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STATEMENT OF CIRCULATION.
Stat of Nebraska, Douglaa County,
George B. Tischuck. secretary of The
Be Puullshlng Company, being duly iworn
says that tho actual number of full ana
complete copies of The Dally, Morning.
Evening and Sunday Bee printed during the
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Less unsold and returned copies.
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Santa Claus may be able to wear bis
furs after all.
Having pasHed the shortest day of the
yoar, Father Time will now resume his
policy of daylight expansion.
Our Dave's last omnibus postofflee bill
will make Its appearance early In Jan
uary "after we get back from home."
Old 1902 seems to be In a hurry to
fill In Its full quota of casualties and
accidents before It has time called on It
Lucky the tax assessor does not make
his rounds right after Christmas while
the presents are still "beautiful and
FaraphrnKliiK' the great poet to fit new
conditions, some men ure bom arbitra
tors while others have arbitration thrust
Our wealthy men who may be at a
loss In wbnt direction to exhibit their
holiday generosity might remember the
By this time Mr. Harrlman ought to
know something about the" Union Pacific
lockout The question la, What is he
going to do about it?
Excitement In the tariff debate seems
to be confined chiefly to the lenjrthy
disquisitions' in the editorial columns of
a few Iowa newspapers.
Wall street banks have not asked the
secretary of the treasury to come to
their relief for several weeks and there
Is really danger that they may get out
of the habit
A carload 'of westbound Christmas
mall was destroyed by fire at Syracuse,
N. Y., and those who are disappointed
In hearing from their eastern friends will
know where to charge It
Kipling has fired a steel-pointed poem
at the Anglo-German alliance. It will
have about the same effect as a volley
of blrdshot would have on the steel-clad
'turret of a big warship.
When It comes to raising the limit of
the lighting fund, It should be remem
bered that Omaha now spends more
moneys for street lighting than most
uerican cities of Its population.
Putting down a new cable In the Pa
cific While Marconi wireless messages
are shooting across the Atlantic without
so much as a by-your-leave to the cable
companies Is a sort of electrical paradox.
Nebraska democratic editors have re
covered sufficiently to prepare for their
annual meeting to devise ways aud
means of keeping up their courage. Ne
braska populist editors have not yet
been heard from.
If the United States senate puts In all
Its time of the present session on state
hood bills. It will at least save the conn
try from a lot of half-baked legislation
that might otherwise percolate through
the congressional hopper.
It might be well to settle the pay of
the Isthmian canal commissioners In ad
vance. The size of the stipend and per
quisites will have much to do with de
termining the amount of pressure ex
rrted on the lineup of 4he applicants.
Tha government of The Netherlandc
has decided to malutaln a position of
strict neutrality with reference to the
Venezuelan trouble. To translate Into
plain English, the Dutch do not propose
to burn their fingers In some other per
Politics and religion may not always
mix, but Christmas philanthropy mixed
with politics during the Christmas sea
on may prove a good investment. That
Is evidently the distilled essence of the
Christinas contributions cf the Jack
onlaa candidate for mayor and his chief
f suit. .
VlSTRVStrVL VF OtBMAVT.
The opinion expressed by a former
minister of the United States to Ven
ezuela, that It Is undoubtedly Germany's
design to see how far she can go without
becoming Involved In actual war with
this country, and thnt she wants to
force our hand on the Monroe doctrine,
Is undoubtedly shared by many. Within
the past year or two men prominent in
public affairs have expressed distrust of
Germany, professing to believe that she
contemplated the acquisition of territory
In this hemisphere by colonization or
otherwise, regnrdless of the well known
position of the United States. Officers
of our navy have been quoted as saying
that our next war would probably bo
with Germany as the result of an at
tempt by that power to contravene the i
It would be difficult to present any
very substantial ground or reason for
this distrust and suspicion of the nation
whose government has In the most un
qualified way declared and manifested
its friendship toward this republic.
When last year Germany Informed our
government In regard to the claims
against Venezuela and the method It was
proposed to take to collect them, that
government gave the most explicit and
salsfactory assurances that It bad no de
signs upon the territory of the southern
republic. It has strongly and with evi
dent sincerity disclaimed any desire to
possess even soi much as a coaling or
naval station in this hemisphere. Noth
ing has occurred In connection with the
existing trouble to cause a reasonable
doubt as to the sincerity of these as
surances. On the contrary, Germany
has again stated that she Is not seeking
und does not desire territory and she is
willing to submit her claims to arbitra
tion upon such conditions as wll insure
their payment If the decision should be
In her favor an obviously proper and
legitimate requirement In dealing with
an Irresponsible country like Venezuela.
The fact that many Germans have
gone to South America and that In por
tions of that continent notably In Brazil,
there are considerable colonies of them,
has created the Impression that this was
a movement on the part of the German
government having for Its object the
gaining of a foothold which would ulti
mately enable It to acquire territory.
There is not the slightest evidence, how
ever, that the German government has
had anything more to do with the emi
gration of its people to South America
than to the United States. They have
gone to the southern countries for the
same reason they have come here, that
Is, to Improve their condition, and they
are generally loyal to the countries to
which they have gone, the Germans In
Venezuela even, as has been reported,
having condemned the action of their
The notion that Germany wants to
force the hand of the United States on
the Monroe doctrine has nothing at pres
ent to support it Whatever opinion the
statesmen of that country may hold" re
garding the doctrine, they will respect
It because they know It would be futile
to do otherwise. And this equally ap
plies to every other European power.
STEEL TRUST EXPANSION.
The absorption of the Union Steel
company by the United States Steel cor
poration and the reported negotiations
for sale to the trust of the most ex
tensive iron and steel corporation In
Ohio, shows that the trust Is making
headway in removing competition and
estaDiisiiing a monopoly. . It Is stated
that the great combination cave the
former owners of the Union Steel com
pany a clear profit of fl5.000.000 or
thereabouts, which means more than 100
per cent on their total investment It
Is probably prepared to pay in the same
proportion for the Ohio corporation
which It Is seeking to buy.
The trust must do a great deal more
purchasing In order to secure the com
plete monopoly which It undoubtedly
alms to establish, but if unchecked It
may ultimately accomplish Its purpose.
It Is suggested that what It has already
done furnishes an Interesting object les
son for speculators and promoters eager
for large profits quickly won. It makes
the Steel trust, remarks the Cleveland
Leader, a shining target for attacks by
men whose object Is to make the great
est possible quantity of money in tho
least possible time. It seems hardly
possible that a monopoly of Iron and
steel production can ever be established
In th' country, but there Is no doubt
that this Is what the men In.t'-ie United
States Steel corporation are contemplat-
The merchants of Germany trading
lth South America, and nartloularlv
vlth Venezuela, are protesting against
tho policy of the government toward
that country, which they reasonahlv
tlibik will result In a loss of business
toa them. This Is doubtless Inevitable.
for the bovcott of German and British
goods in Venezuela has already been
r.tted and it is altogether probable that
other South American countries will
show their sympathy with the sister
state by refusing to buy German and
British goods. These countries may
quarrel among themselves, as they fre
quently do, but when a foreign power
attacks any of them they' are one In
sympathy, as has been shown In the
Germany has had a very considerable
trade with Venezuela and It was steadily
glowing. A Berlin paper Is authority
for the statement that $150,000,000 of
German capital Is Invested in Venez
uela, which may be somewhat ex
aggerated, though undoubtedly the
amount Is large. It is easy to
understand.' therefore, the anxiety
of German merchants in . regard to
the possible effect of the pending trouble
upon the future of their trade not only
with Veneiuela, but also with the coun
tries In sympathy with her. It has
cost them a good deal to secure this
trade and to have It greatly reduced 'or
perhaps wholly lost Is a serious matter
to them. Meanwhllo the course of the
United States In regard to the trouble
promises to prove very favorable to our
commercial relations with several of the
southern countries. We think It will be
very generally admitted 'that the policy
of President ttoosevelt aud Secretary
Hay has been eminently wise and Judicious.
rTflr jnol'T CHARTfn KKTlSlOXt
Public discussion of ' the proposed
amend ments to the South Omaha charter
will begin this week under the auspices
of the mayor and city council of that
town, and will doubtless be participated
In by taxpaying citizens of all classes
and all shades of political opinion. The
charter of Omaha Is, if anything, more
defective than the charter of South
Omaha, but no steps have as yet been
taken toward charter revision by public
discussion that would enable the Doug
las delegation to formulate charter
amendment bills In conformity with the
demands of taxpayers and citizens.
While the popular mind cannot prob
ably be diverted from the all-absorbing
Christmas distribution, preliminary steps
should be taken without further delay
for public meetings to be held within
the ten days between Chrlstmoa and the
convening of the legislature. An op
portunity should be given to representa
tives from this county to the legislature
to acquaint themselves with the popular
demand. The Douglas delegation should
by all means be Informed and Instructed
as to the nature of the amendments that
are Imperatively needed for efficient and
economic municipal administration.
The magnitude of the interests In
volved should Impel the commercial
bodies and taxpayers generally to make
public declaration as to changes thut
will meet their approval and changes
deemed by them detrimental to the pub
lic Interest. Unless such action Is taken
Omaha will be torn up during the ses
sion of the legislature and the city will
be scandalized by the washing of dirty
linen before legislative committees that
can and should be avoided.
Omaha's prosperity has been seriously
crippled by snap Judgment charter leg
islation railroaded through at the tall-
end of the session by lobbyists repre
senting contractors and corporations In
terested In defeating charter reforms In
the Interest and for the protection of the
community. The only safeguard against
such dark lantern work Is publicity and
full and free discussion before the ses
sion or tne legislature opens, ir any
very radical changes 'In municipal gov
ernment are contemplated they should
be fully ventilated before they are em
bodied Into the statute.
Tht SYSTEM OF GRAZING LEASES,
Any legislation for leasing the public
land to cattlemen In Nebraska and other
western states must be considered with
most scrupulous regard to the public In
terest The public land Is the heritage
of the people and. any disposition of It
In large quantities, whether by lease or
otherwise, should be jealously made and
uryler the most careful safeguards for
the best ultimate results.
There Is force In the view that Im
mense tracts or western land still
owned by the government are not suited
for farming nor to be taken up In quar
ter sections by home builders under ex
isting land laws. Mucn or it is or a
character and so situated that It will
not grow grain nor can It bo Irrigated
This has been demonstrated time and
again by the failure of those who have
attempted general farming. As was
fully developed by investigations under
the Agricultural department, the only
use that can be made of this land Is by
grazing Its thin grasses, and it has to
be done by handling It In considerable
These facts are well ascertained, but
they do not alter the further fact that
occupation and enclosure of the grazing
lands are In large part illegal. Many
of the cattlemen have gone on In viola
tlon of the law and It Is unquestionable
that extensive frauds under the home
stead and other acts have been perpe
trated. There Is no excuse or Justifica
tion for a situation that has been rife
with scandal, and certainly the time has
come when It ought to be finally wiped
At present a strong disposition la man
ifested to solve the question by Inau
gurating a system of grazing leases. If
It Is undertaken care must be taken to
Impose such restrictions as will prevent
the exhaustion of the grasses and to
preserve the title safely for any future
contingencies that may arise, for It Is
not easy to foresee all the uses that the
progress of agriculture may develop In
any particular kind of land. But the
most difficult thing to provide for will
be the securing of fair access for all to
the privileges of grazing these lands.
The Just complaint Is that they have
been too much monopolized by a com
paratively few large companies, and no
system Is wanted or should be tolerated
that will maintain or fortify such mo
nopoly. It would be better to leave the law as
It Is. and to enforce Its provisions rig-
Idly against all violators than by Incon
siderate and Ill-guarded changes to In
augurate on these lands a new era of
monopoly and scandal, and to establish
it under conditions which It would be
more difficult than It now Is to uproot.
Some ambitious member of the coming
Nebraska legislature can earn a reputa
tion for himself by procuring the enact
ment of a law that will give the people
more prompt election returns. As It is
the newspapers have taken upon them
selves in this state the task of gathering
ejection figures for the benefit of the gen
eral public often not only without the
co-operation of the officials In charge, but
sometimes over their deliberate obstruc
tion. The law should provide a com
plete system of reports from the various
election boards to the county clerk and
from the county clerk to the secretary
of state, and there ahould be sufficient
penalties for willful neglect or delay to
make It worth while conforming to the
law. The expense within the various
counties should be borne by the county
and the expense of communication to the
secretary of state should be borne by the
state. The cost however, would not be
at nil heavy compared with the satisfac
tion the people would get out of It.
Under the new rules of the Chicago
Board of Education teachers in the ele
mentary grades in the public schools
who successfully pass a promotional ex
amination will be entitled to a raise of
$25 a year until their salaries reach a
maximum of $900. At the first promo
tional examination, made last week, only
150 out of 1.100 teachers employed In
the elementary grades presented them
selves for examination, but the test
proved eminently satisfactory. This Is
a new departure that will doubtless be
emulated In the near future In other
cities. Promotions of public school
teachers, whether In the elementary or
In the higher grades, should be made on
merit and not on political pull, and those
who are best equipped and most effi
cient should receive the higher salaries
In their respective grades.
The Iowa Board of Control recom
mends the creation of a fund, so that
when a building of any of the state
Institutions Is destroyed hy fire or other
wise, it can be replaced without wait
ing for action by the legislature, which
may not meet for a year or more. The
fire losses are distributed to the tax
payers, but the inconvenience and time
that Is lost on the present system are
very serious. Public opinion unani
mously favors the board's plan, and It
is In fact no more than a formulation of
business views of the people regarding
Making; the Old Man Pal.
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
John Bull would do well to ask himself
it he Is wise In getting Into such fast and
reckless company. The kaiser seems much
too gay for his gouty old companion.
Bat the Money Gets There.
Saturday Evening Post.
Congress is divided Into two parts. The
house originates all appropriations and the
senate appropriates all originations. Then
a Joint committee disjoints both and de
cides what shall be done.
Real Strenuous Life.
Venezuela has had 104 wars in seventy
years. The number would undoubtedly
have been larger If it had not been for rain
and darkness and other circumstances that
were beyond human control.
Where Do the Profits Got
One of the most unfathomable mysteries
of the age is: What becomes of the profits
of the coal Industry? The mine operators
make nothing, nor do the carrying compa
nies, nor the wholesale dealers, nor the re
tailers, nor the miners. It appears to be a
bad business all around.
Flattering; Vote of Confidence.
' When President Roosevelt proposed to
Great Britain and Germany that they sub
mit the Venezuelan matter to The Hague
tribunal they proposed In reply that he do
the arbitrating himself. That Is a flatter
ing vote of confidence In our government
and particularly In our courageous and up
right chief executive. The American people
are not the only people who have acquired
a high Idea of Theodore Roosevelt.
Limit of Service In Philippines.
A recent roster of the United States
troops in the Philippines shows that there
are none whose service there began earlier
than September, 1900, and a considerable
number who arrived there In 1901 and 1902.
Three years Is about the limit of time that
American soldiers ought to serve there con
tinuously, and it will probably be the policy
of the government to change them as often
as that. "
TWAIN'S TRIBUTE TO REED.
Humorist Touches fpon the Pathos of
the Statesman's Death.
Mark Twain in Harper's Weekly.
He wore no shell. His ways were frank
and open, and the road to his large sym
pathies was straight and unobstructed. His
was a nature which Invited affection com
pelled It, In fact and met it half way.
Hasce he was "Tom" to the most of his
Mends and to half of the nation. The ab
breviating of such a man's name is a pat
ent of nobility., and Is conferred from the
heart. Mr. Reed had a very strong and
decided character, and he may have had
enemies. I do not know. It he had them,
outside of politics, tbey did not know the
man. He was transparently honest and
honorable, there were no furtlvenesses
about him, and whoever came to know him
trusted him and was not disappointed. He
was wise, he was ishrewd and alert, he was
a clear and capable thinker, logical rea
soner and a strong and convincing speaker.
His manner was easy and engaging, his
speeches sparkled with felicities of phras
ing threwn off without apparent effort.
and when he needed the happy help of
humor he had a mine of It as deep and rich
aa Ktmberley to draw from. His services
to his country were great, and they were
I cannot remember back to a time when
he waa not "Tom" Reed to me, nor to a
time when he would have been offended at
being so addressed by me. I cannot remem
ber back to a time when I could let him
alone' In an after-dinner speech if be waa
present, nor to a time when he did not
take my extravagances concerning him and
misstatements about him In good part, nor
yet to a time when he did not pay them
back with usury when his turn came. The
last speech he made was at my birthday
dinner at the end-of November, when natur
ally I was his text. My last word to him
was in a letter the next day; a day later
I was Illustrating a fantastic article on
"Art" with his portrait among others a
portrait now to be laid reverently away
among the Jests that begin In humor and
end In pathos. These things happened only
eight days ago, and now he is gone from
us, and the nation Is speaking of him as
one who was. It seems incredible, impos
lble. Such a man, such a friend, seems to
us a permanent possession; his vanishing
from our midst Is unthinkable, as unthink
able as was the vanishing of the Cam
panile, that had stood for a thousand years
and was turned to dust In a moment.
I have no wish, at this time, to enter
upon light and humorous reminiscences con
nected with yachting voyages with Mr. Reed
In northern and southern seas, nor with
other recreations In his company In other
places they do not belong In this paper,
they do not Invite me, they would Jar upon
me. I have only wtehed to say how fin
and beautiful was his life and character,
and to take him by the herd and say good
bye, aa to a fortunate friend who has done
J well his work and goes a pleasant Journey.
There is a Santa Claus
Some Ignorant and superservlceable per-
sons can always be found at this time of
year who think they are called upon to re-
form the human race by saying there Is
no such person as Santa Claus or Kris living. Also at times he seems to some of
Krlngle, and that to teach children belief In us to be unfair In bis discrimination In the
such a mythical personage la Idlotlo and matter of gifts, but he usually manages to
subversive of good morals. We have re- have something for everyone, and at least
celved a letter from a little tot to whom all of us can get as much love and bless -rumors
of this kind have come and she Ings as we want. That is because he
wants our opinion on the subject. We give
It gladly. Of course there Is a Santa Claus.
Don't believe anyone who tells you to the
contrary. The Inquirer Is nearly 75 years
old, and it has been one of Its grandest
pleasures annually to chronicle his appear
ance and distribution of rich gifts. If we
believed there were no Santa Claus or that
he would not arrive on schedule time this
week we should feel like going out of busi
ness, for life would scarcely be worth liv
ing. Our little correspondent need not be wor
ried by the arguments produced, such as
that it would bo Impossible for Santa Claus
to do all the work In one night, or that no
one has ever seen him or that If he Is as
good as he Is claimed he would distribute
his presents better. Such arguments as
these have been brought against every good
man and every good Institution that ever
existed. A very wise man wrote a book to
prove that Napoleon never lived, and he
made a very good argument, too, but that
did not alter the facta. It Is true that
Santa Claus has a big Job ahead of him, bnt
he Is ruled by love, and love la the most
powerful thing In the world. It can do any
thing and has been the mainspring of all
the good things the world has ever known.
It is also true that Santa Claua Is never
BITS OP WASHINGTON LIFE.
Minor Scenes and Incidents Sketched
On tho Spot.
Half a dozen senators called on the presi
dent recently to talk about some Important
position which was about to be filled. The
senators found Mr. Roosevelt more Inclined
to discuss "Bill" Sewall, the noted Maine
guide, from whom he had just received a
letter. Finally one of the senators said:
"Mr. President, you seem to be much inter
ested In this guide." "Yes, senator, I am,"
replied the president "BUI Is an Interest
ing man and a real friend. He is the only
man In the United 8tatea who on writing
to the president about an office or any
thing else addresses him as ' Friend
"Uncle Joe" Cannon was opposing the
plaza feature of the new Union station bill.
Uncle Joe la against the contemplated
scheme for beautifying Washington on gen
eral principles and he never misses an op
portunity to protest. "I wore my old slouch
hat one day," he said, "and went over to
the Congressional library, where they have
the models of this great scheme for beauti
fying Washington. The man In charge
sized me up right the very first time as a
countryman from Illinois.
" 'What's It all about T' I asked.
"He told me In detail. 'How much will
It cost?' I asked again.
" "The cost Is estimated at a thousand
" 'Great Scott!' I said. 'Will the people
" 'Sure.' he replied. 'They've got to
stand It.' "
Representative Champ Clark of Missouri
once gave some vivid verbal sketches of
Mr. Reed' which the latter's friends rec
ognized as true to life.
In the greenback year In Maine," said
Mr. Clark, "he escaped defeat by only 115
majority. When he went to supper he
thought he was defeated. When he re
turned to headquarters after supper his
followers set up a mighty shout. Not hav
ing heard of his election, he said , to them:
'You are making a tremendous fuss over
the corpse.' In relating that incident In
his life be naively remarked: "The coun
try came near losing the Invaluable serv
ices of a great statesman on that occasion."
Army and navy officers are enjoying a
hearty cbackle over the discomfiture of a
well known retired officer who Is a familiar
figure at several clubs, reports a Washing-
ton correspondent. This officer has a son
of considerable promise, but of tender
years. A few years ago, so the story goes,
the officer married a fortune and soon after
discovered that he had heart disease and
went on the retired list. "Jack," said a
visitor to the son the other day, "what
are you going to be when you grow up?"
"Well," said the 8-year-old, with grave
deliberation, "I've been thinking of that
for some time and I think that when I'm a
man I'll get heart disease and go on the
retired list, just like papa."
It is the declared experience of all Arctic
and Antarctic travelers that which is com
monly called in temperate regions "raw
weather" is much more trying than the
rigors of extreme high or low latitudes,
This view is emphatically shown by Lieu-
tenant Peary, whom a Chicagoan saw In
Washington this week. It was rather a
chilly afternoon and the man of Arctic
fame wss closely wrapped In a heavy over
coat, the collar turned up over his ears.
He sat Just over a beater In a street car
and the Chicagoan, who felt quite comfort
able on the platform, was much surprised.
The Washington correspondent of the New
York Evening Post writes: The annual
miracle Is again to be chronicled. George
Graham Vest Is still alive and In the
United States senate, keen, alert and strong
of mind. The robust, like McMillan, drop
out; old-timers like Hawley tall and stay
away, but Vest, a physical shadow, scarcely
able to stand alone, returns year after year.
A few weeks ago his son, well and hearty
In the morning, sank In a night and died.
But this wonderful little giant seems
destined to live on in spite of all pre
dictions and appearances. As long ago as
the struggle over the treaty of peace with
Spain in the early months of 1899 the
newspapers speculated on the effect his
death would have on the final roll call for
ratification. When he was. brought Into
the senate to past his vote he looked the
frailest man who had ever mustered energy
enough to get to the capltol. He has been
failing gradually since, but Is still on duty
whenever he csn be. His remarks at the
last session. In the discussion of the
Hampton Roads conference, were made
peculiarly Impressive by their allusion to
the fact that he waa the only survivor of
the senate of the confederacy, and he added
that as he should not be long In joining his
twenty-five colleagues on the ctber side. In
Justice to their memory he wished to offer
the historical correction which he then
The appointment of a day for eulogies on
the late Senator Sewell of New Jersey
recalls a reminiscence of that gentleman.
He was on the appropriations eommltteo
and on one occasion he and Congressman
Cannon were on a conference committee.
Tbey disagreed about aomethlng and
each showed a good deal of stubhornnesi.
Finally Cannon said: "Well, gentlemen, I
am prepared to stay here until the senator
gives In." Turning to the clerk of the ap
propriations committee General Sewell said
quietly; "Mr. Cleaves, will you have my
sern, but that Is his own affair. Neither
baa anyone ever seen lev or goodness of
any kind, but we know that they exist and
that without them life would not be worth
comes to celebrate the birth of the Christ
child, through Whom the world Is being
made better and better all the time. It la
not always the material thing which bring
the most happiness, and surely there are
some rich people who seem to be the most
miserable on earth. Santa Claus brings
the best things In abundance to all who
Surely there Is a Santa Claus. When
you find all the kindness gone out of the
world, when all people hate each other and
try to do all manner of evil, when the
earth becomes unendurable, then you can
believe there la no Santa Claus, and not
before. But so long as there are loving
words and tender hearts and unselfishness,
so long as people love to help each other
and make each other happy, Just so long
you may believe that Santa Claus Is the
most real person In the world and you
must pay no attention to people who will
not believe anything except they see It.
These are the blindest people In the world.
'The things that are unseen are eternal,"
said ons of the best and wisest men who
ever lived, and It Is true. i use of spectacles. We said that the saf-
Santa Claus may not bring us all the fron-colored medical journals would soon
things we want; perhaps that would not be be echoing this nonsense. This has come
good for us, but he will bring ua Joy. and j true, and we read In our contemporaries
that la always good. that "falling eyesight Is the dcplnrablo but
i unavoidable concomitant feature of ad
vanced civilization," that the habit of wear
meals served here until further orders?" ing glasses Is the proof of this, a habit
Mr. Cannon stared aghast, made some con- growing not only In Germany, but all over
cession and eventually the trouble was the world, and that gas and the electrlo
smoothed over. In talking about it later i ngnt have much to do with this eyesight
"Uncle Joe" said: "I always bow to the failure, possibly, also, dust and toe. and
win or tne majority nrst, oecause i can i
help myself, and, second, because I fre
quently have found the majority wiser than
Senator' Wellington of Maryland has a
mysterious admirer. He la about as much
surprised that anyone should single him
out as an object of admiration as Is any
one who has watched his erratic political
course. One day when he sat down to
his desk he found a large bunch of Amer-
lean Beauty roses. No card accompanied
the gift. A few days later he found an-
other and much larger sheaf of the same
flowers, attached to which waa a card
bearing the words "Semper Fldells." There
was no name and none of the pages or at
tendants could learn how the roses reached
his desk. The senator Is getting a bit
nervous over this mysterious manifesta
tion. PERSONAL NOTES.
Joaquin Miller has made a great deal of
money out of his lands In Texas.
Congressman Beldler of Cleveland owns
mines in the MaBclllon district from which
about 750,000 tons of coal Is taken an
nually, but he Is unable to obtain fuel for
his home In Washington.
A bottle dropped Into the sea by a New
York man has found Its way to England,
where it was picked up on Chesll beach.
Interesting, but, of course, the best bot
tles travel In the opposite direction.
The will of the late Herbert R. Bishop of
New York leaves $56,000 to Instal in the
Metropolitan Museum . of Arts his extra
ordinary collection of jades, which he gave
to the institution last April. This will
j u","le ' iuu.Ui Vu. i ..vo.
i treasure ui iuib sun iu mo cuuuu;.
According to the statement of Walter
Damrosch, leader of the celebrated Phil
harmonic orchestra, Andrew Carnegie
offered to give $500,000 to perpetuate that
organization if others would subscribe as
much, so as to make the permanent fund
No public document bearing King Ed
ward's signature is ever carried by post
men, though the king's private letters are
usually intrusted to the ordinary post.
Wherever the king may be two king's mes
sengers or more leave London every day
bearing official papers that his majesty
j mu,,t deaI wltn Immediately.
When the late General Wager. Swayne
was military governor of Alabama he es
tablished the first school for negroes In the
south, at Talladego, where now stands a
college bearing his name. He also Issued
a military order permitting the use of
negro evidence,, the exact wording of
which waa Incorporated In the constitution
of the state and has been followed by the
other states formerly In rebellion.
Senator Clark of Montana Is supposed to
he worth nine figures, but when he arrived
in New York from Europe with his niece a
few days ago he did not have money
enough to redeem his baggage. The
amount was $1,600 and he tendered his
check, but the customs officer could not ac-
cept it, as the rules of the department
expressly demand payment In "gold or Its
! equivalent." The senator went to hie hotel
ana later sent nis reprcseniauve wuu mv
required amount In satisfactory form.
The Job Pay Well.
Cincinnati Erojulrer (dem.)
Colonel Bryan's material prosperity may
be looked upon aa a vindication of the pol
icy of keeping right on running for the
presidency after the close of the polls.
He has kept In the publlo eye and has
maintained htmeelf as the organ of large
part of the population.
We arc vr
proud of the
ftct that doc
tors so gener
There are two
we send the
" Thm'0 aU
sees for himself that the medicine is all we claim for It.
We make no extravagant claims. We raise no false hopes.
Sixty years of experience make us believe that this is the
best medicine in the world for colds, coughs, croup, bron
chitis, and all other throat and lung troubles. And the doctors
agree With US. Tarasslusi XSc, lc, $l 0. J. C. 4VEB CO., Lowell. Mass.
THE OLD RELIABLE
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE
LIGHTS AKU Ol It EVES.
Medical Opinion Concerning; Itecent
In our Issues of March 8 and April E, 1902,
we noticed the newspapertnh delusion that
falling eyesight is a result of civilization.
, and that the proof of this Is In the Increased
travellng underground. The cure advocated
Is that "an Individual should avoid poring
over small print by artificial light, except
when absolutely necessary." Poor news
paperdom! To write without thinking,
without any knowledge of the faots, and
without seeking any knowledge, Is so easy
that in the stilted language quoted, It seems
" a deplorable but unavoidable concomitant
feature of advanced civilization." A little
time ago this same writer explained that
thm Ill-hAnlth nf fnrlvla tea a rtiiA n
lnBanltary ,, ,e(jentary existence ha led."
j He ,,, not care tQ ,parn that CarlvIe.
, ,Btence.. waa not ,nBanltary and absolutely
not sedentary, because he exercised In the
open air the greater part of the waking
portion of every day. In the same way our
contemporary advises the uso of the rush
lights and tailowdips of our ancestors In
stead of our superior gas and electrlo lights.
Spectacles, we may add, are not a proof of
falling eyesight, as there is no scientific
proof whatsoever that tho eyesight of civ
ilized people Is falling, and there is every
reason to believe that It Is Improving. If
there were proof of falling eyesight tho
cure for It Is not to "avoid tho poring,"
but to get proper spectacles for tho porer.
Baltimore American: Spartnous I won
der why the Indians uoed just one pipe
In their conciliatory conferences?
Smartlcus Because tlity didn't have a
Detroit Free Press: Mother Are your
Christmas preparations quite complete,
daughter (home from boarding school
for the holidays) Oh, yes, motherl I have
one stocking all mended.
New York 8un: Mrs. Benhnm I smell
Benham Keep quiet; I don't want every
body to know that I bought this suit at a
Harper's Bazar: The Parson Your wife,
Ir, is trying to run my church.
Wltherby If that 1 really the case the
only thing for you to do is to Join my
New York Tribune: Diogenes was hunt
ing for a flat.
"But." he exclaimed, "you advertise five
rooms and a bath. Where la the bath?"
"The bath?" repeated the Janitor, non
chalantly. "Oh, yes! You take that before
vou come here."
Pleased with the Idea, the old cvnlc pur
chased a tub, and henceforth was never
seen without It.
Washington Star: "A senator must at
tach a Kreat deal of importance to In
fluence, must he not?" said the young man
who Is learning the politics business.
"Yes," answered Senator Sorghum, "In
fluence and affluence."
S. W. OtllUan In Baltimore American,
Though you be wiser far than I,
I cannot . envy you.
The busy world has countless ways
I may not learn, 'tis true.
Yet one grand truth I've won at last.
From which the lure of all the past
And all the coin that e'er was cast
Could never make me part:
I've found the secret door that leads
Into the human heart.
Mythology's a blur to me,
All history's a blank
I know not who won Waterloo,
The allies or the Frank;
Yet while I know the hidden road
Down which the tides of care have flowed
That lent a human heart Ha load,
Content I'll play my part,
And gd full oft the way that leads
Into the human heurt.
For he who finds the path by which
The heartaches come and go.
Who speaks the sympathetic word
That lightens human woe.
Will aye be loved by those who feel
His tenderness about him steal;
From him they care not to conceal
The tears that fain would start.
I'm glad I know the door that leads
Into the human heart.
riyk. JTsep et pfarfny U U him,
Ji Biking tetter."
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