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TIIK OMAHA DAILY J1EE: TUESDAY, JANCAKY 27, 1003.
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STATEMENT OF CIRCULATION.
Mate of Nebraska. Douglas County, .:
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t'.vX M. B. HUNOATE,
(Seal) Notary Public.
When the county board stops stnr
chamber sessions It will Inspire greater
The danger Is that the friends of
Colonel Lynch will do hlra more harm
than good by organizing sympathy
Meetings on this side of the Atlantic.
Nebraska trap shooters are sighting
their shooting irons at the man in the
state capltol who wants the legislature
to make bird shooting for sport a jail
It It to be hoped that the city council
villi not run away from itself at its
next regular meeting. Like all things,,
the game of hide-and-seek must have
a a end some time.
When the boomers in the Nebraska oil
field get through blowing and prove
their faith by their works, people with
money to Invest may take some stock
in their gold mines.
Anthracite coal barons should be care
ful lest the consumers take to the soft
coal habit so strongly that they cannot
1 a Induced to break It off when hard
coal production resumes normal condl
The second annual meeting of the Ne
Vraska democratic editorial association
to be held at Grand Islaud next week
will be devoted chiefly to a tussle -with
the knotty problem, to fuse or not to
The elevation of Judge Day to be as
sjclate justice of the United States
pre rue court will not conform fully to
the Ohio Idea unless another Ohio man
is planted In the place on the lower
bench thus' vacated.
The action of Seuator Wolcott in
allowing the white feather so quickly
recalls the forcible exclamation of
famous American statesman on a Blinl
l;tr occasion not so many years ago
"God hates a quitter."
The only prominent republican In
Colorado gratitled by Teller's re-election
Is former Senator Wolcott, who,
falling to reach the plum, would rather
bit it fall Into the moutluof a popocrat
than to auother republican.
Despite the drawback of a rich Amer
ican wife, Couut Koul de Castellans
lias been re-elected to the French
Chamber of Deputies. It Is lucky for
lilm that he Is running for office in
France Instead of in the United States.
Wanted One thousand able-bodied
men to go to Veuezuela. Only men
with military training, bringing their
own breech-loaders, revolvers and other
agricultural implements, will be ac
'tpted at the coloulzatlon office at Jop-
The Douglas delegation has got its
f.rst bill through the legislature, but
except for legislating present incum
bents of city offices into terms a few
months longer than they were elected
for, no one Is seriously affected one way
or the other.
It seem that simotst without knowing
It Omaha has acquired a new palatial
hotel. Unfortunately, however, the
new notei is locatea witnin the en
closures of the Union Pacific shops and
it guest list restricted to men enrolled
la the strike breakers' column.
Nebraska wants to be represented at
the St. Iul8 world's fair, but under
the resolution adopted by the legisla
ture the exikosltlon bill will bav to
wait until after the revenue laws are
fixed up. Tiie promotion department
of the exposition will take due notice.
Pinned right down to the point at
Issue, what the cattlepien who have un
lawfully fenced in the public domain
want Is simply to le let alone In pos
ekslon without being troubled either
to take oot a lease and pay rent or to
t&ka out a patent and pay for the buidJL'n the public service. The position
banish tub cvRpuriArr: tonnr.
Thf (neat majority of th men elected
to Nebraska, legislature start out with
K(m1 intention. Tliey enter th legis
lative halls with the laudable ambition
to make a record for themselves that
will not only meet the approval of their
constituents, but will enable them to
point back with pride to the measures
enacted by their help for the promotion
of the welfare of the whole state.
When with uplifted hand they solemnly
swear thnt they "tvM not accept or re
ceive directly or Indirectly any money
or any valuable thing from any corpora
tion, company or person, or any promise
of office for any official act or Influence
or for any vote they may give or with
hold ou any bill, resolution or appro
priation," they mean to live up to their
obligations In Rood faith.
No sooner Is the session opened, or
even before It begins, the members of
the legislature are beset by a ganK of
scoundrels puld by corporations to do
the criminal work of wholesale and re-
all brlliery and corruption. These
hanieless political courtesans beset
them at every step. They tempt them
Into violating their oaths with railroad
passes, telephone passes, telegraph
franks, theater tickets and debauch
them with wines and liquors until their
consciences become paralysed and their
self-respect Is completely lost. When
they think the lawmakers have reached
that condition the paid corporation cor
ruptlonlsts begin their despicable work
of bunco steering by befogging and be-
loudlng the minds of the legislators
with fine spun sophistry and plausible
excuses for the betrayal of the people.
Tills is the condition in which the Ne
braska legislature finds itself at this
While a majority of the members of
both bouses are doubtless sincerely de
sirous to fonnulate and enact laws that
will equalize the burdens of taxation
by compelling railroads and other cor
porate Interests to bear their Just pro
portion of the expenses of government,
state, county and municipal, they are
being dogged at every step by the cor
poration lobby and corporation lawyers,
who persist in poisoning their minds
with bad advice and seek to Induce
them to commit themselves to a policy
thnt would frustrate every attempt at
tax reform and stave off the relief for
which the people have been praying
these many years and to which the
dominant party Is committed.
These smooth bunco steerers persist in
chaperoning the legislature over crooked
paths lb. defiance of all decency and
law. Unlike the road agents who dyna
mite express safes, loot mail pouches
and bold up passengers with their faces
nmsked, the legislative brigands ply
their Infamous vocations unblushlngiy
in hotel corridors, In the cloak rooms at
the capltol and even on the floors of the
legislature under pretext of assisting
and advising the members how to vote
and how not to vote, what bill to sup
port and what bill to defeat
It Is high time that the honest men
in the legislature banish the unbidden
Intruders from the capltol and give
them a wide berth wherever and when
ever they are approached. These slimy
reptiles have a right to be heard before
committees sitting in public and acting
for the public. They have a right to
remonstrate against any attempt to do
them Injustice or any attempt to sub
ject them to unjust taxation or unrea
sonable regulation, but they have no
right to invade the legislative halls
with paid corruprionlsts, and they have
no right to keep paid emissaries at the
capital to debauch the lawmakers under
the pretense of social entertainment
A great deal of mischief ha undoubt
edly already been done that cannot be
undone, but the worst features of the
foul associations and corrupt Interfer
ence can be averted If the legislature
would expel the corporation lobby from
the capltol and make it as disgraceful
for any member to be found In their
company as it would be for them to be
linked in with the chain gang.
FOB IS D IAS SlCHVlCE HKTURM.
The letter of the Indian Reform asso
elation to President Roosevelt will
doubtless have good results. The presl
dent has shown a great deal of Interest
in the Indian Question, with which he
is largely familiar, and ha already
made Inquiry regarding the Indian
agents referred to in the association'
letter against whom charges have been
preferred. This prompt action gives
assurance that the suggestions of the
association will be given careful and
The statement contained In the let
ter constitute a very strong indictment
of the present method of selecting In
dlan agents and show most conclu
sively the necessity for a change. The
ract that within the last three years
nearly W per cent of the agents were
.... ' ...
dismissed, allowed to resign or refused
reappointment for cause, while serious
charge are now pending against seven
agents, show a condition that loudly
calls for reform. The association says
that the agents under charges , are
wholly unfit for the responsible posi
tions they occupy and It Is not to lie
doubted that thl would be found to
apply to others If a thorough Investiga
tion were made. The trouble ha been,
an the association point out that
agents have been appointed for politi
cal reasons, with little regard to their
qualifications and fitness. The remedy
suggested Is that men recommended by
members of congress for Indian
agent le subject to some form of
examination analogous to those under
the civil service commission, to ascer
tain their qualification before they
should be eligible. This Is roanlfeatl
what should be done.:. ' There Is no
good reason why the merit system may
not be applied to the position of In
dian agent and made even more com
prvheuxtve and .strict In it require
ment than It is respecting other place
j Indian agent Is a responsible one and
those selected for It should have a well
established chsracter for" Integrity as
well as for administrative ability and
other essential qualifications. The as
sociation says there has leen improve
ment In the service during the Inst
few years, but there Is still something
to be accomplished in order to reach
the proper standard.
In his last annual message President
Roosevelt said that lu dealing with the
Indians our aim should be their ulti
mate absorption Into the laxly of our
people and that the first and most im
ixirtaut step toward the absorption of
the Indian is to teach him to earn his
living. "Every effort should be made
to develop the Indian along the lines
of natural aptitude and to encourage
the existing native Industries peculiar
to certain tribes." This is now the
recognized policy and progress Is being
mude under it. lint it will be a con
siderable time iH'fore the desired re
sult Is fully attained nnd meanwhile
there Is nothing more necessary to Its
attainment .than that those who are
placed In charge of the Indians, with
the responsibility of teaching them to
Ihs self-sustaining and directing them
in the proper course, Bhall be capable,
honest and faithful to the trust When
only such men are in the service other
needed reforms will be easily effected.
THE STATEHOOD BILL CONTEST.
The protracted debate in the United
States senate on the omnibus state
hood bill has become tiresome, but the
opposition to the measure is utterly in
different to this and seems determined
o prolong the debate throughout the
session. Senator Foraker said a few
days ago that every senator knew that
the debute has no other purpose than
that which has been asserted over and
over again In the cloak rooms and in
the lobbies nnd corridors of the capltol,
that the bill is to be talked to death.
That Is the evident design of the op
position, as plainly shown in the fact
that some senators on that side have
occupied days in speaking against the
Those who support the measure are
anxious to have a vote upon It. Argu
ment for and against has been ex
hausted and they want the question
disposed of, so that the senate con give
consideration to other Important mat
ters that are before it. If it be the in
tention of the opponents of the state
hood bill, as appears to be the case, to
continue the debate throughout the ses
sion, the country need not expect any
anti-trust legislation, so far as the sen
ate is concerned, or indeed any gother
Important legislation except the pas
sage of the appropriation bills and
even these may have to be pushed
through during the lust days of the ses
sion wunoui naviug receivea proper
consideration. The senators who are
responsible for the situation are not
serving the public Interest. While we
think the bill for the admission of the
territories should be passed and proba
bly would be If brought to a vote, there
are other questions of more urgent im
portance, from the point of view of the
general public Interest, than this one
and tuey should not be neglected. If
the people could be heard In the matter
It is not to be doubted that there would
be an overwhelming demand that the
senate at once dispose of this question
and take up the other subjects calling
urgently for its consideration and
THE BUUXDARY TREATY.
A treaty has been signed at Wash
ington providing for a commission to
which shall be referred the Alaskan
boundary dispute. This information
comes from London and from the
Canadian capital and says nothing In
regard to the term of the convention,
but the opinion is expressed that it will
be ratified by the senate. The negotia
tion of the treaty appears to have been
carried on with more than ordinary
secrecy and the announcement , that it
had been signed was something of a
There will be a great deal of Interest
a to the terms for arbitrating this
boundary dispute, especially whether
any concession has been made by our
government that may Involve loss of
territory. If there has been any yield
ing toward the Canadian claims the
treaty will not meet wi'h popular ap
proval, but It is not probable that Sec
retary Hay has taken a position likely
to prove Inimical to American inter
ests in Alaska. At all events, the sen
ate can be depended upon to give the
treaty most careful consideration and
to see that the right and the interests
of the United States are ' ln nowise
Senator Howell has ventured to dls
pel "some illusions" as to his bill. He
asserts that it does not compel the city
to build a new water works plaut if it
fails to purchase the present one. This
does not dispel the objection to a gov
ernor-appointed water commission ac
countable to nobody and removable by
nobody, and the appointment of a high
salaried water commissioner, who to
gether with the commission will tiegin
to drain the city treasury within thirty
days after the bill becomes a law and
will continue to draw salaries whether
the city acquires the present water
works plant or not. In other words,
Mr. Howell falls to Justify the attempt
to deprive Omaha of the right of self
government inherent to all American
titles, nor does he dispel the Illusion
that his plan puts the curt lefore the
horse ln creating a water commission
before we acquire the water works and
In saddling upon the city the expense
of more tax-eaters before the city has
Invested In water works.
President Schwab of the steel trust
is quoted as deprecating to newspaiwr
correspondents at Palermo the trans
mission to this country of any state-
ofjjueat cvuceruliig hi health, giving
his reason that "the more I sav on the!
subject the less I succeed In convinc
ing." Mr. Schwab must bo taking bis
cue from those eminent politicians who I
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announce at every turn that they are
not candidates for this or that office,
which they have no chance of securing
even should they aspire.
It behooves the Real Estate exchange
and others enlisted In the fight for tax
reform to keep alive to every turn at
the legislature. The tax-shirking mil
muds have a permanent and extensive
lobby constantly at work at Lincoln,
with all the seductive Influences at their
command. nut the lawmakers must
not be allowed to forget that the rail
roads constitute only a small part of
The Denver street railway system has
Just been extended to a suburban' town
fifteen miles distant Expansion is the
watchword of all the progressive street
railway companies and before long I
every live city of metropolitan preten-
. ., , . , n
slons will have to have trolley connec-
tlons with all point In lta surrounding
territory for 60 to 100 miles. Let
Omaha keep ahead of the procession.
With congress suffering such an
economical streak that It holds memor
ial service on Sunday In order to save I
time for legislative labors on week davs.
nn wm.lH T,.f norrw -lt
' J I
uiu u, ttu uie appropriations. me
chances are, however, that this economy
of time Simply means more time to de-
vnt to varlmi. .mu m.Hn-
draft on the public treaaury.
Omaha has built uo a great live Stock
' iu mi ci iiaa Lfuiib up a. ftlrai live Biotclk
market out of Just the same conditions
. ,. ,
that now prevail with reference to the
creation or a grain market. Omaha Is
the natural focal point of A prolific
grain country, and no railroad discrlm-
inations should be allowed to stand
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SOUrCt S. 1
And now It transpire that the Omaha
Bar association Is torn up by factions,
It was a common belief that faction
were a disturbing element in politics
only. As a matter of fact faction,
political and otherwise, are like the
tvot-oo fimt .iHt.ia ih. . oni ir,n i.
Whenever one hear of the machine
in politics It Is understood to mean the I
faction for the time in control of th
party machinery. Here in Omaha, I
however, the fellows ln charge of the
republlcan machine are trying to make
capital bv calling those on the outside
No Kick Conlag.
New Jersey collects Incorporation fees to
the extent of $2,227,000 annually. Tet some
people are so inconsiderate as to expect
New Jersey to turn, in and whoop against
A Gentle Reminder.
The size of the guns which Uncle Sam
is nowadays adding to bla . naval arma
ment comes ln the way of a gentle re
minder to the other nations that they
ought not hastily to enter Into war with
the great and glorious United States.
No Dodging Permitted,
Minneapolis Journal (rep.)
If the present session of congress does
not give us a strong anti-trust law, the
blame will rest on the republican party
No amount of hide-and-seek with the bill
in the trusty senate will cover un that fact,
What makes the senators mad is that the
president's dally more or less publio insist-
ence on action is publishing It over and
over again to all the world that trust legls-
latlon is right up to the republican party.
Strength and Shape.
New Tork Press.
The world is gone mad on strength and
shape. Magazines and newspapers are alive
with advertisements of methods of acqulr-
ng the muscle of Hercules, the arms of
Venus, the neck of Juno, the bust of Vesta,
the waist of Josephine, the hips of Diana,
the legs of Cleopatra. Minerva Is tor the
moment ln the background. No hope for
wlsrlom now! Women are dlsnlaved In Im
possible positions and advised to repeat
enrtnln nniM. Mr. Cutei .kd Mn
Butex, "How do you keep your front so
flat, my dear?" Mrs. Butex replied: "Oh,
I am under instructions. Thirty times In
the morning and thirty times In the even-
Ins I nick un each foot in my hands and
touch the toe to the tip of my ear. You
can have no idea how much it has reduced
my front, certainly several Inches and
some pounds." "Do you stand up and do
that?" "Necessarily; stand on one foot
while the other is in the air." "Merciful
MI9SOVRIAS9 WAIT FREE PASSES.
That la, Stat Official Want Thai
While Montana lawmakers are nursing
their wrath because their railroad passes
were limited to' sixty days, the lawmakers
of Missouri aro seeking to ride over any
old road In the state as a constitutional
right. Representative Robert B. Oliver of
Cape Olrardeau has introduced in the house
an amendment to the constitution requiring
railroads to furnish state officials free
passes during their official Uvea.
Mr. Oliver says he considers It on of tho
most Important measures pending la the
legislature. It compels all railroads In the
stato, under penalty of forfeiture of char
ter and all right to do business In tb
stats, to Issue free passes to all tji stat
ruul "e 1"'" uuwu, un iu-
eluding judges of the supreme court, mem
bers of the legislature, circuit and appel
late judges, sheriffs and superintendent of
state Institutions. 1
As the law now stands it Is a felony tor
state official and members of the legisla
ture to travel on railroad passes. This law
was enacted ln 1887. Railroad men say
that It has almost been a dead letter, as a
majority of officials and mors than half the
members of the legislature find means of
traveling on th railroads without paying
The claim Is also mad that railroad
passe are sometimes used for other than
legitimate purposes, when the legislature
Is in session. It Is Mr. Oliver's opinion
that If th railroads were compelled to Issue
passes to the officials stated no particular
hardship would b inflicted oa them and at
the iimt tlm the would b fre from any
influence a paw might bav upon them
Several states bav laws similar to th an
WuiXMod b Mr. Oliver.
tip ion the tr.r.m.ATt hk,
Clay Center Sun: The wholcesle elnugh
'r,n' of Paeons by trap shooting for
amusement Is a disgrace to civilization. If.
indeed, civilisation, upon the whole, la
more humane than aavagery. A bill has
been Introduced In the state, legislature
prohibiting pigeon trap shooting. It shouU
Dfrome m law
Wood River Interests: There Is a general
feeling among legislators thnt thrr con
stituents expect that they shall be the
father of at least one bill, Independent of
Its legitimacy, and thus It Is thnt each ses
sion of the legislature Is flooded with a
host of bills, most of which are of very
doubtful utility and , worth. The crying
need of the hour Is not for more legislative
enactments, but fewer and better ones.
Elm Creek Reacon: Among the numerous
bills introduced In the Nebraska legisla
ture one of the most humane and sensible
la that prohibiting live bird trap shooting.
This Is not an evil of our town nor county
a far as we know, but It la practiced In
our state. Wanton destruction of life for
port can breed nothing but hard heart -edness
toward animals and men. Live bird
trap shooting has been abolished in New
York and Massachusetts.
Waterloo Gazette: The Sears resolution
ni""111" " rut of the house that no bills
for buildings, etc., carrying with them ap-
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proprlatlons, shall be advanced to third
reading until a revenue measuro shall have
been passed that will provide sufficient
funds to liquidate the debt and meet neces
sary appropriations, is a movo that will
operate in the Interests of revenue reform
and put that class of legislation ahead of
rerythlng else. The large vote by which
tn resolution was passed indicates the
temp" or tBe ,on tnat ,,nP
Arcaam -onampion: vwmc me legiaia.ure
la nrfiFrvlnv Itanlf nvef t ha flnatlnv IndnVit
edness of the state and trying to straighten
out the revenue law tangle and at the same
tlm8 dispose of the question of approprla-
"" ' Puc buildings to the aatlsrac-
I Kaii tt all 1 at iham lnnV nvar ri o norocallT
of . -.'. .nDroDr,at,on to the Louisiana
Purchase exposition at St. Louis nnd If
there are any who can make tho approprla
, j ....... . 1 i -
tlon that ilze and have n ,n kppi,lnK
the condition that they are s'ruggllna
,,, , . rInr nf v..
we would like to see the color of his hair.
Two thousand five hundred dollars Is
Norfolk Press: Any revenue law that does
not provide disciplinary penalties for evad
Mag taiation and adequate methodB for en
forcing the penalties will be a worse fall-
than trt. nrmant law Tn ariilitlnn to
enacting a law that will provide adequate
revenue the legislature should go a step
farther and make every public officer re
h8 foJ "travagant
,. no Be ln r,VPnue by taxation
If the men who are charged with the duty
f handling the funds waste it ln useless
expenditures or ln contracts given as a
I . AW. I 11.1 1 l , -
""ru l" w" lr i""L'
viay "uenier oun: a dhi nas upph mvru-
duced by Representative Caldwell provld-
lng a department in one of the hospitals for
the insane for the detention and treatment
d parole of dipsomaniacs, inebriates
I mnA i nt a aA,ri eA is (Via ovpnncl VA lta A nf
w t ., nmo
months ago of this manner of treating In-
ebrlates, believing it to be a good idea.
Many Inebriates threatened with such a
punishment would brace up and inrow on
the habit. This would be the best result
of the law, because it serves to develop the
latent powers of the Individual and make a
man of him. In cases where tho law did not
have this effect, and the man was Joined to
his Idols, he should be treated for affection
of the brain, as the Insane are.
Wood River Interests: An adequate
revenue measure ia the most Important
matter up before the Nebraska legislature
at present. Both tho senate and the house
have appointed committees on the subject
which are to act Jointly ln draughting a
suitable measure. The Joint committee has
aaked that the supreme court be requested
to designate members of the supreme court
commission to collaborate with them ln
preparing the bill, and it is thought the
request will be granted. It Is said the new-
measure will include the following features:
(1) A provlalon for county assessors ln
each county of the state. In lieu of precinct
assessor; (2) a provision for enlarged
powers of the state and county boards of
equalliation. so that assessments may be
either raised or lowered in whole or in
I Wayne Republican: A good bill to Intro
I duce ln the legislature would provide, for
the publication of annual reports of all
public officials handling public funds. Also
annual reports of all corporations doing
business ln the state. In each county in
which they do business. The first provi
sion is now compiled with ln the Instance
of county and city officials, and should be
extended to school officials, et al. It would
be detrimental to the Interests of corpo
rations to comply with a provision of this
kind as those doing a fair business could
afford publicity and would gain patronage
while the general public would be pro
tected against the unfair and often Insol-
vent companies aoing Dusiness. in mis
latter class are many Insurance companies
snd fake investment companies constantly
going- to the wan.
PK It SO MA I, NOTE.
On board the liner bt. iouis mo uon t
Worry club didn't have a chance to have a
Mrs. Alice M. Ruble, member of the
lower house of the Colorado legislature,
made the nominating apeecn for Henry M.
Teller for United States senator.
Herr Deucher, the new president of
Ewltterland, is 70 years old and a physi
cian, but gave up regular practice ln 1S79.
Since 1854 he has taken a prominent part
ln the politics of hia native land.
There is one man to whom even "Cy"
Sulloway of New Hampshire will have to
look ud in the next congress. He Is Ollle
James of the First Kentucky district
Moreover, he weighs 350 pounds.
A bill has been introduced In the New
York legislature to compel the gunners of
the state to pay $25 a month for a certifi
cate. That Is a large price to exact lor me
privilege of being mistaken for a deer and
Robert Poole, who has Just died at his
suburban home near Baltimore, had charge
of the work of building the dome of the
national capltol at Washington, as well as
the neaTy ,ron castlngs ana columna of the
Someone asked Congressman Mercer of
Nebraska: "Are you any relation to the
base ball player named Mercer who killed
himself out west the other day?" "None
whatever," was the answer. "His name, I
see, was Win, and there has not been a
win ln my family since before election.
New York police captains are required
under the new rules to keep a diary of
their doings every day and every hour.
This will be a tremendou strain on their
veracity, which was never as robust a
their physique. However, the diary method
will give future msionaua an aDumiams
of raw material.
Th only real, reliable weather sharp In
congress is Senator liatt of Connecticut.
It 1 not believed that any Yankee agricul
turist can hold a candle to the acnator
when it cornea to foretelling the weather
I Fr years h baa been a close student of
this subject, until now he is regarded a
lta irt meteorologist or cougrea.
bit or wminoTos Line.
Mlnr Srene. and Incidents Sktrhe4
on the Spot.
Office seekers occasionally reach the goal
of their hopes on the federal pay roll by
persistently working the "pull" of a con-
. . . , 1 Hn.k n lv I
which Kticress brings Is often mellowed by
the difficulty of expressing In suitable
phrases the gratitude one naturally feels.
To those flho are or may be similarly trou
bled the following specimen received by a
congressmen Is commended: "I cannot
close without analn acknowledging my
thanks. No lnnguage Is rich enough to ex
press my gratitude. No sentiment, how
ever sublime, is lofty enough to reveal the
obligation 1 feel. Your friendship will ever
be a source of Joy and pride and an in
spiration to ever higher thought snd ac
tion. Rod grant, and I cannot help but be
lieve He will spar me, that again tome dny
I may help to crown you."
A constituent recently wrote to Repre
sentative Kahn of Saa Francisco, request
ing him to Introduce a bill for some
mechanism "to penetrate the heavenly
bodies." With the letter was a diagram
and explanation of tho particular Invention.
The diagram was full of wheels, and Mr.
Knhn studied It Intently.
The question that puizled him was as to
what to do with the letter. He did not
want to offend his constituent. Mr. Kahn
la not that kind of a legislator. Neither
could he offer such a bill ln congress, for
he was aware that it could not receive
A bright thought finally struck the Ban
Franciscan. He took his pen and WTote:
"I regret very much that I cannot com
ply with your request. Congress has no
Jurisdiction over heavenly bodies."
It Is the president's Intention to leave
Washington for the Rocky mountains about
the end of March. He will stay there hunt
ing until late in April, when he will re
turn to St. Louis and take part in the
world's fair dedication ceremonies. He
will at once go west again and will bo tho
guest of the California Orand Army o! the
Republic at San Francisco May 7. He will
be at Portland, Ore., when ground Is broken
for the Lewis and Clark exposition in May.
He will then visit several points in the
northwestern states and may not return to
Washington before June.
Around the capltol, says the Washington
Post, the westerners are telling a story f
the recent election of Judge W. B. Heyburn
to the United States senate by the legis
lature of Idaho. Some of the friends of
tho opposition not only were deceived
about Jmlpe Heyburn's chancea of winning,
but were so sure their own candidate was
winning that they gathered in all the
money anybody would wager, and had to
"(n tho afternoon of the evening of the
caucus," says Hon. John Bascum, an Idaho
politician, who is including Washington
and the capltol ln an cistern visit, "the
friends of W. E. rforah of Boise were ex
ceedingly confident. They had signed as
surances of support from a majority of the
republican members and were consequently
offering odda of from five to one to ten to
one on Borah's getting the prle.
"But Judge Heyburn had a manager who
was extremely busy and he not only cor
ralled the republican members who were
unpledged, but he added to his list enough
of those who had signed to make Heyburn's
elect.lou certain. Then Heyburn supporter!
were as 'sporty' as the Borah men, but a
bit more foxy. They took every bet that
was offered, but did It through the medium
of the democrats, so that no suspicion
should be engendered. . .
"When the caucus had ended Mr. Borah
was not only 'cleaned up' politically, hut
his friends had been 'cleaned up' finan
cially. In the aggregate Heyburn's friends
are credited with having made upward of
$50,000 out of their quiet little game."
The new issue of postage stamps on
which the Bureauof Engraving and Print
ing and the Postoffice department have been
working for the last two or three months,
will be on Balo by March 1, the third as
sistant postmaster general has announced.'
These stamps will be radical changes from
the present form in style of design and
general attractiveness. The new stamps.
It Is said, will be the handsomest that the
PoRtofflce department has ever Issued, and
are the most artistic ln dcBlgn.
Some of the stamps have already been
Issued and they show what a radical de
parture has been made from tho old and
stilted design. The 8-cent and 13-cent
have already been Issued to the postoffices
of the country, as also has the 2-cent. The
6-cent variety will be ready for Issue to
morrow and the 15-cent was delivered
Monday, February 1, the 1-cent, B-cent and
50-cent denominations will be ready, and
fifteen days later the 3-cent and 10-cent
stamps will be out. This will leave for
Issue March 1 the 4-cent, Jl. $2 and 5 va
rieties. The chief of the division of postage
stamps and supplies announces that he
will have every one of the stamps out by
Mnrch 1. although Director Meredith of
the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is
not so sanguine.. Proofs of almost every
one of the stamps have been received and
the designs have been approved and work
on the regular issue Is beginning at once.
When Secretary Moody was under re
pairs, necessitated by the shake-up he sus
tained by Jumping -from a caiTlage la An
napolis, Preeldent Roosevelt called to Bee
him. It happened that a new servant an
swered the door. He did not know Mr.
Roosevelt, and he said the secretary waa
not In. "Oh, he'll see me," said the chief
magistrate, good-naturedly. "I dunno, sah,"
said the servant. "Who Is you?" "The
president." "President ob what?' asked
tho colored man, suspiciously. Junt then
another servant came to the door snd Mr.
Roosevelt was allowed to enter.
Congressman Littlefleld of Maine waa as
suring Bome Washington correspondents
that Journalistic talent Is not confined to
the national capital. "Why, I know of a
reporter," he said, "who was describing the
wreck of a vessel on the Maine roast. This
wa one of his sentences: 'At this moment
a giant wave swept over the doomed craft
and six poor sailors bit the dust.' Any
of you fellows ever beat that?" The cor
respondents Bald in chorus: "I hope not."
I 1 "XZP&-
Bona ( " Is madeof two layer of Build gold Willi a layer of
stiffening metal between. It Is better lhau a solid gold eaa
becaua It le stronger and so cloee-fltUiig as to keep out ga.
smoke, dust aud dauipn.
are tnoacntxed u tbe etal the world over, end
sold e eucb by eil Jewaien. 1 be lle M tbe ouly
euifeuwt auw lu oe lunf eoauiu to ruve tiy actual
wnmr tijet they wlil outient u 2&-yenr guerent.
llimli notilHlaalu l"n().N Tilt kmtOBt tmita.
BuvlL bre ebown Is sieyijwl la eetb Buea cea MT
convicTio or ( fli.o'FL i.i sen.
New York Tribune: The man ought to
bear through life the brand of a traitor
and a felon, and hln crime must retnuln no
less odious than If he had paid tho penalty
upon the scaffold.
New York World: It Is evident that to
" . ..,,
Boers and Irishmen. The British govern
ment will hardly commit ao palpable a blun
der. Loulevlllo Courier-Journal: The death
entence which has been ra''il upon
Colonel Lynch Is ;nly what was to have
been expected, but is rractlcnJly certain to
be commuted. The Incomprehensible part
of the matter is why Lynch returned and
submitted to trial, ln view of the strong
case and the serious charge agiinst him.
Baltimore American: It was pure
quixotism for Lynch to go to Iondon under
the circumstance. He forced the govern
ment to take action of some sort. It Is
doubtful, however, if a t rial for treason
was a Judicious step. It gave to an inci
dent a dignity which it would not other
wise have secured, and it made of Lynch a
hero this, too, no matter how the trial
may end for the assumption In the publio
mind is sure to be that a man who Is tried
for high treason must be of considerabln
Importance. The only punishment likely
to be Inflicted 1 deprivation of an office
which he hue never filled. Iunlshinent for
treason in time of peace Is practically ob
solete. Chicago Tribune: The Jury which found
Colonel Arthur Lynch guilty of high
treason could not have returned a different
verdict, the law being as It Is. He admit
tedly had given aid and comfort to the
enemy. The defense made for him by his
counsel was weak. A man cannot change
his allegiance during a war, fight for tho
other Bldo and then plead that he Is beyond
the reach of treason statutes. The wonder
Is that Colonel Lynch, who cennot havo
fceon altogether Ignorant of the harsh Eng
lish law, should have ventured to put foot
in England. He courted death whep ho did
It. He has abundant courage, as his com
posed demeanor when the death sentence
was pronounced shows, but he lacks dis
cretion. Springfield Republican: This Irishman la
no traitor, then, ln the sense that Benedict
Arnold was. Had tho Boers triumphed In
their struggle he would have been held ln
the BKuje sort of esteem In South Africa
that wo Americans hold Paul Jones.
Treason dot.h never prosper; what' tha
Why, If It prospers, none dar call It
When England has made Ireland a happy,
prosperous country to live ln, with a popu
lation that does not seem headed toward
extinction, and that does not regard the
British government with the Inherited
hatred of centuries, then an Irishman In
Colonel Lynch' position would be more
likely to be regarded with detestation by
the world at large. As it Is, England has
made Its own traitor by GOO years of
wretched mlsgovernment In Ireland.
BRIGHT AMI UllKEIY.
Footpad Hold up your hands!
Belated Pedestrian All rlprht, but before
searching me I may as well tell vou that I
met my wife downtown this afternoon.
Footpad Say no more, pard; I'm a mar
ried man myself. Here's a quarter for you.
Nocash (disconsolately') The rlci aro
getting richer and the poor poorer.
Friend What's wrong now ?
Nocash MIfs Kullpurse has refused me
and Is going to marry Mr. Coupon. New
Teacher Tommy, can you tell who Atlas
'A'?mmyYeJ,'m- H vraa a coal dealer.
A coal denier?" . .,, . i ..,.., ,,
"I s'pose he was. He held everybody up."
Kansas City Journal.
"Those Texas legislators objected strenu
ously to wearing drexs suits at th In
'i don't wonder. Tou can't hide a brace
o shooters with them swallow talis worth
a cent." Cleveland liuln Dealer.
."ChJ?rI',y ""y" that 1 make biscuit lust
like his mother lined to me.ke," aald young
Mrs. Torkins. ' '
indeed," nald the thoughtless woman:
I always understood that bis mother waa
a very Inferior cook." Chicago PoBt.
"Look at thnt mass of coloring," said the
doctor pointing at a Titian. "I tell vou
tho old masters laid It on heavier th.m they
"They do. indeed." mused the professor
You ounht to sen the scar- on mv back
that were put there by one of them when I
was a schoolboy." Chicago Tribune.
AW OL.lt MAN.
Here in my easy chair I sit
An old, old man before the Are,
Deaf to all sounds of every day
And dead to every paM desire.
Perhaps the falling outward sens
Quickens the spirit's Inner ear,
For Kitting here before the fire
You'd scarce believe the sounds I heae.
All this long afternoon I heard
The brook in the old orchard etna
Just as It used to, on th farm.
When first the grass fcrew green ln spring.
You know that gurgling, gladsome noise
The voice of wnter wild with glee
When It hns burnt Its ley bond
And tlnds Itself alert and free.
The birds, too, In the beech tree grove
I hear them, as In days of yore '
When I went forth at hrenk of day,
Call through the aunrlso bush one more.
And that one bird that nested high
I thought she fmd a silver throat
A trickle of clear mi'lixiy,
It thrills me oft, her slender note.
My mother's voice, too oh, so plain
ji caiiH iierosH me ratting light:
me to Vine yr.ur play;
e, 'tis almost night!"
. ome, eminren, time
Come in tho house,
Sometimes when you have left tha room
And nlone im Hitting here, 1
I s(eak the atiHwer right nut loud
"Yes, yes. I'm cumliiK, mother dearl"
Then there's one sons romes back to me
Your nmther Hang it, my dear wife,
A slender girl ireHned all lu white,
Firnt time I Bttw her ln my life.
She used to carol like a bird
'TIh an old-fashioned song, I know.
Hut day by day 1 bear her Kill
Hinging, "John Anderson, my Jo."
I sometimes think that when I go
To Join her In the angel throng.
Her voice, above the heiiv'nly hymn,
Will rine once more lu ttiat loved song
An old, old man and common speech
But seldom reaches my dulled ear"
Yet sitting here before the lire '
You'd scarce btlleve the sound I hear
J you should cav a j a, line Hlltrened Hold Case In order
to protect Ui tvorks and lessen the oust of m ain. Tlm
I la ex.Ii Buea ceee Mr JZJ I
nu ui fur boohUt. 14
DM CASK CO., Philadelphia.' i
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