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The State Capital
Matters of Geacral latcrcst
Nebraska's Seat f Gavi
Grain Doors are Necessary.
The railway commission has issued
the following emergency order requir
ing railroads to furnish shippers or
grain with, box cars properly equipped
with inside doors:
"Complaints having been made that
certain of the railrods doing business
between stations in the state of Ne
braska have failed to furnish box cars
properly equipped with inside doors
for the shipment of grain, the com
mission pea investigation finds that
it has bee the universal and long
continued practice of the carriers do
ing business in this state to furnish
with box cars ordered for grain ship
ments inside doors known as grain
floors; that such inside or grain doors
are necessary for the prevention of
loss of grain by leakage in the course
of transportation and arc a facility
which may reasonably be required of
all carriers engaged in the transpor
tation of grain between stations In
this state. In the opinion of the com
mission the above findings are. indis
putable aad a formal hearing un
necessary. The failure of the carriers
to furnish such grain doors lo each
shipper places an undue burden upon
and unjustly discriminates against the
grain shipper not furnished with cars
so equipped. Without action by this
commission the only recon ise left the
shipper is to furnish the said doors
at his own expense and await the
pleasure of the carriers in adjusting
, his claim and reimbursing him there
for. "By reason of the foregoing the
commission deems that an emergen
cy exists. It is therefore ordered that
the common carriers engaged in the
transportation of grain between fcta
lions in Nebraska be and the same
-.are -hereby notified and directed in
filling orders for cars for grain shlp
. pers within Nebraska lo furnish box
...cars properly equipped with inside or
.grain doors. This ordpr shall become
.. "effective March 20. 190S."
Railway Commission Upheld.
'. .The supreme court upheld the deci
sion of the Richardson count) court
'compelling the Missouri Pacific rail
road to build a switch to the property
of the Farmers Elevator company at
. Strausville. Commissioner Duffle, who
wrote the opinion, indulges in a state
ment of the inevitable consequences
of allowing railroads to dictate what
-. they shall or shall not do and upholds
the power of the commission, although
the case has no direct bearing.
Following the decision given two
". weeks ago in the case of the Mauley
Co-operative Grain association of
Cass county the court holds that the
. statute of 1905 relating to the building
of transfer switches to elevators is
not subject to the objection of being
special legislation or of allowing the
taking of private property without
just compensation, and the power of
determining the duties of railroad
'companies toward the public is vested
in the courts of the state.
The opinion says that "to deny to
the state the power to require the
erection of depots, the construction of
. sidetracks and such other facilities as
the public necessities require would
enable railway companies to create
a. monopoly in handling the products
of the country adjacent to their line
and to turn it over to whomsoever
Governor to Help Stockmen.
Governor Sheldon has gone o
Washington with members of the
-South Omaha Live Stock exchange, to
inteview the secretary of the interior
regarding the quarantine against
Nebraska. He will urge the depart
ment to accept the quarantine procla
mation issued in this state. This
proclamation quarantined only those
counties ia which cattle affected with
scabies were Tound. The govern
ment, however, quarantined against
the entire state. If this quarantine is
strictly enforced it means an im
mense loss to cattle men. for the
reason that all cattle shipped to
South Omaha for eattern shipment
are placed in quarantine division.
This prevents speculators bidding on
the cattle and leaves the shippers at
the 'mercy of the packing houses.
South Omaha is hard hit by the quar
antine because shippers can get their
cattle inspected by the government
and shipped to Kansas City and Sioux
Call Issued for Jury.
A call for a petit jury in the Lincoln
division of the circuit court has been
issued by Judge T. C. Munger of the
federal court for April 14. Of the
thirteen cases that may come up be
fore the petit jury, eight are against
the Burlington railroad, two of them
being $50,000 damage cases.
Governor Adas to His Staff.
There is no limit to the number of
members of the governor's military
staff and he has appointed as addi
tional members Col. William Bishof
of Nebraska City, an old officer of the
guard, aad Othniel G. Thome of Sy
racuse, with the rank of colonel.
for School Fund.
The State Board of Educational
Lands and Funds invested $424,000
trust funds in bonds of other states.
The bonds were bought through a
Lincoln bond broker.
Briefs in Saloon Case.
Tn briefs filed in the supreme court
brought by the Anti-saloon league of
Wayne to compel the council to re
fuse a license to Peter Thomsen to
run a saloon. Elmer Thomas, attorney
for the Anti-saloon league complains
ot the various methods of the courts
ia treating such questions, and
Charles I. Fritscher. attorney for
Thomsen whacks at Thomas for be
lag "Big L" Mr. Thomas complains
ia. his brief, because the courts have
ae definite Tale by which liquor II-
,taa cases are to be tried.
Perkins County Favored.
Goveronr Sheldon, chairman of the
board of educational lands aad funds,
has made a tabulation which4 shows
that school lands in Perkins county
are appraised for lease purposes lower
than school lands in adjoining coua
ties and also lower than the assessed
valuation of other lands in that coun
ty. The county commissioners of
PerKins county-Jast fall appraised all
school lands it th'e county at 57
cents an acre. This appraisement
was rejected by the state board as
being too low and .not in accordance
with the actual value of the different
tracts, and the board has ordered a
new appraisement by three freehold
ers. Under the existing appraise
ment school land in Perkins county
is appraised at 33 cents an acre for
leasing purposes. A lessee pays t
per cent of the appraised value to the
state which in the case of Perkins
county under the existing appraise
ment is .021 per acre. The average
appraised valae of school land in 'ad
joining counties is as follows: Chase,
$2.39; Keith. $2.50; Hayes. $3.48; Lin
Board Need Not Answer.
'The supreme judges refused to is
sue a writ of mandamus to compel the
state board of equalization to explain
its method of reasoning in assessing
railway property in 190. The court
holds that a writ of mandamus will
not lie to compel the board to make
a record of objections and requests for
rulings which are not required by law
to be spread upon the record of its
proceedings. Such matter should, if
desired, be preserved' and made a
matter of record by a proper bill of
exceptions. The railroad company
may present requests for special find
ings which should be considered by
the board and may object to the rul
ings made thereon 'and take excep
tions to such -rulings, but if it desires
to have such matters and rulings re
viewed it must preserve the same by
a -hill of exceptions settled and al
lowed as provided by statutes.
It was understood when the Union
Pacific railway asked tor a writ of
mandamus that such writ, was neces
sary to enable the company to appeal
to the courts fiom the assessed valu
ation agreed upon by the board.
Accountant Stands Pat.
Some time ago State Accountant
Fairfield filed a report of bis investi
gation of the Institute for the Feeble
Minded Youth at Beatrice, in which
he commented on the lack of an in
voice of the storeroom. To this state
officers took exception for the reason
that an invoice of the storeroom was
taken last September, when the head
of the institution was changed. Mr.
Fairfield has filed a second report, in
which he shows that there are two
store-rooms at the institution, one in
which the supplies bought by the
btate are kept and one in which sup
plies for the sewing room are kept.
The goods in this storeroom are
bought by parents, guardians or
counties from which inmates have
been sent. No invoice of this store
room is on file at the state house, so
the suppemental report sajs.
State Fair Attractions.
Members? of the board of managers
of the state fair who have been heard
from, favor securing the services of
Liberati's band and grand opera sing
ers at the next state fair. The band
has been increased to sixty members,
Including eighteen singers who pre
sent Italian operas. If the ltoard con
structs an auditorium for such enter
tainments and employs this company
this fall the expense will be about
$8,000. An auditorium will be built
some day, it is predicted by members
of the board and the only question to
be settled is whether or not it shall
be done this year or at some future
Journalist in Penitentiary.
Louie Howitson. alias Lewis Hew
ittson. journalist, whose parents live
at Birmingham, England, has asked
Governor Sheldon to release him from
the penitentiary on parole or other
wise. He is serving a term of one
and one-half years for larceny from
the person committed in Buffalo
county. He was received at the pen
itentiary September 9, 1907.
Silver for Battleship.
Governor Sheldon has received a
letter from Victor H. Metcalf. secre
tary of the navy, informing him that
the battleship Nebraska will take part
in the naval review at San Francisco.
May S, and suggests that the silver
service be presented to the officers of
the ship at that time.
Must Get out of Nebraska.
Insurance Commissioner John I.
Pierce has notified the Ridgely Pro
tective association or Worcester,
Mass.. that its agent or organizer,
Marion Morris of Omaha, is working
in Nebraska contrary to law. The
company has not beeu admitted to
Nebraska, and is not authorized to
Governor Prepares Cattle Map."
Governor Sheldon has .made a map
of Nebraska showing the regions
quarantined in his proclamation where
cattle are infected in this state. East
of the line of his quarantine there are
only 1,961 cattle infected according to
Uie reports he has received, or .00123
per cent of the cattle in that region.
He will urge the government to ac
cept his quarantine instead of quar
antining the entire estate. West of
the line established by the governor's
proclamation the reports show that
most of the herds are infected.
Oil Rate Remains.
Because the National Petroleum
company cf Cleveland informed the
railway commission it intended to
send a bunch of cars of oil out to
Scott's Bluff and Crawford for distri
bution, the commission has turned
down the application of the Burling
ton to put back the old oil rate. The
railroad had made application to be
permitted to put back the rate as It
was .previous to the ptomulgation of
oil. rates The company said 'the rate
was a. paper rate anyhow." aad no
shipping of consequence was doae.
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Burton H. Barnes, a wealthy Americas
touring Corsica, rescues the young- Eng
lish lieutenant. Edward Gerard Anstruth
er, and i his Corslcan bride. Marina,
daughter of the Paolis. from the mur
derous vendetta, understanding that his
reward Is to be the hand of the girl he
loves. Bald Anstruther. sister of the Eng
lish lieutenant. The four fly from AJac
zio to Marseilles on board the French
steamer Constantine. The vendetta pur
sues and as the quartet are about to
board the train for London at Marseilles.
Marina is handed a mysterious note
which causes her to collapse and necessi
tates a postponement of the journey.
Barnes and Enid are married. Soon
after their wedding Barnes' bride dis
appears. Barnes discovers she '"has
been kidnaped and taken to Corsica.
The groom secures a fishing vessel and
is about to start in pursuit of his bride's
captors when he hears a scream from
the villa and rushes back to hear that
Anstruthers wife. Marina, is also miss
ing. Barnes is compelled to depart for
Corsica without delay, and so he leaves
the search for Marina to her husband
while he goes to hunt for Enid. Just be
fore Barnes' boat lands on Corsica's
shore Marina Is discovered hiding in a
corner of the vessel. She explains her
action by saying she has come to help
Barnes rescue his wife from the Corsi
cans. When Barnes and Marina arrive
in Corsica he is given a note written by
Enid informing him that the kidnaping
is for the purpose of entrapping Barnes
so the vendetta may kill him. Barnes
and Marina have unusual adventures to
their search for Enid. They come in
sight of her and her captors in the Corsl
can mountain wilds just as night ap
proaches. In seeking shelter from a
storm the couple enter a hermitage- and
there to their amazement they discgover
Tomasso, the foster father of Marino,
who was supposed to have been killed by
De'Belloc's soldiers, and for whose death
Barnes had been vendettaed. Tomasso
learns that Marina's husband did not
kill her brother. Many wrongs are right
ed. Barnes is surprised in the hernfltage
by Rochini and Romano, the two detest
ed bandits, who liad been searching for
him to murder him for ids money. The
bandits attempt to take away Marina.
Barnes darts out the door. The bandits
start to pursue, but as they reach the
door both are laid low bv Barnes revol
ver. Members of the Bellacoscia enter
and Barnes is honored for his great serv
ice to the community in killing the hated
Itochini and Romano. The release of
Knid is promised. Barnes is conveyed in
triumph to Bocognano. Marina acquaints
the- Bellacoscia witli Saliceti's plot
asainst her husband and the people are
instructed to vote against, him at the
coming election. Barnes is taken to the
mansion of tlte Paolis to meet Enid.
Marina receives a telegram.
CHAPTER XIV. Continued.
They are soon at the doors of the
country house, which are being thrown
open by some of Marina's old servants.
The great bandit bows and says laugh
ingly: "You seem to be in a hurry, Signore.
Your meeting with your abducted
bride should be a private one. I do
not wonder at your eagerness." Barnes
has already turned to the house. "My
young men who conducted your lady
from Saliceti's tell me she is of most
marvelous beauty, though somewhat
overcome by fatigue and anxiety for
you and bashfulness. We take our
leave, deadly pistol shot, but will
watch over you and your spouse to see
that no harm comes to you."
Then, it being whispered that the
enraged Salicetl has notified the gen
darmes by telegraph that the Bella
coscia have come down from the moun
tain, the illustrious bandit and his fol
lowers silently disappear in the shad
ows' of the night.
During these words Mrs. Anstruther
has hurriedly gone into her house.
Barnes now, with the eagerness of
happy love upon his face, runs up onto
the veranda and steps into the hall
way. Here he is met by Marina. "Don't
be too impatient," she observes, smil
ing slightly. "I haven't seen your wife,
but she is upstairs in her chamber, the
great front room on the second floor.
Though perfectly well, my servants
say, she is worn out by the constant
excitement and anxiety of the last 24
"Yes, I can understand that. The
front room on the second floor, you
said," whispers Burton, and turns to
spring up the great oaken stairway .to
the upper story.
"You are in a great hurry," says Ma
rina, laying a light hand upon his arm.
"You will hardly be coming down for
some little time and in two minutes I
shall be on my way to Bastia, so I will
have to bid you good-by now."
"To Bastia?" queries Barnes, turn
ing to her, astonishment in his face.
"Yes, I shall see my husband to-morrow
morning," she remarks, in joyous
excitement. "Here is a telegram from
Edwin telling me he will be in Bastia
by noon. I must meet him there.
Everything in the house is yours, dear
Burton. I know you will be as happy
here with your bride, as I shall be
with my husband. Ah. Tomasso is al
ready at the door."
For at this moment there is a noise
of wheels and hoofs upon the avenue.
"Better wait for the diligence to
morrow," dissents Barnes.
"No, Tomasso shall drive me to
ward Bastia through the night. Be
sides, going by the diligence, at the
post-stations there will be gendarmes,
and my foster father is still a fugitive.
It will be best that Edwin and 1 take
him out of Corsica entirely. I have
given orders to my servants make
this place your home as long as you
like." She has already stepped out
upon the porch.
You had better see Enid first," re
marks Burton, following her.
"No, I think not. Your interview
should be before mine and I haven't
time. The drive to Bastia is so long."
Barnes hurriedly puts her into the
vehicle. "May you be happy as I am,"
she calls to him. and the young Cor
slcan wife is driven rapidly down the
great avenue of chestnut trees. To
masso being, apparently, also eager
to leave the gendarmes that have hunt
ed him over the mountains.
A Little Surprise for Mr. Barnes.
The American springs up the steps
into the honse again, and rapidly as
cending the stairway to the second
floor, sees a very faint gleam of light
shining under the doorway of the great
guest chamber la the front of the old
He knocks almost reverently aad a
faint, sweet voice answers timidly:
His heart lighted by hope and love,
his whole form trembling with aax
iety to take his bride withia his arms,
the thought that she is his aad safe
making his flashing eyes Very tender,
the eager bridegroom opens the door.
Reclining oa a lounge in a white
robe her head bashfully turaed from
him, the long, beautiful, almost dis
heveled hair streaming over her shoul
ders, is his rescued bride.
She is ia a aook of the big room well
from the faint candle light.
He passesan arm about her slender
waist and kisses her passionately. Her
lips respond as sweetly and clingingly
as ever did those of a young bride.
Bat even in the midst of the Liss,
Barnes starts back: with a sharp,
amazed cry of almost horror: "My
God. Sally Blackwood!"
And the lady turning to him so that
the candle light shines upon -her radi
ant features that are almost laughing,
says archly: "Yes, I'm all here, La
Bellle Blackwood. It is a little sur
prise, is it not, my ardent bridegroom,
Mr. Barnes of New York?"
"My heaven, how did you come
here?" Burton's voice is hoarse with
"How? In Cipriano's swift yacht
and afterward on a jCorsican pony."
"Aad why?" An awful anxiety has
crept into his voice.
"Why? To save your life!"
"To save my life?" Burton's tone
"Yes. I guessed from Cipriano that
they were luring you to Corsica for
your death. I came here to warn you."
"And Mr. Ruggles?" remarks Barnes,
"Oh. Ruggles quarreled with me;
got jealous of you or Cipriano, I don't
know which. I was tired of Dan.
I Thank You for
Then bizarre Cipriano. he is so funny
he said to me: 'Ma chere. you want
to even yourself with Barnes of New
York?' I had told him you were such
a gallant knight you wouldn't even
kiss an old sweetheart because you
were going to be married to a pretty
faced, fair-haired, blue-eyed English
ingenue, and so. at Cip's suggestion. I
came over to Corsica by Cipriano's
fast yacht yesterday."
"But where is Enid and by what
devil's chance did you take my bride's
place?" asks Barnes.
"Oh, the Coraicans they wanted
you to follow them. They expected
that. They, didn't intend for you to
get your bride, at all events not until
you had given them several chances
to kill you. So I was on the shore at
Sagone waiting for them when Sali
ceti arrived per schedule on the Sea
gull. I saw them from a distance.
They brought your bride off the yatch
all right. Great Scott, she has a fine
nerve, that young lady of yours.
Haughty as a captured goddess."
"By the Eternal, have they killed
her?" Barnes is white to the lips.
"Oh. not yet anyway. Sallceti, with
two friends, hurried her on a long way
ahead of me through the mountains.
Some dark-eyed gentleman' escorting
me gave you a distant chance to see
us. You were never on the same road
as your wife after you left Yico yon
were pursuing me!"
"It was such an exciting affair," she
half laughs; "something so out of th
ordinary, an adventure so bizcree that
I liked to do it Word was brought
you were in pursuit up the mountain
path. I knew, they wanted to ambush
you. So I told a shepherd to give yon
waraiag at the Inn of Gaagao. I hope
yoa got It"
"Where did they take my wife?"
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"That I shall not tell yon at least.
not without a bribe. Shall I have a
farewell kiss for the laformatioa?'
"Oh. Barton.' don't km me! she
gasps, for Barnes hand, ia his agony
and rage, is nearly on her white throat.
"Pish, you are not worth it"
Uncompromisingly he tearshlmselt
from her' and commands: "Tell me
where I will Had aer now ; tell me so
that I can go back to her and dare to
kiss my wife's lips, knowing that I am
true to her. Think think what you
once were when your father and moth
er ia Ohio loved you and believed in
their little girl. By heaven, I know
there is good Ia you, Sally only let it
come oat, just this time," he entreats.
"Just tell me where I can find my dar
ling, so that I caa rescue her in time,
for yoa kaow these are villains who
have stolea her from me."
A being of impulse. La Belle Black
wood wrings her hands, her ead
droops and she sobs: "Then, Barton,,
I'll forgive yoa and tell you. There is
a little good in me I'll tell you all I
know of your bride, which is very
little. I think. the road they took her
was north of the path that we fol
lowed. But where Enid is, I know
"Then Salfceti! .I'll tear it from
"I hardly think he can tell you. His
followers were strangely frightened
and embarrassed when the Bellacoscia
young men demanded your bride from
them, and as .an evasion, substituted
me." Then, noting the fearful look
on Barnes' face, she cries: "Don't
waste your time here; ask the man
"Cipriano Danella! The head of this
affair didn't want you to find her not
until they killed you. if it were possi
ble. Oh, this Corslcan count who is
playing with you is a great man not
"This is all you can tell me? Is it
"Yes, as God will never forgive me
"Very well." says Barnes. "I thank
you for the information. I will now
see that you get out of Corsica safely."
"My friend, the great Bellacoscia,
will do it for me."
"The great bandit! He will take
me from Corsica? Diable, the mag
nificent bandit that would be an ad
venture," laughs the volatile lady air-
the Bandit, Mr. Barnes."
ily. "The ferocious bandit I have read
of! This Bellacoscia who kills gen
darmes as if they were flies! That's
greater than even a pork packer, a
cattle man or a Count Danella. isn't
it? I thank you for the bandit. Mr.
Barnes runs down the ' stairs and
steps out upon the porch.
A happy-faced young man with
elated air and dust-covered clothes is
spurring hastily up the avenue, a na
tive boy trotting beside him. Seeing
the American, he calls out: "Glad to
hear you and Enid are again yard
arm to yardarm; though you look love
sick enough; Barnes of New York.
Awaking with a start. Burton looks
at him and gasps. "Edwin, you here?"
"Easy enough. I found a letter left
with' Lady Cbartris' housekeeper by
my wife to be delivered to me this
morning, which told me Marina had
come to Bocognano. So I rushed into
Nice. By good luck I found AHng
ham's yacht was coming straight to
Ajaccio. For my sake he put on
steam. I made the 25 miles up here
from the Corsican capital on a horse,
arriving before they" extinguished the
lights in the inn. There they told me
of my noble wife and how Marina's
words had banished our vendetta from
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Modern Turpentine Gathering.
Twenty million turpentine cups are
used in the pine forests of the south
to catch the flow of resin from the
trees, and 7.000,000 or 8.000,000 are
added each year. These simple-looking
cups, which are not unlike flower
pots in size and shape, indicate a
rapid aad highly important change in
the Americaa method of gathering
turpeatlae. due to the need of econo
my ia using all forest products aad to
the applicatioa of science in an old-fashioaed'indttbtry.
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Red Tape of the
ASHINGTON. DoB't give a po
liceman a present, particularly
money, unless you want it to get moss
covered and rusty with age before he
is permitted to receive it. There is
red tape aad formality in the District
government, particularly that branch
goveralag the police department,
which calls for much routine before
any employe can receive anything
from a citizen until it has been investi
gated aad marked "approved" by the
three commissioners several times, as
well as the major and superintendent
and some minor officials.
More than two months ago a much
petted and beloved Angora cat grew
tired or its daily life of continual
fondling, and the atmosphere of its
home, and without giving "due no
tice." as a cook's or other rare and
valued pets do, took leave. There was
sadness in the household. There' wps
gloom about the place for more than
a month. Then the clouds parted and
the sun shone again.
Policeman Stott was responsible
for the uplifting of the gloom. It was 1
Best Woman Campaigner at the Capital
MRS. BIRD SEGLE M'GUIRE. wire
of the dean of the delegation rep
resenting In congress the new 'state of
Oklahoma, has the unique reputation
for being the best campaigner of her
sex in the official circle at the national
capital. It is even claimed that to
her tact and cleverness is due no
slight pait of her husband's political
success. The voting records of Okla
homa as a territory seem to bear out
this claim, for they tell of his winning
his first public office by a majority of
two, the year in which the lady who
was destined to become his wife, but
who was then unknown to him, cast
her maiden vote along with that of
her mother, for him as district attor
ney of the county in which they both re
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Humor of Reporter Fails to Please
A COUPLE of weeks ago one Jim
hay, a gentle reportorial soul, who
has drunk deep of the milk of humar
kindness, and who is never happiei
than when plucking the blushing vio.
let from its sheltering nook and put
ting it on the pan, decided it was up
to him to do a good deed. So he
looked around for a mark and finally
selected one, James S. Davenport of
the Third Oklahoma district, a first
termer and a hard worker.
So in due course of time there ap
peared in print a highly veracious ac
count of how James S. Davenport of
the Third Oklahoma district finding in
front of his door in the house office
building two bulging bundles of what
he supposed were public documents,
seized them, lugged them into the se
clusion of his office and, by the judi
cious use of the franking privilege,
sent them bioadcast throughout his
Then, in throbbing minor tones, the
story told of the astonishment, disau-
pointment and chagrin of James S. I
Davenport or the Third Oklahoma dis-
Senate Seat Number
SUPERSTITION in the senate? Read
this story of "23."
Senator Wetmore of Rhode Island
occupied seat No. 23 on the Republi
can side. After a long and bitter con
test in which he was opposed by two
Republicans, the legislature of his I
state on the twenty-third day of the I
muDio gave up we enori to eiect ana
adjourned, leaving a vacancy and Wet
more out of the senate.
The new legislature tried it again
this winter and Wetmore was chosen
to succeed himself. He was elected in
time to be sworn in on January 23. but
respectfully declined and waited sev
eral days. '
His resumption of his seat gave the
senate a full membership 92 senators,
the largest in its history, Oklahoma
having meanwhile entered the union.
Now, It is a tradition not a super
stition, of course, or the senate that
whenever that body has a full mem
bership, which doesn't often happen
and never continues long, there will
presently be a senatorial death. This
has beeu the experience so many
times that the exceptions are forgot
ten. So when Wetmore came in the
probability of a death was whispered
about Twenty-three days elapsed be
tween the day of Wetmore's resump
tion of his seat aad the day Senator
Latimer of South Carolina died.
Senator Wetmore, by reason of be
tas; oat of the senate for some months.
had the lock to lose seat 23. That seat
he who. while prying atoat dark , al
leys aad oa vacant lots, foaad the
waadering Thomas. As a reward for
Stott's great act of kindness the cat's
owaer shoved a crisp dollar bill ia the
oScer's hand as he relieved him ef the
Aside from being a brave aad ceur
ageoas policeman. Stott is a stickler
for duty, aad after receiviag the dollar
ha harried to the commander of his
preciact. Cast, Boyle, aad told him of
his goad fortaae.
This was the starting point of tk
big ball of red tape that was to wind
around that crisp dollar bill hefora
Private Stott could really call it his
The next day Maj. Sylvester re
ceived a letter from Capt. Boyle re
lating the facts in the case. Capt.
Boyle in turn forwarded the document
to Commissioner West.
After carefully reading the commu
nication and looking up the laws upon
the subject Commissioner West placed
his stamp of approval on the docu
ment The paper was sent to Com
missioner Macfarland and Commis
sioner Morrow in turn, who, after duo
official consideration, followed the ex
ample of Commissioner West and gave
their rubber-stamped approval.
r Then the jacketed document started
upon its return journey, and some day
Stott will get his dollar.
sided. Since their marriage Mrs. Mc
Guirehascampaigncd with her husband
from one end of their adopted com
monwealth to the other and entered
upon the social duties of her position
in Washington with the same enthusi
asm when in the last days of its terri
torialism Oklahoma sent Mr. McGuire
to plead her statehood cause In the
lower house of congress.
Long afternoons were spent scatter
ing her own and her husband's cards
everywhere official etiquette required
and sometimes where it did not if
only the opportunity offered a chance
for her making a friend for the would
be youngest state in the union. More
over, she never failed to be in the fam
ily gallery of the "big house on the
hill" whenever there was anything on
the tapis concerning the future of Ok
lahoma. Thus, for four years she
watched the rise and fall of the state
hood hope of that vast section of the
middle west for many years marked
"Indian Territory" on the map of the
United States, and which was finally
admitted to Uncle Sam's bosom.
trict when he learned that in his well-
meant effort to hand his constituency
all the unattached public documents
in 'Washington he had iuadvertently
flooded his district with the "monthly
issue of the local telephone directory
Having thus shown to an admiring
world the many sterling qualities pos
sessed by James S. Davenport of the
Third Oklahoma district in the way of
energy, acquisitiveness and love for
his constituency, the gentle reportor
ial soul and violet plucker set back in
a receptive attitude, waiting the
thanks of the violet.
They never came. Mr. Davenport
fell out of his high chair while quite
young, and. as a result or the compli
cations that ensued, it was found nec
essary to amputate his sense of hu
mor. But he is long on dignity and
has an active stenographer and an
elaborate vocabulary. He worked ail
three over time. He hopes eventually
to be able to tell each of his constitu
ents' personally, or over his own un
forgeable signature, that the tale or
the telephone directories was an out
rageous, malicious and unqualified
shorter and uglier word. He is work
ing at the job right now.
And while James S. Davenport of
the Third Oklahoma district writes
letters, one Jimhav u. .m m-.-
ial soul, is waiting for the thanks that
23 Proves a Hoodoo
was drawn by Senator Kittredge of
South Dakota, who would now be oc
cupying it but for the fact that he in
staying at home to look after bis in
terests in a desperate campaign for
control of the next legislature. Gov.
Crawford wants the senator's seat and
the 23 story has done a good deal to
convince senators- that Kittredge's
days of statemansbip are numbered.
Reports from South Dakota tend to
confirm the impression that the 23
hoodoo has fixed its eye on Kittredge.
After Hydrogen Was Discovered.
In 1767. following immediately after
the discovery of hydrogen. Dr. Black
of Edinburgh pointed out that a ves
sel filled with this gas would rise in
the air. Almost simultaneously the
brothers Etienne aad Joseph Moat
golfer, who were paper manufacturers,
as a result of reading Priestley's "Ex
periments Relating to Different Kinds
of Air," invented the hot-air or fire
balloon and on June 5, 1783, the first
Montgolflr ascended at Annonnay.
Auvergne. France. In August of the
same year Prof. Charles of Paris seat
up the first balloon filled with hydro
gen, or "inflammable air." After trav
eling 15 miles this balloon was torn to
pieces by the superstitious peasantry.
Waycress Has Good Record.
Waycross, Ga.. with a population of
9.008, has no poorhouse, nine oat of
ten of the white population owa their
homes and 93 per cent, of the chil
dren attend school. Incidentally it
may be stated that the salooa license
has annually for the last IS years
been fixed at 130,000 and ao oae baa
offered to pay the amoaat for tho
salooa privilege. Exchaage. '
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