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VOL, 15, NO. l
kip not agroo is to label them agita
tors, rattle brains, Irresponsible the
orlsts who. havo no oxporionce with
rtho realities of business.
, Thloirio Is lighting for business
Jnethods in government especially
ih city government. He's one of
'thoso poor doludod thoorists who
mako out that they believe politics
tan bo mado an honest business. Ho
Can't soo the necessity of ring rule
and niachino domination.
, But ho is moro than this. Ho is
ono of tho foremost manufacturers
lrt tho stato of Indiana. Ho has built
up a unlquo business, a businoss
which sells to tho world; a business
whfch is recognised beyond the
ocean. Ho has been practical enough
to mako a succoss of tho knitting
mills in Ft. Wayne.
Ho startod with nothing but a
brogue. Today ho is a captain of
industry a man of "big business."
His position in tho business world
precludes tho allegation that ho Is
irresponsible; that ho is an agitator;
that ho would destroy big business
for no man would destroy himself.
iAnd yet this fellow says that oven
business men owe something: to the
state:- That 'ditizenshiiiv has: othor
responsibilities than grabbingall the
Hero is this man Thiemo out wag
ing war in behalf of a now constitu
tion for tho state of Indiana. Would
ho bo doing this service If he could
see tho least possibility of upsetting
. Here is this man Thleme, the geni
us or a groat business institution,
saying that business methods are
possible in politics; that labor has Its
lights; that present governmental
methods in this stato are antiquated
1 1 You can't chargo him with being a
'dynamiter and agitator.
f Everything he has is at stake, and
he has moro than most of us.
(" It Is reasonable to suppose that if
jMr. Thleme devoted all his time to
Ills knitting mills ho could increase
Ills profits, and yot think of it he
ilnds that his responsibility to tho
state as a citizen demands that he de
vote some of his time to flchtlnc for
vhat he believes to be right; to ad
vancing the Interests of the state.
Indianapolis may boast of richer
jnon, but none who has made a great
er success than Mr. Thleme. Indian
apolis may boast of moro conspicuous
celebrities, but none who are held in
higher esteem than Mr. Thiemo, and
here ho is at Terre Haute pleading
with other business men to suppbrt
a movement for a new constitution
for tho state of Indiana because he
flnds that his idea of citizenship
places Serious responsibilities on his
Here Is tho standard of citizenship
which Indiana needs. This is the
typo of citizen which will bring
peace and prosperity to a great state.
Horo is a business mart who is still
old-fashioned enough to place his
obligations to the stato above his ob
ligations to his business who counts
patriotism more than profit.
Hats off to such men. -- Indiana
PROHIBITION WINS A SKIRMISH
During tho last half century's his
tory of tho American congress there
has been no session more astonishing
in its results than that of last Tues
day. After a debate lasting eleven
hours,, the house of representatives
a strongly democratic body gave
a majority approval to a constitution
al amendment, of which the principal
"The sale, manuracture for sale,
transportation for sale, importation
for sale and exportation for sale of
Intoxicatincr llouor for beveracro nur-
unetiii In f Tin , TTlf ml Qfofao nmU oil
rivayo aup iuw j u&vu 'Mwntiah-. ,. cfrfcjpfi '
territory subject to, the iiinmictlowkKF,
tnereorare. rorever prohibited.-.;'
The proposal required, of course,
a two-thirds majority of both house
and senate, after which the amend
ment would be submitted for ratifica
tion' to the legislatures of the states,
its final adoption requiring the assent
of three-fourths of the states.
Of the 433 members of the house
386 declared themselves, one mem
ber merely voting "present," and 197
favored the amendment, 189 voting
against it. Thus tho project of na
tional prohibition, while it received
20 votes less than a majority of the
f ull jnembershipjind 91 less than the
necessary two-thirds, polled a major
ity of 8 of those voting. Moreover,
the declaration for prohibition was
mado emphatic, since that system was
favored instead of local option by
The mere record o the vote, how
ever, does not reveal the startling
strength of the demand for a sen
tence of national outlawry against
tho liquor traffic. It must bo remem
bered that this, the most radical pro
posal ever offered on the question,
carried tho house of representatives
on its first test. Counting the mem
bers present and voting, eighteen
state delegations lined up solidly for
the amendment and twelve were for
it by from 60 to 90 per cent. .Here
is tho record:
Solid for prohibition Arizona, Ar
kansas, Colorado. Florida. Idaho.
Kansas, Montana, N.ew Mexico, North
Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Sotith
Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee,
Vermont, Washington,- West Virginia;
Gave majority for prohibition
Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa,
Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missis
sippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Penn
sylvania, Virginia 12.
Delegation evenly divided Ne
Gave majority against prohibition
California, Louisiana, Maryland,
Minnesota, New Jersey, New York-,
Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin 9.
Solid against prohibition Con
necticut, Delaware, Indiana, Massa
chusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island, Utah 8.
Thus the delegations of thirty of
the forty-eight states declared for
national prohibition. And it. is sig
nificant that not a single member of
the house was elected exclusively as
a representative of the prohibition
party. The vote against liquor came
from democrats, republicans and pro
gressives in this fashion:
For prohibition- .
114, ' R7 : 4.
Dem. Rep. Rep.
141 46 1
So completely were party lines ob
literated that "the leaders of the two
old organizations joined forces in de
fense of the threatened liquor traffic.
Underwood, for the democrats, was
no more aggressive in his champion-
snip or rum tnan Mann, for the re
(The following has been prepared
by a student of the University of Chi
1 1 MBA IB I a B
sfi fo ol ill
This Young Man
Ought to Read
If he had a speak
. ing acquaintance with
Weekly" he wouldn't
have to go to so much trouble in
entertaining any company in which
he might suddenly find himself.
Its Origin, and Peculiar Symptoms of
the Foul Disease.
Successful Treatment of Patients
Afflicted when taken in time.
Chloroform Only Remedy After Dis
ease has been Neglected too long.
In some respects not unlike the
Foot and Mouth Disease.
About twenty years ago, Wall
street was infected with a "political
microbe known as the money ques
tion, and, being extremely contagious
it spread rapidly throughout the
country. One peculiarity of the dis
ease is that it is hereditary, and
while its physical effects are very
weaitemng, it is especially harmful
This dangerous malady is known
to the medical profession as tho Wall
Street Mental Disability. Another
symptom of this dangerous affliction
is a tendency by the patient to at
tack the. private and public charac
ter of men, day and night, occupy
ing positions of great responsibility,
sate and national.
Some, of the leading physicians of
America have been unable to cope
with this malady, and so far all they
have succeeded in doing, is to banish
the patient from this country when
dangerous; to recommend seclusion
and complete rest for the sufferer
Wherever it is possible, hot electS
and strong, sulphur baths, followed
fhArSV1!6 and Pounding on
the head is the treatment. In many
cases, however, .they have found their
patients are absolutely Incurable, and
tho only humane lWntmftf - '-..
.edy is chloroform. om
This Wall street infection is sim
lar to the foot and mouth diseZ
but unlike this disease, however the
feet are not seriously troublS lit
chief , aliment aBam ;P0J!,l!? "ie
mouth. wc m the
BLAMING IT ON WILSON
The delicatessen man found
That all his sweet pickles were
His beans were improperly browned
And worms had got into his flour
'Oh why is your coffee unground" "
I asked, and he answered me true
wTson;0n WilSn' 0Ii Presid
I blame it on Wilson, I do!"
The barber was cutting my hair
(Yes, potes have it scissored some
times). He said: "On this morning so fair
-r 7.? m,aT5e,only three liule dimes!"
1 S ? If nff tresses we wear.
Who's guilty?" He gave me the
"I blame it on Wilson, on President
I blame it on Wilson, I do!"
A dramatist gave tis a play
That wasn't exactly a Jiit;
It ran one consecutive day,
And then to the storehouse for if
I heard the mad dramatist say:
. "You. call it my fault, sir.? Pooh-
I -blame-it- on Wilson, on. President
I blame it on Wilson, I do!"
Smith wanted to go for a walk
But found it had rained in the
Jones simply was aching to talk,
But never a human would hark
They cried: "At such hoodoos we
Tne answer blew but of the blue:
Go blame it on Wilson, on President
Go blame it on Wilson, just do!"
You're blamed -if it's wt or it's
dry! ; , t
You're blamed if the v water-pipes
.You're blamed if an auto won't
You're blamed for 'most any old
For this is the cry of the crew:
"We blame it on Wilson, on President
We blame it on Wilson, we do!"
John O'Keefe n New York World.
AN INTERESTING COMPARISON
The other day I strolled into the
sociological department of Columbia
University and found one of the Fel
lows (cap F of course), Mr. Edwin
L. Clarke, reading a little old brown
book. On demand ho surrendered
the volume, and I glanced at tho title
page with an eye of journalistic dis
approbation. If was published in
Harrisburgh in 1811.
"Why do you waste your time on
stuff a hundred years old? Here, take
'my copy of the morning paper and
read something up-to-date, all about
Bryan and Wilson and tho Constitu
tionalists." "If you will read this you will not
have to read the niorning paper," he
retorted. "The news of the dally is
not so new as you think. Listen to
this," and he turned over the yellow
pages until he came to the desired
paragraph and read as follows:
THE COLONEL'S OPINION
. . With respect to Mr Bryan, so
conspicuous at this era, . . he was
NEW RUPTURE CURE
Don't Wear h TtnuH
Brooks' Appliance. Now
Obnoxlojwu- springs pr
pads. -Automatio Alr
Cushions. Binds and
amw tho broken parts
xogrctlier you would
a broke limb. No salves,
No piasters, No.lios.Dur-
u-uio, uaeap. sent on trial
toprovolt. Full Inform-
C.E. BrookmOB State St,MHrfcaII,tto
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