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T11E OMAHA DAILY HEEt WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1002.
Tire UMAiiA Daily Bee
E. ROSE WATER, EDITOR.
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STATEMENT OF CIRCULATION.
State of Nebraska, Douglas County, as.:
Oeorge B. Tzschuck, secretary of The
Sec Publishing Company, being duly sworn,
ays that tho actual number of full and
complete copies of The Dally, Morning,
Evening and Sunday Bee printed during the
month of November, u2. was as follows:
1 81.4TO It 2S.435
I 20.400 17 ao.HK
I....... 81,(MJO U 30.870
81,3oO U 80,040
B . 41.0HS 20 SO.SUO
84.560 21 80.630
7 81.210 22 81.410
80,340 23 W4.310
211,678 24 30,920
JO 81,800 25 81.0W0
11 80.97O 28 81,000
13 80.700 27 30,70
IS .....80.M2O 2 31,130
14 80.730 ; 2 81.4H0
U 81,810 SO ..88.478
Leas untold and returned copies.... U.23T
Net total sales 22,078
Net average sales 80,788
OEORQE B. TZSCHUCK.
Subscribed in my presence and sworn to
tefore me this 80th day of November, A. u.
So2 M. B. HUNQATE.
(Seal) Notary Public
Black diamonds are pretty nearly an
rare and valuable just now aa white
Colonel Mosby Is back at Washing
ton for further conference, but the wire
fences are In statu quo.
The $3,500 South Omaha postofflee
tlum will hang high up on the Christ
mas tree, In plain sight, but out of
The school board will retain Its legis
lative lobbyist, but he will not draw his
pay out of the public treasury. Kiddie:
Who will pay the bills?
Cuming county has no kick coming.
With the opening of the year It will
lose the state treasurer and gain the
warden of the penitentiary.
:' Some of the clerks In the departments
fct Washington may have to work to
keep warm and thus the coal famine
may result in some good after all..
The people of Omaha do not want to
miss a chance to get cheap power on
reasonable terms. The Interests of the
dty as a whole must be paramount
'The fleet that George Dewey now
commands Is Incomparably more
powerful than the one he had In Manila
bay, but he can have nothing like so
much fun with It
If the Board of Equalization does as
satisfactory work as the Board of Re
view substantial progress will have
been made In the direction of tax reform
tor the year 1903.
,Down In Haytl the ordinary prelimi
naries to an election are the enlistment
of an army and the seizure of arsenals
and fortifications. No candidacy Is
considered till 1 afterward. . . ...
South American republics Vave been
accustomed In the past to arbitrate their
little differences by force of arms, but
they might act otherwise when the com
plications involve European nations as
wlL i ;
Every home owner In Omaha pays
taxes. That Is why every home owner
la vitally Interested in having all the
Mr eornoratlons and mercantile estab
lishments pay taxes in equitable pro
portion to his.
Governor-elect Mickey seems to have
adopted the plan of fortifying himself
against applicants for appointments by
announcing his selections as soon as
agreed upon. Only when the plum tree
la denuded wlM the array of expectants
State Treasurer Steufer boasts that
because of the Investment of all school
funds he will have no cash to turn
over to his successor. One of his prede
cessors tried also to reduce the amount
of cash he would have to turn over,
only he experimented with another plan.
President Baer's solicitude for the
Inviolability of constitutions Is strictly
limited to favorite fer.tures of the na
tional constitution, but does not Include
the constitution of IVnnsylvania, which
bis railroad company, by engaging in the
coal mining business has been system
atically violating for, decades.
'' 1 :
The' fuel 'situation' Is becoming acute
and serious In many titles and there Is
certain to be real suffering In spite of
all that can be done. It is plain that
unless an accommodation had been
reached through the efforts of Presi
dent Roosevelt providing for resump
tion of work in the anthracite region
the country would today be struggling
with a dangerous emergency.
A (jRJt TKWAfiLt: ALhUtCC.
Thor appears to be no doubt that the
Anplo-Oernisn alliance In the Veneiue
lan matter Is objectionable to English
men generally, or at any rnte to those
who are not ardent supporters of the
government, accepting whatever Is done
I by the ministry as necessarily wise and
' proper. The remark of Kir Charles
I I Hike In deprecation of England being
I Involred with Germany In the proceed
ings against Vene.wela may be regarded
! as reflecting the feeling of a great many
Englishmen and there have born other
'utterances to the game 'effect It Is
I 1, 1 & 1. a ' j 1 . -, i.
sldernble popular sentiment In England
unfriendly to Germany, but men who
do not entertain this feeling maintain
that England cad' have no possible ad
vantage in German co-operation; has.
Indeed, everything to lone and nothing
to gnln. A leading London paper makes
this comment: "It Is so clearly the In
terest of Germany that the two English-speaking
peoples should be at
variance that we view any attempt at
common action between Great Britain
and Germany against a South American
state with a certain amount of appre
hension." What the acopo of the alliance or ar
rangement between those powers Is
has of course not been made public.
but It Is probable that either can with
draw from It at pleasure, while so far
as the United States Is concerned there
is every reason to believe that the un
derstanding takes the most complete
recognition of the principle upon which
this country holds the position of protec
tor of the southern republics against
foreign aggression under well-defined
conditions. It may be confidently as
sumed that Great Britain would enter
Into no alliance that could result In
creating variance between that nation
nnd the United States. She could bet
ter afford to allow all the debts due her
subjects by South American countries,
and the amount Is very large, to be
repudiated, 'than to quarrel with this
country on account of them. Nor Is
there any substantial reason for think
ing that Germany desires to do anything
that might Impair the friendly relations
between that country and the United
States. A year ago our government
received the most definite and unquali
fied assurances from the German gov
ernment that under no: circumstances
did it contemplate, In any proceedings
against Venezuela, the permanent occu
pation of Its territory. There has as yet
been nothing to create a doubt as to the
sincerity of that assurance. Our posi
tion Is fully understood by . Germany
and will be respected to the fullest ex
tent It Is easy to understand that English
men should object to the Anglo-German
alliance, or such of them as do not
feel friendly toward Germany. 'it an.
pears to them wholly unnecessary In this
matter and possibly dangerous. But
there Is no good reason why Americans
should feel any apprehension In regard
to It Both countries, It is safe to say,
would be found most ready to accede
to any proposition which the United
States should deem It necessary to
submit " '
THt SMCRMAlt ANTl-TRCST LAW.
Tile act of congress known as the
Sherman anti-trust law has .been in
operation since July, 1800, a period of
more than twelve years. It has been
found effective In several Instances,
notably In the cases of railroad traffic
agreements, but Industrial combina
tions or trusts have multiplied since the
enactment of the law, until It has come
to be pretty generally felt that in
regard to these the act is Inadequate. It
may fairly be affirmed, we think, that
the Sherman law has sot been aa fully
tested as It should have been, that if a
more aggressive course had been pur
sued under It It might. have been found
more useful If not entirely adequate
for accomplishing the purpose for which
It was enacted. There is reason to be
lieve that the law is to be more vigor
ously applied by the present adminis
tration, if. congress wUL. provide, the
money 'necessary to do this. . V ;
It Is the opinion of . some who
have (given the Sherman act . careful
study that it Is unsulted to existing con
ditions, cannot be enforced and should
be repealed. Mr. Knapp, chairman of
the Interstate Commerce Commission,
says that the fundamental departure In
that law from the well-grounded princi
ple of the common law brings about an
Irreconcilable conflict between an act
of congress and the most hopeful de
sires and achievements of our day.
This he thinks explains its failure aa a
remedial measure and remarks: "So far
from accomplishing its Intended pur
pose, the Sherman act has indirectly
aided, and in many cases compelled,
the very results it was Intended to pre
vent No legislation on this subject Is
so much needed, or would prove so
salutary, as that which would bring the
federal statutes into conformity with
the wise and wholesome rule of the
common law." Judge Grosscup of the
United States circuit conrt at Chicago,
advocates unqualifiedly the repeal of
the Sherman act In his address before
the law school of the University of
Nebraska be pointed out that while the
law Is aa . comprehensive . as language
could make it, while it withholds no
power, civil or criminal, that the law
makers thought would contribute to the
complete eradication of the supposed
evil, yet the Industrial combinations
have steadily increased In number.
While opinion from such sources Is
certainly entitled to consideration, we
think, limi-v ! ua doubt that they are
not in accord with general public sen
timent Admitting that the Sherman
act Is defective,' what should be done
is not to repeal it but to correct he -defects
and this having been done, to
adopt a vigorous policy. of enforcement.
The popular conviction undoubtedly Is
that the principle of the law Is sound
and should be adhered to. The duty
of congress, which should be performed
without unnecessary delay, is to improve
and strengthen the act of istio and then
to make ample provision for Its thor
TfO BXTTKR ThAS BLACKMAIL.
For ways that are dark and , tricks
that are vain the heathen Chinee Is out
done by the congressman-elect from the
Second congressional district Tears ago
he tried to palm off fake circulation of
two separate newspnpers, published un
der different bends and delivered to
different subscribers, under the assumed
name of . "The Daily World-Herald."
This arrant Imposture was riddled In
the courts. The imposition sought to be
perpetrated six or seven years ago Is
being repeated again In spite Of the
courts' decisions and palpable law de
fiance. In order to refresh the memory of the
circulation fakirs and bogus clnlmants
their attention and that of the Board of
Police and Fire Commissioners Is called
to the following documents on file In the
court house In the office of the county
Tear 190L PR0P08AL.
The World Publishing Co.
OMAHA, Neb., Dee. 10, 1900.
To the County Clerk and Board of County
Commissioners, Omaha, Neb. I
Gentlemen: Referring .to the above
notice, the World Publishing company
hereby proposes and offers as follows: For
the delinquent tax list, three Insertions,
lots per description In the evening edition,
three and one-fourth cents; morning edi
tion, three and one-fourth cents.
Lands per description, three and one
fourth cents In the evening and three and
one-fourth cents In the morning edition,
Including notice and all headings.
Road or other legal notices, per word, one
cent each insertion. Treasurer's semi
annual statement, evening edition, 175;
morning edition, (100. Commissioners' pro
In ease any or all of the above described
advertising Is desired In the Weekly World
Herald, It wilt be done at the same rate,
WORLD PUBLISHING CO.
By O. M. Hithcock, President.
Contract, made and entered Into this
eighth day of January, A. D., 1901, between
the County of Douglas, Nebraska, by the
commissioners thereof, party of the first
part, and the World Publishing company of
Omaha, Nebraska, party of the second part.
Wltnesseth, that the said party of the
second part hereby agrees to furnish, pub
lish the proceedings of the Board of County
Commissioners, delinquent tax list, road
notices, treasurer's semi-annual state
ments and any and all the advertising or
other legal notices that may be by law or
by the Board of County Commissioners
required during the year 1901 and until
a similar contract shall have been entered
Into for the ensuing year.
All such notices or advertising to be
published in the morning or evening edi
tion of the World-Herald, at the option
of the party of the first part, or the county
clerk of said county, and of the prices
stipulated in the bid of the party of the
seoond part, hereto attached and made a
part of this contract. ,
The party of the first part hereby agrees
to pay for said advertising at the rates
named In the bid of - the party of the
second part. The party of the first part
reserves the right to stop all advertising
under this contract at any time upoa.the
failure of the party of tho seoond - part
to "comply with the terms thereof.
Witness the hands of the parties hereto
this eighth day of January, A. D. 1901.
WORLD PUBLISHINO COMPANY.
By O. M. HITCHCOCK,
- President, Contractor.
THE COUNTY OF DOUGLAS.
By JAMES CONNOLLY,
Chairman Board of County Commls.
Witnessed by M. H. Hoerner.
Approved (yeas) Hofeld, Hoctor, Harte,
Ostrom and Mr. Chairman.
Recorded January, 8, 1901.
D. M. HAVERLY. County Clerk.
In conformity with this contract the
delinquent tax list for Douglas county
for 1001 was published In the Omaha
Evening World-Herald only. Jf the con
tention that the circulations of the
Morning World-Herald and the Evening
World-Herald combined constitute the
Omaha Dally , World-Herald could be
entertained in any court. of equity the
publication of the tax list for 1001 was
Illegal and all the sales under that pub
lication absolutely void.
The congressman-elect from the Sec
ond congressional district is profes
sionally a lawyer and he knows law
enough to know that his claims for the
Dally World-Herald are fraudulent and
that the circulation claims he has made
for the purpose of extorting money frpru
druggists and liquor dealers are a confi
dence game that would subject any
other person in any other business using
the same tactics to criminal prosecution
for obtaining money under false pretenses.
THE KW YORK BaKK POOL.
The pool formed by the great banks
of New York City, which has put up
an emergency fund of $50,000,QOO for
use in the loan market follows quickly
the intimation of the secretary of the
treasury that the treasury resources
would not for the present be put at
the disposal of the banks. It Is safe
to say the New York banks would not
now bestir themselves if the burden
could be shunted by them oyer onto the
Beginning early in September the
treasury, by special arrangements for
the banks to take out more circulation
by deposits of surplus revenue and by
purchase of bonds, was able to put Into
circulation more than 175,000,000, nearly
the entire amount of which went to
relieve the strained conditions mani
fested in the New York money market
As has been pointed out In these
columns, the New York banks have In
the meantime not been able to make
any net reduction of the volume of
their loans, although they have shifted
them and, upon the whole, have Im
proved the character of the securities.
But the calling In of more narrowly
margined loans has sent many securities
npon the market greatly reducing th
level of prices and thus again Involving
or threatening to Involve the general
basts of stork credits In which all the
banks are so deeply Interested. This Is
the emergency which the banks have
prepared to forestall or to meet.
It la noteworthy that the banks that
have pooled for loan emergencies are
precisely the banks which cava been
engineering the great merger and com
hlnatlon operations, and which still
have on hand or pledged In European
money capitals for loans. Immense
amounts of the newly manufactured
stocks and other securities. Ob
viously It Is necessary for them not to
rermlt the money market to reach a
crisis, In which these collaterals would
be suddenly returned and force the bot
tom out of the whole mass of merger
and reorganized corporation capitaliza
tion. When, therefore, the great New
York bauks move for the protection of
the market they are simply moving for
their own protection and acting In the
purest quality of self-interest and not
from patriotic considerations.
But the point of general interest Is
that the burden of protecting the mar
ket is upon the shoulders that ought
to bear it upon those who have precipi
tated the conditions causing the. trouble.
General Attorney Manderson of the
Burlington denounces the valuation
placed by the Board of Review upon
the Burlington terminals, depot grounds
and depot buildings within the city of
Omaha as an outrage. But General Man
derson speaking as a private citizen
would consider the valuation of $28,025.
at which these properties were returned
by the State Board of Equalization, as
a greater outrage, If he could only ex
press his opinion without mental reser
vation. At any rate, we feel sure that
General Manderson would be willing to
swap his three-story block on Capitol
avenue and Fifteenth street which Is
assessed at $22,500, and give a hand
some Christmas present to boot for
the Burlington passenger and freight
depots and depot grounds, and 'all the
buildings and tracks appertaining to the
Southwestern branch of the Burlington,
which were assessed by the state board
without reference to equity or uni
formity. The veracity of the fakirs who sub
scribe to the circulation claims of our
voracious contemporaries may be gauged
pretty accurately by the returns they
have made to the city . tax commis
sioner for the assessment of their prop
erties. Only last spring all the daily
newspaper publishers of Omaha agreed
to a relative valuation for . taxation
which made the assessment of The Bee
$00,000, of the World-Herald $43,800 and
of the News $39,(500. The Bee's return
for city taxation In 1003 Is $100,000.
The World-Herald's return fell from
$43,800 to $10,000. The News, after
adding a new press to Its plant costing,
so It says. $15,000. made a sworn re
turn of $13,400 to the tax commissioner.
What will not men who try to swear
themselves out of taxes in this fashion
do to swear themselves into false circu
lation? Railroad attorneys pronounce the valu
ations placed by the Board of Review;
upon the railway terminals in Omaha
as exorbitant and outrageous. But
these figures are in every Instance less
than the estlmates placcd upon the prop
erties by railroad Officers testifying
under oath in behalf of the railroad
companies eight years ago, notwith
standing the potent fact that their value
has Increased greatly since that time.
It will be hard to make the people be
lieve that valuations based on the figures
of the railroad experts themselves are
exorbitant and outrageous.
Harvest of Shining; Toms.
Tom Ochiltree, Tom Reed and Tom Nast
surely the grim reaper has had a sudden
and woeful grudge against our genial com
patriots of the Tom variety.
Sweet Bona; of flneeor.
New York Tribune.
Christmas will soon be here, and the
Yuletlde carol of 1902 should be a grand,
sweet song of special warmth and cheer
on the part of the rich In their bounties to
And Still Insattafled.
Saturday , Evening Post.
Prosperity has come to a pretty pass
when the railroads have so much freight
they cannot move it. Now It they eould
only turn It Into . passengers they might
make it hang up by the straps.
The World Do Move.
With a former democratic president ac
tively enlisted In behalf of the negro and
his educational and Industrial betterment,
It doesn't require the use of X-rays to
discern that "the world do move."
Well Fonnded Anxiety.
Chicago Inter Ocean.
Mr. Baer's greatest anxiety now Is lest
men who do not understand the funda
mental theories of free government may
amend the constitution so as to destroy
the inalienable right of the mine owners
to do as they please.
Cemetery Art Assailed.
From London comes the pessimistic sug
gestion that tombstones ought to be
perishable, so that they will not so long
outlast the memory of those burled be
neath them. And yet, human pride fondly
believes that future generations will be
Impressed with memories preserved la
stone and marble.
Disarmament Takes Root Anroad.
The czar may claim the credit for the
first practical attempt at peace arbitration,
but the prince of Monaco can send bis
name thundering down the ages as the
first to put In practice the Important prin
ciple of disarmament. He Is about to
give the world an object lesson on the sub
ject by disbanding his standing army of
thirty-two men. It remains to be seen
how many of his fellow rulers will follow
his noble and self-sacrificing example In
the Interests of peace.
Pension Commissioner Ware may prove
to be another Evans. He recommends that
every pensioner who Is convicted of an in
famous crime should lose his pension, al
though congress In its wisdom and la Its
cringing fear of the pension agents has
decreed that when a pensioner Is In prison
his pension shall go on just the same.
Then, too, Mr. Ware condemns the bill
which would open the pension roll to the
deserters from both the federal and the
confederate armies. These signs of Inde
pendence oa the part of the commissioner
ars good enough to pass along.
BITS OF WASHINGTON LIFE.
Minor Scenes and Incidents Sketched
on the Spot.
President Roosevelt has bad a heart-to-heart
talk with a Washington florist who
had taken unwarranted liberties with tho
family, and the result la satisfactory to
the president. This florist produced a new
pink rose In his greenhouse, which in honor
of the president's daughter he named "Miss
Alice Roosevelt." The compliment waa ap
preciated at the White House and If the
flower vender had left well enough alone
everything would have been lovely. Un
fortunately his desire to advertise his rose
overcame his discretion. He ordered sev
eral new delivery wagons. They were
painted white and on the sides in the most
conspicuous manner possible appeared
"Miss Alice Roosevelt." Under it in let
ters that could scarcely be read from the
sidewalk was "Our Newest Pink Rose" and
the name of the florist. The matter was
brought to the attention of the president
and the florist was called to the White
House. He was told In unmistakable terms
that the president resented the liberties
he waa taking with his daughter's name.
The florist's wagons are now In a paint
At a sale of books In Washington the
other evening the auctioneer put up a set
of Theodore Roosevelt's works and after
a sharp contest among bidders It was
knocked down at a figure slightly In excess
of the regular store price. When the
auctioneer picked out a Ufa of Oeorge
Washington and held that up with the
usual preface of choice comment, silence
followed the conclusion of his panegyric.
Not a solitary bid was heard. Again the
auctioneer tried the value of advertising,
but not an offer was made. Tossing the
book back on a shelf, he said In a tone of
mingled contempt and dtBgust: "Oo back
to the shelf, Georgel Tou're not wanted;
you're a back number. The times are too
strenuous for you, Oeorge."
Men In hotet lobbies continue to talk
about the late Thomas B. Reed, reports the
Washington Post. Many of his admirers
were in the Rlggs house last evening, and
among them Hon. Lafe Pence, formerly in
congress from Colorado, but now of Wyo
ming. Mr. Reed greatly liked the brilliant
and eloquent young representative from the
west, though the two men were as wide
apart as the poles In their political beliefs.
There came a time, however, In the attri
tion of congressional life when their kind
regard temporarily gave way to something
akin to dislike. Mr. Pence was as Im
petuous as he was big-hearted and brainy,
and he said something that gave the Maine
It was about the free stiver business, of
course, and such a casus belli could not
permanently alienate them. The reconcili
ation was really brought about ,by that
golden-hearted gentleman, Amos Cummlnga,
but Its climax was reached when Pence, In
a humorous speech, alluded to Mr. Reed as
the "mentor" ,of the republicans and the
tormentor of the democrats. Further on
he said that Mr. Reed was known by the
people at large as the "zar," and they
spelled It In .that simple fashion. The re
publicans spelled It "czar," which was nat
ural, for they regarded him as their Caesar;
the democrats spelled It "tsar," because he
was their ,teaaer, and sure enough the dic
tionary authorized the three different ways.
There was great applause at Pence's wit
ticism, and Reed himself could not forbear
to smile. After tho Colorado man. had taken
hla seat the other slowly walked over, ex
tended his hand and whispered, "Let's go
and have lunch."
The entente eordlale was completely re
stored from that hour.
Just after the senate adjourned one day
recently a stout perspiring man, evidently
from the country, and with, aa was after
ward revealed, an unmistakable Kentucky
accent, walked Into the room of the com
mittee oa publto lands, deposited his silk
bat on the table and snapped his Angers at
Senator Hanabrough's secretary. When the
secretary approached he said:
'A large glass of Bourbon, sah, and don t
Insult mo with watah on the side."
'I think you've made a mistake, sir," re
plied the secretary, "the restaurant Is on
the opposite side of the hall."
'Young fellow," answered the Kentuck-
lan Indignantly, "you simply don't know
what you are talking about. 'Joe' Black
burn, Senatah Blackburn, If you choose,
told me this was 'Irrigation headquatahs,'
and 'Joe' nevah made a mistake as to the
location of 'Irrigation headquatahs In his
life. Bring me that whisky, and bring it
8enate document No. 2, the annual letter
of the secretary of that body, contains an
Instructive Inventory of public property
Under his control. In the secretary's own
room there are two cuspidors; In the finan
cial room 6, In the executive clerk's t, In
tho chief clerk's 4, in the engrossing and
enrolling room 8, In the stationery room 8,
In the library 14, In the document room 4.
Thirty-eight cuspidors In the eight sub
sidiary chambers controlled by the secre
tary of the most august legislative body in
the world. This leaves out of account the
provisions for the accommodation of ninety
senators In the hall of the senate, as well
as 64 committee rooms, the restaurant,
bath rooms, barber shop, etc At the same
rats there ought to be about 600 cuspidors
actually owned by the august body. Are
we still a nation of spltters? Heaven for
bid! By the side of this cuspidor array, the
entry of 264 packs of carda, 41 corkscrews,
432 boxes of parlor matches and 7 eye
shades among the stationery on hand, sink
Into the shadows pf Insignificance.
It Is hinted In Washington that every
time Secretary Moody thinks of Cannon In
the speaker's chair he also thinks of what
might have been. When Moody relin
quished his place In the house he could
not foresee that Henderaon would resign
the speakership. The Massachusetts man
would have been a formidable candidate,
and even bad be been beaten by Cannon he
probably .would have succeeded that gen
tleman as head of the appropriations com
mittee a position of great power, as Moody
well knows. Still more, he might have
stepped to the front as a party leader In
the house, with a prospect whose utter
most confines would possibly Include the
White House. All this Is said to bring
a faraway look Into Secretary Moody's
eyes once In a while.
A Handaom Con of Ten.
The house of representatives has passed
a bill to relieve tea In bonded warehouses
from duty after January 1. The aenate
will promptly comply and the tea mer
chanta will thus be relieved of the neces
sity of paying 87,000,000 in duties or of
shipping 70.000,000 pounds of tea to other
countries. They will probably be more
watchful In the future and not get Into
another "hole" of that kind.
Where tho Squeese Comes In.
One of the Independent coal operators
testified before the strike commission that
he sold his coal to the railroad companies
for 12 60 a ton. The railroad companies
get a good part of the difference between
that price and what the consumer pays.
It Is easy to understand, therefore, where
to put the blame lor extortion.
illliiidl i I i f
during the wildest storm. It
protects, for it prevents. It quiets, for it cures.
If you are weak and nervous and are tired all
the time, take Ayer's Sarsaparilla and know
what it is to be well and strong.
Keep the liver active with Ayer's Pills. Purely
vegetable, gently laxative, a great aid to the
Sarsaparilla. Ask your doctor about these medi
cines. He knows. He has the formula.
Sidney Clark of Black River, Wis., the
Inventor of the paper collar. Is now, at the
ago of 98, at work on what he calls a spring
The oldest armorer In the United States
still working for the government is Ben
jamin Hobbs of Springfield, Mass., having
been so employed for over fifty years.
The fact that James Carr of Oreenfleld,
Mo., advertises his livery stable as "Carr'a
horse cafe" causes something very much
like a horse laugh even In that state.
Charity Wiggins, a colored woman and the
mother of the well known pianist. Blind
Tom, has Just died at Birmingham, Oa. She
was born In slavery and belonged to the
family of General James N. Bethune.
General Andre, the French minister of
war. Is seeking to Improve the headgear of
the French army. The present beadwear is
said to have contributed in no small degree
to the many recent cases of sunstroke.
Ex-Secretary Long, In a speech before
Harvard university students several days
ago, referring to athletics, said: "Base ball
and toot ball have come since my days In
college, but when I think of last fall I wish
Sir Liang Chen Tang, the new Chinese
minister to the United States was once the
star pitcher In the Phillips academy base
ball team when It was regarded aa the best
organization of Its kind In Massachusetts.
This was twenty years ago.
When Dr. Lorens was In Baltimore and as
he was about to take his carriage in front
of his hotel, a well known citizen and ad
mirer took his solid gold watch from his
fob and pressed it Into his hand, telling
him to keep It as a token of his admiration.
Congressman Louderslager of New Jersey
was among those who saw their majorities
much reduced at the recent election. Bab
cock of Wisconsin reminded the easterner
of this and "Loudy" replied contentedly:
"Oh, yes, the majority was reduoed, but
the salary remains the same."
Congressman Hepburn of Iowa does not
expect that a great deal of work will be
done at the session Just opened, although
he acknowledges that much legislation Is
needed. Someone asked him for bis hon
est opinion as to the probabilities. "I ahall
draw my salary with characteristic
promptitude," was his suggestive reply,
Leopold Paris, who first introduced Ade
Una Pattl to the lyric stage, died In Phila
delphia on Saturday last. He was a native
of Rome, but had been an exile from his
native land many years on account of his
participation la the Italian revolts of 1849.
He was 85 years old at the time of his death
and had resided in Philadelphia twenty
PROSPERITY ATTRACTS SPANIARDS.
Many Retorn to Their Former Homes
In Porto Rico nnd Cnha.
The Spaniards begin to realize the ad
vantage of living In a country over which
the United States flag floats and hundreds
of them who went home to Spain from
Porto Rico when that Island became the
property of the United. States are now
returning. In the last fiscal year 641 re
turned and the number has been Increasing
since June. They see that Porto Rico la
prosperous and that they are better pro
tected there than when at horn In
Many have also returned to Cuba, being
satisfied that under the Piatt amendment
to the Cuban constitution the United States
will not permit that country to become a
borne for revolutions, such as character
ized so many of the former Spanish colo
nies on this continent. With stable gov
ernment, and no excesalva taxation such
as Spain Imposed, both Porto Rico and
Cuba are certain to be prosperous. Porto
Rico Is already In that condition, and Cuba,
under a fair reciprocity treaty with the
United States, would be equally certain of
Scarcely believe that the art of weaving has acquired such
deftness in color blending aa is crowded into our lounging
robetf of this season's creating.
There's comfort in every robe and the eye is pleased
with the robing.
Some of our showing may be duplicated elsewhere.
Most of them not.
And now is the time to make the selection, 3.00 to $40.
"NO CLOTH INO PITS LIKE OURS."
Commencing Thursday evening, we are open until Christ
R S. WILCOX, Rlo-naer.
There is safety in Ayer's Sar
saparilla. You can trust it even
e aria 00.,
prosperity If provided with a good govern
The sugar crop of. Porto Rico for this
year Is the largest, with one exception,
over produced, and next year's crop wlU
probably be the largest. There has been
a considerable Increase In the area of to
bacco culture and progress Is marked In
all directions. In 1897. under the Span
lards, there were 538 schools on the Island,
whereas there are now nearly 1,000. The
death rate has greatly docreascd, more
land Is cultivated, new roads Have been
built, exports and Imports have Increased
and the healthy progress and steady ad
vancement noted Is as attractive to Span
iards as to other nationalities.
In the Philippines the same kind ol
prosperity la springing up. though Porto
Rico has the advantage in the people who
make up her population and In closer prox.
lmlty to the United States. But nothing li
more certain In this world's affairs that
the future prosperity of the Philippine
as well as that of Porto Rico.
Boston Transcript: First Politician Ot
eourae, you consider yourself master of tlu
Second Ditto Quess you haven't heard of
my marriage. ,
Chicago Tribune: The Doctor There is
nothing In the world the matter with you
but iHslneaa. The scientific name of It Is
clnniiasls. ' -
The Patient What! Cln-cln well, let
It go. It's too much work to say It.
Washington Star: "Some men," said
Uncle Eben,- "express high sentiments
'cause dey's naturally good, an' some does
It Jes' to throw oft suspicion."
Detroit Free Press: Mean Old Man t
don't believe your story, ,nor believe that
you are blind. Prove It.
Beggar If I wasn't blind I never would
have asked you for assistance. .
New York Press: "Brooks." said Riv
ers, "aecond time you've used the term
'aching void." How can a void ache?"
"Well." said Brooks reflectively, "not to
speak of a hollow tooth, don't you some
times have the headache?"
Baltimore American: MafcRsby T noticed
that Ketherher used vinegar Instead of
maple drip on hla cakes at breakfast and
didn't seem to notice the difference at all.
Waga-sby I wonder who the poor girl
can be I
Chicago Post: "When it comes to mar
riage I wouldn't give a thought to how
much the man I love Is making," remarked
the dreamy eyed girl.
"Neither would I," answered the prac
tical damsel. "What would primarily In
terest me would be how m oh he had al
ready made. There's n use taking
DEAR SANTA CLAIS.
Philadelphia Catholic Standard.
"Dear Santa Claus," our first-born wrote,
"I want a sled, a nice new coat,
A soldier man 'at's got a gun,
A train of choo-chno cars at run,
Some candy and a billy-goat"
Ah! Santa Claus, we loved to quote 1
The full text of that childish note.
He was our flrat, our only one,
Dear Santa Claus.
But since his babyhood remote '
More babes have come on whom we dote.
And though they write as he had dona,
We do not think it now much fun.
You've coat us many a dollar-note,
Dear Santa Claus.
HEART BREAKING SITUATION.
I believe 'twas to Louise
I went down upon my knees
In the darkness of the hall; r
But fair Eva looka my way
With a smile that seems to say, '
"You to me are all In all."
I believe I met Louise,
And. without e'en "If you pleass,"
Clasped her fondly In my arms;
But the twilight had set In,
And fair Eva la her twin, 1
With the same delightful charms.
I believe It wss Loule
Whom I dared to boldly seize
In an ecataay of biles;
But fair Eva'a meaning smile
Makes me wondxr all the while ,
Which one really got the klas. ,'
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