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What brought young Roosevelt around
so quickly la the fact that be la a chip
of the old block.
It ahould be distinctly understood that
tbe headline in various papers "Ransom
Has Been Paid" has no local signifi
cance. Weather bureau records show that the
average temperature for the first half
of February has been below the normal.
The coal pile, fully corroborates the ther
mometer. The only rational Inference Is that
Frank James waa imbued more with a
desire to work a free advertising racket
than to purge the stage of his question
The man who has looked longingly for
tbe ball under the shell can appreciate
bow General Kitchener felt when be
found tbe Boers bad slipped through hie
last "clrclo drive."
Tbe men who are just now putting
pins la the chair Prince Henry Is ex
pected to occupy during his visit to this
country, Just to make political capital,
may be disappointed In the result.
According to accounts of tbe national
convention of worn a a suffragists, the
women, chasing tbe ballot phantom are
more confident than ever that their po
litical enfranchisement is close at baud.
Chicago's clt council proposes now to
equalize tbe telephone charges. If the
services of aa experienced board of
equalization ia wanted, It might call la
too aieaibere of the Omaha, city council.
Postoffico reports from most of the
large cities are to tbe effect that the
number of valentine missives bandied la
tbe mails this year Is greater than ever
before. Prosperity stimulates sentiment
as well aa business.
Special cablcgrama Inform ua that
Prince Henry slid down bill on his
stomach when be west coasting with
the children. Tbe American youth baa
a much more expressive way of describ
ing tbe act.
- Whatever else people may think of
Miss 8uaaa B. Anthony, all admit that
she baa always been outspokenly frank
and never more so than In coming before
tbe suffragist convention and accepting
congratulations on her eighty-first birth
Tbe Russian bear Is certainly the most
complacent animal In the European men
Bgerie when It serves bis purpose to be
so. He smiles and aaya tbe British
Japanese treaty Is Just to Ma liking.
But if either party to the agreement
over stlcka bla bead In the bear' a mouth
"the undertaker will have to do the
The hottest senatorial contest In alght
la already on over In Illinois, where the
force are being marshalled by tbe re
spective candidates for the control of
the machinery of the republican organ
Uatioa. As yet the struggle Is ouly In
Incubation, but It la sure to blossom out
soon Into a full-fledged object lesson In
support of the demand for tbe election
of United States senators by direct vote
ot tbe people.
In a recent speech Lord Rosebry cer
talnly abowed the grasp of a statesman
When be said that In grappling with the
Booth Afrlcau question uo looked to the
future rather than the preMCUt, for Boer
and Briton will have to live together
In South Africa. Tbe United States is
facing a similar problem In the Philip
pines and those who, for political cap
ital, seek to prolong strife there are
neither statesmen nor patriotic clUaena,
WHAT WOtLD IISCOLU BAVK DOHtl
What would Abraham Lincoln have
done If be bad occupied the position of
chief executive at the outbreak of tbe
war with Spain? Would he have pur
sued tbe policy of William McKlnlcy In
trying to avert the war? Would he
have pursued the policy of William Mc
Klnley after war bad been declared by
congress, and what conditions would he
bave exacted from Spain after the last
Spanish fleet bsd been destroyed In
front of SsnUagoT Would Lincoln bave
dictated the terms embodied In the
treaty of Paris, or would he have or
dered Dewey to pull out of Manila and
leave the Filipinos to their fate under
Spanish rule? And what would Abra
ham Lincoln bave done with the Philip
pine Islands If he now occupied the
position of Theodore Roosevelt?
They say a fool can ask questions
that it would puzzle a wise inau to an
swer. It would take a man endowed
with second sight to toll what a live
man might bave done If be hud occu
pied the place of another living uiau
under certain trying conditions. But
even a long-distance mind reader could
scarcely divine what a dead inau, who
successfully solved nineteenth century
problems, would have done if called on
to solve twentieth century problems
were be still alive.
In the light of the record which Abra
ham Lincoln made in peace and In war,
and with bla known humane impulses
and aversion to needless bloodshed it is
safe to assume that he would have re
sisted the desperate efforts of the yellow
journals and bloodthirsty swashbucklers
in and out of congress to precipitate a
war with Spain Just as long and just aa
tenaciously as did William McKlnley.
It Is also aafe to assume that after war
had been declared against Spain by con
gress, he would have performed bis
sworn duty as chief executive aa vigor
ously and as effectively as did William
What conditions Abraham Lincoln
would have imposed upon Spain after
Spain had thrown up the sponge Is un
knowable and problematical, but editor
ial salvation army exborters and politi
cal demagogs who desecrated the
memory of Lincoln by garbled quota
tions to bolster up their views of so
called paramount Issues In tbe cam
paigns of 1800 and 1900, insist that
Abraham Lincoln would never have con
sented to the coercion of tbe Filipinos
by force of anus, or their government
under military rule against their con
sent In this assertion they Impeach
the democratic and populist members of
the United States senate, who, under
the Inspiration of William Jepuings
Bryan, voted to ratify the treaty of
Paris, It would be an indictment of
their Intelligence to say that they did not
know that the ratification of that treaty
absolutely annexed the Philippine Is
lands and made them Just as much a
part of the United States as was Louis
iana after the purchase negotiated by
Thomas Jefferson, or California, after
tbe treaty ratified by a democratic seu-
ate and democratic president
If Abraham Lincoln had been presi
dent at the close of the Spanish-Ameri
can war and entertained doubts of tbe
expediency or wisdom of extending
American sovereignty ever islands
seven thousand miles distant be would
bave Instructed the American peace
commissioners to desist from including
the Philippine islands with Porto Rico
as part of the war Indemnity, but no
body who knew Abraham Lincoln and
his unswerving loyalty to the flag could
be made to believe that bo for a moment
entertained tbe proposition to order tbe
American army and navy to evacuate
tbe Philippines after It bad become his
duty to maintain tbe Integrity of tbe
United States ou every foot of territory
within its limits.
To ask what Abraham Lincoln would
have done in the place of William Mc
Klnley is about as sensible as to ask
what General Grant would have doue
If he had been in the place of George
Washington, or what King Edward VII
would bave don in the place of George
III. Tbe only reasonable question that
might be asked at this time would be
to ask what would Abraham Lincoln
nave done if he bad been In the place
of Theodore Roosevelt, and waa con
fronted with the queation of bow to
govern the Philippine islands under ex
luting conditions. Would Abraham
Lincoln. If be were president, shirk tbe
responsibility assumed by tbe United
States to protect life and property in
the Philippine Islands when It became a
party to the treaty of Paris. Would he
withdraw the troops and give the Phil
Ippinea Independence when they are not
in condition to govern themselves?
Would be let tbe Tagalog Filipinos set
up a republic in Luaon and two or three
Islands In the face of the fact that the
scmi aavage population of several hun
dred other islands do not speak their
lunguage and do uot In auy way affiliate
with them, and even vary from them In
religious treed? Would he withdraw the
American army and navy and allow the
2.000,000 Tagalogs to war upon tbe
0,000,000 of mixed Malay races, Just as
the Slouxs warred upon the Pawnees
or the Cheyenues?
Would Liucolu not be in honor bound
to maintain, au army in the Philippines
in order to prevent these people from
butcheriug each other and from murder
lug and pillaging the clticens of other
natloua whose protection this country
had assumed when It annexed the Phil
ippines? It is not to be expected, however,
tha; a iurty of political lobsters unU
crawfish could ever be persuaded to meet
the II v lug Issues of the hour upon ra
tloual Hues luatead of following In the
wake of funeral directors and fighting
Its batties with phantoms und mum
mlc. It Is uot possible for leaders of
such a party who are always uiurch
lug backward to comprehend that men
and partlrg must either keep up with
tho progressive processiuu of the century
or fall out of line and perish by the way
Some Idea of the value of public fran
cutset can bo formed by tbe revels
tlons In the Grand Rapids bribery cases.
where It was shown $100,000 was paid
out In the preliminary steps to secure
a franchise for furnishing the city with
water, and Grand Rapids Is not such
a large place either. Neither Is It to be
supposed the promoters were giving
away all they thought there was In It
AHBITRATIO.V l.V LABOR DISrVTtS.
There Is no more Important question
than that of preserving Industrial peace
and measures looking to this cannot be
too frequently or freely discussed.
Something has been accomplished In
this direction within the last few years
and much Is hoped for from the result of
the late conference of the employers of
labor and its representatives, but the
problem baa not yet been solved. Among
the states Massachusetts Is foremost In
the matter of arbitration In labor dis
putes and another step In the Interest of
Industrial peace Is under consideration.
This is the establishment of a court for
the adjudication of cases of difference
aa to hours and wages of labor between
employers and workmen, on tbe lines of
the New Zealand statute which haa
been in operation for a number of years.
A good deal has been said about the
New Zealand plan and there have been
statements that It has not operated suc
cessfully. There Is the authority of the
secretary for labor of that colony that
such statements are erroneous. In a
letter to tbe New York Evening Post he
says that the New Zealand plan of com
pulsory arbitration Is considered there
to be a pronounced success and that only
a revolution could displace It As evi
dence that the plan boa worked success
fully be points to the fact that It has
been adopted in New South Wales,
South Australia and Western Australia
He further states that this labor legis
lation has not, as baa been alleged,
driven capital out of the colony, but on
the contrary capital baa greatly ex
tended its operational while the relations
between capital and labor bave never
been better than now. He says: "So
far aa my power of observation goes,
class bitterness is almost unknown In
New Zealand and most kindly feeling
exists between employer and employed.
There are no beggars in the colony and
poverty of the kind common in the big
cities of Europe and America Is almost
unknown. Nowhere in the world can so
many well-clad, rosy-faced people bo
seen together as In a New Zealand
crowd. If they are dissatisfied and fret
ting against their working conditions
they must have the art of concealment
In high degree."
Accepting this testimony In regard to
Industrial conditions in the colony as
conclusive, it la yet very questionable
whether the New Zealand plan for set.
tllng differences between employers and
employes would be practicable here.
There la an overwhelming feeling In this
country against any form of compulsory
arbitration. This has been freely ex
pressed not only by the employers of
labor, but with unanimity by organized
labor. Therefore It Is at present quits
useless to seriously consider any proposi
tion that involves compulsory arbitra
tion, so that the proposed Massachusetts
labor court is not likely to be estab
lished. Voluntary arrangements for the set
tlement of labor disputes, such as that
effected at the' late conference of the
representatives of capital and labor, ap
pears to be the only practicable plan for
preserving industrial peace and it is an
encouraging fact that there is a grow
ing willingness to arbitrate on both
aides a spirit which should receive all
RUSSIA MAKES XU OBJECTION.
If Russia, as reported. Is satisfied with
the agreement between England and
Japan, there is no apparent reason why
all the other powers should not be satis
fied. When the alliance was publicly
announced tbe universal opinion was
that it waa directly aimed at Russia.
This view was held even in England,
where members of the liberal party
expressed the apprehension that tbe
agreement would bave an Injurious
effect upon the relations between Russia
and Great Britain. It appears, bow
ever, that there Is not tbe slightest dan
ger of this. On tbe contrary, If official
sentiment in Russia is correctly reported
that government not only regards the
alliance with complete equanimity, but
would willingly have subscribed to the
preamble to tbe agreement, which de
clares a desire to maintain the status
quo snd general peace In the extreme
east the Independence and territorial In
tegrity of China and Korea and the se
curing of equal opportunities in those
countries for tbe commerce and Industry
of all nations. Tbe statement given as
representing the Russian official view
shows that that power as earnestly de
sires the maintenance of peace in the
extreme east and tbe preservation of
the territorial Integrity of China as do
the parties to the alliance.
It will uot be surprising to find the
expression attributed to a Russian offi
cial source received In some quartern
with doubt as to their sincerity, in view
of tbe operations of Russia la Man
churlu. But It is true that so far as
the United States is concerned the Rus
sian government had given assurances
that American commercial interests In
Manchuria would be protected and that
nothing would be done to disturb those
Interests in China. Still our government
recently deemed it expedient to further
question Russia in this matter, with a
view to obtuiniug further assurances.
While It appears that the goverumeuV
of the United States was made aware
of negotiations between Great Britaiu
and Japan, It expressed no opiniou re
specting them and Is In no seuse a party
to the agreement, nor will it be. At the
aaiue time there is no doubt that the
agreement is strictly in line with the
wishes of this government, since it
promises to firmly establish and make
secure at least during the period that
the arrangement is to remain in force
the conditions for which the United
States has earnestly labored. It relieves
this country from sny solicitude reopect-
Ing tbe maintenance of the open door to
trade In China, which Is Its chief con
cern and which was endangered only
by tho designs of Russia In Manchuria.
The general effect of tbe Anglo-Japan
ese alliance will doubtless be highly ben
eficial. It will free China from tbe sel
fish pressure of Russia, which haa been
a serious embarrassment to the develop
ment of tbe empire, and It will stim
ulate commercial Intercourse In which
all countries will have an equal oppor
tunity to share. It la unquestionably
a diplomatic event of the very highest
as to a rRAttvmsti tax.
It was to be expected that objections
would be raised to the recommendation
the Industrial commission that an
annual franchise tax be Imposed upon
all state corporations engaged In inter
state commerce, the tax to be calculated
upon tbe gross earnings of each corpora
tion from Its Interstate business, the
minimum rate to be low but to be grad
ually Increased with Increases In earn
It is objected to this proposition that
as the government docs not need more
revenue a tax on the corporations is uu-.
necessary, that while a corporation Is a
proper subject for taxation If the gov
ernment is In need of revenue, it is
otherwise not expedient to tax corpora
tions. One objection Is thus stated:
Will a federal franchise tax unon all
corporations engaged In Interstate com
merce, calculated upon gross earnings
and increasing in rate as they increase.
help matters, even assuming It to be
just? Internal taxes for restraint and
regulation rather than for revenue are
of doubtful expediency at best and on
such a scale as this they might work
very inequitably. A bureau of the Treas
ury department to levy and collect such
tax and exercise supervision would
have Its hands more than full."
The franchise tax recommendation of
the Industrial commission is part of lta
general plan of publicity cud supervision
for the corporations doing an interstate
business and is a very essential feature
of that plan. We cannot see that the
revenue consideration Is of any im
portance. The only question is as to
whether such a tax would be Just and
it can be confidently assumed that a
very large majority of the people would
so regard it There Is certainly no good
reason why these great corporations
ahould uot beur a share of the uutloual
and state taxation proportionate to their
share of the national wealth, which the
Industrial commission calculates to be
one-fifth. The taxation of the iriant
combinations is smaller than that wbicb
the Individual owners pay and if a
graduated franchise tax on interstate
business will correct that Inequality
sucn a iax snouid be Imposed and col
lected. Moreover It would perhaDs en-
able tho government to relieve the peo
ple of some other taxes that are more or
We can see nothing In the objections
noted that ahould ' bave any weight
against the Industrial commission's rec
ommendation. There ia no doubt that
the franchise tax proposition will meet
with very general popular suDnort and
Its ultimate adoption can, we believe, be
very confidently predicted.
Not the least Interesting portion of the
final report of the Industrial commis
sion Is that dealing with agriculture.
It la pointed out that one great trouble
In farming at present Is faulty distribu
tion and low efficiency of labor. These
two characteristics, the report states,
are partly due to Irregularity of em
ployment and the generally unattractive
character of the occupation. To these
facts the commission attributes tbe flow
of tbe more efficient individuals from
tbe country Into the cities. How largely
this has been going on is shown In the
statement just made by tbe director of
the census, who says that counties
which actually decreased In population
during the past two decades are pre
dominantly agricultural and usually
have lost through migration to more
favored localities tbe natural Increase
of their population by births over
The Industrial commission's report
states that notwithstanding a general
tendency to run into debt and to Incur
undue burdens for the sake of buying
more land and unduly extending farm
capital over too great an area, the gen
eral tendency of farm mortgages has
been downward. This is partly due to
decrease In rates of Interest It Is noted
that a rise iu the value of land has
gone hand la hand ' with decrease in
Interest aud indebtedness and contempo
raneously with these changes there has
come a decline In the number of inde
pendent owners of land and an Increase
In the number ,of tenants both abso
lutely and relatively. Regarding agri
cultural prosperity, the report says It
has been largely affected by the serious
variations in farm prices during the past
few years, while variations In freight
rates bave been an important factor
with which tbe farmer was obliged to
deal, but whose Influence be could sel
dom anticipate. In the opinion of the
commission the home market and not
the foreign is a price-determining factor.
"From the standpoint of tbe advantage
to tbe producer," says tbe report, "the
home market Is always the primary con
sideration in agricultural policy. The
foreign market is necessarily more
Irregular nnd therefore often' a disturb
ing factor in domestic prices rather than
a remedy in agricultural depression."
This Is Interesting as confuting the
commonly accepted Idea that It Is the
foreign market which fixes tbe prices
of most of our crops.
The recommendations regarding leg
islation In the Interest of agriculture
made by the commission should com
mand the attention of congress. It is
probable that they will generally com
mend themselves to the spproval of the
Interests to which they relate, since they
are the result of a very thorough In
vestigation and careful study of existing
conditions and requirements.
Tbe convention called to revise the
constitution of Connecticut Is up agslnst
a bard proposition In the reform of leg
islative representation. Up to this time
representation has been by towns with
out reference to population, with the re
sult that the smaller towns with one
tenth the number of people have tbe
same voice as the larger towns and are
besides in position by a united stand to
block any change looking to a more
equitable distribution. Of course this Is
the same problem-, only In a more ag
gravated form, that besets everybody
that Is charged with readjusting legis
lative apportionment according to tbe
unequal growth of population. Tbe con
stituencies that are to lose by readjust
ment nearly always oppose reform,
while those which are victims of the
obsolete system are often powerless to
secure tbe relief that Justice would ac
cord. If some self-acting reapportion
ment measure that would put itself into
effect with each recurring census enu
meration could be devised, tbe unseemly
contention might be obviated and some
thing arrii ed at more nearly conforming
to our seuse of right
The seniors of the Nebraska university
have decided to cheerfully accept Booker
T. Washington as commencement orator.
It would have been in extreme bad taste
to do otherwise. He Is In every way
worthy of the honor and Nebraska uni
versity several years ago took an ad
vanced stand on this question by In
sisting upon playing a colored student
on its foot ball team.
Tbe German agrarian party continues
Its fight on the American bog. Experi
ence with the animal will soon teach
agrarians that It Is harder to drive
the American bog into a pen than any
thing they ever had anything to do
Revelation Jar Spain.
It must somewhat Jar the. sensibilities ot
Spanish statesmen when they observe the
evident anxiety of the great European
power to demonstrate to the people ot tbs
United States that Spain had but one sin
cere friend among them all la her extrem
ity. Royalty Playing Politic.
Saturday Evening Pot.
King Edward VII. would succeed aa a
politician. Th new postage stamps will
make his features familiar even to those
English people who do not take American
Illustrated papers, and th penny stamps
are red to please the English and the half
penny ones are green to pleas tbe Irish.
Drrama from th Ft Belt.
Boms woman has figured out that 20,000,
000 mince pies placed on top of one another
will mak a monument of Indigestion IU
milea high. What an absurd thing to do
with pi. If th monument war built It
would not be three minutes before th baa
were undermined by boys who would bring
th fabric crashing to tbs earth, thus die
trlbutlng stomach aches and plenty to IIS
miles of th pi ' belt. Glorious dreamt
Hat Air Aftermath.
What with the conflict now raging among
tbe European chancelleries as to who was
th "next friend" of Unci Sam during th
war with Spain and ex-8eaator Chandler's
effort to stir up strife at borne It begins to
look aa if tha war were to be fought over
again with a virulence that threatens to
upset all the rocking-chair critics of events
and knock th knitting needle of th would
be history makers out of their excited
hands. It is a great day for th diplomat
who has a few cats to let out of th bag
and for publicists who have time on their
Checkinar the Dlvorc Scandal.
Th Iowa legislature, which la now la
session, will pass a divorce law Intended to
prevent th easy and cheap destruction of
such marrlag relations aa are protected by
other states. A pending bill, which will
become a law, provides that clttsens coming
from other states shall not secure a dl
vorc in Iowa except for causa which
would author!- a dlvorc in th etate from
wbich th applicant removed. It la also
provided that bo dlvorc shall b granted
for causes originating before the applicants
became residents ot Iowa and qualified to
su In it courts. All restrictions ca th
system of easy and cheap divorces are la
th interest of public morality and decency.
BPECVXATIOM VERSUS THRIFT.
Rise, Splarg 4 Fall of Detroit'
' Chicago Nws.
Aa an exemplar of the destiny ef tho
who embrace "get-rich-qulck" schemes and
Soorn th old-fashioned method ef Industry
snd thrift on Frank C, Andrews of De
troit cannot be said to hav spent bis lit
In vain. Mr. Andrews la a young man who
arrived in Detroit a few years ago with a
capital ot $125. By dint of nerv jmd quick
ness in taking advantage of opportunities
he secured a foothold In tbe speculative
world and from that time on made money
rapidly, becoming a millionaire. Always a
blatant advocat of th lucky throw aa
opposed, te caution, sound method and
economy, be haa done what n could to
imperil th general prosperity of th pubilo.
Having been lucky, Andrews, Ilk other
"young Napoleons of finance." imm to bav
concluded that h was Invincible. He la
vented several maxims which probably h
himself believed at tha time. H openly
approved speculation and declared that
"human Ufa 1 too short for th slow
processes of thrift." It was bis theory that
"no man should work after n I so," ana
be believed that all his good fortune cam
a "th result of taking chance." H
found success consisted "In kn indomitable
faith In your owa proposition." Probably
his philosophical view of gambling seemed
correct at the time. His boastful saying
doubtless la no way overstated his faith In
That be should bav dipped Into specula
tlon one too often and brought himself Into
a predicament In whlrh not even his "la
domltable faith" could save him was in
evitable. He has succeeded la wiping out
his fortune In a hurry- Not being aa earner
or a aaver. but having been trained through
out his life to the idea of getting money
without labor. It la not surprising that be
should hav ombestled funds Intrusted ta
hi keeping. From the bank of which he
was vice president he took tl.ftOO.OOO, ev
log absolutely no security. His fortune Is
gone and so I bis credit. Any dark
who manage t set aside fl ef his earnings
weekly I now better off than the erstwhile
rich and boastful speculator. Touths who
may be tempted lato speculation would do
well te sot bis ampla.
BLASTS FROM RAM'S HOB.
Th worst getting Is that which binders
Urgency alone make eloquenc in
Fleeing from responsibility la biding
Common cense la often but common sym
pathy with ail.
Most men may be known by th way
they us money.
To get accustomed to evil Is to become
assimilated to It
Crystallised virtues are apt to be cutting
rather than kind. ,
When a man wears his success with pride
It is often mad of past.
Many want to go to heaven who are too
laty area to look that way.
Ths frivolity of fashion Is the soil In
which corruption flourishes.
Tou may know a man's principles by
th things he has an Interest In.
Put your stumbling block where It be
longs and It will become a stepping stone.
When your klndnea Is only Intended for
coals of fire It will certainly burn your
TUB COST OP LIVING.
A Phaa of Prosperity Which Consu
late a Harden.
Figures can be made to do all aorta ef
service, according to th us that Is mad
of them. According to a recent trade re
view opinion, th price of those artlclea
which furnish th Steele of llvlna to rich
and poor alike has advanced on an aver
age about 40 per cent. Th latest Issue ot
Bradatreet'a. however, roea a little
Into detail, and says that "Considerable
loose writing on U subject of high price
seems to have been Indulged In rturinv th.
last few months, owing to the high prices
oi rooa products, and tbe Impression has
gone abroad that nrlcea a a vhnu mv
been tremendously advanced." This, It
ciaima, is not the case in the great mass
of material outside food products. It
gives lists of articles that are higher,
lower and stationary. From this it sp
pears that fifty-five producta, or one-half
of all quoted, were higher upon th first of
th present month as compared with Feb
ruary 1, not, thirty-nine were lower and
thirteen remained unchanged.
But the probieu. of existence demands
differentiation, it makes a difference In
th equation whether it la titt.- n k...
codfish or carbollo acid that is increasing
or uecreasing. in the Bradstreet lists the
advances have Wn lararelv In
uots, and especially those food product
mat are classed among the more Indispen
sable factors of existence. Luxuries are as
cheap now as previously, perhaps. Th
necetsarle of life have been on tbe ascend
ing plana and the movement baa not yet
been checked. Thus, according to Brad
street's showing, which is testimony in
confirmation of th monthly bills for ths
household, butter, tea, mackerel, molasses,
potatoes, apples, beef, pork, flour, eggs,
milk, bacon, ham and lard, not to men
tion a number of other articles, bave In
creased. Castor oil. tar, nails, opium,
quinine, rubber and
while anthracite coal, ginghams, tlnplatej
"""" umuer ana caustic soda are un
changed. But It Is not easy to derive consolr.
Hon from th columns of decrease and ua
cbangeableneea In prices. Ths consumer
doe not seem to get much benefit from
them, whll the additions to the other
solumn are vlsibl without tha balp of a stat
istician. A box of quinine pill coat as
much as it did a year ago. Some may be
ui w purcnaae antnracit coal at the
same figures as a year ago, but it Is not
the small consumer. But we are a patient
people. W realize that the last year was
not favorabl to a full supply of the lead
ing crop staples and w are willing to wait
for th abundance which hop always sug
gests la la store for us in th seasons Just
ahead. W cannot get around th law of
supply and demand very well, or at least
th average consumer does not find it eaey
to do so. That art Is reserved for the
manipulator, who always doe his cleverest
work when there is th greatest scarcity
In th necessaries of life. Heno we Imagine
b has had a hand In ths extra burdens w
are ompelled to carry.
"OTHERWISE CNIN JIBED."
There Is grim humor In tha etatamant
Issued by the director of th savings bank
In Detroit which has been wrecked by an
unscrupulous cashier who lent half ot Its
entire resource to Its mora unscrupulous
vice president. They say that outalda of
the transactions tbe Institution wsa never
In better shape!
It happens that the slnaia item of onr.
drafts by on man, th vice president of the
bank, represents about four times It total
capital, surplus and undivided profit. Th
checks certified for him and used in other
banks are equal to nearly three time tna
whole capital, surplus and profit. But ex
cept for the fact that one peraoo be been
permitted te use th institution's credit and
resources to seven times ths total amount
of Its capital, surplus and profit, th se
curity given by this speculator being vary
dubious and Inadequate, th bank ia all
What sort of ODera bouffe nuunu i-
thlsT Tbe directors of a savings bank so
monstrously mismanaged nua-ht to ennfaaa
their sham and guilty responsibility for
negligence and do no ridiculous boasting
about Its condition aside from th opera
tions which bav ruined It
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Running on Its owa rails from OMAHA, KANSAS CITT, ST. LOUIS,
CHICAGO, to DETROIT, TOLEDO and BUFFALO. Reduced rates
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For rate, descriptive matter
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PERSONAL AND OTIIKRWMB.
Mr. Bcbwab has three kings In band. If
h draws another he can safely stay ta
Should Unci Sam take In th Danish
West Indies the deal will offset the Philip
pines. There Is a Flanagan Island In th
Minnesota's board of fair managers at th
Buffalo exposition ba a stack of compli
ments coming. It cam out of th deficit
with a balance of SO cents.
Tbe brown tail moth has worked the
Massachusetts legislature for another ap
propriation. Propagation ef moths seems
te be a paying Investment.
Reform is doing some sprightly stunts
these days. A Massachusetts a treat rail
way was flaed )2S each tor seven car ths
company failed to beat properly.
Slow-paced thrift often prospers regard
less of torroundtnxs. A woman who pad
died matches on Wall street saved a Urge
roll ot money for her heir to scrap over.
Th Standard Oil company has made
a quarterly dlwy of M per ent. A bunch
of stock in that company. If rightly placed,
would demoralise th Chicago platform
Taxpayers In a Chicago suburb ar hand
ing In cheery compliments with their money
to the city officials. They are enjoying th
rare experience ot a cut In taxes amount
ing to 0 per cent.
Th police of Indianapolis have been
shorn of their belts and clubs. Instead
they will wear an additional row of shin
ing buttons and carry a leather-covered
knocker In their pockets.
Mrs. Mary Smith of Philadelphia claims
to be 100 year old. There Is no reason
why she should give It away, unless she
desire to show the effect of renewing
husband. 8be had four In her day.
Th saddest dirge of the new century la
that played over the remain of the blcycl.
Tho Leagu of American Wheelmen has
dwindled from 100,000 In 1897 to s corporal's
guard. A Toledo blcyclo plant, employing
700 hands, has Just closed up shop. There
ar others lying mute and smokeless. Th
corcher haa ceased to be. Truly th revo
lution ot yesterday are today a memory.
After all, habits and associations ar not
safe guides ot men's trustworthiness. Th
Detroit bank wrecker played every gam
that cam bis way and acquired a reputa
tion a a rounder. Now the wiseacres say
"I told you so." Down In Ohio, a bank
official who never touched tobacco, couldn't
shuffle a deck of cards and never played
th races Is short In his accounts. These
contradiction furnish th variety that
Philadelphia Preps: Maud Do you mean
to tell me that you and Oeorge ar en
gaged at laat?
Mabel Yes: he had quit .'pending money
pn me, and I thought I might aa welt let
Chicago Tribune: "Mis McGlnnls," began
the young man. clearing his throat. "I
bave been coming to see you four year"
I!tt?es!gh"h ,nterruPted Ptient
hilVTE'V"1 Pla,,n ,DU': "Th moat
beautiful woman In France recently died."
beautifuf?"y0U k"0W tllat Bh WM l" ","t
"Well, she had no trouble In getting six
or seven husbands." '
Pittsburg Chronicle: "Miss Elder wear
false hair, doe she not?" asked Mr. Vaa
"I have no reason for doubting that It I
genuine human hair she wears," replied
Mr. Dinwiddle, guardedly.
- -. yuu snow ner nusoann i a
landscape gardener, and be design them.
Detroit Free Press: "The averag mar
rled woman," said Henpeck. "works her
game so a to play man.of-the-hou and
e.c.on.tro1 of th Pura-trlng."
. 1 don't know." replied the other,
whose wlfo I on of thoee oft, coolna
creaturea. "sometimes eh plays her game
Sam etndrk th man"of-tne-nouse t6 th
Cleveland Plain Dealer: "What did h
jay when you promised to be a sister to
He looked at me earnestly for a moment
or two and then eald that It would be much
rnoreMconiUnt If I would mak it at
Chicago Tribune: "Dora, I wish you
would be a little more polite and friendly
1 M-iwk'".". "hen he call. He come
of a good family, he I educated, pleasing
in his address, la In excellent clrcumetaneee
Pnanc ally and your father and I consider
film altogether a superior young man."
"He may be all that, mamma, but shak.
Ins hand with him la Ilk shaking hands
with a fish.
THB LATER REST.
Frank I Stanton In Atlanta Constitution.
He tolled, forever faithful. In th ways
where Duty led.
When earth, seemed like a dert, and dark
And, "Ain't you feeiln' wearyT" e e uut
still hi word would bi:
'On the other aide of Jordan there'll b
rest for me!"
The black storm beat abova him: H saw.
with saddened heart, '
The laborers In th vineyard, on after one.
"Oh. rest you from th tolling! There te
po light to e!'
On the other aid of Jordan there'll b
llcht for Rial"
Ret, from th toll and trouble, tired
hands and drooping head;
Tou do but gather rose for grave that
hide your dead!"
But evermore that answer, clear-ringing,
far and free! '
"On the other eld of Jordan there'll ba
rest for mel"
And so he tolled, and tolling', gav earth a
A the Love of Ood that showered Lova'a
1111 at hie feet; "
No earthly - light could lure him no dark
hi faith could dim
On the other elde of Jordan there was light
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