Shakes
peare's productions we let people
know about It. They are not going
to get into any row over the author
ship of our "stuff" after wo are as
dead as Frank and Bill.
"I tell you business is booming.
I never saw such an active demand
"Something doing, eh?"
"Well I should say so! Yesterday
Skinem sold 500,000 shares of Steel
Common and bought 750,000 shares
of Kerosene Preferred with the
"Sure! And on the same day
Graball sold 750,000 shares of Kero
sene Preferred and bought 500,000
shares of Steel Common. I tell you
business is looking up."
A MORGAN DEAL IN COAL
"I like a little competition, but I
like combination better." J. P. Mor
gan before tho Pujo committee'.
Iln the coal trust, for instance.
Sixty-three per cent of the supply
of anthrncite in Pennsylvania1 is
owned or controlled by tho Reading,
in connection with which there is a
Morgan voting trust. Tho Jorsoy
Central, which is a largo Coal-owner,
is owned by tho Reading.
Included In tho 37 per cont out
side of the Reading's G3 per cont of
all tho unmined anthracite coal aro
the holdings of tho Now York, Sus
quehanna and Western, which is
owned by tho Erie. In connection
with tho Erie, which also has very
large coal deposits of Its own, there
is a Morgan voting trust.
Eleven years ago Mr. Morgan
arranged for the purchase by tho
Reading, tho Erlo and tho Delaware,
Lackawanna and Western, all three
anthracite railroads, of about one
third of the stock of tho Lehigh
Valley, a large owner of anthracite.
Tho Reading, the Erie, tho Lehigh
Valley, tho Dolawnre, Lackawanna
and Western, the Delaware and Hud
son and the Pennsylvania, with their
subsidiary companies, own or control
87 per cent of the anthracite supply.
They all figure In tho list of rail
roads which, according to tho state
ment prepared for tho Pujo com
mittee, have directorates interlock
ing with those of banking or finan
cial corporations in which Mr. Mor
gan or his partners are interested.
There Is no competition, but plenty
of the kind of combination that Mr.
Morgan prefers, among the anthracite-coal
The consumer sees the result in
his coal bills. New York World.
AGUINALDO AS Y. M. C. A.
"General Emilio Aguinaldo, for
mer leader of the revolt agalnat
American rulo In tho Philippines,
has become a Young Men's Chris
tian Association worker," said J.
M. Groves, secretary of the
Young Men's Christian Association
of Manila. "Up to last year our
work was confined entirely to tho
Europeans and Americans of tho
islands, but in 1912 we launched a
campaign to raise funds for a build
ing for tho Filipinos as well.
"In tho course of tho campaign
General Aguinaldo received one of
our circular letters and immediately
came to Manila to see Theodore R.
Yangco, a wealthy philanthropist of
tho island who was backing our en
deavors. General Aguinaldo told
Mr. Yangco that he believed our as
sociation would be of tho greatest
importance to his people and
promised not only to subscribe, but
to Interest his friends as well.
General Aguinaldo, by tho way, Is
now a large rice farmer in Cavlto
"All told wo now havo about
$155,000 for our Filipino Young
Men's Christian Association at Ma
nila. Of this 55,000 was given by
American friends for a building to
serve tho thousands of Filipino stu
dents in government and private in
stitutions, and $60,000 was also do
nated from this side of tho water for
a city building devoted to tho needs
of the still larger number of Filipino
young men employed in business,
government and professional life.
The remaining $40,000 was raised
among tho native Filipinos them
selves. "From the first the natives as well
as the government have been most
friendly to tho movement for a Fili
pino Young Men's Christian Associa
tion. The race is notably sociable by
instinct. Their love of getting to
gether explains partly the hold of
the "cockpit and tho fiesta. They
realize that to combat the cockpit,
low dance halls and other evils that
assail their youth, wholesome sub
stitute recreations must bo provided,
and for this they look to tho
Young Men's Christian Association."
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