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Aviators naturally look down on
Senator La Folletto once denounced
Senator Clupp as a "tool of the Inter-
cst . "
With Htich tin alpliiunot IIH China
what country wouldn't have a
It IB earncHtly advlKcd that the
Chinese cut opium out of their new
Next month congress and the wool
discussion will again have space in
The youthful emperor of China la
Retting a very realistic Idea of what
the direct primary means.
Politicians would often like to he
In two places at once , especially If
they are good paying positions.
If candidates for president are to be
favored according to the length of
their ears , Woodrow Wilson Is the
Mr. Roosevelt calls for the control
of Judges , but who arc going to con
trol tfic people that control the
Now Is the time to plan for a sane
Fourth. That Is spend a fourth as
much for Christmas presents this year
as you did last.
Richard Lo Gallic-lino , tno poet , was
married for only the third time the
other day. This is ultra conscrva-
tlaui for a literary man.
Few deer have been killed in the
Adirondacks this fall , and guides arc
0 shy and wild that not many of
them have been bagged.
The Camorra trial is still going on
In Italy , but it Is doubtful if it finishes
before the decrees of the final judgment -
ment day are handed down.
If Harvard could only defeat Yale
nt football as easily as it did Brown ,
former President Eliot could feel that
his life work was not in vain.
Steel common dropped eight points
in one day qh the trust suit , but the
actual property behind your certi
ficate has Just as much value as ever ,
In wanting a constitution the
Chinese do not seem to know that 11
they had one nearly everything they
wanted would be unconstitutional.
"Whatever else you may say about
Mr. Taft , when he finds a law on the
statute books he tries to execute it ,
just as if congress meant what it
Whether the pending peace negotla
tions in China succeed or not , the
power of the throne is broken. The
people will have to be reckoned with
* As they are having women's Juries
In California now , the defendanl
should beware how ho appears in
court without a biled shirt and well
Now that the thrifty housewife has
finished her preserves and canning
the price of sugar has dropped a lit
tie , with prospects that there will be
a gradual decline.
Two of our American prelates are
given red hats by their elevation tc
the cardinnlate , but it would not be
advisable to wear them on the bleach
ers at the ball games.
Capt. Larson has sailed through the
Niagara rapids , but if the young mer
take their best girls canoeing there
it will not bo safe for both of then
to occupy the rear seat.
Londoners have refused to bid foi
the bell that once hung in the poei
Wordsworth's room , but no doubt thej
would have paid good money if it hat
been powerful enough to servo as r
Although you can get $18 a weel
as an automobile chauffeur and a lei
of fun riding up and down the coun
try , yet quite a number of our younj
men are still willing to get headaches
studying in colleges.
Will these separated units of the
tobacco trust really race down the
track as the government seems tt
think , or will they trot along the
course hand in hand and dlvy up ever
on the prlzo money ?
The Zeppelin airships are doing bet
tor , one of them having completed t
100th trip with many passengers. Dul
it will be some years before the mac
who never rode in an airship gets hU
picture in the papers.
The German people arc- much stir
red up about the high cost of living
but if they will only turn to the
.speeches of any of our candidates ,
they will learn how that little dlffl-
i cully can be attended to.
Mr. Taft remarked the other day
for the 7G,9Hth time that the law
must bo oboyed. And yet about once
In six weeks they engineer a rise In
the stock market because some people
think he was only fooling.
Mrs. Moe Wood Park says the so
cial status of women IH Improving ,
but some of the men will bo asking
whether the women will stay at home
and produce good muffins if the so *
clal status becomes so attractive.
A deaf mute was fined $30 In a
New York court , for swearing at his
wlfo with his fingers. This seems
a trlflo unfair when thousands of men
use their tongues voluably for this
purpose and it doesn't cost them a
Since the Turkish women ( lave re
moved their veils it has been discov
ered that they arc not nearly so beau
tiful as they had the reputation for
being. Mystery and secrecy always
cast an added charm over anything
even a woman.
Ambassador Lelschman , who is be
ginning his service at the German
court , will not stir the diplomatic
world if he does happen to break all
the Ten Commandments , but neither
he nor his wife must ride down to
market on his bicycle.
When the United States senate
passed the reciprocity treaty , grain
prices went up. When the Canadians
rejected the treaty they went up.
Yet some writers have the hardihood
to explain one increase as due to a
cause which they deny as the cause
of the other.
A process of manufacturing artlfi
clal wood from straw has been dis
covered which will produce a material
for making matches cheaper than
real wood can now be obtained. It
is hoped that the process may soon
be applied to the manufacture of
wood for other purposes.
The Santa Fe railroad has issued
$100,000,000 in bonds to be used In
improvements on the road. This is
the best evidence that they have faith
in the business prospects of the pres
ent and immediate future , in spite the
pending presidential campaign. Such
confidence Is all that Is needed to
make real prosperity.
Looks very much as if the Chinese
throne was tottering and that there ,
would be much moro liberal policy
mapped out for the people. The au
thorities have been quite busy the last
few days writing apologies for their
action in the past and promise the
very best in the shop in the future ,
for the common people.
Air navigators , like those of the
ocean , need charts to guide them
through the trackless space. These
are most difficult to prepare. Mon
sieur Lallemand , director of the gen
eral survey of France , proposes an In
ternational aviators chart , which
would provide all aviators with a uni
form guide for their flight.
President Henry Wallace of the
conservation congress said recently
before that body , that one of the
first things this country needed to
learn was that conservation applied to
other things besides forests , that most
farmers were soil robbers , handling
the soil so that it decreased instead
of increasing in fertility. The land in
this country produces only half as
much as poorer land in Europe. This
sort of management will have to
change if America is to feed her In
Dr. Wiley has proven himself a dip
lomat as well as an eminent chemist
He was forced by circumstances to
make a speech to a woman suffrage
convention in St. Louis not long ago ,
and gallantly declared that a nation's
greatness was measured by the way
it treated Its women , the amount of
sugar it used per capita and the quan
tity of soap it consumed. According
to this standard the United States
takes first rank. But the dear women
don't know whether Dr. Wiley is in
favor of woman suffrage or not
The southern people may not con
sider a cotton crop of nearly 13,000,000
bales an unmixed blessing , .since a
great crop means a lower price , and
the great crop may not bring them
a greater return than the last , which
was comparatively light. But taking
the general welfare into consideration
it is cause for rejoicing , for the low
price is good for the manufacturer , it
will make better employment for hun
dreds of thousands of mill operatives
and sewing women , and it gives hope
to every consumer that ono class of
j I necessities is to be cheaper instead of
Great Britain has educated her
statesmen to keep an eye open for
any possible commercial advantage ,
but in urging the United States to
operate the Panama canal for the
benefit of all nations instead of charging -
ing a toll that might assist In some
i time reimbursing this government for
tbo $400,000 that it will cost when
completed , it forgets the absurdity of
its position. England did not build
. tbo Suez canal but it did get practical
' control of it for tbo small sum of
, $20,000,000. That $20,000,000 invest-
nicnt Is now and for years has been
yielding the British government a
rovcmio of about $6,000,000 a year.
With such a record it is anything but
consistent for England to advlso the
United States to operate the Panama
canal for the benefit of all nations.
Ed Latta of Tekamah writes The
News to state that ttie report that
his father spent around $08,000 in
hlB last political campaign , Is untrue.
Ho further statea that Dan V. Ste
phens never profited to the extent of
$1 in cither campaign. It Is not the
cost of the Latta campaign , which Is
only indefinitely rumored , so much as
the extravagant cost of the 1904 Me-
Kllllp campaign , which Is shown by
records now held at Humphrey in
the Mclvllllp bankruptcy case to have
been moro than $38,000 , that has so
astounded the voters of the Third dis
trict. No denial upon the part of any
person can erase the checks now held
at Humphrey , written by Mr. McKlllip
in 1904 to the extent of $26,057.29 for
campaign purposes , nor the record of
$12,000 spent otherwise. Dan V. Ste
phens , now candidate for congress ,
was McKllllp's campaign manager.
Gov. Harmon of Ohio , in addition to
his other handicaps for the presiden
tial nomination at the hands of the
democratic party , is further hindered
by his age. He is 65 years of ago and
while ho is vigorous and capable it
has been the tendency of late years
to name younger men. Cleveland was
47 when elected president , McKlnloy
53 and Roosevelt entered the white
house at the age of 43. Among the
presidential possibilities of the pres
ent time , who loom up largo on the
political horizon , Mayor Gaynor of
New York is 60 , and Speaker Champ
Clark is Cl. Gov. Woodrow Wilson
of Now Jersey , whose presidential
stock Is now way above par , is 53.
Gov. Marshal of Indiana is 57 and
Gov. Foss of Massachusetts Is 53.
Among the republicans Senator La
Folletto of Wisconsin is 56 , while
President Taft Is barely 54.
There Is shadowy side to Italian
life. The story is told In ono of its
own newspaper that there arc 200,000
people In that country who live In
straw huts or caves because they are
too poor to own houses. Ono hun
dred thousand of Its population have
recently died of pellagra , owing to
lack of nourishment ; it has 1,300
communes without a supply of drink
ing water and 5,000 without sewers ;
500,000 persons inhabit malarial dis
tricts which need reclaiming ; 60 per
cent of the 33,000,000 people of the
kingdom are illiterate , and 500,000
of thorn are compelled to leave their
country every year because they are
unable to find work at homo , and
emigration is their only refuge from
starvation. One of the things which
makes their condition of tremendous
concern to the people of America is
that the half-million people , who each
year are obliged to seek some other
country , practically all come to the
TUESDAY ELECTION DAY.
Tuesday will be election day in
Nebraska and every citizen entitled
to a vote , should exercise that right.
The republicans of Nebraska are of
fering a strong ticket which should
receive the support or every republi
can and which Is entitled to the sup
port of every citizen Interested in
In Madison county a strong ticket
has been named by the republicans
and there is no reason why the entire
ticket should not bo elected.
For clerk , S. R. McFarland , who
has so satisfactorily served ono term ,
is eminently qualified and entitled to
William Darlington , who has served
as deputy treasurer for four years , is
perfectly fitted to take up the work
of treasurer and will make a faithful
and capable official in that capacity.
C. S. Smith has made such a good
sheriff that ho has no opposition.
There aren't many sheriffs like Clint
S. C. Blackman , who was appointed
register of deeds , has been nominated
for that office and he is exceptionally
qualified for the place.
II. G. Wygint , a pioneer Madison
county citizen , whose good sense and
honesty are well known by every per
son acquainted with his record , will
make a capable county judge and
should bo elected.
The voters of the county have opportunity -
portunity to elect as county commis
sioner a man who has already made
good on that job and whoso election
will mean continued good service. J.
W. Fitch of Newman Grove has made
an exceptionally capable commission
er. Ho was appointed to fill the va
cancy caused by the death of John
Malone and ho has moro than demon
strated the fitness of his choice. Ho
should by all means be re-elected ,
being a level-headed business man ,
favoring hotter roads and progressive
in every way.
W. H. Field Ik another man who
has given such excellent service that
nobody had the nerve to run against
him and ho will bo re-elected clerk
of the district court without opposi
Judge Welch , district judge , has
made a clean , strong record and
should bo given a re-election.
SCHOOLS OF JOURNALISM.
The death of Joseph Pulitzer has
sot the newspaper world to question
ing as to what success may bo ex
pected from the school of journalism
which ho so generously endowed. It
will bo recalled that he gave $1.000.-
000 to Columbia university for this
purpose. Difficulties about securing
a head for the Institution and other
matters postponed the opening of the
school , but active stops will soon be
taken to start It.
A school of Journalism will never
be a success when the student merely
sits In class rooms , rocltcs lessons
learned from text-books , and takes
notes from lecturers , no matter how
subtle or how experienced the faculty
may bo. No one over learned to swim
by sitting on the bank and taking
notes from a lecturer.
Such a school will find It absolutely
necessary to conduct a newspaper of
Its own serving some public constitu
ency so well that It will , at least meet
expenses , on which students could get
At the same time there is a real
need for a &uch a school. The path
to the higher newspaper success un
der present conditions is needlessly
The many young men trained on
metropolitan papers , who in the
course of time buy small city papers ,
are now completely bewildered when
they set foot in the mysterious realm
of ink and presses. They scarcely
know the difference between 7 point
typo and a column rule.
A real school of journalism needs
to teach Its young men the technique
of the printing office , also to prepare
them to estimate Job work and pro
duce craftsmanlike printing , without
devoting years to the routine tasks of
the printer's devil.
On the other hand , if a fellow has
It in him to write editorials for a
great national newspaper , it may be
very helpful to him to report fires
and weddings for a few months to ac
quire accuracy of detail and color In
description. But it is unfortunate if
he has to spend years to learn lessons
that under proper guidance could be
acquired in a few months.
THE TAFT COURAGE.
The country is beginning to realize
that President Taft not only has
"opinions and a will , " but when it is
necessary he can face those who op
pose him in his views and tell them
very plainly what he thinks and what
ho is going to do.
On Hallowe'en night the president
was the guest of the business men of
Pittsburg. He was surrounded by
those who represent moro "big inter
ests" than could be gathered together
in any ono place in the entire coun
try outside of Wall street.
Martin W. Littleton , the democratic
New York congressman , and one'of
the most brilliant and influential men
of his party , made a savage attack on
the Sherman anti-trust law. The gist
of his speech was that its enforcement
would be harmful to business inter
Called upon in the few moments
that were left before bis train left
for Washington to answer the attack ,
President Taft made the following , if
it was not "tactful , " as some of the
papers published In the Interest of
"big business" allege , it was honest ,
square and fearless , atfd will com
mend the president more than ever
to the great mass of the people.
President Taft said :
"It is not pleasant to be engaged in
what may seem to be an assault on
business , but business men thought
this law could not be enforced. Now
the law can be and is enforced , and
because of this we hear that It is to
"I would cut off my right hand be
fore I would injure business. But
what has my dear friend Littleton to
offer ? Only ono course is open :
Either we will have Individualism , or
we will have combinations in restraint
of trade going to that point where the
people will demand that the power of
men be engaged in such corporations
bo transferred to the government And
then wo will have state socialism.
"Now we can disintegrate unlaw
ful corporations and put them under
injunction. If they operate they must
"I know I am speaking the trend
of thought of many of you , but I can
not help it. The law is on the statute
books and must be enforced , and this
stifling competition , and this control
of prices must cease.
"I didn't want to get into this dis
cussion , but I want you business men
to face this problem.
"This problem has been eloquently
considered by my friend Littleton and
I regret that the matter has come up
here. It savors of harshness to have
a difference of opinion on an occasion
of this kind , but I must say what I
"Tho Sherman law has been on the
statute books for twenty years and
has been construed and construed
and construed and finally by
the supreme court. The two de
cisions last spring , in my judg
ment , give it a definite meaning that
any combination in restraint of trade
with the purpose of controlling prices
and stifling competiton is a violation
of the statute. Men know whether
they intend to stifle competition and
control prices , and all that la neces
sary in a court of law , is to probe
the combination and the intent That
is all that is needed for the enforce
ment of any criminal statute. "
THE THIRD DISTRICT.
The Third congressional district of
Nebraska Is Involved In the throes of
an unusual campaign for the election
of a congressman to succeed the late
J. P. Latta. Times have changed
Rlnco the campaign of a year ago and
the electors of this district are lookIng -
Ing forward with changed Ideals con
cerning the man most competent to
[ fill Uils position and servo a loyal
constituency. Party politics have been
weighed in the balance and new de
mands are being made regardless of
party affiliation. Allvo to this sent- !
| ment , the two candidates have issued
| their ultimatums to the public and
hence their respective platforms are
an open subject which wo are privi
leged to consider In the light of tholr
self-Imposed duties concerning thu
needs of the hour. No "standpat"
partisan allied with the "special in
terests , " which have so long held the
balance of power in each of the old
parties , can hope to satisfy the neces
sary demands of a growing sentiment
in favor of broader legislation for the
protection of all the people and the
public welfare for all time to come.
Bo ho democrat or republican , he
must bo ready to sacrifice moro par
tisan sentiment to the public welfare
If ho would command the confidence
of an enlightened constituency.
It is therefore pertinent to take
the most salient point in the respec
tive platforms of the democratic
nominee , Dan V. Stephens , and repub
lican nominee , James C. Elliott , and
contrast them as viewed by public
Mr. Stephens says ( quoting from a
democratic paper , hence authorita
tive ) : "I am for an open caucus in
determining action on legislative mat
ters. " Contrasted with this wo have
Mr. Elliott's declaration concerning
congressional business , that he "Is
ready to unite , if elected , wjlh any
party , preferably his own. to wipe out
an existing iniquity , and on this ques
tion ( referring to "special interests , "
which the public recognize as the
ruling element in the old parties ) ,
should It be necessary he would be
an insurgent. " As to other matters he
has made it clear and plain that ,
without prefix or suffix to his repub
licanism , ho will stand for the "square
deal" for everybody.
Thus we have the platforms of the
two men in their most vital points ,
not Imposed upon them by any party
convention , nor by the language of
others , permitting any misconstruc
tion , but their own self-imposed obli
gation by their own hand. Mr. El
liott proposes to act free-handed "re
gardless" of caucus , party or any oth
er combination , in all things. While
Mr. Stephens In reciting the tilings ho
is for and against , does so without in
any manner qualifying his first de
claration to abide " "
by the "caucus"
rule of his party. This is the strinu
which connects him with the "stand-
pat" "special interests" of the demo
cratic party , "signed , sealed and de
On this rule the renowned Joe Can
non built up a combination in con
gress which proved to bo greater than
the power of either the president or
congress. This is the rule fostered
by the special interests against which
public sentiment is now in revolt.
Many believe that the party caucus ,
open or closed , is the bane of Ameri
can politics today. There are electors
all over this Third district , regardless
of party , who will rally to the man
who unflinchingly declares himself
against "caucus rule , " and vote for
James C. Elliott for congress. In no
other way can the monopoly of spe
cial interests bo overthrown at the
We see by the paper that the boy
scouts at Valentine acted as Hallo
we'en police. All of which Is res
pectively referred to the Norfolk city
administration. Let the boys take a
hand at it next time.
Now if the boy scouts had only
been on the job here Tuesday night
but forget it. We're glad enough to
get it back.
A "loaded" telephone circuit has
been built between Norfolk and Val
entino. Haven't you talked over telephone -
phone lines that sounded as If they
had a jag on ?
Speaking of telephones , a burglar
at Valentine woke up the telephone
girls. Now would you believe that a
burglar , quiet as he is trained to be ,
could over wake up a telephone girl ?
Scandal In the Navy.
President Taft says that a small
fleet at Kiel was in command of a
Tuesday's election day. Don't for
get to vote.
It's safe to say there'll be snow In
Some of the candidates have no
show , but Norfolk has two shows this
week that are good ones.
What would you rather be than a
turkey right now ?
The usual November story about
the wet weather having killed all the
turkeys , and the resultant high price ,
hasn't come across yet
But the Italians seem to bo doing
moro execution among the Turks this
year than wet weather , and even at
that the Turks promise to "come
back" before Thanksgiving.
What's become of the old-fashioned
man , by the way , who used to buy a
gobbler along about the middle of
October and keep the animal penned
up until the last Thursday In Novem
The o.f. man who keeps n pig 1
town , has boon dlHcovorod In Norfolk.
Ho says It's moro fun than keeping
an automobile requires loss atten
tion and Is far moro profitablo.
Wo'ro going to let that cat go along
on the trans-Atlantic airship flight , In
Wo see by the paper that there's a
model young man nt Ludlow , Mass. ,
who never swore , never used a pro
fane word , never smoked or chewed ,
never touched a drop of liquor and
never kissed a girl. For all of that
ho was given a reward of ono GOLD
WATCH. Wo doubt If he'll know how
to toll time , now that ho lias the
watch. Wo could have stood for all
but the last Item , but that's the straw
that did the damage to the camel's
Which would you rather bo today
turkey or candidate ?
If we were a turkey right now , we'd
Speaking of paving , have you driven
to South Norfolk the last day or so ?
"ED. " HOWE'S PHILOSOPHY.
After n man quits his job , he tells
around that it was necessary to hire
two men to do his work.
I don't know how It Is among
women , but among men a really good
whist player usually drifts into poker.
When a man gets down , ho Is near
ly as hard to get on his feet again as
a horse with a broken leg.
Which is poorest : hunting or fish
Some roast beef is so tough that
you are compelled to chew the gravy.
The worst thing that can bo said of
n man is that he Is ono of the kind
that spoils children's entertainment
by making long and tiresome
One trouble with our beloved coun
try is , wo are doing a lot of big work
that doesn't amount to anything.
It is a good , old-fashioned rule , in
listening to gossip , to remember that
anyone who will bring , will carry.
A widower enjoys a second wife
as much as a widow enjoys life In
No one ever took all of a bottle of
When a poor man expresses his
opinion of a rich man he particularly
abuses bis poor little shrivelcd-up
soul , which is no longer than a mus
When people abuse you unjustly ,
they are usually praising some other
man more than he deserves.
The women's magazines may do a
great deal for mother and the girls ,
but they sure make a great deal of
trouble for pa.
Whether people View With Alarm
or Point with Pride , they delight in
Doing something for others has be
come a passion with Americans ; but
the cold facts are , we want the Lord
and the railroads to do it , and give us
Every very slow man is pretty apt
to be called "Hurry" by somebody.
I sometimes doubt that a man work
ing bis way through college is en
titled to the praise and admiration
usually attaching to it.
If you had the power to Injure your
Opposition as much as you cared to ,
without being known In the affair
Honestly , now , how hard would you
hit him ?
The cry that something is to be
given away , always results in a lot
of lazy and impudent beggars. There
Is nothing to bo given away ; what
ever you get , you must earn.
Did you ever know a revolutionist
who had a Job ?
Instead of loving your enemy , treat
your friend a little better.
Every little while a good gentleman
appears with a statement that death
under the age of a hundred and fifty
years , is unnatural. Here's where
Doc Wiley comes in : people don't believe
lieve they become old at 70 because
storekeepers sell them adulterated
Did anyone ever pay you a compli
ment without adding a stinger of
some sort ?
Honesty not only means that the
other follow should bo square with
you ; It also means that you should
be fair with the other fellow.
I have known a certain man thirty-
three years , and when ho is not drink
ing whiskey , he is circulating a tem
perance pledge. And so far ns I am
able to make out , ho divides his time
about equally between the two occu
pations ; ho has never been able , ap
parently , to decide which suits him
In country towns , we are often fool
ed by "opera bouffo" companies. The
story gets around that the girls In
the chorus wear almost nothing ; the
men talk of the show in a mysterious
way , and the women are jealous. But
when the show arrives , It Is a wretch
ed affair , and wo find wo have been
POWER. OF THE PRESS.
Text , "Spent tliHr tlmo In nothing cla
but to tell or lienr noinothliiK now.-Acts
zvll , II.
The thirst for nowa IH oneof the
strongest appetites humanity has. H'H
the secret of gossip. Men are mom
Interest Ing than things , HO we talk of
men or women. The Htory of John
Smith Having his scalp by telling his
cnptorH nowH may bo fiction , but thu
psychological principle involved IH trtio
to human nature. From the wotniin
in the sunbonnet with n clothespin lu
her mouth , tnlklug over the bark fence.
to the correspondent with au arctic
expedition thMr story IUIH alwajs u
fascination to the human inliid. LOOK
ago it was said that the world WIIH
governed by throe boxes the curtrldgu
box , the ballot box and the bandbox -
force , votes and women. Add another ,
the mall box , loaded with counties
products of the printing press. v
A Great Appetite.
The American newspaper appetite N
marvelous. It amounts to a passion-
nil ages from cradle to grave ; nil
conditions from the newly guided oml
grant looking at the "funny" pictures
and spoiling out headlines to the schol
ar and the busiest man of afCiilr.s ,
from day laborer to president ; from
scrubwoman to woman of fnHblon. AH
for the making of newspapers , it's a
raging fever , a fearful delirium , u
quasl-lnsanlty. Tlmo was when pilot
boarding Incoming ship wan besieged
for news of world. Now the wireless
In mldocoan gathers news from the
four quarters of the globe , and a tiny
newspaper lies nt your pinto nt break
fast table. A gront editor IH defined
ns a man who knows where tbo devil
will break out next and has n reporter
on the spot to toll of It. It must bo
told in few words. Young reporter
telegraphed home office : "Column story
bore. Shall I send ? " The reply was ,
"Send 000 words. " The "cub" wired
again , "Cnn't bo told less than 1'JOO"
The nnswor came : "Story of creation
of world told iu 000. Try It. "
Yellow and Other Journalism.
The essence of yellowness in a Jour-
nnl Is vulgarity diamonds nt the
breakfast table ; the exnRKcrntlon
which conventlonnllty says ought to
bo hold In bounds ; uses bass drum and
megaphone to elrnw the crowd It.s
crowd. When its conservative neigh
bor has a Howard Griggs , with deli
cate allusions and carefully discrim
inated shades of meaning it baa n cau
cus speaker who paints cartoons with
a whitewash brush so that tbo whole
crowd can see. It claims theao meth
ods arc best and shows its circulation
figures to prove it. It's after news
and doesn't want to net "scooped"
"News" tolls the unusual. No city edi
tor who values his job would give n
full column to ordinary sermon , but bo
Kindly "spaces" n sermon by Rev. Mr.
Dashwell on "Why I Joined a Dancing
Class. " See ? No news In regular ebb
and flow of tide , but when the gulf
swoops Gnlveston. Let me nsk you an
embarrassing question : How do you
feel when your newspaper hns no scare
bends ? Your wlfo snys , "Anything
new in this morning's paper ? " You
growl , "No. " Your tone implies you've
been cheated , robbed of your penny.
Listen , brother : The nowHpnpcr , the
dally morgue of virtue , tells the story
of the unusual. No enrtbly record
could over hold the story of the
world'a commonplace virtue , only the
books of the omniscient God.
Power of the Press.
Cnrlylo said , "If you want to rench
thousands with n thought put it into
the heart of n preacher. " Thnt will
never cense to be true , of course , but
where the pulpit readies ono person
the press roaches 500. Tbo pulpit
preaches once n week , the press seven
times. The vnst majority of people
are not in church every seven days ,
but practically every one rends n pn-
per once n week. When nn American
hns n Bpnro moment he picks up a
nowspapor. The power of the presa Is
tremendous. A statement by a corner
lounger hns no value. Put it in n
newspaper nnd It hns n power almost
hypnotic. Business men recognize the
vnluo of this subtle quality by adver
tising. It gives their stores prestige.
There's nothing corrupt politics nnd
evil so fenr nnd hate ns the newspa
per. It elects presidents , dethrones
klnge , doclnros wnrs , directs nrmles
nnd nnvlos , decides public policies ,
mukes or unmakes public men. Wo
bnvo prnctlcnlly nrrlvod nt govern
ment by newspaper , but since that is
only another nnmo for government by
Jhe people wo need not bo nlnrmed.
If ono had to choose between a gov
ernment without newspapers or news
papers without government ho'd be
enfer with the intter.
The newspnper , being a human Insti
tution , has its fnults , but I firmly be-
llovo It hns ton thousand times more
virtues tbnn vices. Books nro rend
only by the book lover ; the church
IB closed most of the week ; our par
ents die. The nowBpapcr Is nlwnys
preBont , tireless , powerful , nonsecta-
rlan , nearly nlwnys impartial , inex
pensive. Row would Christ rend the
modern newspaper ? As ho read hu
manity while among them. He'd feel
as at the wedding feast or nt Lazarus'
tomb. Chinese famine , butchery of
Rusnlnn Jews , filthy dlvorco scandal ,
the horrore of battle , waves of crime ,
bumnnlty'B woes , ought to make ua as
Christian readers . humble , pUlful ,
charitable , thnnkfnl.
A want ad campaign will got you
acquainted with a lot of people who
want to buy homos and the homo you
want to sell would surely suit some of
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