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The South Omaha municipal election
comes on April fools' day, but it will be
Co Joke. r
Carrie Nation is still at large In Ne
braska. .How Kansas manages to get
along without her Is a conundrum.
One of the saddest features of the
4 .tA. riarinral Mftthnnn 1 thflt it is
likely to provoke another outbreak of
When we have Jury panels made up
of none but. business men the price of
doctors' certificates may be expected to
The Douglas County Democracy Is to
v be presented with a handsome portrait
f William Jenntags Bryan. No details
ere given as to the christening.
The fight of the Real Estate exchange
for more equitable taxation is giving the
lawyers an opportunity to unwind their
oratory which they are not overlook
ing. It is an, 111 wind that blows no
body good. -
. The lower hese of the Iowa legis
lature has killed the woman's suffrage
' J)ill passed by the senate. The women
never appear to have enough smiles to
capture more than one house of the
Iowa legislature at a time. .
Iowa people are confident spring Is at
land, for the country roads are many of
them impassable. , Iowa is a great and a
progressive state and will some day
iwake up to the fact that poor roads are
expensive as well as annoying.
The experience of the state In losing
valuable, documents by fire should in
duce the custodians to be more careful
of the. original documents. Copies will
answer all the purposes of the printer
originals should be safely stowed away
In vaults. ' .
Those little differences between Rus
sian soldiers and American sailors have
been , settled by the Russians apologiz
ing. 1 As the complaint was that the sail
ors had beaten the soldiers, Inflicting an
apology on top of a beating appears to
be putting it pretty strong.
' The latest manifestation of Judicial
activity consists In running the South
Omaha democratic primary by man
damus and injunction. It the demo
crats could only mandamus the voters
to put cross-marks after the democratic
candidates they might save themselves
One member of the Board of Educa
tion wants the official school report to
Include statistics of the parochial
schools. The parochial schools seem to
te getting along very ulcely, but not
elng undec the Jurisdiction of the
school board, it Is difficult to see how
they have any place In the public school
y Grtnnell, has gone the limit In
prohibition legislation. It not only re
fuses to allow saloons to run within the
City limits, but the city council has
passed an ordinance uiaklug It a mlsde
kneanor for twor more persons to take
It drink together or for anyone to drink
In the presence of another.. .That is cer
tainly no place for governors to meet
County ' Treasurer' Elsasaer reports
alance of cash on hand of more than
1100,000 at the present . time. , No one
fcaa ventured to suggest a reason why
tha taxpayers should not be getting in
terest on this money. If the banks can
pay S per cent into the private pocket
of a state treasurer pn illegally diverted
vhool money, they certainly can pay
something on tha regular deposit ba-
Jiiryflm to tba pouaty,
TIQBTISO BATTLtS AT tMKQ RAISOK.
Now that Mr. Edward Rote-water baa
returned to Omaha, perhaps he will be
willing to make another explanation con
cerning the change of bis paper on the
In Its Issue of February s. 1899, The Bee
pleaded that the Filipino be assured In
dependence, and aald by this meant "We
would avoid an expenditure of money and
a loss of life which. If hostilities are pro
longed, may be rery great." For several
days thereafter The Bee bad editorial of
similar character until about February 15,
1899, when one would Infer tbat The Bee
suddenly changed Ha opinion. Now Feb-
ruary 15 was about nine days after the
peace treaty bad been ratified by the United
States senate. World-Herald.
Our amiable contemporary delights in
fighting battles at long range. Its guns
are always elevated wav above the tar
get, while It carefully avoids 'coming
into contact with issues that are within
reach. What The Bee said about the
government of the Philippines nine days
after the ratification of the treaty of
Tarls is no more material no than
what the World-llerald said in advo
cating a ratio of 20 to 1 before the cam
paign of 1896, In which it declared that
the country would go to ruin unless we
or consent or. any ouier nation on eaixn,
. th dlvanrenea between
the silver dollar and gold dollar was
onl Q t The Bee vigorously orared
the passage of tha Dland-AUlson act
providing for the coinage of two mil
lions of standard silver dollars a month,
a measure tbat was confidently, ex
pected to bring silver to a parity with
gold. But when in spite of the forced,
coinage of nearly three hundred mil
lions of silver dollars at the end of
twelve years silver and gold had gradu
ally diverged more than forty points,
The Bee became convinced ' that the
double standard of money at a fixed
ratio could not be permanently main
tained by this country alone or even by
the Joint action of all great nations.
From that time on The Bee became an
advocate of the single gold standard.
regardless of popular delusions concern
ing the effects of free coinage. '
To agitate in favor of Filipino inde
pendence at this stage is as Idle as
would be the reopening of the agitation
for free silver coinage. In assuming
the sovereignty over the islands, the
United States accepted and assumed the
responsibility for the protection of life
and property in the Philippines.
Its first duty is to restore peace and
establish order on all the islands. The
Filipinos proper constitute less than
one-fourth of the population. The Tag-
alogs differ as much in language, creed
p mr-,a irom oiner Blxty
va av v M . ULIJ DIVUt. "liiWI4W
do from the Choctaws, Comanches or
Apaches. If they actually Were' con
ceded the right to set up an Independent
government the great majority of the
population of .the Philippines would
have to be held in subjection by the
sword, and in order to protect the lives
and property of American citizens and
foreigners the United States would be
compelled to uphold the Tagalog gov
ernment through Its army and navy.
Instead of improving the condition of
the islands such a policy would make it
a thousand times worse.
But now let us ask in all candor, Why
does the World-Herald persist in fight
ing battles at long range 7 Why does it
seek to suppress public sentiment and
refuse to talk about Issues that have
agitated the people of Nebraska?
Joseph S. Bartley was pardoned on
the 1st day of January and, although
the whole state has been convulsed over
his liberation, the World-Herald has
been as silent as the grave. Not a word
about the Bartley pardon has appeared
in its editorial columns. -
The acquittal of Meserve In spite of
the tacit admission that he had appro
priated in one. swoop $3,000 of interest
on school money Illegally farmed' out
has also been studiously ignored.
And so has the pointed intimation of
Judge Baxter that the remedy for treas
ury looting must be sought 1 in . the
amendment of the state constitution.
Surely that point has been manifest to
the World-Herald as well as to The Bee,
which has for years exerted Itself for a
speedy revision of the constitution that
will put an end . to speculative invest
ment of public funds and to u other
abuses arising out of the outgrown or
Once more we ask, Why does the
World-Herald shoot over the heads of
the people of Nebraska at targets in
Asia and Africa, while it shuts its eyes
to the targets within reach?
8TAT AUri-TUUaT LAWS.
Little has been accomplished through
anti-trust legislation by the states, for
the reason that, most of the state laws
contain discriminations that are uncon
stitutional. This fact s forcibly pre
sented in the recent decision of the su
preme court of the United States ad
verse to the anti-trust law. of Illinois.
That act contains a provision exempting
from its operation agricultural products
and itve stock and the supreme court
says that such discrimination is uncon
stitutional, that an anti trust law, to
be constitutional, must apply Indiscrimi
nately to all combinations, with no ex
emptions or exceptions whatever.
The opinion says that If combinations
In respect of the sale aud purchase of
goods, merchandise or . commodities,
whereby prices may be controlled, are
hurtful to tuc public interest it is not
possible to perceive why like combina
tions In respect of agricultural products
and live stock are not equally hurtful.
It is pointed out that the exemption
made In the Illinois law contravenes the
principle of the equal protection of the
laws to all, as provided for In the con
stitution. The decision certainly ap
pears to be logical and it is said that iu
effect It declares unconstitutional the
anti-trust laws of thirteen states, among
w hich Is Nebraska. In the light of this
opinion of the court of last resort how
ever, the states can readily change their
laws to meet the requirement that they
i hail not jUscrimJuats ad, doubtless .this
will be) generally done. It Is not diffi
cult to understand why the arts of these
several states should cod tain discrimi
nating' provisions, though It may be
somewhat surprising that In so many In
stances legislators failed to see the un
constitutional character of such provi
sions. It Illustrates the difficulty of
framing anti-trust legislation that will
stand the constitutional test
FAVORABLE TO ItlCARAOCA.
There Is nothing surprising or unex
pected In the fact that a majority of the
senate committee on Interoceanic canals
voted In 'favor of the Nicaraguaa canal
bill that passed the house. That action
has been foreshadowed for some time
and has only been delayed In order that
the Colombian government might have
an opportunity to submit Its proposi
tion, which for some reason or other It
has delayed doing. That government
recalled Its minister while negotiations
were In progress and his successor, who
arrived In the United States a week ago,
with fresh Instructions, has not yet pre
sented his credentials. lie made a pub
lic statement in which be said that Co-
UO statement in wnicn ne sauu mat vjo-
government to com-
, u Panama CAnal and esDressed
opinion uu were wotua uo no aim-
cnlty In reaching a satisfactory agree-
7 v. ..
ukUh irut-w uoi immnw nicyv twuig
Meanwhile the representatives of this
government and those of Nicaragua and
Costa Rica have been In consultation
and have about completed agreements.
In view of the apparent indifference of
Colombia, which in the circumstances
is certainly remarkable, the majority of
the senate committee concluded that it
was advisable to act. This action. does
not of course, necessarily determine the
course of the senate, but all things con
sidered it must be regarded as materi
ally strengthening the chances for the
Nicaragua route. If Colombia really
desires the construction of the Panama
canal by the United. States, as her new
minister to this country has asserted, it
is evident that she will have to speedily
manifest that fact at Washington.
TBI PRODUCERS' 1HTEBMST.
Senator McCumber of North Dakota,
in supporting the shipping bill now be
fore the senate, stated that he did so
because he believed that the results of
its operation would be beneficial not
only to his agricultural constituents, but
to the people of the entire country. He
said that what the agriculturists of the
west and northwest most desired today
is an opening to the trade of the Orient
and he believed the operation of the
pending bill would afford them that
opening. There is no doubt that the
proposed legislation would encourage
the building up of an American mer
chant marine In the Pacific, nor can
there be a reasonable question that the
effect of this would be to develop trade
between the Pacific coast and the far
east which would necessarily be bene
ficial to the agricultural Interests of the
west and northwest
In the report on the pending bill sub
mitted by Senator Frye it was pointed
out that both positively and negatively
the American transpacific mail system
which the measure makes possible will
contribute powerfully to American mari
time ascendancy in the Pacific. It will
accomplish this result the report de
clares, because It moves along the nor
mal lines of the world's progress. Spe
cial conditions render it certain that the
earliest and most rapid development of
American shipping under the bill will
be on the Pacific. "While American
shipping," says the report "in transpa
cific trade has been stationary and for
eign shipping has doubled within four
years, nevertheless that trade la not so
completely in possession of ships under
foreign flags as Is the tradeof the At-
Untie; the opportunity for new Amerl-
can maritime ventures Is greater."
The agricultural producers have a fur
ther Interest in the building up of an
American merchant marine for our for
eign commerce for the reason that
great part of the vast sum now annually
paid to foreign ship owners for carry
lng our products abroad, a very consid
erable portion of which Is paid by those
producers, would be kept here and dis
tributed among our own people for labor
and supplies. Under the proposed legis
lation the shipbuilding Industry of the
country would be greatly increased, glv
ing employment to a vast amount of
labor. The capital thus expended would
to a very large extent find Its way to
the food producers, thus giving them a
better home market The advantage in
this is obvious, even If with an Ameri
can merchant marine our producers had
to pay as much as now for the carrying
of their products abroad, though it is by
no means probable that this would be
the case. Under existing conditions!
nearly all that they pay to the foreign
ship owners goes abroad, helping to
maintain the shipbuilding industries and
adding to the wealth and maritime
power of other countries. With an
American merchant marine on tha ocean
adequate to the demands of our foreign
commerce, most of the Urge sum that
now goes into foreign pockets, estimated
to be from $150,000,000 to $200,000,000
annually, would be retained and ex
pended here, increasing . our national
wealth and strengthening our own mari
- This question ot an American mer
chant marine is national in Its ocope,
No section of the country has a monop
oly of Interest in it The agricultural
producers of the west and south would
derive not less benefit from it than the
manufacturers of the east and middle
uenerai Funston naa ceased to be a
hero In the democratic calendar. A few
short months ago the democratic press
was shedding tears by the barrel be
cause it was alleged the administration
was not going to reward him suitably
for his services. He received his com-
ssIoa all rUht,.but becauje his jiewsj
do not coincide with the democratic
idea regarding the Philippines he has
fallen from grace. The country will
keep right on admiring General Funston,
however, until he commits some offense
more serious than to disagree with de
The haste of railroad managers to dis
solve freight and passenger associations,
following on the announcement tbat the
Interstate Commerce commission had
resumed activity, would be amusing if
It were not serious. It amounts to a
confession that from the first these as
sociations have been in violation of law
and have throttled competition with a
firm grip. This should be a hint to the
Interstate commission to keep in the
harness the year around.
It Is persistently reported from the
Orient that Japan Is preparing for war
with Russia. It is a safe guess, how
ever, there will be no war in that quar
ter until Uussla Is ready for it The
diplomatic resources of that country are
practically limitless and when it suits its
purpose Russia can be as gracious and
. ... .
Ing able to hold on it is not likely, to
make a grab.
All the rulings of the Nebraska state
superintendent of instruction have been
destroyed by fire. It Is a question
whether this is good fortune or calam
ity for present and future incumbents.
who will thus be freed from all compli
cations arising out of established prece
dents when passing on new points of
school law as they arise.
A party of the leading financiers of
Japan has started for a visit to this
country. The average populist orator
hereabouts can tell them more about
finance in half an hour than they ever
dreamed of, but then the Japanese have
not bad sufficient experience to put
monetary value into ocean breezes.
Every United States senator Is ex
pected to plant a public building in his
home town before his term runs out
If the rule holds good. Senator Diet
rich's bill for a public building at Hast
ings may be expected to go safely
through congress without a hitch.
Oosd Tira (or Liberty.
New Tork World.
Kitchener puts tha responsibility for
Methuen's rout on the stampeding mules.
Tbey were American mules no doubt and
this is not the first time their heels have
done the brave burghers a good turn.
William J; Bryan never loses his good
humor. When chosen an honorary member
of the New Tork Press club recently, Mr.
Bryan said In his acknowledgment: ' I can
assure you, gentlemen, that I am glad to
be unanlmouslyeleoted to something, and
specially la NewiTork.'
William Jennings Bryan to David Bennett
Hill: "You caa't play In my backyard.
Tou sulked and skulked In 1896 and In. 1900.
David Bennett Hill to William Jennings
Bryan: "Who wants to play In your back
yard? Anyway, you haven't any backyard
to play In any longer.
Westera Laarela tat Davacer.
Ban Francisco Call.
The wild and ' woolly west with Its
plstol-wleldtng, wild-tearing Inhabitants of
both sexes and memory Sacred to romance,
is about to lose some of its laurels. The
legislature of Virginia is about to consider
the propriety of permitting won-en to carry
the persuasive revolver.
Kansas City Star.
Prince Henry is not much of an orator,
but he manages to say good things without
making set speeches. His characterisation
of the American Beauty rose as symbolic
of what he had constantly admired la this
ment, passed near the time of his leave-
Beet Snarar Iadaatry.
St. Louts Globe-Democrat.
Last year the United States produced 186,-
000 tons of beet sugar, an increase of 108,000
tons over 1900. Forty-two factorlos were
In operation last year, with nine in course
of construction. Factories have been
tabllshed In nlaeteen states. This is one
of the most promising young industries In
the country and one of the most Important
Proper Order of Touts.
, PJilladalphla Press.
There la one feature about the Prince
Henry receptions tbat Is to be hoped Amer
tcaas, hyphenated and unhyphenated, and
aliens who live among us have noted, and
that Is that the proper order of toasts has
been, first the "President, of the United
States," then the "Kaiser." eta. On certain
occasions la the past international ban
Queters in this country have been guilty
ot the very bad form of putting the presl
dent second, and It Is about time the cor
rect etiquette was followed.
The fixed conviction of the people of this
state Is that the assessment of railways
and similar corporations should be based
on the market value oi tns stocks ana
bonds. That method is simple and clear.
If the assessing body takes tha full value
of ths stocks and bonds, or 76 per cent
of It, or 60 per cent of it or any other
per cent of it, the publlo will know exactly
what relation the assessment bears to tha
full cash value ot the property. Ths debate
la ths senate on the revenue bill turns on
this point The section as it cams from the
house should be amended so that the board
of equalization will have a straight course
mapped out for it 'la the assessment of
corporation property. To fall In this matter
would be to take a backward step .with re
gard to the most important reform em
bodied la the revenue bill as passed at the
regular session. The popular demand tor
a revised revenue measure stands mainly
on the desire that the great corporations
shall be made to pay their full share ot
taxes. That Is what this legislature was
elected for, and if It wants to make a
record oa which it may appeal with con
fidence to its constituents It must not put
the assessment of corporations back Into
the old rut. The section of the bill regu
lating their assessment can be made so that
they will bo assessed fairly oa their prop
erty In this state oa the basis of the value
of their stocks and bonds, and that Is the
way It must bo made or there will, fee wide
DELAHET'S GREAT CO CP. .
Milwaukee Sentlr.l: "An English gen
eral takes chances on the annoyance of be
ing compelled to read la bis horns news
papers during an enforced sojourn as guest
In a Boer camp that the war In South
Africa is practically over.
Chicago News: It will be extraordinary
If this Boer success against one of the most
experienced of the4r generals does not stir
the British people at home to serious self
questioning and further demands for a more
competent administration of the War office.
The capture of a British general will put
fresh heart Into the Boers. Instead ot
Methuen's taking Delarey or Dtwet, De
larey has taken Methuen. What assurance
can the British public, have that the war Is
neartng Its end while reverses like these
Detroit Free Press: The effect of all this
upon the morals of the burgher forces yet
in the Held must be unmistakable. It will
arouse the men to new enthusiasm and
strengthen their determination, It that Is
capable of being strengthened. There will
be fewer voluntary surrenders and more
disloyalty In Cape Colony. Coming after
Kitchener's effort to make a showing of
gams for the Majuba day celebrations
throughout the empire. It U not likely to
allay the dissatisfaction, expressed at home
over the conduct of the war.
Chicago Post: Not sines the struggle in
South Africa began has England suffered
defeat mora wounding to Its pride than
that of last Friday, whan the Boer general
Delarey captured Lord Methuen, routed his
force ot 1.200 men, killing forty-one,
wounding seventy-seven and taking mora
than too prisoners. This reverse to British
arms cannot be other than grave and hu
mlllaUng to a degree; it Is certain to give
the valiant Boers new hope new courage
tney ao hot need. It is likely to add
months to the struccle. unless Ena-lanil
makes some definite move to bring the war
to a ciose by peaceful measures.
St Louts Globe-Democrat: The latest
Boer success Is one of considerable extent
and, following the recent defeat and can-
ture of another large column in mntlnn
serves to show a weak spot In British tao-
tlos in (he field. Lord Methuen's 1.200 men.
three-fourths of whom were mounted, had
oegun a march before daylight, when tha
Boers suddenly attacked and enveloped the
Bntisa on three sides. A stampede of
niuiea lonowea ana the troops anneal t.i
have been helpless or la a panic, either of
wmcn conditions is highly unsatisfactory
rrom a military point of view. The capture
oi nve cannon, probably with ammunition.
may nave awKwara results for some ot the
Minneapolis Tribune: Methuen is not
much loss to the British army and it Is not
probable (hat Lord Kitchener will take any
great trouble xo recapture him. But he Is
a court favorite and his capture will make
a sensation In London. We do not suppose
that the Boers will treat him ungently. and
so there Is small hone that tha r.n.r.
troops slaughtered by the thick-headed
blundering in the early part of the war will
be adequately avenged. It Is the habit of
the Boers to release their prisoners because
iney nave no means of making them com
fortable; but one would suppose that they
wouia noia on to Methuen and try to ex-
cnange mm tor cronje at St Helena. If
they should not be able to make him en
tirely comfortable, there would be little
lamentation outside of court circles In Lon
don, it should send a chill through the
wnoie army to discover that not even lieu
tenant generals are safe from capture. What
It the Boers should get hold of KltchenerT
. PERSONAL ROTES.
And now it is the German prince who
has shaken hands with Booker Washington.
Robert Burns' birthplace at Ayr attracted
7,000 more visitors last year than Shake
speare's birthplace at Stratford-on-Avon.
Kate Oreenaways memory Is to be hon
ored In London by a number of English
noblemen who are collecting funds to endow
cots In .children's hospitals In the centers
of Great Britain.
J. Ogden Armour of Chicago will present
a club bouse and golf links to his employes.
The members will be under no expense ex
cept to maintain the club house and the
Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans will leave
San Francisco April 9 for Yokohama, where
he will succeed Rear Admiral Kempff as
junior in command of the United States fleet
in Astatic waters.
Mrs. Dewey still continues indisposed, al
though the temperature of Palm Beach,
Fla., has worked Improvement In the throat
trouble which caused her to leave Washing
ton for the winter.
The Jeasup expedition Into northwestern
Siberia has returned with 100 cases of spec!
mens. The object of the excursion, which
was headed by Norman C. Buston, was to
determine the Aslatlo origin ot the North
Admiral Winfleld Scott Schley is to be
present at the dedication of the Dorchester
Heights monument on Monday, March 17,
as the guest of the South Boston Citizens'
association. . This association, as has been
Its custom, will have an Evacuation day
celebration on .its own account, to be fol
lowed by a banquet in the evening, at which
Admiral Schley will be the guest of honor,
PAYING TUB TOP PRICE.
Brltala'a Huanlllatlnsr War Record la
General Delarey's striking feat at arms
on Friday last Just reported, in which he
defeated and captured Oeneral Methuen and
scattered the British force of 1.200 men
with heavy loss, Is a stunning blow, and it
la not to be wondered at that it has caused
great excitement In London. The story of
the defeat Is but a counterpart to similar
disasters suffered by the British in the
early stages of the war. Sudden, bold at
tack by the Boers, utter confusion among
ths British, ending in a rout
In the present Instance the British loot
thirty-Bine men killed, seventy-seven
wounded and 201 missing, and. In addition.
four guns and all their baggage. This dls
aster is a severo blow to British prestige,
coming as It does after reiterated state
ments that, the war was over, and raises
the presumption that the official news sent
to England for some time past has not been
entirely frank, but colored to appease Brit
ish public opinion and support the minis
try's conduct of the war. For Instance, ac
cording to General Kitchener's report la
the London Gazette, which was a dispatch
to the secretary ot state, there were not
more than 13.600 Boers in the field on July
I, 1901; but according to bis several reports
since that time, be baa killed and taken
18.871 Boers, or 871 mora than there were
la any case It is certain that the Boers
ia the field are a mere handful, whll
the British force ia the field numbered, ac
cording to a recent statement by Mr. Bred-
rick ot the War department la the House
of Commons. 137,000.
The continuance of the struggle under
the circumstances, when ths Boers are cut
oft from supplies and are rushed by day and
night ever vast stretches of country, la re
markable, and that they should bo aggres
sive and formidable la all the more aaton
ishlng. It they now had 20,000 men In the
field, wl'h supplies at command, tho result
would be terious for ths British.
The prolonged Boor reslstaaoo ''against
hope" and la the face of odds so orsrw helm
ing Is one of the most heroin achievements
BITS OB WASHINGTON LITE.
Etehlage of People ssl Kveats Ob-
serve-4 mt too Katloaat Capital.
We have a trolley line between Omaha
and Council Bluffs.' said R. K. Smith, of
Omaha to the Washington Post. "The road
oea a good business and the company Is
fairly prosperous. One of the head officials
of the company Is a most eccentric man and
Is probably responsible for more jokes than
any man west of the Missouri river. A
short time ago a tall, lanky countryman
ame Into his office and spplled tor a Job as
" 'I don't think we want to hire you," said
the official referred to. 'We find that we
have been losing money lately because our
men were not tall enough. Now, tell me,
do you think you could reach the cord that
runs to the fare register?'
"The countryman Ironed out-the stoop la
Is shoulder and drew himself up to his
'I stand six feet one in my etockln'
feet,' hs said, with evident pride.
'"Oh, the devil!' said the official, 'we
have men in our employ who can beat that
and they can't reach the register cord.' "
While Senator Vest was speaking In ths
senate the other day Senator Allison told a
story about him.
Vest was a member of the confederate
congress during the civil war. Some of his
constituents alleged that being an able
bodied man, it would be Just as well If he
took a gun and went out and did some
fighting Instead of loafing around Richmond
Vest acquleaoed. Ha got a gun and went
to war. Hia first engagement wsa a little
affair la which the confederates were
whipped. They started to retreat Vest well
up to (he front . He met a maa from his
own town In Missouri.
"Bay, Jim," said Vest "when you go
back home (ell those folks you have seen
me in a battle."
All rlgbt" replied "Jim," starting away.
'And say, Jim," shouted Test after him.
while you're about it you might tell them
that no other human being will ever see me
Congressman Adamson of Georgia lives at
the Hotel Varnum when he Is In Washing
ton, and there, too, lives Congressman
Lloyd of Missouri, who tells (his story at
the expense of his colleague:
If there's a congressman who loves chil
dren it Is Adamson, and while at the Var
num he spent much of his tlms playing with
the youngsters, with whom he Is a general
favorite. One morning. Just as Adamson
was starting for the capltol, a 6-year-old
girl walked up to him and asked blm to let
her ride on bis back. The child's mother
objected, saying: 'Why, Mabel, you should
not make a horse of ths gentleman.'
'Oh,, mamma,' answered the child, 'he
Isn't a gentleman; he's a congressman.'
"The child's remark appealed to Mr.
Adamson with peculiar force and the de
sired ride wss freely given."
During the past six years, says a Brooklyn
Eagle letter, there has been a big Increase
In the total number of persons on the pay
roll of the government, as shown by a
statement Just compiled by the civil service
commission. The last time a similar state
ment was prepared was June 30, 1896. at
which time the total number of classified
positions was 87.115, while there were 91,669
unclassified offices, Including the fourth-
class postmasters. The only exceptions
were those in the consular and dlplomatlo
service and the employes of congress and
of the courts. The total government em
ployes In the' executive service In 1898 was
accordingly 178,634. - Oa February 1, 1902,
the - people la the -classified service num
bered 119,406, while those la the unclassified
service were 111,409, a total ot 230.814. To
this total there should be added about 6,600
employe, to Include those in ths lighthouse
service and the marine hospital service, of
whom not less than 6,000 are classified.
This would make very close to 125,000 em
ployes in the classified service at the pres
ent time, as against 87,115 in 1886, an in
crease of 87,000 against a gain ot about
20,000 In the unclassified list.
Some very interesting relics are hidden
away la the dry, musty archives of the War
department, reports the Army and Navy
Register. The casual visitor admires the
models of ships, soldiers snd army mules,
peeps into the offices of various officials
and comes away properly Impressed with
the guide's statement that "there are two
miles of marble corridors in this magnifi
cent building." But occasionally some one
inquires further snd then, if hie guide hap
pens to be a familiar spirit he will obtain
permission from the chief clerk of the Judge
advocate general's office to view the Booth
relics. These precious curios are kept under
lock and key In a subterranean stronghold
and a clerk la specially detailed to exhibit
them. The exhibition Is well worth the
trouble. The clerk tells of the story of the
assassination of President Lincoln In a most
graphlo manner and one can almost believe
that he Is hearing the story of an eye
witness. There is a plaa of the stage, the
stout wooden bar which Booth used to does
a side door, his pistols, his saddle and the
boot which was out from his broken leg;
rifles, ropes and pickaxe used by the con
spirators, and, what Is very pathetic, a
pocketbook containing the pnotograpns oi
nm eharmlna- women, dressed in the
fashion of their day. All these objects
were used at the trial of the consptrstors
and are therefore very properly ia the
custody ot the Judge advocate general oi
the army. There was at one time a serious
aurrestlon that these grewsome mementoes
ot a national tragedy should be publicly
exhibited snd every little while the propo-
.11 inn la renewed by some patron or ins
morbid, but the War department authorities
have always been able to resist the umpia
We've Been Too Busy
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the last few days to say much to you through the .papers.
It has become such an "established fact" that o clothing
equals ours that when a change is necessary you naturally
come to us, and here, of all places, is what you. want and
what you ought to have. From flO to 25 we can sell you
one of those famous suits of our own make, or a top coat
from 3.50 to $35, and a nice hat to match either suit' or
coat at t2.00, f 2.50, 3.00 or
Exclusive Clothiers and Furnishers
tton to display the articles. Xo one wants
to destroy the rellrs, naturally, and per
haps there la some legal prohibition la the
matter, and It Is only occasionally that ths
visitor obtains acoess to the collection.
Fl'TT'RE OP THH REPVBLIC
Ho Room for Pessimism Amoaar -Those
Who right for the riaar.
Atlanta Constitution (dam.). . .
The people of the United States can be
trusted to know and maintain their rights.
They make senates, houses ot representa
tives, presidents and determine policies in
their final forum. If a president takes too
much power to himself they will strip him
of It. If a congress violates popular rights
tbey will supplant it with , another tbat
will right the wrong. If courts become
corrupt or usurpatory, they will reorganise
them snd reverse them by the power ot
that resides forever ' la the vox
popull. There Is no form ot treason that
can flourish In the face of "our fierce
democracle" and no fashion of Imperialism
that will not wither like Jonah's gourdv
In the beat ot ths popular seal tor true
republican principles! ' '
The confusion Incident to Our new prob
lems, new duties and larger ' place In the
world sphere msy alarm the simple for
a sesson. But those temporary Incidents
do not stop the regular notion of the In
vincible American spirit tbst saturates and
saves the national life. ' We are a Saul
among the powers and tribes of this world.
We have the most prescient population, the
most redundant resources, ths most avail
able wealth, the most enviable opportun
ities that belong to any nation of the globe.
The Stars and Stripes Is the ensign to which
the eyes of the ambitious turn snd to ths
protection of which the oppressed of the
earth are flocking.
But why should we argue all these great
and patent facts with our young friend T
We will not do so. We wtll invite him to
come out of his cave of Adullam and breathe
the airs of freedom lnstesd of the choke-
damp of pessimism. He Is young, edu
cated and capable of bright and Jubilant
work, as his contribution ' happtly ' shows.
He only needs to climb up Into the sun
shine that glorifies the hilltops and widen
his horizon from ths eornerposts of his
personal equation to the four quarters ot
this greatest republic, of all time Then
every point of the national compass will
reveal to him the growth, the glory, the
power and the higher and holler possi
bilities of this nation of which he Is a
Only let him, and every other like him.
bravely assume and brilliantly do his part.
If anything Is wrong, help to right It If
unwisdom Is in the saddle help to sub
stitute widdom instead. Stand with the
people, conjure by the constitution, fight
with the flag and never despair ot the re
public. MIRTHFUL REMARKS.
Chicago Tribune: "It's no comfort,
either," muttered the explorer, malting his
toilsome way toward the north pole, "to
be told that there's plenty of room at tba
Brooklyn Life: Gladys No. X would never
marry a man to reform him.
Ethel Well, I don't think myself that
harsh measures are the best. .
Pittsbunr Chronicle: "Are you doing any
penance this Lent?" asked Ililand of Hal
'I should say I was," replied Halket.
"I'm house-hunting every afternoon now."
Chicago Post: "But why do you persist
In worrying?" demanded tho easy-going
m""n tho hope of making you worry a lit
tle," answered the good woman
Boston Transcript: Cleric-Mr.' Sniope-r
was in while you were out; iho? said he'd
call again tomorrow. , . s.
Proprietor Very kind Of him.
Clerk But he wanted to collect a bill.
Proprietor Very kind to aay when ho
"This," said tho young lieutenant, who
waa showing about the cruiser, "Is the
quarterdeck." . ' . " ' ' ,
"Oh, really," she protested, "do I look
so stupid aa not to know tho difference be
tween a war ship and a Su-cent excursion
Cleveland Plain Dealer: "What's the
mattw with that neighbor of yours? He s
raging around like a crazy Hon, declaring
heTll slaughter the whole family."
"Oh, his children annoy him so that he
can't keep his mind on tho universal peace
pamphlet he Is working at."
Washington Star: "You got tho worst of
It in that horse trade," said tho friend.
"Yes," answered Farmer Comtossel,
"I suppoe It makes you angry every time
you see the horse."
"No, I like to look at him. It gives ma a
food deal of satisfaction to think of how
am going to do the other fallow in the
TO A TOM-OAT.
J. J. Montague In Portland Oregonlan.
Creature of night; bold, brazenly Immoral,
Responsible to neither gods nor main,
From out the dark thy Irreligious choral
Jars on my nerves and angers mo again.
When dogs and other honest brutes are
And 'not'a'cur awakes to bay the moon.
With low companions thou thy watcn art
And gvin tongue to thy unlovely tuna.
What demon, deep wtthtn thy black heart
What1 bake promoter of foul deeds and
MallgnTtyand hate and war has bidden'
T Se lead that dlsaolute and vicious llfet
Art thou provoked by Influenoo Infernal
To levy war on all thy wretched kind.
Profane the air with revelry oooturnal.
To gratify thy dark and bloody mindf f
Thy fur. one thick, Is largely dlssipsAed.
Thy ears are notched, thy Hps are gashed
at tnchMo'iPthy tail haa taeen abated,
B Thu art a thing to look upon with scorn.
Tet why waste bard-wrought versee in
denouncing .,,. ' ,
Thy manifold transgressions, callous carr
ThV word for ,y ril lo4no time pro
TakeSod'cSre that you heed It Thorns-:
FITS LIKE OURS.
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