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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Nov. 14, 1908)
By W. M. MAUPIN
Pennsylvania boy 19 years old haa
never heard of heaven. That's a devil
of a note!
' It la bow reported that the lama ol
Tibet is an idiot Bats in the belfry
of the roof of the world!
A scientist tells us that "metals get
tired." Now you know why the gold
gave-out before it got to you.
Women are taking aeroplane trips
in France. But women have for some
time been driving cabs In Paris, which
is much more dangerous.
If Bibles were actually made a part
of the furnishing of hotel rooms a
good many individuals would be sur
prised to find what interesting reading
the book really is.
From the year-1880 to the close of
1906 22,840 men met death in the coal
mines of the United States. Not since
1897 has the annual list numbered less
than 1,000, and each year the number
has grown larger.
That Rvanston man who has found
a way to neutralize the force of grav
ity does not seem to have arrived at
any sort of business understanding
with the gentlemen who are exploiting
It Is comforting to know that the
probable first price of aeroplanes is
to be only $4,000. That brings the
new machine well Into competition
with speed devices on the ground and
gives a man a choice.
One of the richest women In St.
Louie, says the society women in
that city, belongs to the Ananias club.
Society in that unhappy city seems
to be falling either on parlous times
or unusually captious critics.
By coming down unexpectedly a few
days ago a balloon completely wrecked
a garden belonging to a hard-working
man who lives in Germany. Is it not
time for some insurance company to
issue policies covering possible dam
ages resulting from knocks by stray
The wife of an M. P. writes in the
Lady's Realm: "The balder a man is
the more successful he seems to be
in politics. Not a man with flowing
locks is to be seen on either of the
front benches, sacred to the great,
wise and eminent of the . house of
Miss Anna Morgan, heiress to $100,
000,000, says a Vienna paper, was
driven out of Berlin, where she hoped
to study politico-social conditions, by
tbe beggars, high and low, nobility and
others, who no sooner heard of the ar
rival of the rich American girl than
they set siege to her dollars.
Col. Ooetbals announces that the
Panama canal will be ready for open
ing January 1, 1915, the date planned.
8o now we can all engage our pas
sage and our hotel rooms for the open
ing exercises, and the competition for
places on tbe "first ship to pass
through the canal" may begin.
A German physician has calculated
that the diseases to which the human
frame . is liable number more than
1.100. But there are living plenty of
ex-office boys who in their time have
had more than that, besides killing off
whole families of relatives, when there
really was a chance of the home
team's taking the pennant
Sir Walter Parratt, the newly ap
pointed professor of music in Oxford
university, is an . enthusiastic chess
player. On one occasion he undertook
to play two men at once and at the
same time play on the "pianoforte
from memory pieces selected by those
present from any ot the classical
writers tor that instrument.
A circus lion got loose in Bound
Brook, N. J., the other night, and be
fore it had more than scratched a
camel, eaten a heifer and got itself
shot, 473 paragrapbers the country
over had suggested how much cheaper,
.nicker and pleas an ter it would have
been for Mr. Roosevelt to go to Bound
Brook than to the African veldt.
A committee has been created by
the British government to consider
the dangers attendant on the use of
lead in pottery and to report how far
these can be obviated by improved ap
pliances and methods in lead processes
by the limitation of harmless com
pounds for raw lead, or of other mate
rials for lead, and by other means,
A business concern in Park Row
which runs about all night has missed
scores of incandescent light globes
lately. Slnee these globes are fairly
expensive, and the item of loss had
become pretty sizable, a detective was
put on the job. It took him just 24
hours to find that the globes are as
good as cash over the bars of Park
Row and Bowery ginmills one globe,
one drink of whisky.
Another "Adamless Eden" has been
started on Long Island. It's none of
onr business, of course, but we'd like
to know who's going to button their
waists behind and get up in the
night to close the windows when it
rains T 1
A 15-year-old wife is seeking a dl-
volrce; a 16-year-old wife in New
York, saved from suicide, says this it
her fifth attempt to take her own life
It there is a moral lesson anywhere
in these facts it would seem to be
against marriage for such very young
PLAN TO SAVE FUEL
RAILROADS SEEK SERVICES OF
Unskillful Tending of Fires in Locomo
tives Means Heavy Loss for
Lines in the Course
of a Year.
When one sees heavy clouds of
sooty black smoke pouring from the
stack of a loco
motive and a
shower, of attend
ant cinders in its
trail he is apt to
regard it merely
as a discomfort to
any one in its
path. As a mat
ter of fact, however, it is more than
that, inasmuch as it signifies that fuel
is being wasted and- money lost for
the company. Indeed, one of the
most perplexing problems confronting
steam railroads is that of procuring
perfect combustion in the fire boxes
of locomotives, and as a corollary, pre
venting those clouds of smoke. When
it is considered that the 160 railway
systems of the country operate up
ward of 20,000 engines, it is easy to
see that the waste of even a small
amount of fuel on each trip ot each
one of these locomotives would amount
to a very pretty sum in the course of
It is not surprising, therefore, to
learn that the railroads are endeavor
ing to stop this waste.'
The old-fashioned idea as to the
know how" of locomotive firing was
that it could be acquired only through
the experience that comes from han
dling a shovel in front of a firebox,
with the constant necessity of keeping
up the steam pressure under all condi
tions of track, grade and weather.
Modern practice has not altered this
view, but it has been discovered that
the knowledge gained in this way does
not always give entirely satisfactory
results, and the various railway com
panies are gradually adopting the plan
of combining instruction in the form
of lectures and demonstrations with
that learned in the cab of a locomo
tive. The railways are moved to do
this not only from motives of econ
omy but also for the comfort of their
passengers and of residents along the
This class room work however, is
the least ot the instruction. The lec
turer and his assistants ride the en
gines sometimes for hundreds of
miles, showing by example the correct
smokeless firing. Besides these in
structors there are a number of fore
men on each division whose sole duty
it is to ride the "ngines and coach
the firemen. These men are engineers
who have risen from the trade of fire
man, and are essentially practical men.
Men are also stationed at many
points along the road noting the color
of the smoke coming out of the en
gine stacks and recording the number
of the engine and the time of its pass
ing. If there is a preponderance of
dark smoke, showing fuel waste, the
fireman and engineers are questioned,
and unless they afford some explana
tion other than their own negligence
suspension from duty for ten days fol
lows. If, however, there is some suf
ficient reason for the smoke, a road
foreman will travel' on tbe engine
during Its next trip and will show
how to overcome the defect. If the
trouble is due to a structural fault the
engine is imme
diately retired to
the yard for re
pairs. These pre
cautions are fur
by the equipping
of the engine with
a smoke consumer
which with proper
care from fireman
renders the engine
Here's a Fake.
An Englishman at the Waldorf was
boasting of the immense railroad traf
fic of his country, the speed of the
trains, the safety appliances, the
paucity of accidents and the vast ton
nage of the freight lines. Some of his
listeners were deeply impressed as
most Americans are when a British
industrial captain speaks. But one man
in the group retorted: "I have been a
student of English railroading for
many years, and agree with much you
have said, my lord; but I imagine you
have not kept your eye on American
progress. Why, sir, we have coal
trains that are so long the engineer
has to carry in his cab a powerful field
glass to see the caboose at the tail
end." His lordship was much im
pressed. N. Y. Press.
A new electric locomotive is being
Used on the Puget Sound electric rail
road. It consists of a combination lo
comotive and flat car. The mechanism
is placed under the floor of the car,
leaving space for. carrying rails, poles
and any apparatus that may be re
quired in the repair of the track. The
cab of the locomotive is placed in the
center of the car aud extends across
the entire width. The cab is raised
sufficiently so that the motorman may
have a clear view of the track over
the materials carried on the car. Ex
change. Proposed Railroad to Quezaltenango.
On June 16, 1908, the president of
Guatemala, Senor Manuel Estrada Ca
brera, established by an executive de
cree a commission of engineers to se
lect and definitely survey a railroad
to connect Quezaltenango in the west
ern part of the country with the pres
ent railroad system of the reoublic.
DAMAGE DONE BY TRAMPS.
Undesirable Passengers Cause Heavy
- Loss to Railroads.
A writer in a current magazine de
scribes railroad tramps as a grave
menace not merely to interstate com
merce, but to the safety of the travel
ing public As a rule, a train is in
charge of five men only the engineer,
the fireman, the conductor and two
brakemen. Hoboes riding "blind bag
gage" on the trucks beneath' the cars,
or snugly ensconced in the grain in
half-filled freight cars, or even as
sometimes happens lying across the
backs of pigs or sheep in cattle cars,
can not only make trouble for train
crews, but by turning the angle cocks
can apply the air brakes instantly,
thus causing frequent wrecks and oc
casional loss of life. It is compara
tively easy for a veteran of the road
to elude the trainmen in a kind of
hide-and-seek game, played in and out
of the small doors in the tops of the
cars and over the roofs of a moving
freight train. There is hardly an ac
cident that does not include tile death
of a tramp who was riding the trucks
or traveling as a stowaway in the cor
ner of a box car. Very often the cars
are set on fire by the matches of these
undesirable passengers. The only way
to safeguard life and property is to
visit with the severest penalties all in
fractions of the law inhibiting tres
passing on railroad property. The
courts have been too lenient.
DARING ACT OF A TRAINMAN.
Climbs to Front of Engine and Makes
Marion R. Lux, a locomotive fire
man on the Chicago, Burlington &
Quincy railroad, was awarded a silver
medal and the sum of $1,000 toward
the purchase of a home for his act
in rescuing a child from in front of his
The train was running about 25
miles an hour when the engineer saw
a child on the tracks about six or
seven car lengths ahead. He whistled
and put on brakes. Lux, realizing that
something was wrong, sprang from his
seat on the left side of the cab, and,
looking ahead, saw the child, who
had then fallen across the rail. Luz
went through the cab window and
along the running board to the pilot
beam and then over the handrail, but
seeing that he conld not reach the
footboard of the pilot in time, he
plunged forward with arms extended,
intending to clear the rail and knock
the child from the tracks.
Instead he landed on his stomach,
but instantly rolled over and clear of
the track, carrying the child with him,
the; wheels of the locomotive, . which
had' then been slowed to ten miles
an hour, almost grazing the two.
Train Wrecked by Elephant.
An extraordinary railroad accident
happened recently in Siam, on the
Royal State railway, between Ban
Fhaji and Bangkok. Late one evening,
while rounding a Blight curve, a heavy
goods ' train,.' drawn, by fwo engines,
dashed into a large wild elephant
which had strayed on to the track.
The force of the impact was terrific,
and both the engines were overthrown,
the leading one plunging over the em
bankment and the second capsizing
and falling across the line. Two men
were killed and several injured, the
brake van was smashed into a shape
less mass and 13 cars were derailed
and six telescoped. The elephant was
killed and Its body hurled 60 feet from
the track. This is the second accident
of the kind that has occurred this year
in Siam, an elephant haying r been
killed last February near L.apDun,
with, however, only slight damage to
the train. '
Make Find of Rails and Ties.
"What amounts almost to an arch
aeological railroad find has been made
recently in the Allegheny river, be
tween Oil City and Franklin, Pa.," says
The Railroad Man's Magazine. It
goes on to say: "Half a mile of ties
and rails were found. The rails bore
the stamped trade-mark 'B. B. I. C.
indicating that they were made by the
Brady's Bend Iron Company. This
was the first company to manufacture
iron for railroads west of the Alle
ghenies. As the Franklin branch of
the Erie when it was the Atlantic &
Great Western, and the Franklin &
Jamestown branch of the Lake Shore,
both followed the course of the river,
there would jfeem to be some doubt
as to which of the roads lost a half-
mile of track in a landslide, without
resort to further records. The Brady's
Bend Company has been out of busi
ness for about forty years."
Cat Had Free Ride.
The usually strict railroad rules
were not enforced on the express train
that came into New London, Conn.,
the other day. When the car inspec
tors got to work on the train, one of
them discovered, lying on the truck,
a large cat, of fierce demeanor and so
dusty that its natural color could not
be ascertained.' Some friendly over
tures were made and rejected with
hisses and yowls, so the conductor
concluded to let the cat-tramp con
tlnue her ride unmolested. He told the
trainmen of its presence, and they
kept watch at the stations at which
the train stopped; but the cat never
left its perch until the train rolled
into the station at New York; then it
fled, as if going to see a near relation.
It is believed that the animal got on
the car at Boston.
Locomotives for Austria.
American and English locomotivs
are to be used largely on the private
railroad lines in Austria, about 2,000
miles of which are to be purchased by
the government next year at a cost
of about $15,000,000.
WINTER WORK OF
MAJORITY OF BASEBALL PLAYERS
HAVE OTHER OCCUPATIONS
DURING OFF SEASON.
UPWARD TREND OF PERSONNEL
Profession , Rapidly Changing to One
of Class Pitcher Mathewson En
gaged in Insurance Business While
Bresnahan Is a Detective Some
Own Farms and Ranches.
There are few of the fans who sit in
the stands during the baseball season
and watch the big league teams battle
for their championships who give a
thought to -what- the players do all
w inter. Many appear to take it for
granted that the men who cavort
about the diamond in their spiked
shoes and ball togs do nothing but
loaf all winter. But such is not the
case. The majority of the exponents
of the national game are a busy lot
during the closed season in baseball.
Some own farms, others are agents
for companies of various kinds, still
others do police work or run-billiard
and pool rooms, while at least one,
Joe McGinnity, owns an iron foundry.
There are a few, of course, who do
nothing during the months when cold
weather makes ball playing an im
possibility, but these are greatly in
There was a time in the history of
baseball when the ambitions of the
players appeared to drift toward the
ultimate ownership of thirst-quenching
-emporiums,'; bnt since that epoch
the game has taken great upward
strides in the sense of its personnel.
A glance through the early lives of the
players will reveal that many have
had the advantage of college educa
tions. Not a few have even taken up
various professions. Baseball as a
vocation is no longer looked upon as a
sort of good haven for the castoffs of
other branches of business. It is
lvulier credited with being a step up
vard in the workaday world. Al
though no degrees are given to the
masters of tbe art to tack on to the
end of their names, nevertheless the
handle-of -pitcher, cateher, infielder or
outfielder will now admit their pos
sessors to good society, and will go a
long way as a recommendation.
Thus it will be readily seen that the
men who swing the willows and who
toss the leather sphere about do not
find it over-difficult -to.-, secure paying
situations during that portion of ' the
year when the bat, ball, mask and
glove lie dormant. Christy Mathew
son, the premier twirler of the Giants,
has recently branched out in the in
surance business; John J. McGraw,
manager of the New York National
League club,, runs a billiard .parlor;
Johnny Kling,-. the , Cub's catcher, is
also an enthusiast of ' the cue and
ivory balls, and controls several such
parlors; Roger Bresnahan is a detect
ive in Toledo.
Pitcher Joe McGinnity has an iron
foundry in Indian Territory, and
when he isn't playing ball he devotes
his time to managing his business.
Luther Taylor, also a slab artist on
the payroll of John T. Brush, runs a
general store in his home town, and
he is by far the most popular citizen
of the place.
Stony McGlynn, St. Louis Cardinal
pitcher, spends his "idle moments" as
an officer of .the', peace in-. York, ; Pa.
Addie Joss, Cleveland pitcher, is a
sporting writer. Harry White, a
White Sox twirler, studied dentistry at
Georgetown university, and when he
isn't pulling teams out of a hole he's
Fred Clarke, manager of the-Pittsburg
Pirates, owns a ranch in Kansas.
Clarke Griffith, one time manager of
the Highlanders, also has a ranch in
Montana. But of all the occupations
in which the ball players engage, the
oddest is that of Roy Thomas,-: the
Buccaneers' center fielder. While
traveling around the circuit, and in
winter as well, he solicits orders for
a wholesale undertaking establish
ment. Honus Wagner, admittedly the
greatest batter of the age, owns a
farm and passes much of his time
thereon and makes it pay well, too.
Yale football coaches have .decided
to focus their attention just at present
on the center situation. It is said to
be unsatisfactory, and two of the best
centers in Yale . history have been
summoned to help sokve it Dr. George
B. Cutten and Phil Stillman.
Mainer, the Quaker halfback, has
developed into one of the best line
plungers of the year. He is the kind
of a back that can repeat after a
hard lunge. He scored Penn's first
five points against Brown in three
successive smashes through center.
West Point seems to base about 50
per cent, of her reliance to win games
-on Dean. He is a fair back and a good
punter, but many think the , army is
taking big chances in not developing
Means seems to be a find at punting
and may develop into a good substi
tute for Capt. Hollenback of Penn. He
sends the ball end over end, and it is
hard to handle.
of the Well-informed of the World has
always been for a simple, pleasant and
efficient liquid laxative remedy of known
value; a laxative which physicians could
sanction for family use because its com
ponent parts are known to them to be
wholesome and truly beneficial in effect,
acceptable to the system and gentle, yet
prompt, in action.
In supplying that demand with its ex
cellent combination of Syrup of Figs and
Elixir of Senna, the California Fig Syrup
Co. proceeds along ethical lines and reliea
on the merits of the laxative for its remark
That is one of many reasons why
Syrup of Figs and Elixir of Senna is given
the preference by the Well-informed.
To get its beneficial effects always buy
the. genuine manufactured by, the Cali
fornia Fig Syrup Co., only, and for sale
by all leading druggists. Price fifty centl
per bottie. .
TOO MUCH FOR YANKEE.
English Munchausen Had Shade the
Better of Fellow Romancer.
The Cape Cod man and the Lon
doner were traveling on the same'
train together from Liverpool to the
"Yes," said the Yankee, Vwe do
have consid'rable fog out our way,
I've seen it so thick that tbe land
ladies of our summer boardin' houses
could ladle it out and use It instead
o' whipped egg for the heavy part ot
the floatin' island."
"We 'ave 'em, too, in London," said
bis traveling companion, "but : our
climate is too dirty to permit of our
eatin' it We burn so much soft coal,
you see, the fog gets packed full of
soot. The only thing we really can do
with It is to cut it up into blocks and
use it instead ot peat when we want
a quick fire."
And the Yankee took out the little
American flag he wore in his button
hole and put it away in his wallet-
FOR THE LADY OR THE AUTO.
Expressman I don't know whether
this comes here. The address is In
Housemaid I guess it's all right
it's either- a. new . tire for. the aujo, or
a new ,nai ior ute, mfssus: .
Uncle Zeb's Preference.
Uncle Zebulon was on a visit to his
nephew in the big city and the two
had gone to a restaurant' for dinner.
They had given their order and were
waiting for it to be filled when the
younger man, who had been glancing
at a paper that lay on the table, said:
"By the way, uncle, did you ever
have cerebro-spinal meningitis?
"No," replied Uncle Zebulon, after
a few moments' mental struggle with
the question, "and I don't , want any,
I'd ruther haye fried liver - and ..bacon
' Poor Old Bird.
Pop (looking up from the paper)
I see there's a new baby hippopotamus
at the zoo. What are yon laughing
1 Johnnie (who is almost as bright
as he looks) I was jus' laughin' to
think of the stork carryin' a hipperpofr
A Home Remedy for Burns.
No housekeeper should be without
a bottle of olive oil and lime water for
burns. A preparation should always
be in readiness in case of emergency.
(Add lime water to oil until a creamy
emulsion is tormed and Dottle, always
shakine well before applying. The ef-
jtect of this upon burns is wonderful in;
jits healing and soothing powers, and
lit is equally efficacious for sunburn.
, "Expert" Carving.
At a Cinner where half a duck was
.served each guest the host was com
Ipllmented upon his skilful carving.
Later it was divulged that before
cooking them the birds were cut inl
two, stuffed, sewed together and1
baked. Mr. Host merely cut 1 the
threads at the table.
To Keep Flues Clear of Soot.
Stove pipes, boiler tubes and flues
may be kept free of soot, by occasion
ally throwing a scrap of zinc into the
Every housewife does not know thftt
an ounce of ginger root makes a de
licious taste if put into her crabapple
Some cheap grades of sugar Tvill
.often turn apple jelly a pinkish color.
' Loaves for Sandwiches.
Half fill pound baking powder cans
with bread dough; let rise until nearly
level. Bake as any bread, and you will
find neat, round sliees with no crust,
Bultable for sandwiches for luncheos
aura serties, picnics, etc. v
Gingered Pears. ' 1
This is particularly nice Mired with
lee cream or muskmelon. To eight
pounds of pears chopped very thin al
low four pounds or less of sugar, one
cupful ot water, the Juice and this
yellow rind of four lemons (be sure
they are not bitter), and . one-eighth
pound or more of green ginger root
scraped and cut in thin slice. Bring
the sugar and water to a bfll, add tbe
fruit, ginger and lemon, then simmer
three-quarters of an hour or until the
consistency, of marmalade.
Birds Foresaw Storm.
A German officer describes in the
Rote Kreuz a curious scene he wit
nessed on a ride in southwest Africa.
A number of vultures, eagles and oth
er large birds suddenly gathered on
the trees at one place. A few dark
clouds were -visible, and ere long there
was a violent tropical storm. The wa
ter penetrated into holes in the
ground, from which presently emerged
large numbers of, .snakes, scorpions .
and mice, and these the birds pounced
upon and devoured.
The Ideal School.
It you want to make a nation of
"bookies" by all means cram the
boys and girls In your schools with
plenty of arithmetic, bnt if you would
rather have a nation of good men and
women, then train your children to
love all that Is beautiful in nature and
in art, all that is noble in life or in
death. The school of the future will
be a beautiful building in a beautiful
The Deep Things of Life.
The hymn line: "Cast your deadly
doing down" was long ago discredited
and laughed out of court Neverthe
less, one who plM faith,. Jo cease
less activities, even' of philanthropy
and reform, - who is contemptuous of
poetry, philosophy and religion, who
forgets to draw from the perennial
wells of courage and inspiration, will
sooner or later walk in a barren land
of petty interests, unable to discover
the springs of refreshment
Peter Pan in Real Life.
The lucky man is the man who '
through all the seasons of many years
remains at heart a boy. He will be
asked by boys to share boyish amuse
ments and to fall in with boys ideas x
of what sport should be, which is tbe
best compliment of, alL He. has a
man's .store.- of experience, an added
patience, a maturer philosophy, but in
all else he remains a boy. London '
', Greek Architecture.
It is astonishing that students of.
Greek literature and Greek thought
should .not-be , definitely strained to the -knowledge
of Greek architecture. He
who knows only the literary expres
sion of ancient Greece, great as that
Is, knows but one-half of the achieve
ments . of "the supreme Caucasia
mind." The Builder.
The Highest Character.
; The highest: of ' charaet0rftr is; my
estimation, is his who is as ready te
pardon the moral errors of mankind
as if he were every day guilty ot some
himself; and at the same . time as
cautious of committing a fault as if
he never forgave one. Pliny the
8llk Hat Economy.
We may regard London as the home
ot the silk hat, and we feel sure that
here the free ironing of customers'
hats has had a very pernicious effect
on the trade. The average silk hat'
wearer will buy only one of these hats
in a.ye.ar.-Ouifltteri -V ' 1 T v
. Temperament may not be , over
come, but it can be modified. The best
character that you can take as your!
guide is .one absolutely true and al-i
ways cheerful. Cheerfulness is one of
the first of virtues.
Dangerous City "Playgrounds.''
New York city streets make dan
gerous playgrounds, but -they are the
only ones' that thousands of little peo
ple have. Not a day passes without in-;
Jury to children by vehicles, and about
nine are killed each month.
Injurious Infantile Fashion.
Out of every 100 recruits in Bos-i
nia, 62 have flattened skulls, the out
come, apparently, of the very tight
dressing of the baby's head ia its first
months of life. i
Systematic investigation of the Phil-,
ippine islands reveals the fact that the
group conSjsts' of 2,600 islands, 'while;
before the American occupation the
number was estimated at 1,200.
Work Is the Divine Spur. - -Work
is a necessity if you would
develop the best that Is in you; it is
the divine spur that compels a man to
unfold bis possibilities by conquering;
the enemies of success and happiness.'
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BROKERS AND DEALERS
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