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Twas a lucky escape.
But then Theodore Roosevelt is noted
for luck and pluck. " ' '
It turns out that a wild trolley car
Is almost as dangerous as a wild an
archist. That Michigan peach crop was de
stroyed so often this year that the sea
eon's output Is breaking .all, previous
records. " . -
Country merchants are coming Into
Omaha for the fall buying. Hospitable
entertainment Is one of the beet business
The democratic campaign book te-mutn
as an oyster on 18 to 1. We fear jt will
not become -a popular volume in" the
Tom Johnson Is throwing the bouquets
at Bryan, this year., He evidently .ex
pects Bryan to throw the bouquets at
"n'.m two years hence:
Whether the Omaha ball players take
the pennant or not they have the satis
faction of having led the processiou
right along, with but few interruptions.
By steering clear of real estate deals,
except when building sites are Inipera
tlvely; needed. jtne school board .can
avoid complaints of Jobs and specula
tion,. . ' '."
Sir Thomas Llpton would like another
try at the America's cup. Sir Thomas
may try, but be does so with full know!
edge that the cup prefers to stay In
"A Nebraska man Is ready to furnish
the official flag .for the Louisiana Pur
chase. Exposition..- Nebraska is also
ready to furnish one of the brightest
tars to be set In the flag.
Several hundred socialists Jn Omaha
and South pmhA have organized theov
aelve; as political sharpshooters, in the
grand armyof soelul democracy,!; '.ThTs
year they-propose to-shoot at glass balls
la the air just for fun. ...
The report of the special examiner In
the Peter Power case agalust the North
ern Pacific will Include a million words
of testimony. It the cwsts should be
taxed up against the petitioner It would
probably j take" him a million days to
pajrtbeni, ... ' . ,.v
General Barry's challenge for a Joint
debate with bis opiouent for congress
In the Sixth district has made Its for
mal appearance. The popocratic am
munition box is full of Joint debate
challenges, which are to be set off one
at a time.
Jeff Davis has been re-elected gov
ernor of Arkansas, but nobody proposes
to suspend him on a sour apple tree, not
even James K. Joues, who detests him
heartily ever since he has been pried
loose by Jeff rom the United States
Our Dave say he has an urgent invl
tatlon to help out on the stump In the
republican campnlgn In Oblp.'(IIe (ugut
by ' all . means . to accept ',lt, .' lu. has
never helped out in Nebraska, on the
tump or off the stump, except when
be was ruunlug on the ticket, and the
novelty of Mercer doing something for
some other candidate would be uulque.
Strong-lunged Indians on Nebraska
reservations should be more careful bow
they Indulge tn firewater. "Iti these
days of brass button soldiery! a few
waiwhoops and a double-shuttle, dance
are liable to bring out the whole army
and navy of Nebraska to blockade the
red man's commissary. It Is dangerous
to put such temptations In the way of
So many fams-seeklng colonels.
DAftOtR iJV 'O.VOfMjrr AdtTATIOX.
With characteristic directness and
fort e President Roosevelt points out the
danger there Is In Ignorant agitation re
garding the (Treat industrial combina
tions. It Is not the destruction .of
these that Is to be sought, as urged by
some political demagogues, but the cor
rection of the evils connected with them.
If It were entirely practicable to destroy
the combinations the effect, as the presi
dent says, would be destructive beyond
the, trusts. These could not be elimi
nated from the business of the country
vvfthotrt "putting a severe check 'upon.
business and prosperity. Mr, Roose
velt correctly characterized as a quack
and an enemy to the republic the man
who advocates destroying the Industrial
combinations by measures which would
paralyze the industries of the country.
It is not a revolutionary but a rente-
dlnl policy that Is to be desired.
Thoughtful men, who cuu consider the
question without prejudice, do not urge
striking down the combinations, but the
correction of the evils and abuses Inci
dent to them. Such men understand
that to destroy the trusts would neces
sarily result In damaging business gen
erally, that Individual enterprises would
Inevitably suffer. This must be per
fectly obvious to everybody of practical
experience. - The Industrial combina
tions are so great a factor In the busi
ness of the country that their destruc
tion could not be effected without doing
tremendous Injury to all Interests. As
to . those who advocate revolutionary
measures the president said: "Those
men. If they should succeed, could do
nothing to bring about a solution of the
great problems with which we are con
cerned. If they should destroy -certain
of the .evils at the cost of overthrowing
the 'well-being of the entire' country 'it
would mean merely that there would
come a reaction In which they and their
remedies ' would be hopelessly dis
credited." . . ,
Destruction of the great combinations
being impracticable or Impossible, they
must be subjected to such supervision
and regulation as will protect the public
against the evils and abuses now. com
plained of. The president believes this
can be done and there Is no doubt he will
urge congress to take some action. : The
sincerity of the president In this mat
ter Is unquestionable. He wants some
thing done, but whether he will be able
to Induce congress to act Is of course
uncertain. Representative Uttlefleld In
tends to make a persistent effort to
secure legislation at the next session
and It is the understanding that he will
have the earnest backing of the adminis
tration. Perhaps he will be successful.
at least to the extent of securing legisla
tion providing for publicity, which Mr.
Roosevelt regards as very essential It
certainly seems to be the dictate of wis
dom, from a political point of view, that
the party In control of congress should
respond to the popular demand for legis
lation to correct trust evils. Meanwhile
Ignorant agitation 4s to be condemned,
sines It tendency la to create and foster
an erroneous , public sentiment .which
caa.bare no other than a harmful effect.
A vert OOOD CUSTOMER.
Statistics of Canadian trade for the last
fiscal year show that the Dominion Im
ported from this country merchandise
to the value of more than 1120,000,000,
while the Importations from Great
Britain amounted to only $49,000,000,
notwithstanding the preferential duties
favoring Imports from the latter. The
Springfield Republican suggests that
the figures will doubtless stimulate the
movement In the Dominion for retaliat
ing tariff legislation against this coun
try unless we are willing to make a
liberal reciprocity arrangement
' Possibly, the advocates of a higher
tariff In American products win have
their cause somewhat strengthened by
the showing of Imports from this coun
try, wnicn increased io,ooo,ooo over
last year, but It appears that the Ca
nadians somuch prefer. American to
British good that an. increase in the
tariff, unless1 made prohibitory, would
probably not ; have any serious effect
upon, our exports to. Canada, It Is most
unlikely that the. Dominion will go to
any extreme In this matter, because 'It
manifestly, has nothing .to gain from
a commercial f.war with' .the United
States. Ajto itiVitfc'thCfcnadlans
should byth.l8 UJma )indersiah4 that it
caunot be forced. 'Itiey shquld also
know that Its attainment depends upon
their offering more satisfactory condi
tions than they have yet submitted.
MMRtrRtSKATlXO THE ISSUE.
The Omaha Bee claims tbat the bid repub
lican watchword, "a tree .ballot and an hou
eat count." applies Just the 'same to pri
maries aa to elections, and demands that
sort of., thing v In .the .coming . Omaha
primaries.; JJave-Mereer jobjfcta to the
tree ballot part of h program. Some
1,200 to 1,400 democrats harlng registered
as republicans for this coming scrimmage
between, himself and Roaey, or failed to
register their political preferences at all
be claims tbe right to bold em up for a
preliminary . examination before allowing
them to settle a republican scrimmage all
by themselves. At the polls tbe ballot
cannot be too free, provided the qualifica
tions of the voter are well established. At
the primary the principal mischief usually
arises from a little too much freedom of the
ballot. Tbe Bee people are endeavoring
to hare the county central committee take
down the bars and let every man vote who
wants to and as ha wants to at the repub
llcan primaries, regardless of previous con
ditions of servitude, providing be has care
fully omitted to register himself a demo
crav. Wncpln Journal, , . .
This is the Mercer-Baldwin, version of
the Impending primary election contest
but, like sll their heathen Chinee tricks,
it Is deceptive and cannot withstand the
Ftrst and foremost" this Is not "i
scrimmage between Mercer and Rosey,'
but .a contest between the republican
party of this district and a nonresident
foncressmaa who wants to force his re-
nomtnation for a sixth term by hook or
crook.;.., . , .- , . ,
Where Is any ground for the assertion
that 2,400 democrats have registered
themselves as republicans tn this city
Every man registered as a republican
was required to declare bis affiliation
with the party under oath end Is pre
sumed to have sworn to the trnlh.
Mercer and his railroad allies and or
gans are-trying to Impress the people
with the Idea that he Is to le mfldt? the
victim of a conspiracy of wholesale per-j
Jury concocted and executed before- the'
last election a year ago. That violent
presumption Is flatly contradicted by
comparison of registration figures.'
In 1000 the total republican registra
tion In Omaha was 12,3T1, or nearly
3,000 heavier than In UHJl, when the
total was only 9,645. If 2,400 of the-men
registered as republicans ln?Eil!H)l;
are' .democrats, "tbx ! falling off yytifili
have been about 60 per cent, when the
truth Is that the drop of nearly 3,000
names on the republican register shows
general neglect aud Indifference on the
part of a large percentage of the rank
and file of the party. In this shrinkage
all factions were represented, Mercer
and anti-Mercer. Inasmuch as the Mer
cer factiou nominated most of the can
didates on the county ticket last year
and managed the campaign, they surely
must have got their full quota of the
The fairy tale about 2,400 democrats
being registered as republicans is fabri
cated out of whole cloth to excuse the
attempt to disfranchise, by lawless test
oaths a large number of republicans
who oppose Mercer's renonilnation. 'If
test oaths were applied at Lincoln that
would require each voter to swear that
he supported the entire republican ticket
In 1900, nobody connected with the
Journal would be allowed to vote at a
Lancaster county primary. If the same
test oath were enforced in Douglas
county It would bar out Mercer and
two-thirds of bis following. ' ' ' r -' '
EXPENSIVE tiAMBr-pAMBTlSii:, ', ' ,
It is hardly worth while to enter Into
an elaborate discussion about kinder
gartens to prove that they have become
an Integral part of the modern primary
school system. Nobody advocates their
abolition, but true friends of the public
schools contend that there Is plenty of
room for Improvement In kindergarten
instruction.' The clamor for more kin
dergartens is simply a clamor for more
places on the public school pay roll for
young people who want to earn a salary
for practicing as teachers In children's
play rooms and old women, who desire
to vegetate In those play rooms at the
expense of the public. "
The fact, that Omaha has a larger
number of kindergartens and kin
dergarten . teachers than - any other
city of equal population in Amer
ica affords sufficient proof that the
kindergartens have not suffered nl the
bands of the school board, but, on the
contrary, that the school board, has
overdone the thing at the expeiree-'Of
other branches of Instruction trjat re
quire more teachers and better teachers
than we now have. ...
Of course, kindergarten teachers who
are on the pay roll and would-be teach
ers who are not on the pay roll will
utterly, disagree with us on this, score.
But the rank and file of educators and
the great body of 'patrons' of the, public'
schools, who are deeply concerned in
our public school system and desire sym
metrical education all along the line
rather than lopsided education stimu
lated by sentimental gush, will agree
with The Bee that there is such a thing
as overdoing the kindergarten-business
by substituting ' kindergartens " for
nurseries and loading upon kindergarten
teachers the work that properly de
volves upon the mother and the nurse
HOT A I'RIVATti MATTER.
Former Governor Hastings of Penn
sylvania- does not agree with the view
of the anthracite coal operators- that
the strike Is a private matter. . ne said
that as a coal operator he would nat
urally be Inclined to take the side of
the operators In the present strike, but
be could not hold that a coal strike or
any other disturbance of labor tnat in
any way.' affects a public ( necessity 'Is
a private matter. V'Coal is a necessity,
like air and water and daylight"- said
Mr. Hastings. "When the supply is
restricted or diverted from Its natural
source it Is essentially a matter of the
supremest public importance. The post
tion.that public necessities are. not to
be controlled in a 'measure by the best
public opinion Is hot tenable."
Tb. is the rational view, which Will
be concurred In by everybody except the
anthracite coal operators and the few
who sympathize with their effort to de
stroy the miners' organization.' The as
sumption of Mr. Baer and those asso
ciated with him that tbe mining and
transportation to market of coal Is a
strictly private . business, with which
the public has nothing to do, is utterly
indefensible. As the Philadelphia
Ledger says. If such a position' could
be successfully held by the coal opera
tors, who practically control by the
binding . force of monopoly the output
of coal, they could not only refuse to
mine and transport it for four months,
but for four or forty years, or they
could padlock the mines forever. "Tbe
mere fact that the people," says the
Ledger, "whose servants the chartered
companies are, have conferred upon
them extraordinary rights and prlvi
leges of inestimable pecuniary- value,
confutes their arrogant presumption that
their business is a strictly private affair.
It Is In the broadest sense a publlo busi
ness, as it concerns the welfare, pros
perity and comfort of vast communi
ties." The ledger warns the opera tors
that if they persist in their policy , and
tbe public suffers seriously In conse
quence, they may make the discovery
that tbe people, whose servants they are,
will demand that they yield to duty and
necessity, that a reckoning . day will
surely come which will tarry convic
tion with it to the operators that the
will aBd'pewer of the public cannot be
defiantly "and stubbornly flaunfe. TJn
der existing conditions the operators
have absolute control of the situation,
There appears to be no way by which
they can be "compelled to perform their
duty to. the public. It is certainly pos
sible, however, for the stats if Penn-
sylvnnla to moke provision for the pro
tection of the public against the dan
ger of being deprived, at the will of a
group of arrogant coal operators, of a
necessity of the first Importance, and
the country will expect this to be done.
What would be thought of the chair
man of the state central committee If
he should undertake to bar out one set
of candidates' and ' force on the party
another set of candidates by arbitrary
ruling aud refusal to carry Into effect
the rules and orders of the committee?
This ls preclsely what Chairman Goss is
trying to do In trying' to use bis position
in the Interest of Mercer and against all
of Mercer's competitors.
John N. Baldwin still keeps himself in
evidence through dally proclamations
and pronunclamentos. Ills latest Is an
ussurance to the public that the Union
Pacific has hired a sufficient number of
bricklayers nnd hodcarrlers to keep up
Its construction work on the new ma
chine shops. Why. the political attor
ney of the Union Pacific should dip his
oar Into brick and mortar Is Incompre
The nominee ' of the socialists for
county attorney attempted to decline
the honor because be is not a lawyer,
but was drafted into the service on the
assurance that It made no difference
whether the county attorney Is a lawyer
or not Our socialist friends must have
set their standard by the present popo
Prayers for rain to break the drouth,
quite the thing not so many years ago,
have, given way In western Kaunas to
prayers that the rain may stop long
enough for the sun's rays to save the
crops.' It's a poor rule tbat doesn't work
"both ways and a poor faith cure that
won't remedy more than one evil.
Little Delaware will have two contest
ing republican candidates on the of
ficial ballot to be voted into seats in
congress at the coming election. This
Is, doubtless, to make up in the lower
bouse for the lack of representation in
that state in the upper house of con
gress. Labor Commissioner Carroll D. Wright
diagnoses the case of the coal strike aa
due to a lack of confidence in one an
other on the' part ' of operators and
miners, This Is the' polite way of say
ing that each one thinks the other is
trying to work a confidence game upon
Sir Thomas Upton might challenge us for
an automobile race' and have much better
luqk than he had In yachting. He has a
machine that has killed Us man.
Tbe Itreaaeai Lit.
One of the president's old cowboy friends
pushed his way to the rear platform and
told him that he had followed bis advice
of some 'years ago 'and bad been married.
As-1 atf afterthought Tie added that he also
had sht children. He kaows what a, stren
uous life is. '
Menace of the Coal Strike.
It la not only the individual that suffers
from tbe coal strike. The public schools in
many cities are likely to be seriously af
fected by the enhanced cost of coal, and if
the strike continues unpleasant retrench
ments may be necessary tn more than one
town. In Washington, D. C, real uneasi
ness on the part of the school commission
ers Is reported; and the borough of Brook
lyn is troubled at the prospect of closing
Promoting the Sharpshooter.
:- : 7 New-Tors. World.. .
The army proposal to Increase the pay of
the sharpshooter follows logically tbe mod
ern tactical - chaages. Smokeless powder
and the open formation of lines have made
today's battles affairs rather of Individuals
than of masses. So the man who can "pick
his man" has his value naturally Increased.
The spectacular suffers loss, but by the
same token, the- cause of lasting peace will
eventually find gain.
! The Spirit of the West.
New York Independent
i TJie west has come to realise, with the
added responsibility of caring for its sav
ings, that it is Hot a desire of vengeance
that makes capital thoughtful for Its own.
but common prudence that prompts business
exactness. It has absorbed wltb.tbis Idea
the further sentiment that the investment
of eastern money is western enterprises Is
worthy of enooragement, but not on specu
lative 'grounds. Tt boasts less and qualifies
more,' seeklpg to present its attractions on
a basis of actual returns and not on one
of hopeful theory. It has given up m:st of
Its political radicalisms. Populism, as a
political force. Is dead. In Kansas, its
strongest foothold, the party will this year
have no place on tbe ballot, the fusion
ticket appearing as democratic - The same
tendency Is manifest In Nebraska and South
Dakota. ' Even - the radical . legislation
adopted In the earlier days of tbe party
baa mostly been, repealed or declared uncon
stltutlonal. . The west Is becoming more
THK DELPHIC PLATFORM.
Sweet Bon of Harmony from the
Banks of the Wabash.
New York Bun.
From the banks of tbe Wabash and the
wildcat, from Delphi, a city of oracle,
from the democratic convention of Car
roll county, Indiana, comes the most
catholic and capacious of democratic plat
"That we are democrats of the Jefferson,
Jackson and Bryan type and that we here
reiterate and endorse the democratic prin
ciples and tenets and th platforms of our
party from the Inception of true dem
ocracy down to the present day."
The wildcat democrats have no greasy
stomachs. - They take what oomes and
are glad of it sod the' boa 'constrictor is
their, model. They swallow every demo
cratic principle that has been or Is and
no doubt they will have a hearty appetite
for every democratic policy that Is now
growing in the seeds of time. They re
iterate that the civil war was a failure.
They denounce specie payments; they
barrah for free silver. From Jefferson to
the Jefferson of Nebraska every demo
cratic leader was or is th man for tbelr
money and 4bey . stand -on every succes
sive democratic ( platform with sll their
Her - is the true, lrenlc democratic
spirit. The delphlc platform, slightly re
vised. Is ' a bridge of harmony and pon
toon' of peace for the democrats:
"Resolved, That w favor all tbe demo
cratic principles tbat have beta or aver
swiKGisa AFtorsn thk circms.
Indianapolis Journal: Rome one remarked
tbat Oforge Washlnirtnn never used the
phrase "be I not built that way," as did
President Roosevelt the other day. That Is
true. General Washington did not delight
the people with off-hand speeches, and that
phrase had not been coined In the days of
the father of his country.
Philadelphia Ledger: President Roose
velt, in addressing his audiences, says, for
Instance: "Men and women of New Hamp
shire," but tn the body of his argument
says "gentlemen." The reason is plain.
When It comes to argument and persuasion,
the president, wbo knows human nature,
think it useless to try to convince women,
whose tilled are made up, Sbd so he talka
to the men.
Haitford Courant: In the case of an In
sincere man, or of a sincere man not fortu
nate enough to have won the public confi
dence, such a round of .dally speechmaktng
would have been fraught, no doubt, with
deadly political peril. But Theodore Roose
velt Is In no such precarious case. He is
sincere and he has won the public confi
dence. The people believe In him, like him
and like to hear him talk. They listen with
a conviction tbat they are getting the honest
thought of an honest man, and they are go
ing to think it all over for themselves at
their leisure. The result Is not likely, In
our Judgement, to be unfavorable to the
president himself or to the republican party.
Baltimore American: President Roosevelt
has not only a strenuous way about him,
but Is a hall fellow well met with men who
have even been hunting with htm or wno
fought with htm in Cuba. He never lets his
dignity stand in the way of slapping one of
his old chums or soldiers on tbe back or
calling Mm by some familiar nickname.
Frequently he does this In the White House,
and though It shocks sticklers for official
dignity, tt Is a question If It does not add
to the president's popularity. Such inci
dent have been frequent during tbe New
England tour and have simply furnished ad
ditional preof how close an American presi
dent Is to the people and how close they
are to him.
Strange to say, the lawyers are cot to get
the Fair millions. The legatee are to have
all the property.
John Hays Hammond ha been added to
the faculty of Yale college, taking charge of
the work in mining in the Sheffield Scientific
The losses In the great miners' strike now
aggregate over $80,000,000. It some of the
money lost belonged to J. P. Morgan the
strike wouldn't have lasted so long.
Captain Carter is still doing the Dreyfus
act in a comfortable way at Fort Leaven
worth. He feels too sorry for himself to
realise that he is playing tn great luck.
The late Senator McMillan's grandson, 18
years old, has had his name changed to
James Thayer McMillan, his parents wish
ing to perpetuate the given name on the
The people of Alexandria, Vs., propose
to erect a monument to commemorate tbe
one hundredth anniversary of the death of
George Washington. The first president, in
his youth, was one of those who helped to
survey the old city of Alexandria, In 1749.
' If the big circus merger that has Just been
completed at Kansas City has for one of its
conditions the merging of the three circus
rings of the present day into the on all
sufficient ring of lang syne, the combine will
have at least one extenuating circumstance.
The corner stone has been laid in New
port, R. I., of a monument to Charles Louis
d'Arsac de'Ternay, admiral of France, who
landed there with French troop in 1780 to
aid the young republic. Admiral de Ternay
died shortly after his arrival and was burled
near where he disembarked.
Colonel Hardy W. B. Price of Clayton,
.Via, is one of the few still surviving wbo
took part in the battle of San Jacinto, which
decided Texan Independence, is hale and
hearty and remembers the battle as though
it happened but yesterday. He is 85 years
of age, having been born In Edgecombe
county, North Carolina, on May 6, 1817.
Arthur James Balfour Is said to be th
first musical premier England has had. He
Is an enthusiast for the art and Is catholic
enough in taste to like Wagner, although
his Idols are Handel and Bach. He Is a
friend of Mme. Wagner and has been to
Batreuth more than once. He used to make
long Journeys to hear tbe lesser-known
works of Handel and In January, 1887, the
Edinburgh Review printed an article by
blm on that composer. He has been a sub
scriber of the Rlchter concerts from their
HARKING BACK TO JOHN JTYCAKE.
Old-Fashioned Brown Bread Jaat a
Good n Boef.
Secretary Wilson of th Department of
Agriculture predicts that th large corn
crop will bring about a reduction in the
price of beef. This is pleasant reading for
th town folk wbo have meat to buy, but
not so agreeable to the farmer who has beef
cattle be intends to sell this winter. There
la little reaaon to believe, however, that Mr.
Wilson's prediction - will be fulfilled by
reason of the tacts he mentions. The great
rise in the price of beef has not been due
to a scarcity of teed with which to fatten
cattle ao much as to a scarcity of cattle.
Tbe rise In tbe price of beef has been out
of all proportion to the advance In the cost
of fattening. During the hard times farm
ers sold off every beef animal they could
spar in order to get money to carry them
alcng. When the price offered for cattle be
gan to advance, they continued to sell. In
this way large numbers of cows which
should have been kept for breeding purposes
were sold to the butcher and the meana of
cattle production was lessened. Multiplica
tion of cattle Is a slow process, especially
when the price of veal tempts a farmer to
kill heifer calves which should be raised
The constant and rapid extension of the
cultivated area Is driving the large berda
of cattle from the range and cutting off
thla source of supply. Abundance of feed
may increase the supply of beef somewhat,
but It Is hardly to be expected that, the
relation of supply and demand will by this
means be changed enough to make any ma
terlal reduction in tbe price which tbe
farmer receives or the consumer must pay
for his meat.
The greateat cost of meat may and ahould
result tn a lessened consumption of that
article. As compared with many other
foods, meat is very expensive. Thus, as
shown by bulletins of the Department of
Agriculture, . tbe corn meal which can b
purchased for 25 cent contains ten times
the qusntlty of food materials tbat are found
In th sirloin steak that can be purcbaaed
at the same 'price. People are likely to
And out tbat It is cheaper to eat eornmeal
In th form of old-fashioned brown bread
or "Jobnnycake" than to eat it In the form
of beef. With the same expenditure of
money, a man receive seven times as much
food materials In milk, eight times ss much
In wheat flour, five times aa much in beans
sad tweBty times as much In potatoes as h
doe' In sirloin steak. Is these prosperous
time no able-bodied and Industrious man
need go without all the meat he wants, but
the man wbo desires to economii may do
so by reducing his meat bill. Many have
don thla, and will continue-to do so, by
which mean th demand for meat will tend
to aceommadaU Itself to the supply.
BITS OF WASHINGTON 1.1 FK.
Scenes and Incident Observed at th
Deserted Capital. -
Washington correspondents find so little
In the news line to occupy tbelr time that
they bsve turned critics of publlo improve
ment faahtoned by the superior' wisdom of
congress. The latest object of their wrath
is tbe temporary office building which Is
being erected for the president to tbe west
of the White House. It Is spoken of ss
"temporary," but Is being built In a very
substantial manner and Is to be fitted up
in a luxurious style. The building Is a
low squatty affair, built of red brick, with
out any architectural beauty to make up
for Its Insignificant size. It looks very
much like a stable and the visitor wbo sees
It for the first time will doubtless wonder
why the White House stsbles have been
put In such a prominent place, on line with
the front of the historic old mansion. In
side the offices will be in keeping with the
uses to which they are to be put. The
finishings will all be of the beat; the decora
tion will be tasteful and rich and the
furniture, which has been ordered by Secre
tary Cortelyou and which will all be made
from special designs, will be the finest tbat
can be turned out in the United States.
8ome of the rooms will be furnished in ma
hogany and others In quartered oak. The
new cabinet table will be a massive affair
and will be a triumph f th furniture
maker's art. Th offices will be ready for
the us of th president late this tall.
During th last year th government baa
saved $26,000 by th substitution of a small
metallic clip in place of rubber bands in
th handling of registered mail. Mr.
Michelangelo W. Louis of tbe supply di
vision made up his mind a year ago that
it was extravagant to issue rubber bands
for this purpose, and told the postmasters
he would give them the clips inatcad. There
was a protest, but Louis was firm. They
did not get the bands, and the books at the
end of the fiscal year showed the above
sum "to the good." This reveals something
of the proportions of the postal establish
Among all the departments In Washing
ton the most strict Is the treasury. A
citizen may carry anything that he likes
Into the treasury building, but when ho
undertakes to carry anything bulky out of
the building he la apt to get Into trouble
if he does not explain with readiness.
A visitor to Washington the other day
carried a fairly large package into 'the
building. Nobody said a word to him about
it when he was going in, but when ho
started out with the package he was held
up, made to open It and to explain ail
about himself and his buelness.
The -good sense of the rule is apparent.
At the capltol It la against the rules to
carry any sort of a bundle Into the build
ing. The fear Is that somebody will carry
In a bomb. Th rule was never enforced
rigorously until the senate took up th
Sherman repeal bill. At that time the
public mind became so Influenced against
the delay In the senate that violence was
feared and the rule was put into active
operation and continued for some year.
Then it dropped out of sight until the
Spanish war excitement easse en, "hen It
was again enforoed and it is still enforced
rather strongly, although during the last
session of congress a few cameras were al
lowed in th building.
Rear Admiral Melville, chief engineer of
the navy, is of the opinion that th results
of tests which have been in progress here
for some time under the supervision of a
special board of naval officers show that
while tbe us of oil as fuel on board naval
vessels la safe and practical its cost is pro
hibitive. , Admiral Melville says that if oil
is ever used aa fuel on vessels it will be
only In the case of torpedo boats ! and
tugs, hut that economy requires that the
navy shall continue burning coal as long
as tbe latter Is selling at normal prices. .
Two Jean, hungry cats are living amid
th wreck and debris of the White House.
They belong to the president's family. For
some reason they were not included among
the household pets which the president's
sons carried away to Sagamore hill last
June. The boys took their dogs, rabbits,
coon, parrot and other birds with them,
but left the cats behind. Whit House
servants thoughtfully removed the cats
to th temporary executive mansion ' In
Lafayette square, ' believing tbat .they
would become domiciled there. The cats,
however, were wedded to the Whit Housa
and upon th first' opportunity ran away
from th Lafayette square mansion and
stole back to their old quarters. Her
they have lived for two months amid fall
ing bricks and timbers. They have wit
nessed tbe work of interior demolition and
the beginning of the work of renovation
without abandoning their quarters. The
workmen say they are watting for th
Roosevelt family to return.
' Every day at noon the cats com out of
th recesses of ths wrecked building and
circulate among the workmen, wbo fur
nish them with food from their dinner
palls and lunch baskets. . Presumably this
is all they get to eat and that it is not
enough is shown by their lean, hungry ap
pearance. , '
In the diplomatic colony of Washington
the' coming winter a more than usually
American atmosphere will prevail, a in
Our Friday Special, "CONQUEROR HOSE.''
Uose that cannot be holed with ordinary wear. Two lay---'
ers of heel, two layers of toe and colors that won't change!
Black, tan and slate. The extra wear is thrown in. . Four
pairs in a box, and only '. '
50c a Box
Our prediction of two months ago has come true. Work
men are now tearing out the old front and replacing a new.
Confusion reigns outside, but all is peace and harmony on
the inside, and we are ready to serve your wants in every
thing new and fashionable for fall wear.
The best clothing tlie best . furnishings and the best1
hats at prices as pleasing as the merchandise; ' '
NO CLOTIIING FITS LIKE OUKS.
and don't forget to bring the boy here to be fitted out for
school. The best values can always be found here.
Store open till 10 P. M. Saturdays.
Exclusive Clothiers and Furnishers .
It S. Wilcox, Manager.
addition to the wife of th new British
ambassador, who waa Miss Wilson of New
York, the announcement has Just been
made that the wife of M. Jusserand was
also born In America. She was formerly
Miss Rlcsards and prior to ber marriage
to the French diplomat had lived some
year in Tart, where she received a bril
liant education.' ' '
Th latest Industrial problem relates to
the right of a superintendent In th gov
ernment printing office to dictate as to the
style in which a young woman dresses her
hair. The superintendent says the way
she wears It Interferes with her work, but
on the other hand, the young woman
evidently thinks It the most becoming and
what more Is there to be said 7
OVRRENCY MAUtS FI.KXIBLH.
Increasing: the Clreolntlon to Meet
the Crop Emergency.
Philadelphia Press. ' .
A banking currency bssed on bonds can
always be made safe, but it . can never, bo
made flexible. Just as a currency based on
assets can be made flexible, but never can
be given absolute safety. ,. ,
Secretary Shaw has, however, Jurt shown
how much can be done by provision and
energy to render a bank currency baaed
on, bonds flexible. The steady advance In
United States bonds has abruptly, checked
the growth In banking circulation - which
had before been in progress- Between
January 11900, and January L 10$. na
tional bank notes increased In volume
$84,000,000. This was tbe highest point
reached, or $360,000,000. The rapid ad
vance of government bond, ' particularly
In 2s, which have wholly falsified Senator
Aldrlch's confident prediction that they
would remain at par, led bankers to with
draw their currency, and the aggregate
had fallen by July 1, $3,500,000. A slight
increase took place in . August, but It has
been plain that if tbe currency in circu
lation is to increase as tt should for, fall
needs In moving tbe crops It must . je
along the line of bank notes, as govern
ment receipts ars too near to government
expenditures to make tt probable that any
disbursement could place by the treasury
through the purchase of bonds which Sec
retary Shaw suspended laat January. .
Ordinarily any application for - an In
crease In national bank currency takes
so long, owing to the routine methods
of the Treasury department, that an
exigency is over before the bills can be
supplied. Secretary Shaw, however, by
having bills printed in advance, by. quick
ening the machinery of the Treasury de
partment and by a Judiciously worded cir
cular, which reminded great bankers that
the United States bad som $126,000,000 on
deposit in banks which It could withdraw,
has led th leading banks of th country
to share In an application for about $35,
000,000 in new currency. The profit on this
will be small. On th currency itself
there will probably be none whatever . at
the existing price of government bonds,
which, under the purchase this Increase
brought, abruptly rose. .
This is the misfortune of having linked
at critical momenta the government credit
and banking facilities for th supply of
cuu cue, but when litis claia iue best
that can b don is to ameliorate the
situation, as Secretary Shaw has by his
FLASHES OF FUN.
Brooklyn Life: Briggs What's your idea
of heavenT '
Griggs Well, it's the way a man feels
the first three day after he Is home from
a summer vacation.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Struckoyl (show
ing his art collection) Ain't that bull tight
picture a beaut? I paid an artist $2,000 to
paint that for me to order. - - -
Cutting Well! Weill It's SUTprletng What
some men will do for money, isn't it? ., -
Chicago Tribune: Upgardson What are
you looking so glum about? You told me
the other day that you had thrown all your
care to the winds.
Atom So I had. But the wind changed,
and brought them back.
Philadelphia Record: Blobbs That fellow
seems to nave a wonderful power of mak
ing people do what they don't want to do.
Is he a book agent?
Blobbs Oh, no; he's only a professional
Cleveland Plain Dealer: "When Mr. Mor
gan cornea home Mr. Schwab goes abroad."
"What do you argue from that?'.'
"That It la a wlxe provision to prevent
either hemisphere from tipping up."
Philadelphia Press: Tarkley V.'as your
trip to Coney Island expensive?
Markley I should aay. Why, tt cost tn
1D0 just to r(lck shells on th beach. -
Tarkley Oh, come oft!
Markley Fact. I ran' up 'against' a
thimble-rlgger and I didn't pick the right
We cannot, of course, all ba handsome,
And It's hard for us all to bs good.
We are sure now and then to be lonely.
And we don't always do as we should.
To be patient is not always easy,
To be cheerful Is much harder still,
But at least, we can alwaya be pleasant.
If we make up our minds that w will;
,And It pays every time to be kindly; '
Although you feel worried and blue; '
If you amile at the world and look--cheerful,
The world will aoon smile back at you.
So try to brace up and look pleasant, -
No matter how low you are down,
Good humor la alwaya contagloua, .
But you banish your friends when you
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