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TITE OMAHA DAILY HEEj MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 1903.
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U2. M. B. HUNGATE,
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King Caucus 1b making ready to re
sume business at his old stand at Lin
coln. His accldency, Ezra P., will deliver
his first and last message to the Ne
braska legislature next Tuesday.
Governor Mickey may not put any
oratorical flourishes to his Inaugural,
but he ought to make It a terse, busi
It Is not so much the question of low
est price in bidding for fuel supplied to
state Institutions as it is of full weight
when the goods are delivered. '
Notwithstanding Edison's New Tear
prediction that the horse will speedily
disappear as a motive power, the horse
and mule market remains firm.
General Booth is now on his way to
Omaha and the Salvation Army is ex
pected to rally in full force and "sound
tho loud" timbrel o'er Egypt's dark sea."
Empty honors in the form of fusion
nominations for legislative offices In the
Impending session of Nebraska's law
makers do not seem to be in any great
The country has survived the coal
famlno of 1002, but the threatened
whisky famine of 1003 will prove a try
ing ordeal. The whisky barons will be
much harder to deal with than the coal
From the report of police court collec
tions for the year, It Is plain that Omaha
made a profitable turn when It got rid
of Judge Gordon from the police bench.
even if the late Judge should collect sev'
eral back salaries by the help of aecom
South Dakota people have taken good
care that there shall be no deadlock
or any other trouble in electing a United
States senator, as every republican mem'
ber of the legislature is pledged to Ben
ator Klttredge and there are only three
or four democratic and populist mem
' A. member of the Board of Education
has the temerity to suggest that a very
material saving can be made during the
coming year in the supplementary book
and drawing supplies departments. The
suggestion, doubtless. Is meritorious, but
it has not yet received the endorsement
of the agent of the school book trust
It Is given out distinctly that none of
the trust bills Introduced Into congress
are to be considered as administration
measures. President Roosevelt has em
bodied his ideas as to trust legislation
In his message to congress, which con- (
tains his recommendations on broad
lines, leaving it to congress to put them
Into practical form. Any trust bill con
forming to the policy outlined in his
message would certainly receive the
president's signature If framed so as to
In their last state convention the re
publicans of Illinois endorsed a candi
date for United States senator as the
party nominee, but that has not pre
vented several other candidates from
presenting themselves to the legislature,
urging that the action of the conven
tion was not a true expression of party
sentiment The only way to enforce the
popular will in the choice of United
States senators is to provide for their
election by direct vote of the people.
The effort to combine the republican
members of the Missouri legislature
with a sufficient number .of democrats
to defeat the election of ex-Governor
Stone to succeed Senator Vest appears
to be futile. Stone's record as aa of4
fenalve corporation .lobbyist and his
connection with many legislative scan
dals have rendered him extremely ob
jectionable to a considerable element of
, the democratic party, but this element
does not .seem to be efficiently organ
ised or courageous to maks a ruoccsafui
WfilRt LtOtSLA TORS SHOULD QOSLVtr.
Concerted action by the varlotis state
organizations of county officers Is to be
eierted Upon the tnernlxTB of the legis
lature for the enactment of laws amend
ing the Nebraska statutes so as to
lengthen the official terms to a uniform
period of .four years. As the laws now
stsnd, district Judges, district court
clerks and registers of deeds are chosen
for four-year terms and county commis
sioners for three-year terms, while the
other. county officers hold for two years,
chosen with one or two exceptions In
the Intervening years between general
elections. The proposal Is to have all
these officers chosen at the same elec
tion and for the same period of .time.
That this would be an almost revolu
tionary step In our established system
of county government is admitted, .but
arguments are advanced to Justify it on
the score of stability and economy In
the administration of county affairs. The
fact however, that the proposed change
originates with and has Its active back
ing from a confederated corps of office
holders should mnke the legislature go
slow In responding to their .demands.
Constitutional obstacles stand In ts
way of carrying the program out In Its
entirety with respect to those county
officers for whom a constitutional term
of two years is prescribed. Lengthen
ing the terms of all the county officials
would not give us fewer elections, be
cause we must have annual elections of
state officers if for no other purpose. At
all events what seems to be the main
Inspiration, of the present incumbents,
namely, the lengthening of their ternis
of office by legislation without vote of
the people, would In our Judgment run
counter to public sentiment which Is
always averse to legislating people
either Into, office or out of office. Should
It be suggested, however, that the mea
sure be framed to take effect only on
the expiration of the terms of present
officers, it Is hardly probable the office
holders' trust behind the movement
would be concerned further about it
Our system of two-year terms for
county officers seems to have worked
fairly well ever since Nebraska attained
statehood and more than commonplace
reasons should be produced to warrant
any radical change. ,
ISTHMIAN CANAL DELAY.
Senator Morgan of Alabama, who con
tinues to champion the Nicaragua canal
route and to bold the belief that, a satis
factory arrangement cannot be made
with Colombia for the construction by
the United States of the Panama canal,
is resolved to put the canal Question
once more to a test in the senate. It is
stnt lint he will at once introduce a
resolution reciting the . history of the
isthmian enterprise In congress,, as he
has already done in a speech made Just
before the holiday recess, and the ob
stacles In the way of completing the ne
gotiations with Colombia. The resolu
tion will request the president to open
negotiations with Nicaragua and Costa
Rica for a canal franchise through their
territory. It is the understood inten
tion of Mr. Morgan to press his resolu
tion to speedy consideration if he can.
The attitude of the Colombian govern
ment in the negotiations regarding the
Panama canal is certainly very unsatis
factory. In the first place it makes the
absurd demand for a $10,000,000 pay
ment by the United States at the start
and then it hesitates in regard to the
concessions asked by the United States
and which are absolutely necessary to
this government undertaking the build
Ing of the canal. We must have the ter
ritory asked for under such terms and
conditions as will give the United States
the most complete control of it other
wise there . would be constant danger
of friction with Colombia. No arrange
ment with that country will .be satis
factory that does not give tho United
States practical soverignty over the
canal route and whatever contiguous ter
ritory our government .shall deem nec
essary. If the Colombian government Is
unable or unwilling to make this con
cession it Is useless to continue negotia
tlons with it
It is not probable that Senator Mor
gan will secure favorable action on his
resolution, but it may serve a good pur
pose, in warning Colombia that she has
nothing to gain from an obstructive pol
icy. It has been suggested that there is
an understanding between that country
and the governments of Nicaragua and
Costa Rica, the purpose of which is to
force the United States to concede more
than it has proposed, but. this seems Im
probable. At all events, the delay in this
matter should be ended and a definite
understanding reached as soon as It Is
possible to complete negotiations.
RlASSKAWLlNU Vf LUNORESS.
Congress will reassemble today and
will be in session a little over eight
weeks. As now Indicated, there will not
be a great deal of legislation besides the
passing of the appropriation bills, though
there are many Important questions for
consideration. Among these Cuban re
ciprocity occupies a conspicuous place.
In regard to this the promise is for an
animated contest So far as appears the
opposition to .granting tariff concessions
to Cuba is as strong now as at the first
session, but it is said to be the opinion
in administration circles that the treaty
will be ratified. Another matter of ur
gent importance is that of Philippine
tariff and currency and it seems safe to
predict, that the pending measures re
lating to these will be passed.
In respect to proposed anti-trust leg
islatlon, generally regarded as the most
Important and pressing subject with
which congress is called upon to deal.
there Is uncertainty as to any action at
the present session. A great many meas
ures relating to this subject bavs been
Introduced. and are in the hands of com
nilttees, and while it is probabl that
bills will be reported, it is doubtful if
any one will pass. The measure pre
pared by Senator II oar, upon which we
have already commented, will doubtless
be pressed by its author snd ought to be
I enacted into law, but It is to be aDura-
hended that the friends of the corpora-1
tlons and combinations in the senate
will be able to prevent action upon It
at this session. Although It is stated
that this bill Is not an administration
measure, It Is certainly In line with, the
views that have been expressed by Pres
ident Roosevelt and Attorney General
Knox and therefore may be expected to
be backed by the Influence of the ad
ministration. As to proposed amend
ments to the interstate commerce act
with a view to strengthening the law
and increasing the authority and powers
of the commission, the outlook Is not as
favorable as could be wished. There
seems to be a general feeling of Indif
ference In congress respecting this very
Important matter, which certainly has
as great a claim to attention at this
time as ,lt has ever had.
Other matters demanding considera
tion are the creation of a department
of commerce, admissions of territories to
statehood, army reorganization Involv
ing the creation of ,a general staff, to
which the administration Is fully com
mitted, legislation for Alaska and
amending the bankruptcy law. No con
fident prediction can be made .regard
ing the disposition of any of these ques
tions, but the probability seems to be
that all but the last two named will be
left for the consideration of the next
congress. An effort will be made to
secure legislation providing for more
elasticity In .the currency, but there Is
an opposition to monetary legislation at
this time which is not likely to be over
come. It will be seen .that there are ques
tions enough to keep congress fully oc
cupied during the few weeks that re
main to It and the country wlll.be well
satisfied If the national legislature shall
act upon those that are most important
and urgent in their relation. to the gen
eral public Interests.
THE POWBH ORDINANCES.
By a vote of four to three the council
at its -last meeting ordered the publica
tion of the Andrew Rosewater power
ordinance. This action has been in
terpreted by many people not familiar
with the charter provisions relative to
the submission of franchise proposi
tions as a compliance on the part of the
majority of the council with the popular
demand. This is altogether a wrong
The charter prohibits the council from
taking action on any ordinance that em
bodies a franchise proposition until
after It has been published for two con
secutive weeks In the official papers,
The publication of the Andrew Rose-
water power proposition has no other
significance than the fact that in the ab
sence of two members ,of the council
the four councllmen who favored the
proposition voted an order for its pub
lication and the three councllmen
opposed to It voted against its publica
The open-door ordinance, engineered
through the council in the Interest of
the Thomson-Houston company, and
the Andrew ... Rosewater ordinance.
which .is opposed by that interest are
both being published, but this does not
mean that both will be submitted to the
popular vote at the next election, un
less both ordinances receive five out
of the nine votes of the. city council on
its final passage and are approved by
the mayor. This means that if a. ma
jority of the council, in defiance of pub
lic sentiment refuses to give the people
chance to vote .upon the proposed
power franchise, under specific condi
tions and safeguards, the power scheme
will be killed off for the time being. If
the council sees 'fit to submit both of
the propositions the merits of the re
spective propositions will be open to
full discussion and the verdict will be
rendered through the .ballot box at the
CONSOLIDATION IS HASIBLW.
The proposed merger of Omaha, South
Omaha and several villages adjacent to
this city Is a subject that will bear a
good deal of discussion. The trend of
the times is in favor of expansion and
consolidation. Sooner or later Omaha
must emulate the example set by other
cities that have brought suburban towns
and villages under one municipal gov
Greater New York now includes the
city of Brooklyn and a densely popu
lated area of territory adjacent to the
City of New York. Within the past five
years Chicago has annexed nearly every
town and village within a radius of flf
teen miles. The city of St Louis has
been merged with the county of St
Louis, which are now under one gov
ernment The city of Cleveland has ex
paneled by annexation until it now
reaches out more than ten miles beyond
its original city boundary. In every in
stance the consolidation of municipal
governments has proved advontageoui
to all concerned. It has materially re
duced the cost of local government It
has lowered taxation through the more
economic methods of government and
has stimulated Investments and pro
moted greater industrial activity.
The impression that there is a const!
tutional obstacle to the merger of
Omaha, South Omaha and the towns ad
jacent is erroneous. The constitution
has left the conditions under which two
or more cities or towns may be con
solidated to the discretion of the legisla
ture. . While a ratification of a proposi
tlon to consolidate the governments of
two or more towns by each of the con
tractlng parties would be desirable.
there is no compulsion of ratification by
It goes without saying that the
Greater Omaha would be obliged to as
sume all the valid debts of South Omaha
or any other town it may absorb by an
nexatlon, and in assuming government
the new territory annexed would have
to be given proper representation in Its
city council, or governing body, what
ever its name may be.
The peit pitched battle to be fonght out
bx the Bvard. at Couotj Couuulloura
is over the price of caustic soda, chow-
chow and feather dusters. Whether the
Inmates of the county infirmary are to
swallow the feather dusters and fumi
gate themselves with the chow-chow Is
Richardson, the democratic floor leader
the house, insists that the issue in
the next presidential campaign will be
tariff reform, which Is nothing but an at
tempt to evade the issue raised by Pres
ident Roosevelt for efficient control of
corporations and trusts within federal
Jurisdiction. Tariff reform or tariff rev
olution will not cure trust evils whlc'a
the people are complaining of, and Rich
ardson himself has taken a position on
constitutional grounds against the ex
ertion of power by congress under the
Interstate commerce clause of the con
stitution. This Is the real democratic
position, a mere elaboration of the old
states' rights doctrine. President Roose
velt's attitude is the exact reverse.
It Is never Bate to make predictions
regarding Invention, although not a few
electrical experts are still denying that
Marconi's method can be made success
ful for general commercial purposes.
Similar predictions were confidently
made of the steam engine, the railroad,
the cotton gin and nearly every other
great invention In the earlier stages of
its development The enormous econ
omy that would be effected by wireless
transmission of Intelligence over great
distances on land and water offer such
tempting rewards for the perfection of
the Marconi system that no expense
will now be spared, and the prospect Is
good for Its speedy general use.
The taxpayers of Omaha are asked to
congratulate themselves upon the fact
that the superintendent of school build
ings has expended only $1,000 a month
during the past year for repairs and ef
fected a saving of $1,000 a month, as
compared with former years. These
figures are cited in support of the wis
dom and Justice of the retention of Mr.
Flnlayson at $1,800 a year and $15 per
month for horse hire, all of which is
very creditable, Inasmuch as Mr. Fln
layson does not claim to be a politician.
Is not a mixer, but manages to get there
somehow with both feet every time the
school board holds a drawing.
A prominent newspaper organ of Wall
street opinion complains that stockhold
era do not sufficiently Inform themselves
of the condition and operation of the
corporations in which they are inter
ested, and urges that they ought to ask
more questions regarding them. What
is this, however, but the principle of
publicity, at least so far as shareholders
are concerned? But in point of fact the
Interest of shareholders Is often of small
consequence in comparison with that of
the general public. The actual enforce
ment of publicity of the essential truth
Is Invaluable to all legitimate Interests,
The most strenuous efforts have so far
failed to put the bankrupt bicycle com
bination on its feet It was a notable
example of overcapitalization and over
valuation of the. constituent companies
included In the original organization. It
also began business with Insufficient
working capital. The only plan that
could be evolved for retrieving the com
pany Involved reduction of its capitali
zation by one-third and so heavy an
assessment of its shareholders that so
far It has been Impossible to secure their
Next to an electric power canal, and
possibly even more valuable than the
electric power canal for the growth of
Omaha, would be a pipe line to the
Wyoming oil fields that would make
Omaha a refining and distributing cen-
ter for lubricating and illirmlnatinir .ilia
and afford a constant supply of cheaper t0 ltaDd br them' As a general proposition Lories as states have made repeated at
fl,l I a man shelves his religion when he enters tempts to discover how Senator Foraker of
Prof, waterhouse delivered a dis
course before the State Teachers' asso
ciation on "What the Illgh School Has
Right to Expect of the Grammar
School," but he omitted to mention that
the High school student is not expected
to bother about parsing and spelling so
Ion as he excels In foot ball nA h.. .
" - w I
smattering of the fads and ologtes.
UnfaUUn 8 1 ma.
Chicago Inter Ocean.
Unless all signs fall the year 190S will be
the most prosperous the United States has
ever known, and the signs that are vlsibla
at present are not the kind of signs that
Stretching Ilia Stride.
New York Tribune.
American capital and enterprise are to
build the new system of subways In Lon
don. Yankee contractors will provide St.
Petersburg with a telephone system equal
to any In use elsewhere. Uncle Sam's
seven-league boots are making longer
strides every year. ,
Where Strikes lie Not ,Pny.
Strikes will be few In number in China
or they will have to be carried on by a
sufficient number of men to form an army
for defense. A Chinese court has sen
tenced an engineer to 100 blows and two
weeks' Imprisonment far striking 'without
giving one month's notice. It he had
given the notice hs would not have gotten
a chance to strike.
Hypnotism lil(h fs).
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The French profeasor of languages who
accompanied the crown princess of Saxony
In her recent flight from Dresden It de
scribed as "a striking personality, with
large, bright eyes." Of course. It will
readily be seen where the description leads
us. W are at once to Infer that aggra
vated hypnotle Influence was at the bottom
of the escapade of the princess. Those
large, bright eyes did the business.
Gernanny'n flnn ( Trnatn,
Germany has a plague of trusts which la
giving the imperial government much eon
cent and which has led to sn Investiga
tion in ths hope of relief. The trusts do
not seem disturbed by this action, but to
add to their strength are endeavoring to
form a combination among themselves to
resist any effort at anti-trust legislation.
The problem In Oermany Is even more seri
ous than la this country and It will be in
teresting to note what steps will there be
taken to curb th powers of these newerful
TRB GOVERNOR ASD TUB BALL.
St. Fsul Republican: Governor-elect
Mickey has set his square-toed Methodist
toot down oa the proposition to glvs the
customary swell society ball In honor of
his Inaugural. It Is now In order for the
pious democratic brethren who were thrown
Into convulsions by the McKlnley Inaugural
to tender Mr. Mickey a word of moral sup
Lynch Journal: Governor Mickey Is a
Methodist snd one that believes In living
up to the teachings of his church. In re
gard to the Inaugural ball the governor
will neither aid nor resist It. In a free
country people ought to be allowed to do
as tbey please, and he pleases not to par
ticipate, but does not Interfere with other
people in the matter.
Ponca Journal: Society circles of Lin
coln are greatly shocked over the action of
Governor-elect Mickey In refusing to at
tend the Inaugural ball next month for re
ligious reasons. Mr. Mickey Is a Methodist.
But after all, If this Is according to the
belief of the governor-elect, he will re
ceive more praise than censure for having
the backbone to stand up for prlnclplo
regardless of what people may think
Louisville Courier: Governor Mickey has
said there would be no Inaugural dance this
time, as hs Is a Methodist. We always
honor a man who has a mind ef his own
and Is not afraid to express It He Is a
Methodist and Is not ashamed to say so.
All honor to any man who Is not sfratd to
live a Christian life, even though It Is not
popular from a political standpoint. Mickey
will surely be governor for two years and
no one can boss htm.
Hebron Register: Governor-elect Mickey
has given out the word that there will be
no Inaugural ball at the time of his going
into office, ss dancing Is one of the tb'nga
that he does not do and which Is against
his religious scruples. There are many
people who do not regard dancing as being
bad. yet they will be glad to know that
the governor-elect has the backbone to
stand by his convictions In the face of
some long-established customs among the
soalety people who reside at our capital
Edgar Post: Governor Mickey must have
never had a very serious encounter with
his women folks, or he would not have sat
down on the inaugural ball proposition.
The governor Is no doubt a brave man,
snd he will need all his bravery before
the fair sisters are through combing blm.
At the Inaugural ball Is where the dear
sisters shine, snd the man who refuses to
grant them the privilege of shining well.
he needs praying for, that's all. The men
don't care much about It, but you may
depend upon it the women are mad.
Juniata Herald: "Our Man" Governor
Mickey Is to be commended for his stand
regarding the Inaugural ball. He Is a con
sistent church member and dors not be
lieve In dancing, therefore will not sanc
tion a dance by his presence. It others
wish to dance he has no objection. Inaug
ural balla are an unnecessary function,
anyway, and It will be a step In the right
direction it they are abolished entirely.
Might as well have- a barbecue, oyster sup
per or Cakewalk. Balls have no connection
with public state business affairs.
Rising City Independent: Governor-
elect Mickey is taking a step- In the right
direction and one that other governors
might well pattern after. He has made
the announcement (which is very startling
to the society women who would like to
display their fine paraphernalia at the In
augural ball) that no Inaugural ball will
be held as he is a Methodist and does not
believe In danoing. Mr.; Mickey deserves
highest praise for his manly stand and it Is
to be hoped that Lincoln's swell society
win live through the ordeal without being
seriously afflicted with nervous prostration.
Falls City Journal: Now Governor-elect
Mickey announces that be will not wear
the regulation dress suit at the Inaugural
festivities. If Governor Mickey Is as sen
sible In the discharge of his official duties
he will make a great governor. This is
not saying anything against those who
wear dress suits after they have become
accustomed to them through long usage,
but for the governor-elect to have yielded
to the pressure of social demands, simply
as such, would have shown sn Inherent
weakness not to be desired In the makeup
of so great a personage as the governor
Chappell Register: "I am a Methodist
and there will be no inauguration ball for
ma ' aava flnvArnnr-alact Mlckev. This
utterance marks Mr. Mickey as a man of
I convictions, and as a man who has courage
politics, but our newly-elected governor
evidently thinks that the principles that
he believed In and upheld as a cltlsen are
s-nod enouarh to take Into the coventor's
office with him. But whether we believe
as Mr. Mickey does or not, church member
or no church member, Jew or Gentile, we
must respect him because hs dares to do
what he believes Is right and a man who
' actuated by these principles Is a pretty
sale man m any piece oi irusi or nonor.
Albion Argus: Hurrah for Governor-eleot
Mickey! It Is truly refreshing to find a
man who has the courage of his convictions
slong moral lines. It Is reported by the
preas that when a committee from the swell
'400" of Lincoln came to tender him an
Invitation to th Inaugural ball he replied:
I am a Methodlat, gentlemen, and Metho
dists ar opposed to dancing. I am a trus
tee of th Wesleyan university, and It would
be as much as my good nam Is worth to
even giv my consent to such a function.
much less attend It. He could have made
It a little stronger snd leas sectarian It he
had said, "Because It dishonors God, and
a professing Christian must not do this,
But let It stand. It Is a marvel of the ages
and a gem In its place. W pretend to be a
Christian people and then usher In the
changing administrations with perform
ances like Nero, who fiddled while Rom
burned, lighted with the sacrifice of mar
tyrs, or like Herod, who, because of lust.
took" the life of God's prophet. What do
the busy people all over the state car about
"sasslety" in Lincolo? Suppos they ar
disappointed, what of It? Governors ar
not elected to head social circles, but to
attend to th affairs of state.
Atkinson Graphic: Ths world is getting
so opulent and foolish that a plain man
of simple taste creates more of a furor
and is more out of touch with th gen
ral run of people than a hypocritical fop
would be. Governor Mickey Is the simplest
kind of a man both In actions and dress.
He Is a Christian gentleman and has never
given any attention to outward show, and
this fact has made him more conaplcuous
than would have been the case had he been
a thoroughbred demagogue. In th first
Dlaca. a lot of Lincoln "sasalety" people
ar la th habit of vindicating their rights
to membership In th "swell set" and get
ting a start for another two years of polite
uselesaness and frippery by attending an
"Inaugural balL" This year, however, Mr.
Mickey simply announced that he Is a
Methodist don't dance and don't give his
moral support to any such funellona. He
didn't say that others shouldn't dance If
they wanted to, but without bis presence
It would, of course, be simply a dance and
not aa "Inaugural ball." That was tough
Th Idea that a man can b governor of
a great state and stlU prefer his slsapls
religion to the glamour of world! pleasure
4 Is lade4 teinarkahla.
BIT OF MASHISGTOJI LIFE.
Minor Scenes anil Incidents Sketches
on the Spot.
"It makes me tlreil," exclaimed Congress
man Swanson of Virginia In an Interview,
"to hear those congressmen talking about
the hardships of a campaign. Now, cam
paigning simply means blowing about your
seir, snd that is the easiest thing on earth
tor the ordinary man to do. I have been
In congress for several years and I have
rot noticed that the members differ much
from ordinary men." All of which Is a
candid view of an ordinary subject.
Mr. Carter Glass, the able and nggreselve
new representative from the Lynchburg
(Vs.) district, has not escaped the punsters,
says the Wsshlngton Post. The clerks st
the desk of the house are the perpetrators.
The roll was railed the other day on Mr.
Richardson's motion to recommit the Thll
Ippino tariff bill with Instructions.
"Mr. Glass," called the reading clerk.
"Aye." answered Mr Glass, quickly, with
a pronunciation llko "eye."
"Aye," repeated another of the clerks for
the Instruction of the tally man.
"That's wrong," exclaimed another clerk.
"There Is cot a glass eye in this house."
A member of congress tells In the Now
York Tribune an amusing story of Secre
tary Wilson Illustrative of the Influence of
the bureau chiefs. The member recently
asked Mr. Wilson's opinion of a bill before
congress. "I know nothing about It," said
the secretary. "I do not concern myself
with legislation before congress. If It Is
passed and the president sends It to me to
execute, that will be time enough to form
an opinion. I know nothing about It, noth
ing at all," and the secretary lay back In
his chair regarding the representative with
half-closed eyes, then sat upright and open
ing his eyes wide, looked at him over bis
glasses with an expression which clearly
said, "Now, what have you to say?"
"I am sorry." said the member. "I waa
hoping to get some light from you. In fact,
I have Just been reading a long communica
tion favoring the bill, which I am Inclined
to oppose. It says so and so" the secre
tary looked bored "and, Mr. Secretary, It
was written over your signature."
'Jasper," said the eeeretaiy, appealing to
his son, "did I ever write such a letter?"
"No, father, was the reply, but Professor
wrote It and you signed it," and
right there Mr. Wilson produced the best
box of Connecticut grown Sumatra wrapped
cigars In his cabinet.
The rain was pouring down on the day
that Archie Roosevelt returned to Wash
ington from Groton, Mass., to spend his
Christmas holidays at the White House.
Mrs. Roosevelt sent a closed carriage to
the station to meet her young hopeful and
she gave many Instructions to the colored
steward In-, charge to the effect that ex
treme care should be exercised that Archie
did not get wet. Her orders were carried
out to the letter and In due time Archie
was delivered at the front portico of the
White House safe and sound and dry and
with an Intense desire to get to his bicycle.
He could not have had time to give his
mother more than a hasty greeting when
he was leading his beloved wheel out of
the White House basement. After getting
It to the slippery pavement he rode around
fop a while Inside of the grounds, looking
for more water. Then he dismounted and
gave a whoop when he saw that the gutters
on either side of Executive avenue were
filled to overflowing. In sn instant he had
placed his wheel in the middle of the minia
ture river and . was making aqueous pin-
wheels as he sped toward Pennsylvania
avenue. It was tuny an uour umurs
had enough of his sport and. drenched to
the akin, went back to the White House.
He would not have been any wetter if he
had ridden all the way from Groton in an
With managing "Uncle Joe cannon
campaign for .the speakership ana neing
one of the active members of the Interstate
commerce committee, Representative Mann
of Chicago Is one of.the busy memDers oi
congress, sometimes ne mo
callers. The other day a well known Chi
cago manufacturer who wanted to talk with
Mann sent his card in, togomer wim -note
explaining his business. Mr. Mann
glanced at the card, but failed to see the
note. "Tell him I am not In my seat," he
said to the page. The messenger wem u
to the corridor and the message was com
municated to the caller, who said: "I wish
you would go back and ten Mr. Mann vuv
If he Isn't in I should be pleased to have
him return my note.
rt, .ennfora who have arranged them
selves against the admission of the terri
Ohio stood on the question, mey nimeu
,n(j suggested, but the Ohio stateaman
made no response. Tho testimony offered
i h annate bv the subcommittee which
I ,a. tv,. tnvestleatlon of conditions In the
I three territories included the testimony of
Foraker living in the territory wno is
relative of the senator, ana tnis was
thought to indicate what his leanings would
be. But still those in cnarge oi m u
vass wanted to know Just how he stood.
They asked all of his friends snd his col-
laarue. Senator rianna. jnouo oi """"
knew. They inveigled the Ohio senator
Into their groups In the cloakrooms and
brought up the statehood ngni in various
features. Foraker talked, but be fought all
around the proposition without indicating
where he stood. Then Foraker gave notice
that he would speak on the statehood ques
tion snd Interest In his attitude was inten
elded. But he failed to Indicate where he
waa rolna- to stand on the question. At last
it was decided by the friends or tno omni
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cnecus railing ana cures
"Ayer's Hair Vigor restored ths nsrursl color to my gray hslr.and stopped
it from falling when it ass very bsd." Betsey A. Elder, E. Mschiss, Ms.
bus statehood bill that tbey would ask him
putrlfiht Just how he proposed to vote on
the bill. Dennis Flynn was delegated to
mnke the representations to Foraker. It
was hardly regular for the delegate from
Oklahoma to assist In a senate poll, but
the game waa worth the candle Slid Flynn
had a long pemonal and friendly relation
with Foraker. He approached the Ohloan
In the cloakroom. "You are going to speak
on the statehood question?" said Flynn.
"Yes." replied Foraker, with the rising
"Well, that's all right, but how are you
going to vote on It?" asked the delegate
from Oklahoma. Foraker looked down from
his superior height on Flynn, took htm by
the lapel of the coat snd pulled him over
Close, so that he might whisper in his rn.
"I haven't made up my mind yet. v
until I hear my speech and then I mnv .i
convictions on the matter."
Knrl Klesewetter. Inventor ot.th Swed
ish safety match, died in Roumanla lately
In great poverty.
Rudyard Kipling has gone to South Af
rica again to see how th white mnn's
burden 1 progressing under English dom
ination. Mr. Westlnghouse, the American
ventor, has succeeded in attaching his i .
tent coupler iz every railroad train ia
Doane rtoblnson, secretary ef the South
Dakota Historical society. Is to write a
two-volume history of that state, the work
to be completed In July, 1904.
The celebration of the centennial of Oblo
statehood next spring will be one of the big
events of the year. As Senator Hoar one
remarked: "Some men are born great and
some are born in Ohio."
Secretary Moody of the Navy depart
ment gave a terrible shock to the ultra
swell element In Washington the other day.
He was seen on horseback wearing a yacht
ing cap, and seemed to be enjoying his ride,
too, notwithstanding thia flagrant violation
of sartorial law. One Indignant observer
said it would be "quite as appropriate,
don't you know, if he were to be seen on
board a yacht In hunting costume."
Washlnston Star: "Pome folks." said
Uncle Kben, "puts off all de kindness dey
la a-wlneter do tell Christmas, an' den la
so rushed Uat dey fohtfits about most of It." -
Smart Set: Prudence I should hate to go
riding In Freddy Klchly'a auto he's always
running over some one.
I'runeila Yes, it roust De lernniy numpy
Phllarielnhln Press: "What do th boy
mean when they yell 'Cheese ltr "
"it means that sumethlns; mischievous has
a curd and they want to get a whey,"
New York Times: "Mrs. Boanso has sev
eral marriageable daughters, hasn't shsT"
r-hlcaa-n Post: He Of course you'll ap
near quite as pretty as any other girl at th
ball masque? . .
She (not too plain to do naiiereaj uai
do you think that possible?
He Of course. You'll wear a mask, you
Philadelphia Prese: Miss Gabble And she
accused me of retailing gossip about th
Miss Bharpe The ideal
Miss Uabbie Positively insulting, Isn't
Miss Bharpe Yes, lor you re reatiy a
Chicago Journal: "Jennie," said the fond
mother, "why do you throw your clothes
on th floor that way?" ...
"Do you really want to know?" asked ths
"Of course." .......
"Well, It's because It's easier than hang
lng them up."
Brooklyn Eagle: "He's a very pugnacious
fellow, isn't he?" ,
"Oh, no; not pugnsclous, merely onrtous."
"But I've always understood that he has
a very quick temper, especially after he's
had a drink or two."
"Well, that's where you're wrong. On
or two drinks merely makes him curious tt
find out whether some other fellow can
whip him, and he usually discovers that
TUB MOTHER GIRL.
New York News.
She Is not a bud of fashion, nor a butterfly
of style, . .
And there are no bogus trimmings In th
make-up of her smile;
She needa no artificial fixing to enhance
ber girlish charms,
And a god would so in raptures o r th
plumpness or her arms
As she washes up the dishes and th mln-
utes speed along,
Danclng gayly as they pass her to th
music of her song.
In "her eyes a soft expression of a pur
maternal love ..
That must surely be th envy of thos
angels up above. ,
Uhe's the Joy of every home
Underneath yon arching dome
Till she gives her heart' affection to an
other Lucky he who wins the true,
Loving, loyal maiden who
Tries to lift the daily burden from bet
When the weekly toil Is over, and she dons
There Is not a pampered darling on the
earth can turn her down.
In the winning game of beauty; not a
Though ablaze with costly Jewels, can out
shine the mother girl.
Sweet simplicity Is noted In her unassum
And eho needs no color touching to put
bloom into her face.
For the blood of heal.h Is coursing through
her veins, her rosy blush
Isn't made for the occasion by th decora
She's the very fairest gem
In our beauty diadem.
Search creation and you cannot find an
other On the face of all the earth
'1 hat poetesses half the worth
Of the girl who lifts the burden from bl
t. c. Ya co.
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