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A Michigan man bag figured It out
that Purgatory is only five miles be
low tho surface. If tradition Is correct,
It once cropped out down In Texas.
It is a pity Prince Henry did not hare
lme to come a little further west, where
lie might get acquainted with ''more
pleasant weather than be bas been in
troduced to. ;
The New York Produce exchange bas
prohibited speculation in egg futures.
Evidently it considers the future of an
rgg at this season of the year entirely
Dr. Bryan gives out a long diagnosis
pt the presidential fever case of David
p. Hlfi.4 If anyone in the country is
able to' recognize the symptoms of that
Complaint Dr. Bryan is the man.
It is notorious that the Omaha retail
grocers do not want a retail market at
aJL Their advice, 'therefore, as to what
ahould or should not be done with the
market must be taken as highly colored
ftvlth their special interest
The land leasing: bill is believed to be
sleeping so soundly, it will not waken
during the present session of congress,
the interests of the small stockmen and
farmers must be protected before any
1)111 on the subject becomes a law. ;
if Carrie Nation should only become
Imbued with the idea that her mission
Includes the renovation of South Omaha
as well as Lincoln we might yet have a
little diversion In the spring election in
the hustling city braced against us on
The ' tin workers and the tinplate
makers have reached an agreement on
the wage scale for the coming year and
there will be no stoppage of business.
The last big- strike taught both parties
to the controversy the lessoo. to respect
each other's strength..
The telephone wires in Omaha went
Under ground a number of years ago and
the electric light wires are about to fol
low suit. The next step should be to
put the telegraph' wires under ground
and remove the- last remnants of the
forest of poles altogether from our
The committee in charge of the Chris
tian church convention la trying t,o find
out how the promises made, by which
(he convention was secured for Omaha,
can be fulfilled. The best way to fulfill
promises is not to make them without
a. reasonable assurance of their fulfill
tnent in advance. . '
The Iow a legislature Is balking at the
request of the Iowa State university for
It special levy of one-fifth of a mill to
be used as a building fund. The gen
erosity of Nebraska toward Its State
University in turniog over to it the pro
ceeds of a 1-nilll levy can be better ap
preciated by comparison.
Reports of wheat acreage from the
jrarious sections which grow this grain
extensively, Nebraska included, 'show a
targe increase in acreage. . With the
hort crop of com last; year and the
present btgh prices to clean all of It
from the market the year 1002 will be a
good oDe for Nebraska to show what it
?an do in ihet way, of a corn record.
Farm lauds In, Iowa are changing
ttanda at a rate never before known.
large part of these transfers mean that
states to the westward, where land Is
Hot so blgh iu price, are to receive many
new settlers before another crop is
, planted. Nebraska will be glad to ex
tend a welcome to the class of farmers
who have made Iowa what it is one
Df the most prosperous agricultural com-
; jauultles la tho world,
TBW LIADSRLESa VtKOCRACT.
The disorganised democracy is In
need of a leader and no doubt Mr. David
B. Hill is willing to accept the leader
ship. This was quite plainly disclosed
by his Manhattan dob speech, in which
he declared that New York will be the
fighting ground In the next presidential
campaign and that Mr. Roosevelt will
be the . republican candidate, thus
clearly ..implying that the democratic
candidate should also be a New York
man. Mr. mil, moreover, outlined a
platform upon which be believed the
democracy could be reorganized and
which Ignored most of the Chicago and
Kansas City platforms.
The Brooklyn Eagle, an Independent
democratic paper, says that there Is a
growing disposition among democrsts
to accept the leadership of David B.
Hill. It says that "despite disclaimers
to the contrary, the speech by which
the Manhattan club dinner was prin
cipally signalised is finding acceptance
as an outline of the plan of the next
presidential fight Living topics under
went treatment to the exclusion of the
dead." The Eagle says that even In
the south the influence of Bryan Is
waning, "If not near the vanishing
point" But Mr. Bryan is not going to
stand Idly by. and permit Bill to cap
ture the democratic leadership. Ha bas
already, -with characteristic aggressive
ness, challenged the New Yorker's as
piration and It can be confidently pre
dicted that he will continue to do so
right up to the assembling of the dem
ocratic national convention In 1004.
Nor will his opposition be without in
fluence, for Bryan still bas a following,
even . In .New York. . .
The democratic situation is one which
republicans can regard with entire' com
placency. The prospect for the reor
ganization of that party, on such lines
as Mr. UII1 suggests, Is anything but
bright while the conduct of its repre
sentatives in congress is rendering the
party more and more unworthy of pop
ular confidence. Democracy now stands
simply for obstruction.
APPLY OCR IMM10HAT10N LAWS.
It Is said In regard to the proposition
that Cuba shall adopt our Immigration
laws as a condition precedent to grant
ing reciprocity, that while the enact
ment of those laws by Cuba would be
a desirable accomplishment to demand
such legislation is of doubtful propriety
and calculated to Inspire a feeling of
resentment In Cuba. But if we, grant
tariff concessions to the island which
will better enable Its products .to com
pete with ours is It Improper to re
quire that the planters of Cuba shall
not be permitted to Import the cheapest
labor for the cultivation of products
that here employ a higher grade of la
bor t. There is danger that if Cuba Is
given the advantages of the American
markets there will be an Immediate re
sort to Chinese labor under a contract
labor law and we do not want this
cheap and servile labor In competition
with our better paid and free labor.
Moreover, it will be better, for Cuba
politically and socially not to bave the
class of labor which would be excluded
under the application of 6ur Im
migration laws. It is the policy
of the ' United 'States that' Cuba
shall be' a" self-governing country, with
a population capable of self-government.
and the importation of contract labor
would not be conducive to this policy.
Of course the planters will stoutly ob
ject to being deprived of the privilege
of importing cheap labor, because It
would be profitable for them to do so
and they regard the matter entirely
from the commercial point, but It will
be better for the island In the end not
to bave such labor and we can see no
Impropriety In this country urging that
It be kept out of Cuba.
DSALINO WITH THM COMBMATIOSS.
What the people expect of the national
administration, so. far as the great in
dustrial and commercial combinations
are concerned. Is' that it will use all
proper efforts to enforce the law appli
cable to such combinations. The popu
lar expectation Is that the administra
tion will be as faithful to its duty to ex
ecute the anti-trust act as in regard to
any other statute. There la no question
as to the constitutionality of that act,
which bas been on the statute books for
twelve years, during which time it has
received judicial recognition and Inter
pretation, so that the duty of the execu
tive department of the government to
enforce it is plain and imperative.
This does not require, however, any
reckless or indiscriminate prosecution of
the combinations. As was said by Pres
ident Roosevelt In bis message, "the
mechanism of modern business is so
delicate that extreme care must be taken
not to interfere with it in a spirit of
rashness or ignorance. Many of those
who have made it their vocation to de
nounce the great Industrial conibina
tlons appeal especially to hatred and
fear. In the Interest of the whole peo
ple the nation should, without Interfer
ing with the power of the states In the
matter, itself also assume power of
supervision and regulation over all cor
porations doing an Interstate business.
There is no doubt that the existing law,
as it has been Interpreted by the courts,
does not apply to ail the combinations.
Some of them cannot be reached under
it and further legislation Is necessary
to bring them under national supervi
sion and regulation. The wisdom or
expediency of doing this is for the de
termination of congress. The presi
dent bas gone as far as he properly can
go in recommending legislation requlr
lug publicity and this recommendation
has received the unqualified approval of
the Industrial commlsfon. It has also
received general public endorsement
Whether or not congress will heed It
there Is as yet nothing to Indicate, but
it would seem safe to assume-that the
majority party will not neglect so Im
portant a matter, la which the whole
people are taking a very deep and
The president's attitude toward any
comMnrtlon is explained to be simply
this: Does It seem to violate the anti
trust law? If so, a test must be begun
against It; If not the government will
take no action. The president It Is
further explained, has neither any
sweeping war to make upon the combi
nations, nor any mercy to show those
that are violating the statutes of the
United States. The assurance is given
that while no general assault by the
government on Industrial combinations
is Intended, there will be no deviation
from the simple purpose of enforcing the
law now on the statute, book, on the
ground that this Interest might be
helped or thst one hurt by the action of
the government With this conserva
tive position adhered to, as undoubtedly
It will be, there is no sound reason for
apprehending business disturbance or a
shaking of public confidence, as some
profess to feel, as a consequence of ef
forts to enforce existing law when in
the judgment of the authorities it Is be
HOT BPBIItQii ffATWRAl, S0LD1KRS'
The bill to establish a northern branch
of the national soldiers' home for disa
bled volunteers at Hot Springs, S. D.,
again before congress and we are
glad to know with good prospects for
Its enactment at the present session.
The bill has the backing of the Grand
Army of the Republic, as well as the
endorsement of the War department au
thorities, and has already passed the
senate. It was reported favorably a
week ago from the bouse committee on
military affairs, the report incorporating
Into It the favorable reports of the com
mittee on the same bill two years ago
and of the senate three years ago.
The national home for disabled volun
teers, which bas been maintained for
many years, consists at present of eight
branches, yet only one of them Is lo
cated, in the states and ' territories be
tween the Missouri river land the Rocky
mountains, although it is estimated that
of the 030,000 survivors of the war of
the rebellion, approximately 200,000 re
side in this area. The western branch
at Leavenworth has long been, in an
overcrowded condition, with constant in
crease in the applications for admission.
The appropriate character of the . South
Dakota location for an additional
branch has been repeatedly - demon
strated and approved by the managers
of the national home from 1806 on, when
the agitation for it first commenced. It
is therefore needless to go into details
again so far as Nebraska, Iowa, South
Dakota and other adjacent states are
concerned; the branch at Hot Springs
would afford timely relief for many dis
abled volunteers, who could not well go
to the more distant homes, even if they
bad room for them.
While the number of survivors of the
war of 1861 is being gradually reduced,
the nation will be called upon In time to
care for the volunteers of 1808 whose
health was impaired in - the military
service against Spain, so that there Is
ho danger that the proposed branch
would soon outlive its usefulness. On
the contrary, it Is safe to say that a sol
diers' home at Hot Springs would .be
maintained in preference to some of the
others with less peculiar advantages
should the time come when the number
of branches must be reduced. -
The World-Herald's lurid tale about
the terrible outrage perpetrated on a
Nebraska boy by the British forcing
him to enlist to fight against the Boers
has been exposed aa a fake made out of
the whole cloth. The young man en
listed In the British army entirely of his
own free will, and after due delibera
tion, although he may now be anxious
to be relieved from the terms of his con
tract' just as were thousands, of Amer
ican volunteers, who found that en
listed life was not what it waa cracked
up to be. But the World-Herald will
not bave the decency to make public
the real facta, even if it was Imposed
on In the first Instance, .
Success surely awaits Commandant
Pearse of the High school cadets, if be
will only go on the stage under the
management of hla brother, the school
superintendent His recent spectacular
strike to force the school board to com
ply with his requisitions, although
rather short-lived, was really dramatic.
Now he has handed in his resignation
on the ground that ' he is overworked
and underpaid, but has set immediately
to work to have the cadets persuade the
board not to accept the resignation. The
public ought to be willing to pay admis
sion to witness this pathetic per
The bad practice which unfortunately
prevails too generally of public officers
taking to themselves the sole credit for
contributions to public enterprises made
up by their deputies and employes is
again exposed in the little difficulty be
tween the former postmaster of Lincoln
and his deputy over which they bave
gone into court While nothing should
be done to repress the public spirit of
people on the public pay roll, there is no
good reason why 'each ahould not bave
all the advertising that goes with bis
The statement Is made that the de
positors of a recently failed Illinois bank
will be paid in fulL There is nothing
new about this statement but the re
freshing part of it is that the stockhold
era bave requested the receiver to check
up and see bow much money will be re
quired, so they can pay it in. Contrasted
with the usual dodging of stockholders'
liability this is certainly encouraging.
Some people In Germany are atlll ap
prehensive for the safety of Prince
Henry while touring this country. If
he. can poly stand the American gait a
few days longer be will be all right
and when the trip is ended he will hsve
seen enough to keep him thinking for
months to come.
Aflat Fires ts laterroa-atloa.
Will the democratic party profit by the
lessons of the pastT" Inquires Hon. Adlsl
E. Stevenson. A motion to substitute ths
word "mistakes" tor the word "lessons"
would be Is order.
Re Harry to Go' Back.
Prince Henry must have been Impressed
by the tsct that a number of fins German
cltlxra have preferred to make their homes
here and that there Is no especial anxiety
on the part of any class of American citizens
to take up permanent residence In Germany.
Aa Hoaeat Ceafessloa.
Ex-Governor Hogg of Texas has refused
to wear knee breeches In order to be per
mitted to bow to King Edward. Mr. Hogg
says he Is afraid he wouldn't look well with
Is calves exposed, and people who have
gated upon his dimensions are likely to
agree that Ms fear is well grounded.
Aa Awfal Mistake.
Isn't this awful I : At the McKlnley
memorial exercises the ambassadors of
foreign powers were assigned to seats be
hind the supreme court Justices. Lord
Fauaoefote, the British - ambassador .and
dean of the dlplomatlo corps In Washing
ton, has asked Secretary Hay for aa . ex
planation. Nothing less thaa a war' can
stone for ths awful mistake.
A Defeat that Is m Blesslag.
8t Louis Globe-Democrat
A magazine writer complains that the
human senses are grossly inadequate and
illustrates the esse with the remark that
the ear hears little of what is going en
around us. By means of a microphone the
tread of a fly sounds like' the tramp of
cavalry." It would not enhance the en
joyment of a summer morning nap to add a
microphone ear to a fly's present numerous
advantages. .',. .
Adalterattoa of Food.
The supreme court of the state yesterday
made a decision under ths pure food law
which settles a point that has been for a
long time In dispute. A grocer convicted
of selling a bottle of raspberry syrup that
had been adulterated contended - that eke
statute waa not violated unless ths quantity
of foreign substance Is sufficient to make
the compound poisonous or injurious to
health. The court rejects this claim and
substantially affirms (hat adulterated food
is adulterated food, regardless of the quan
tity of the adulteration. The superior court
had previously taken a similar position In
the same case. ,
Claim of Doubtful Force.
It is not surprising to learn that ths
Turkish government repudiates responsi
bility for the capture of Mlaa Stone. If the
demand made by the United States minister
for ths ' punishment of -the guilty parties'
was accompanied by a claim for money In
demnity it will be hard to prove and still
harder to collect This government has
never admitted its legal responsibility for
the acts of locaV mobs or lynchers and
Turkey might tiki 'the same position In
regard to Its brigands. Moreover, there Is
so much doubt regarding the nationality of
Mjss Stone's cantors and, the Jurisdiction of
the Turklsn gUtlrnmenr la totals that it
seems a weak one to press.
Fratta of Prosperity.
The disbursements of interest and divi
dends during this month from New York
will reach S7,000.000, a very much larger
sum thaa was paid out a year ago. Of this
vast aggregate the railroads pay about $12.-
000,000 In stock dividends, but Industrial
corporations will distribute profits to the
extent of nearly $30,000,000. Such facta as
these, taken In connection with the state
ment that the twelve principal national
banks of Chicsgo show the largest deposits
In their history by their statement of Feb
ruary 25, an increase of $28,000,000 since
December 10, are conclusive evidence of the
continued great prosperity and financial
strength of the United States.
Mareoal'a Latest Achievement.
Slgnor Marconi's three dots sent across
the Atlantlo without wires elicited much
technical criticism, but his latest exploit
In sending a six-word message over 1,651
miles of Intervening space is not open to
the ssme sort of objection. It six words
may be thus transmitted, why not (.000.
Who is to set bounds to a system of Inter
communication so cheap la operation, so
elemental In construction and Installation?
This latest wonder in electrical transmis
slon is. In effect, but a single unfamiliar
phase of the vast question of modern
electrical development. The earlier tele
graph Instruments have gone out of date;
why should telegraph wires and cables
linger superfluous in the twentieth cen
FCTH.ITX OF FLIGHT.
Tkrcateaed More of the Railroad
Coathlao to Caaada.
Springfield (Mass.) Republican.
There have been rumors afloat for some
time that the Northern Securities company
promoters would seek to evade federal
prosecution under the anti-trust law by tak
ing out a foreign charter. It is bow re
ported from Canada that application has
been made at Ottawa for a Dominion charter
to cover a Northern Securities company and
that this company is Identical with the New
Jersey corporation which merges the North
ern Pacific and Great Northern roads.
It was not to have been expected that
the promoters of the Northern Pacific com
bination would thus seek to take refuge la
flight or seem to make confession of guilt
by running away, and the Canada report
of the identity of the two corporations may
be in error. Assuming their correctness,
however. It Is decidedly to be doubted
whether the merger scheme has gained any
thing by this step. Even supposing that
the corporation is thus placed beyond reach
of the United States courts, Its property or
sources of Income still remain within reach,
and that la the Important thing. The anti
trust law under which the United States
attorney general is to act contains this
Section 1 That the word "person" or
"persons," wherever used In this act, shall
be deemed to Include corporations and as
sociations existing under or suthorlsed by
the laws of either the United States, the
laws of any of the territories, the laws of
any state or the laws ot any foreign coun
Thus contemplating just such a situation aa
would arise from a foreign Incorporation of
the Northera Securities company. The law
atlll requires the attorney general to go
ahead and as long as the real property of
the defendant foreigner is here no great
dlffloulty would seem to arise In bringing
him Into court
The case Is of coarse made murk more
complicated by the reported step, but public
sentiment In the United States will also
thereby be made much more Insistent that
the prosecution be pressed ta the sad with
J put fear or favor
M7RA1 FREH DELIVERY.
laeeeia Messcea by Proposal to
Make It a Coatraet System.
Salt Lake Tribune.
It Is greatly to be feared that the rural
free delivery system, so wsrmly appre
ciated by those who hava received Ha bene
fits, eo earnestly desired by alt rursl com
munities to which It bas not hitherto been
extended, is In danger. Worst of all., ths
blow aimed at this greet postal reform
comes from Its alleged friends.
Ever since rural free delivery of mall
was galvanised Into active life under the
administration of President ' McKlnley, In
1897. Its great strength hss Iain In the fact
that it has been a service for the people
and by the people. The rural carriers se
lected have been those whom the people
have chosen, and who have had the entire
confidence of those whom they served. How
necessary this ta In a delivery of this kind
can be readily seen from the fact that all
the duties of city carriers and more hsve
been gradually, conferred upon the rural
postmen. They register and deliver regis
tered letters, give receipts for money or
ders, mske spaclal deliveries in the same
way snd for the ssme fees as the city
men, and undertake the personal delivery
of pension checks.
The close community of Interests be
tween the people and the rural carriers
has been shown In numerous instances by
the farmers clubbing together to buy ths
carrier an approved postal waron and a
uniform, and by voluntary contributions for
ins increase of his Insufficient pay. The
last point which has been so lares a. ms.
Ject of complaint has been relieved by ths
acuon ox congress Itself, which has added
to the deficiency appropriation for the
rural free delivery service for the current
rear a sufficient amount to enable the de
partment to increase the nay of carriers
from $500 to $600 or $625 a year.
wnen everything was In this satlsfartm-r
condition and the whole service was pro-
Ki.BiuK mosi prosperously, with the nroa.
peet of an 'appropriation of eight or ten
millions or collars fos Ita continuation ani
extension during the next fiscal year, a bug
aboo was started. Some carriers In t
little town of Meadville, Crawford county,
Pennsylvania, undertook to advance their
Interests by otarting a Rural Carriers' as
sociation, with the avowed nurnoa of ..k.
ing congress, to Increase their t ..
regulate the length of their routes. Be
fore this circular had been brought to the
attention of the department these enter
prisins; rural postmen had addressed let
ters to a number f representatives in
jress and had elicited from them more or
teas oireci promises of support
JUSt as soon as the denartmanf .n .
know of the organization and the pur-
ftn.. ior waicn n was designed, It Issued
peremptory orders to the carriers to cease
their lobbying efforts, and th imme
diately compiled. President Roosevelt. Im
mediately upon the matter being brought to
his attention. Issued an executive order
prohibiting any organizations ef govern
ment employes for the purposes Indicated
rural carriers' organization: hut m
the meantime, the chairman of the com
mittee on the postofflces and postroads,
Hon. Eugene Loud of California, taking
alarm at this project, so promptly nipped
in iue oua, ana rearing that the lninil.
rural service might bring down upon mem
bers of congress pressure which they would
be unable to resist has succeeded in .
suadlng the committee ot which he is chair
man 10 include in the provision for the
maintenance of rural free delivery for the
coming year a proviso that all rural mall
service shall hereafter be let out by con
tract to the lowest .bidder.. , .
In the opinion of those most familiar
with the administration of the rural free
delivery service, the adoption of this pro
vision will be destructive to the" whole
system. it will simply place the mall
service of the country back under the in-
emclent methods of the star route service.
which was originally started by the con-
tinentai congress and has been changed
very little In efficiency since. It is Dublin
history that the contract service has been
productive or the greatest scandals which
have ever disturbed the postal 'adminis
tration of the United States. It is equally
a matter of notoriety that the recent effort
of the Washington authorities to reform
that contract service, by Insisting tfiat the
contractors must reside in the communities
over which the service they bid for extends.
has really left the condition of ths con
tract service ' unchanged. Bids are pre
sented by a nominal resident of the dis
trict who, under the provisions of the law,
promptly sublets his contract after it bas
been awarded to him to some other per
son, and the records of the department
show that in the great majority of cases
all letters and communications in regard
to the service continue to be addressed to
start route contract agents living In Wash
To throw the rural free delivery service
back Into the chaos which has characterised
the contract service ever since Its In
stallation, means that ths personnel of the
service will be deprived of the esprit de
corps which now animates It; that the
people themselves will lose Interest in the
extension of rural free delivery, and that
great moral revolution, for which the
republican party Is responsible and from
which It was reaping such great results,
will be retarded, If not absolutely thrown
The contract provision In ths pdstofflce
appropriation bill should not be passed by
congress. No member who will take the
trouble to look Into the history of the
contract service on the one hand and the
rural free delivery ' service en the ether
will venture to vote for It If he should do
so, he can expect speedy retribution at the
hands of his constituents.
The founder of the house of Hohensollera
waa Thassilo, first count of Zollern, who
died in 100.
Senator Hoar thinks the president should
have a military bodyguard to attend him oa
Prince Henry Is a true humorist He
said, you remember, at the New Tork press
banquet "This Is the largest Interview
Steps have been taken la Philadelphia to
ward ths organization ot a local authors'
club, ot which It Is expected to make Dr,
8. Weir Mitchell the first president
If Massachusetts should need another
eulogy, one different from that pronounced
by Daniel Webster, but almost as eloquent
might be found In the fact that there are
1J.9S,640 depositors in It savings banks.
Dr. D. C. Oilman, president of the Car
necle institute, has tendered bis resigna
tion as a member of the Baltimore school
board on account' of Important duties re-
oulrtnc a residence abroad ot several
Charles A. Brown, who died in Washing
ton last Friday, was only 11 years old when
he enlisted aa, a drummer in the Thirty
second Maine regiment of volunteers and
waa the youngest soldier from hla state in
the union army.
Some consternation has been caused la
certain circle In New Tork by the action
of Police Magistrate Pool; who refused to
recognize a Dakota divorce granted to Wll
11am C. Hssklns. a well-to-do mining eagl
aeer, and ordered him to psy a weekly
sum for the support of his wife. Ths di
vorce was granted five years ago without
the wife's knowledge. If the ease Is ap
pealed, as threatened, some Interesting
points may he raised. - -
ROFRD ABOUT HEW TORK.
Ripple oa tho Corroat ot Life to the
A notable character In the commercial
lite ot New York passed away this week
In the death of Charles Broadway Rouss.
Thirty-seven years ago he occupied a deb
tor's cell la the Ludlow street Jail, broken
la spirit and penniless. - Erastus Wlman,
then at the head of affairs of R. O. Dun
Co., became Interested la Rouss and se
cured his release. Ia his book, "Chances
of Success," Wlmaa thus relates the Inci
dent: "It waa about Christmas time, snd
the poor fellow la Jail was having a very
hard time; and the chance for his es
cape from confinement were growing daily
less, and his future was seriously marred.
A little act of kindness by the writer ef
these lines to the prisoner, In the shape ot
Christmas dinner, seemed, however, to
stimulate him, and he wrote on the walls
of his cell these words: .
1 'This Is Christmas day a friend has
sent me enough to buy a Christmas din
ner. I vow to him and write It here, that
as I am today 40 years old, before I am
60 I will be rated in the reference book
which he helps to compile as being worth
$500,000, and before I am (0 shall be rated
at over $1,000,000.'
'This boaef written on a prison wall by
a man overwhelmed by misfortune, seemed
ths Idlest dream that It was possible to
conceive of. Yet It has beoome literally
true. Within , three months he ' was re
leased through j the efforts ot -men who
knew how hardly he had been used; In an
other three months his affairs had become
disentangled and he started afresh. With
in a year be had established a new busi
ness la the city of New Tork. He had
built ap a trade that amounted to $6,000,-
000 a year, and he occupies the finest
wholesale store aow existing on Broadway."
Several years sgo Mr. Rouss lost his sight
and offered a reward of $1,000,000 to any
man who could restore it. A multitude of
healers and fakirs Were attracted by the
offer, but Mr. Rouss was too shrewd to
permit experiments on himself. H em
ployed a poor blind man for that purpose.
The experiments, however, were useless.
In 1899 Mr. Rouss erected at Mount Hebron
cemetery, Winchester, Va., a costly
mausoleum for himself. He gave $100,000 to
erect a memorial hall in Richmond. Va., in
honor of southern soldiers snd he gave
$35,000 to the University of Virginia and
$30,000 for the water works at Winchester.
He likewise ' donated the Washington-
Lafayette statue near Momingslde park.
The vagaries of New Tork ' Juries are
beyond comprehension. A verdict for $30,-
000 damages waa recently returned in the
case of. a seven-year-old boy whose legs
were cut off by a trolley car. ' In another
damage case, brought by the parents of a
child killed by the cars, the Jury awarded
only $200. ' Ia this case the ' court in
structed the Jury that no compensation
was to' be granted for the grief sustained
by the parents. ' '
The New Tork correspondent of the Phil
adelphia Ledger does not agree with the
opinion 'prevalent In some quarters that New
York now leads London aa the center of
the world's finance. "The fact Is," says
the writer, "that while New York has de
veloped rapidly of late Into a great Inter
national market. It' has not yet attained
the dimensions of the London market, and
It will probably take a long time to catch
up with -London.- Lombard street and not
Wall street Is the center of the world's
money market ' A tew foreign loans have
Indeed been floated ta New Terk In the last
three or four yea re. - Even a share of the
British exchequer loan was placed here.
Bonds: of: rrankfort-on-the-Mala are listed
In the Stock exchange. Wall street -has
loaned money to Russia, Mexico and other
foreign countries, and has been of material
assistance la tiding over more than one
monetary crisis la Europe. But this reoord
creditable as It Is as a beginning, falls
short of what London Is. There the bonds
of nearly every nation on the globe are
largely held and actively traded In. Only
one English stock is listed in the New Tork
Stock exchange, while scores of American
stocks are dealt in in the London exchange.
Recently It waa proposed to introduce Kaffir
stock Into Wall street hut the suggestion
got no encouragement Other capitalists
and speculator still prefer domestic. In
vestments, and It it Is true that we have
become a creditor nation, it is also true
that - we are employing our surplus in
comes In the development of our own coun
try - rather than . In- seeking new - fields
The brethren of the "Amen Corner" are
commanded - to appear aad - do honor to
Senator Thomas Collier Piatt at the Fifth
Avenue hotel, on the evening of April 4.
It is proper- to give the senior senator
a sumptuous spread, one ot the old-time
feast so enjoyable to the robust, but holy
terrors to the aged. This will be the sec
ond and most notable dinner of the "Amen
Coraerers." Ths first dinner wsa held a
year ago in ' honor -of Governor Odell. But
Senator Piatt is, snd long has been, the
most distinguished member of this unique
circle.' Indeed,-but tor Senator Piatt there
would be no "Amen Corner." The fact
that he lives at the Fifth Avenus hotel Is
responsible for the large gathering there
of publlo men and journalists. Many years
ago the corridor of the Fifth Avenue hotel
were made famous as the gathering place
of - Wall street men and during the civil
war millions of dollars of stocks and gold
were sold every night after the closing
of business downtown. But for a quarter
of a century ths hotel has been the head
quarters of the republican party In New
York stste, and this distinction la chiefly
owing to Senator Piatt. On oorner of the
parilla if you
are well. Don't
take it simply
are sick. Take it for what
the doctors recommend it
andi you will like it, be
come fond it, for it gives
health, strength, vigor.
"I suffered terribly for twelve years. Th doctor said tnv blood was a!
turning to water. I thaa triad AVer's SarsapariUa. and sooa my health was fully '
resUMed." Mrs. J. W, FuiA. Hadlvme, Coca. . ;
msla corridor seems to bo favored more
than any other, by the presence ot the re
publican leaders snd the newspaper men,
and this corner has been named the "Amen
Corner," becaune when all agree there on
any subject under debate It Is customary
for the discussion to bo closed by every
body solemnly saying, "Amen."
II AIL T11R LOSE STAR 1IOGO.
Ta Ostrich Patriot ReJe Kae
Breeches aad a Peep) at Royalty.
Detroit Pre Frees.
The refusal of Hon. James J. Hogg, for
mer governor of Texas, to be presented to
the king of Great Britain and Ireland and
of the British dominion beyond the aea,
emperor ot India, defender of the faith,
as we were saying, the refusal ot Hon.
James J. Hogg to be protested to thla
potentate does credit to his sturdy Ameri
can common sense. Mr. Hogg has ao griev.
ance against royalty per se. If a monarch
I honest and hard-working. If he supports
the Chicago platform and did not bolt th
nomination of Mr. Bryan In 1898 e in 1900,
he Is Just as good In the eyes of Hon. Mr.
Hogg aa any other man. '
' The Texaa custodian of the heaven-born
ratio Is too democratlo himself to dis
criminate against anybody merely because
the man ha to wear an ermine-trimmed
bath robe and swing a scepter instead ot a
pick. Mr. Hogg's reasons for declining to
meet Edward VII are sartorial. He was
ready to accord the honor to the king, but
discovered that court regulations made It
accessary for him to appear la kneo
breeches and wear a sword. "Never!" Mr.
Hogg Is reported to have said.
"If I cannot appear la ths ordinary even
ing dress of an American cltlsen, I will
not appear at all. A pretty sight I would
look rigged up in those gewgaws. I have
not the faintest idea of trying to revolu
tionize or even criticise English customs,
but blamed If I'll wear another country's
uniform, no, not even for the sake of meet
ing the king."
And for this wo must commend him.
Th Hon. James J. Hogg weighs either 291
or 899 pounds, we have forgotten which.
But what a pretty spectacle he would mak
In knee panties, waddling up to a throne,
with the marble floor creaking at hi, every
step.. A pretty court regulation It 1 which
would compel a freemaa who ha not seen
the calf of his leg for , twsnty years to
eacase his democratlo. obesity In silk; stock
ings and prance It around, a throne room.
Mr. Hogg la right If an insidious British
court once got him into knee psntiea it
might try to make him wear kilt the next
time, aad the line might as well be drawn
first as last Anyway, ,th loss la Edward's
and Mr. Hogg can felicitate himself en two
things. He refused to make a holy show
of himself for the edification of royalty,
and Whitelaw Reid would giv a, draft on
hla father-in-law for $50,000 tor a third
of the leg girth that Mr. Hogg declined to
squeeze in knee breeches- and silk Stock
Philadelphia Record: Blobbs She' a re
markable woman. She always gains her
, Slobs Even when she sharpens a pencil T
Washington Star: "What do you think of
that man s speecheoT" said one statesman.
"Well," answered the other) - "hla .con
clusions are not very novel. But I must
say he gets some marvclously original
facts." . " ,.
Philadelphia Press: "Of c6urse, when a
farmer says his 'crlba are full' it means
he s very prosperous."
.. "!ot neceraarjly. it may mean a plen
itude of babies." .
Detroit Free Press : ' Alyce -What a
lovely, cosy corner, Mayme such a pretty
couch! i Cr . - .a
Mayme Isn't it?. It's made out of -five
trunks and a hat box, Seven pillows, two
bolster. and an old piano cover.
' Philadelphia Catholic Standard: "No,"
said Ml h Canada, "I don't like the way
the home government treata me at all."
"You wouldn't have to, complain that
way," said Unole Sam, "If you only had a
llttla sense." v '
"Indeed? How much sense, for Instance?"
"Just enough to come in out of the
' Cleveland Plain" Dealer.
Across the sea comes Kubellk,
To charm us with his fiddle stick.
Upon the strings to pick and pick, ,
With pllnk and plunk and nervy trick.
And slurs and slides and thrllllngs quick.
As o'er the strings his bow doth tick,
And trip and rip and sip and llok, -And
ail so very neat and slick.
That not a soul doth dare to kick. '
THEY ARE MARRIED AOW.
James Barton Adams In Denver Post.
Along the moonlit street they strolled to
gether, A manly man 'and woman full of
The new spring breeze, as light as downy
Oft placed a kiss upon her winsome
The great moon scudded through th
Plowed through the' fleecy clouds that
specked Its course, - , . .
And showered light soft as a soothing
Down on the earth with filmy', - dreamy
force, ',.'' -
And little stars peeped forth With silvery
From out their nests up In. the arching
kle. ! '...!
They did not walk as lovers ' do to
gether, , , .. . .. i
His arm about her waist, heart linked
Seemed not united with love's silken
As strolled they onward three full feet
At times the ' evening silence " was un
broken. He chewed at hi cigar In careless
Each seemed to feel alone;' no word waa
A if they could not think of aught to
say ' i- ' " ' --
Unto their faces seldom canio k smile, -For
they'd been married quit a little while.
A C. AYEsl CO LowoU. alas.
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