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IM. M. B. HUNGATE,
(Seal.) Notary Public.
President Castro of Venesneln seems
to have gotten Into a place where no
Rather than allow the new revenue
law to be manipulated and mutilated by
boodle, let It die and R.'l. P. Rest In
Mount Soufrlere Is smoking up again.
It must have found Itself compelled to
lay In soft coal during the anthracite
strike to save money on fuel.
The resignation of the attorney gen
eral of Forto Rico might give Our Dave
a tip to lose no time In getting himself
"prominently mentioned" for this Job. ' .
Will the , allied " corporations kindly
permit the citizen" of Omaha to nom
inate and elect men of their own choice
to the'nert'oltr eonncllJ ilf.xot, why
DOt? ' ' ' ".'' "' 1 " "
Having got what they wanted out of
the revenue bill In, the house, the rail
loads are telling tae other privileged
corporations to help themselves In the
The Fair estate Is about to be settled
again. The controversy over the Fair
millions has been settled so often that a
final settlement would be almost a ca
If both aides to the coal strike could
only make themselves believe they got
the best of the arbitration award all
concerned would bo In a huppy - frame
It takes nine days for newly born
kittens to- get their eyes open. . It has
taken nearly nine months for the citi
zens of Omaha 'who have beeri buncoed
by sham police reform to get theirs
People In Washington who watched
the recent extra session of the senate
think they see a cloture rule In sight
Experience In the past, however, has
served to create the impression that
such a vision is due to color blindness.
City Clerk Elbourn says he is opposed
to the unquestionable feature of the
primary election bill. . But he has not
yet told the governor so or asked him to
veto the odious mensure. Here Is a
chance for City Clerk Elbourn to make
The lobby at Lincoln does not have
to speak over a telephone to tnlk to the
legislators while their constituents at
home do. This may explain in part the
potential difference between the lobby
on the ground and the constituency at a
distance but only in part.
When they want to go ahead with
any project. Kansas City men do not
feel it necessary first to ask the per
mission of the corporation managers.
Omaha business men will have to break
loose for themselves if they Want to do
effective work in pushing tho city's
The supreme court of Missouri has
come to the rescue of the imprisoned
legislative boodlers who refused to tes
tlfy before an investigating committee
for fear of incriminating themselves.
The Missouri corruptlonlsts must have
run into a pretty close corner if no
other loophole was left for them to
crawl out of.
We know now whj such a pressing
emergency existed to demand the post
ponement of the Omaha city election till
May to avoid bad weather while the
time for the spring municipal elections
In all other Nebraska cities and towns
was allowed to remain a month earlier.
The dark lantern brigade needed mere
time to get their test oath bill through
the legislature so that the work of spot
ting rotors for the corporations could
begin M once, r, '
THE ME ROtH CASK. . ,. .
The case of tne'Unlte States against
The Northern Securities Company has
gone to the court and the decision,
which may not be rendered for several
months, will be awaited with great In
terest The case has been argued with
very great ability on both sides and
those who have taken the trouble to
read the arguments must be impressed
with their force and comprehensiveness.
On the part of the government the con
tention of Mr. Beck, assistant attorney
general, was particularly strong and
able. He took the poBltion that ' the
powers granted by the New Jersey
charter to the Northern Securities com
pany were most extraordinary and
pointed out that under It two men' may
control the unlimited, powers Of the
holding company, which in turn con
trols the vast powers of the Burlington,
Northern Pacific and Great Northern
companies and all aulwldiary compa
nies. When In the history of corporate
organization, he asked, was there ever
a charter which-concentrated vast and
immeasurable power In the bands of so
' The attorney for the government urged
with great force that the Northern Se
curities company contravenes the anti
trust law of 1800, that It Is a .combina
tion which Interferes with free competi
tion and that therefore it Is In restraint
of interstate commerce. It is not impor
tant,' argued the asMfttnnt'attorney gen
eral, that the proposed combination does
not secure a complete monopoly of a
given subject of commerce; a partial
monopoly is equally offensive to public
policy. Another proposition' was, that
the fact that the power of the combina
tion has not 'been exercised' to Increase
prices or rates Is not Important; the law
Is concerned not with what Is done, but
with the power to do. "The law will
lobk to the substance and -.not' to' the'
form and will not penult a monopolistic
combination, no matter by what corpo
rate or legal devices It may be at
tempted." The arguments of the attorney for the
defendant were principally directed to
show that the organization and purpose
of the Northern Securities company do
not contravene the anti-trust law of
1890, which It was held has no applica
tion to such an organization. The lead
ing attorney of the company, former
Attorney General Griggs, took the posi
tion thf.t the antlrtrust'law has no ap
plication whatever to the cose, Inas
much as that law does not 'Interfere
with the right of an Individual or it com
bination of Individuals to buy all the
property he or they have the capital to
purchase. He urged that the law can
not limit the amount of that purchase.
and that the anti-trust. act does not spe
ciflcally say such purchase is a violation
of Its provisions. " '
' The careful reader of the arguments
will see that there are some nice points
to be determined, but It Is hardly pos
sible to avoid the 'conclusion that' the
jnerger Is hostile to free competition and
consequently Is opposed to public policy
pnd In contravention of the law.
THUS FAR AND NO FARTHER.
The republican members of the legis
lature will have a great deal to answer
for and explain to ' their constituents
when they come home for good. While
many of them have done their . duty
faithfully, many, others have shown a
lamentable lack of moral courage and
scores have fallen by the wayside. The
railroad corporation 'cohorts under the
leadership of John. N. Baldwin and a
gang of corruptlonlsts, whose proper
place is behind iron bars, have suc
ceeded lu debauching and demoralizing
the venal weaklings who lack the cour
age to assert ' their manhood and
through them have succeeded in defeat
ing wholesome legislation demanded by
By their machinations they have
thwarted the effort to give Nebraska an
equitable system of assessment and tax
ation that would compel all classes the
rich and the poor, the. land owner and
the bondholder, the toller In the work
shop, the merchant and the corporate
monopolies to bear their just share of
expenses of government in proportion to
the value of their taxable property.
They have, moreover, prevailed upon
the legislature to ignore and turn down
the Just demands of the taxpayers of
the larger cities. of Nebraska' for theVe
peal of lawk heretofore enacted. at-the
behtJst of railroad managers by which
these corporations .'are able to evade
municipal taxes although they enjoy all
the protection and benefits of municipal
To cap the climax, an attempt is now
being made to rob Omaha, South
Omaha, Lincoln and other cities, that
have given franchises to street rail
ways, electric lights, gas and water
companies, of the benefits of the de
cision rendered by the supreme court
last year defining the basis of taxation
for these corporations to be the true
value of their stocks and bonds.
Representatives of these ' corporations
have for weeks been at the state capi
tal endeavoring to overturn the decision
of the supreme court through legisla
tion that would fix one year's gross re
ceipts as the basis of taxation. There
is absolutely no excuse or warrant for
such legislation. The proposition could
not -muster a. corporals guard In ,either
house were it not for the corrupting
Influences that are being employed to
convert a majority of the legislature.
Within the past week 'wine suppers
have been given to members of the
state senate by the corporation corrup
tlonlsts' and It Is an open secret that
boodle is being distributed In the state
capltol by the lobby to lubricate the
way for the vicious amendment to the
revenue bill through the senate and
switch it back into the house for con
currence. Under our peculiar system
of legislation a bill must receive the
affirmative vote of a majority of the
members elected to each bouse, but
amendment inserted 'In -one boose may
be adopted by a bare majority of a
quorum by the other. It is not uncom
mon by this' process for huge Jobs and
steals to slide through by concurrence
when only a bare quorum of either
house through which It is being log
rolled Is present. Thus, for example. It
takes 61 votes to carry a bill through
the house, but 20 votes may put an
amendment Into a bill by a motion to
concur. On the passage of a bill the
vote of every member must be re
corded, while a motion to concur may
be -carried viva voce without record, so
that the boodlers who have sold out can
escape the Just Indignation and con
tempt of a betrayed constituency,
, For these reasons, and In the Interest
of good government and the republican
party, that will be held responsible, The
Bee appeals to members of the state
senste to fight down and defeat any at
tempt to amend the revenue law In tb,o
Interest of franchisee! corporations
under whatever pretext the appeal is
made to them. It goes without saying,
that the men who will support such an
amendment will subject themselves to
the suspicion that they have sold them
selves out for a price and the stigma of
corruption will attach to them forever.
We realize that the revenue bill as
framed up under the. supervision of
Baldwin and his clackera is not exactly
what the people of Nebraska desire or
expect at the hands of the legislature,
but if It Is to pass at all let It pass in
Its present form, unless it can be im
proved lu the Interest of the rank and
file of the taxpayers. It would be most
scandalous for the legislature to undo
what the supreme court has decreed
after a protracted ointest with the al
lied franchise corporations. It will be
no excuse or warrant for the senate to
Include' in the one year gross receipts
category the street railways, gas com
pany,, electric light' companies and
water works companies because the
telephone company has managed to
flimflam the house Into placing it on
that basis. On the contrary, If the
senate really wants to do the honest
thing and the right thing, it should re
mand the telephone company to the
basis laid down by the supreme court
for all corporations that hold municipal
The legislature. certainly has gone far
enough In its subserviency to the great
corporations and its motto should be,
"Thus far and no farther."
FINANCIAL HK ACT ION IN MEXICO.
Mexico has enjoyed a long period of
prosperity, but a financial reaction In
that country appears to be Imminent
and how serious the results may be
cannot be predicted with any degree
of certainty. Recently six large Import
ing firms In: the City of Mexico failed
and there la apprehension that others
will follow. The explanation Is found
in the great decline in the price bf sil
ver within the past year or two.' The
Mexican importing houses buy for gold
and of course their goods are sold for
silver, the currency of.: the. country.
When silver rapidly depreciates,, as has
been the case, the money obtained for
the imported goods will not always pro
cure the gold to pay for them, for the
Importers cannot as a rule charge
enough to cover the difference in ex
change, for the obvious reason that this
difference cannot be anticipated. The
merchant who buys on the gold
standard, and sells for silver Is thus
much of the time at a great disadvan
tage and this has been peculiarly the
case during the last year or two, by
reason of the steady fall In silver.
It is highly probable that there is
more trouble In store for the business
classes In Mexico, particularly the im
porters, before that country can make
the change that is In contemplation
from the silver to the gold standard.
Indeed this seems to be Inevitable.' but
It should not discourage the effort that
Is being made to place the Mexican
monetary system in accord with that
of the commercial world. The' wiser
statesmen and financiers of that coun
try appear to fully realize that the
change must be made at whatever cost
and are earnestly addressing themselves
to the task of finding the most prac
ticable way of accomplishing it
PLIMT VF CANDIDATES.
It appears that there ' is no lack of
candidates for Isthmian canal commis
sioners, so that the president will have
no difficulty In finding men' willing to
accept the position, though he may be
somewhat perplexed in making selec
tions from the numerous applicants.
Immediately after the ratification of the
treaty a large number of senators
called on the president, nearly every
one of whom had a candidate for a
commlsslonershlp and several had, more
than one. The law provides for seven
commissioners, four of whom must be
men skilled in engineering problems and
two of the four must be army and navy
officers. Thus the field for politicians
pure and simple Is somewhat restricted,
yet there is a much larger number of
politicians In the race than of engineers.
Not a few of them are former senators
and representatives who are out of a
The commission will not be appointed
until the Colombian congress has rati
fied the. treaty and It Is said that In
the meantime the president .will not
give any serious consideration to the
matter. It Is the Impression that Ad
miral Walker will be placed at the
head of the new commission and it is
not unlikely that some of the other
members of the commission which in
vestigated the canal routes will be on
the one to be appointed. At all events
there will be places for only three poll
ticlsns, so that mwt of the applicants
are certain to be disappointed.
Railroad men are already talking
about special excursion rates for the
St Louis exposition. If the exposition
la to have the advantage of favorable
rates they should be put In force from
the opening rather than held back until
after half of the show period Is over,
as has been done regularly for all pre
vious expositions. Hitherto the exrnse
has always been that the railroads were
at the mercy of the scalper, but this
time even that old pretext cannot be
Everylody In Nebraska knows that
the potential force behind the proposed
amendment to Jhe revenue bill that
would place the frnnohlsed corporations
on a one year gross receipt basis is
boodle and men who support that propo
sition will not be ablo to make people
believe In their honest Intentions.
By proclamation , of the Ameer of
Afghanistan husbands in that country
are to be limited hereafter to four
wives. It is needless to sny that the
Ameer, though a devoted advocate of
large families, to set the example has
come down to the limit of four at once
by divorcing all his surplus halves.
That Boston preacher who says that
birds' wings on Easter bonnets Is sure
to shut the doors of heaven to the
wearer Is putting the modern woman
up against a serious dilemma. It Is
the old alternative between an approx
imation to heaven on earth and a lot
tery ticket for the heaven beyond.
Will Fighting- Bok ItMd Itt
Rear Admiral Evan aski for more men
and more officers and the Navy department
has responded to the appeal by reducing
the-number of ships In hie squadron. Is the
Navy department committed to a policy of
injuring the feelings of our heroes?
Obstacles to Success.
Kansas City Star.
Colonel Henry Watterson sees In Grover
Cleveland and in William Jennings 'Bryan
two stubborn obstacles to the achievement
of democratic success in 1904. He regards
the one quite as mischievous and obstruc
tlonary as the other. The real man of the
hour in the judgment of Colonel Watter
aon could scarcely be pointed out with
strict propriety, in his own paper.
Tumble In Asphalt Prices.
It waa a great thing for the cities when
the asphalt trust broke down. Prices have
been ' falling and falling until now New
York City has awarded paving contracts for
some 1250,000 at $1,106 a square yard when
laid on old Belgian blocks, and $1.95 when
concrete is to form the foundation. Theae
are the lowest prices ever -secured by the
city, and compare with prices paid of from
$2.50 to $3 when the trust was In full opera
uon. The experience of the country with
other trusts, in respect to low prices, etc..
through "economics" in production. Is about
like this experience with the asphalt trust.
. Vaarles of Life.
Portland Oregon tan.
The pope is about 93, and his great asa
might be quoted as due. to his saintly life
and serene devotion to other than worldly
pursuits, but here Is ex'Congressman Mar
tin I. Townsend of, Troy, N, T., an active
politician and able lawyer all his days,
dead at 93 of pneumonia. There have been
many long-lived sianers' and a good many
short-lived . salnta. ,, Aaron Burr lived to
be over 80. while B,lebop Phillips Brooks,
a giant in physique, a celibate and a aalnt.
if there ever was on:" died ' when but a
little past 57 ' years1' ofr age. ' Ex-Governor
Holbrook of Vermont, "war governor." cele.
brated bis ninetieth birthday recently after
ao active lire of world y pursuits.
riaylnsr In Great Lock.
' ' Washlnffton Star.
The west is playing in great luck. She is
to enjoy the honor of a visit this spring
irom Dota President, Roosevelt and ex
President Cleveland. 3 The letter's plans
are not complete, but In all probability
he will follow In some of the former's
footsteps. It would he sacrilege to suggest
within the circle of Mr. Cleveland's ad
mlrers that he may. have, in view among
other things testing, western sentiment
toward himself at this time. But It cannot
be doubted that . whatever . his purposes
may be his trip will afford such an oppor
tunity. Shall he go. as far as Nebraska?
And shall we hear of him at Lincoln? Mr.
Bryan on one oocaslon while visiting the
east referred to that section as "the en
emy's country." Will Mr. Cleveland be
made to feel while in the west that he is
in "the enemy's country?" Probably not.
For whatever the west may think of his
financial views and record, she will treat
her distinguished guest, we may be sure,
with due courtesy. The presidential cam
paign is on. And why not?
SELFISH HAWAIIAN LAWMAKERS,
Benighted Stat of .Affairs I
Paradise oi the Pavel..
Startling news cbm.es from the territory
of Hawaii. It describes conditions so ut
terly foreign to anything ever known In
the United States, that the average Ameri
can must stand aghast at the realization
that anywhere within our extended bor
ders a benighted state of things should
Awful Is the thing of which the Hawaiian
legislators are accused. They are actually
charged with holding "the fixed opinion
that they are elected to advance their own
Interests!" Just think of it! Eight native
senators out of fifteen, and twenty-three
native representatives out of thirty, olected
to make laws under the Stars snd Stripes,
who have only "a dim Idea of their duties,"
who actually oppose laws because they
affect their private interests or favor laws
because they expect to benefit by them.
Why, one senator Is said to have killed
a bill which sought to limit saloons to
wlthtn ZOO yards of schools and churches
because' he owned a building which would
be affected by the restriction. Would a
United States senator do such a thing?
.-ever, not even to oblige a beet sugar
And then the freak bills these Hawalliaoa
Introduce and the silly arguments they
use In debate. The senate chaplain re
ceives a salary of $150 for the session. A
representative argued that tha house
chaplain should receive twice this amount
because he had thirty Instead of fifteen
souls to pray for. The chaplain got $250,
and now tha legislature Is trying to dis
cover Just which five souls are left out of
each prayer, or if the five skipped today
are Included tomorrow.
Nothing' so silly ss this ever happens in
our legislatures or in congress. How the
clear-headed, sano and unselfish lawmak
era of Pennsylvania. Ohio. Delaware, Mis
souri, Kansas and many other states and
territories must scorn these narrow, selfish
and silly legislators of Hawaii!
Let us be thankful that such lawmaking
Is confined to-tha native Kanaka of the
outlying districts. - Let us rejoice that
never in our congress or in any of our
legislatures do - members allow personal
considerations to dim their wide vision of
publlo questions. These things may do for
the uncivilized and uncultured Hawaiian
but they will receive the scorn and righte
ous denunciation they deserve from every
chosen repreata,Uv of the states united
TALK OP THR STATE FRESS.
Holdrege Progress: Thoush the present
session of the Nebraska legislature has
well night served out Its allotted time the
revenue bill Is still under discussion, not
withstanding that revenue revision was a
paramount Issue In the campaign.
Wausa Oaaette: While the proposed rev
enue measure hns provoked much discus
sion in the committee of the whole, but
few changes of any Importance have been
made in the bill as reported by the special
committee changing the assessment back
from February to April Is, perhaps, the
most Important one, and is regarded a de
cisive victory for the farmers.
Friend Telegraph: The legislature has
been grinding away since January on the
problem of how to raise more revenue or
bow to make both ends meet and at tho
same time retain all the superfluous of
ficers that legislatures that have passed on
before bave created and at the same time
add a few more. Doubtless this can be
done by reaching for thj taxpayer a little
Holdrege Citizen: It Is well to remem
ber that mere legal enactment can't do the
work that wholesome . public sentiment
should do. Laws are often left unenforced
because popular sentiment Is opposed or
Indifferent to their enforcement. The only
effectual way to rid society of many of the
evils that confront us Is to create a healthy
public sentiment to the enormity of the
evil rather than to leave it to legislation.
Grand Island Independent: The bill
presented in the legislature by Sena
tor Harrison putting a maximum on
the per diem and mileage to be paid to
members of the board of supervisors ought
to pass. The councilman of a city of this
class receives ss a salary $100 a year and
there are always a sufficient number of
good men to accept the office. The coun
cilman does at least half as much work as
Bancroft Blade: The bill recently passed
by the leglsteture which provides that In
order to be admitted to the bar In Ne
braska the applicant must have attended a
high school at least three years and put
in three years in a law office and then pass
the usual examination seems to be along
the line of class legislation and favoritism,
and the trouble la it is protecting a class
of individuals who are amply able to pro
Fremont Herald: The senate has passed
the amendment to the present election law
which provides that only those who are
registered as affiliating with a party can
vote at the primaries of their party. It re
quires the voters to state In addition that
they generally supported their party ticket
at the preceding election. Brady of Boone
and Coffey of Boyd, fuslontsta, alone voted
against it. It will next be in order for a
man to produce his photograph and mar
riage certificate before he can go into a
Crete Democrat: The Democrat believes
it is for the best Interest as well as the
duty of this state to be In evidence at the
St. Louis exposition. It Is the beBt part
of the Louisiana purchase and for it not
to be represented would cast a reflection
upon us ss a people, lacking in enterprise
and spirit of emulation. The sum should
not be extravagantly large, nor niggardly
small, but. sufficient to erect suitable
building and pay those in charge. It Is
said that $50,000 to $75,000 will be ample
for the purpose.
Elm Creek Beacon: It doesn't strike us
that the proposed law to assess the road
tax in cash is the best thing in all regards.
A large percentage of men work their poll
tax on -the roads who wouldn't pay the tax.
or at least would be very slow In doing so.
Also, generally little - can be saved by
hiring a -man and a team to work one's poll
tax each year. The present law is all right
if the : overseers would do the work in
season when the ground Is in workable
order and put in a good day's work instead
of beginning at 9 or 10 o'clock and quitting
at 4 and soldiering then half the time. . It
would depend on the overseer, in any case,
how much was done for the money.
Alliance Times: The Nebraska legisla
ture has passed the unique bill of Senator
Brown providing that all owners of land
infested by prairie dogs shall be compelled
to kill all of said animals by November
1, next, falling In which It shall be the
duty of the road overseer to exterminate
them, and for suoh service he is to receive
$3 per day and all necessary expenses inci
dent to their destruction, such expense to
be made a charge against the land in
habited bv his dogshlp. Hereafter . the
principal requirement in the line of qualifi
cation for the position of overseer of high
ways will be bis ability to catch dogs.
Now give us a man to take hence all
- Arapahoe Mirror: There is a bill pend
ing In the legislature providing for prohibi
tion of pigeon shooting. Live bird trap
shooting is a cruel, bloody and unchristian
"sport." It brutalizes those who engage
therein and those who witness it. It be
longs In the same class with cock fighting.
It is a "sport" that no human man should
countenance. The pigeon has compara
tively little ahow for its life, and the spec
tacle of fluttering birds "out of bounds"
left to die In agony U not to be coun
tenanced by men of heart and brain. The
j h111 prohibiting live bird shooting should
pass without a dissenting voice and vote.
That sort of "sport" belongs to the dark
agea, along with the rack, the thumbscrew
and the stake.
Clay Center Sun: A bill to abolish cap
ital punishment la before the leglBlaturn
and it should pass. When and where did
the Great Power that ushers man into thia
world delegate to a Jury of twelve men
to right to send him out of it? A man de
liberately and premedltatedly taking tho
life of another violates the law. Twelve
men deliberately and premedltatedly taking
the life of another obeys the law. Why
this difference? But One can give life,
and who but that One has a right to take
it away? What Is the expressed justifica
tion of judicial murder? To rid society
of one who may take more lives? But
will not imprisonment do the same? As
Imprisonment will rid society of the mur
derer, death in unnecessary to accomplish
this object, therefore ihe good of society
Is not the Impelling force to judicial mur
der? Then what Is? Revenge! Wood for
blood! A mob thirsts for the blood of a
victim, and society Is so constituted, even
st this age, that it does the same. May
Nebraska's legislators rise above this feel
ing and do away with judicial murder.
Fremont Tribune: Senator Dietrich ac
companied Btate Cbalrman Lindsay to the
White House Monday to confer with the
president with reference to the naming of
a candidate for appointment as United
States district sttorney for Nebraska.
Dietrich is making a bard fight for Lindsay
and there is little question but that Lind
say should be appointed, if the wishes of
the rank and file, as well as the party
leaders, of Nebraska, are to be consulted.
But the president holds that it will be In
advisable for him to make an appointment
to which both the senators from this ctate
are not agreed, and, In truth. It would be
quite unusual. Senatorial courtesy Is a
very potent thing at Washington and inas
much as a confirmation of the appointment
must be had after It Is made, and the
"courtesy" is carried so far. It is probable
the appointment of either Bummers or
Lindsay at this time would lead to un
pleasant things. Republicans of Nebraska
hope Senator Millard will recede from bis
position and will permit their wishes to
t carried out la the appointment of Lind
ROISD ABOUT WRXSr TCTK. 1
Ripples ss the Cnrrent of Life la the
The medical branch of the New York
police department discovered a rare disease
afflicting one member of "the finest" and
followed the discovery with an equally
rare notation on the unfortunate cop's ap
plication for retirement on a pension.
Patrolman John Ksgan had served, twenty
years and the job agreed with him. He Is
florid, robust snd weighs 23S pounds. The
surgeons, however, probed beneath Johnny's
healthy exterior and recommended his re
tirement on a pension "because of per
manent disability due to obesity contracted
on the line of duty." "I don't see Just how
Eagan could bave contracted obesity in the
line of duty," Commissioner Oreene re
marked, "but I cannot go back of the sur
geons' finding. The law says I must retire
a man on their recommendation."
Physicians from the post-graduate and
Roosevelt hospital are investigating at the
Scney hospital lu Brooklyn the remarkable
case of Joseph Robinson, who, after being
pronounced dead by several surgeons, sud
denly awakened, ate a hearty meal and
again elapsed Into the first mysterious
state. His limbs became rigid, his body
cold, and, although every effort known to
experts was resorted to to find If there was
life, they failed.
Robinson, who formerly waa an orderly
In the 8eney hospital, was found In an un
conscious condition at Fifth avenue and
Third street by Policeman Maher. He
thought the man had been drinking heavily
and bad fallen and Injured himself. He was
locked In a cell, and when a short time
after one of the keeper's passed he saw
Robinson lying full length on the floor. He
called to him, and when he did not reply the
keeper called an ambulance surgeon from
Seney hospital. . Dr. Beecher responded and
Immediately began working on the man.
At the end of five hours he said Robinson
was dead, his heart falling, it seemed, to
perform any function. There was still
color In his cheeks, snd to make sure the
man was beyond recall the vurgeon placed
a glass over his mouth. No moisture gath
ered, and the morgue officials were about
to be notified when Robinson suddenly
There were several about him discussing
his strange death. "I guess there must he
some mistake," he said. Thereupon he
jumped to his feet and demanded to know
where he was. The frightened policeman
notified the sergeant and Dr. Beecher re
turned. After another examination of Robinson
he said he did not understand his peculiar
state, but thought he hsd recovered. Rob
inson then ate a hearty dinner, fell Into a
sleep, and has not been swakened since.
He was taken to Seney hospital, where a
number of physicians are working on his
"We bury our New York dead in no less
than eighty-six different cemeteries,", says
the Press. "Many of these are owned by
private corporations, snd they hsvs en
riched their promoters. It occurs to me
that I should not care to go . into the
"dead" business for a livelihood.- Burying
the departed appears to be a church duty;
that is, the church ought to own the cem
etery. If there were money In the resur
rection you would find certain classes of
fellow citizens standing around the graves
to sell white clothes for the dead to rise
in. The James D. and Charles Stewart
Smith family has grown Immensely rich
out of Woodlawn, whose 400 acres have
been cut up into lots worth small for
tunesi This is our most fashionable bury
ing ground, even being preferred to Green
wood. Kensico Is beautifully laid out after
the style of WoodlawnVand has 400 acres."
"Times snd manners of today" are dif
ferent from the times and manners of other
days," observed Joe Howard,' discussing
phases of life In New York. "I was read
ing recently," he continued, "the names
of certain fashionable . women who this
week have sought the solace of retirement
in an adjacent retreat. To my surprise,
ton of the twelve women mentioned had
been divorced and remarried. Two of
them had Interchanged husbands. One of
them had as her companion a woman who
recently married her son by her former
husband. The whole set is made up of
that kind of social mixture, which twenty
years ago would have attracted universal
attention, but which today meets with not
even a passing comment. No scene is
more common here not in Dakota, but
here than parties waiting for the judge's
signature to a decree of divorce, while
their carriage stands at the door in order
that they may rush to Jersey City or be
yond the state line Into Connecticut, for the
purpose of an immediate second marriage.
How would that have been years ago?
The Chicago divorce has been a merry jest
in comic columns and the vaudeville stage
for a decade. It this signifies anything. It
means blunted sensibility, a thick hide
and a belief that the community cares next
to nothing for the severance of a tie which
In olden times was the most significantly
sacred of them all. In this particular
city, where the wealth of the country is
centralizing at an extraordinary rats, noth
ing Is more common In our public places
than the picture of divorcees, both sides
well represented, generally remarried, and
almost invariably to the co-respondent
named, with whom they remain part and
parcel of the unbroken social circle, and,
so far as external apearances go, without
the faintest Mush or indication of embar
rassment. In circles where vast fortunes
are controlled It would seem i if financial
complications would follow divorce, but
the children fall readily Into line, live in
terchangeably with either parent, and, so
far ob may be judged, consider it all quite
tho proper caper."
So many cranks and beggars have stormed
the pcrlals of 506 Fifth avenue. New Tork,
home of Mrs. Russell Sage, that the maid
who answers the door has provided a chain
bolt from her own savings, and now one
must break a cable before entering the
house. So long has this one slip' of fem
ininity snswerod the door that she has
learned the friends and usual visitors and
no one not properly qualified is allowed In-
Attractive, of course, and in the Correct Styles; but we
would lay straaa on the fact that the suits w aell are well
Some very dainty things in Washable Suits are ready now
for inspection, and aa they com in confined patterns an early
election is desirable.
.vo cLormxa fits like ours.
THE OLD RELIABLE
THERE !S NO SUBSTITUTE
Sir Thomas Llpton Is doing a good deal
of bragging about Shamrock. III. It will bt
remembered that he did the same thing
about the first snd second Shamrock.
The average age of the sixteen new sen
ators Is 62 2-3 years, with General Alger o(
Michigan leading the van at 67 and Disciple
Smoot of Utah bringing up the rear at 41.
Prof. Dall Osso, inspector of thn Museum
of Naples, has just lublished en article in
which he affirms that researches and ex
rsvatlons prove that there existed n Pom
pell nine centuries before our era.
According to a Chicago pro'essor the four
leading literary men of the country ars
William Dean Howella. Thomas Bailey
Aldrich, Edmund Clarence Stedman . snd
Henry Van Dyke three New Yorkers and
Two fools are planning to cross Niagara
Palls, one banging by his teeth to a strap
attached to a roller on a Ire stretched
over the water, the other in a chair tied to
the back of the first man. The fool killer
will undoubtedly be present on the occa
sion; certainly he ought to be.
David B. Hill has accepted an invitation
to address the Democratic Editorial asso
ciation In New York City on April 13, the
anniversary of the birthday of Thomas
Jefferson, snd it Is expected that he will
outline his views ss to the national and
state policies that should be pursued by tht
Two Nebraska schoolboys were sight
seeing with their parents in Washington
and were taken to the Whit House, of
course. On returning to their hotel some
one asked the boys: "Well, did you shskt
bands with the president?" The younger
of ths two answered: "I don't remember,
but I shook bands with the policeman at
the gate. And, say, Joe," to his brother,
"wasn't he a cracking big fellow, thought'.'
"Fader, vot iss a high ideal?" asked ifttlt
"'Ten per cent a month," was the prompt
reply. Chicago Post.. ; - -,
"Havel you discovered the perpetrator ol
this crime?" ,
"No," answered the detective; "but w
have something to show for our work. W
have placed a whole lot of people under
suspicion of misbehavior." Washington
Star. . .
Mrs. Dunn My -.husband Is an awfully
Mrs. Asklt Tou don't Say? '
Mrs. Dunn Yes. Indeed, why, even, when
we- go to theater he has to go out between
acta to see a man on business. Detroit
Tess Yes, he actually got down on his
knees to propose to me.
Jess The Idea! I should think he would
have been afraid to spoil his trousers.
Tess Oh I first he aaked me to lend him
my handkerchief, and he spread that on
the floor. Philadelphia Press. . , .
"Well, well, Weary, you are quite a
sight Your very best suit Is all In rags.
"Met a dog."
"The dog must have had the time of his
"Yes, rag time." Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"Is your face for rent?" asked Miss Bluff.
"Weally, 1 aw fall to compwehend
youah quewy,' rejoined young Sotted.
"Why aw do you awsk?" .
"Because," replied Miss B., "it has such
a vacant look.'.'
A gentleman who was stopped by an old
man begging, replied: "Don t you know,
my friend, that fortune knocks at every
"Yes," replied the old man, "he knocked
at my door once, but I waa out, and ever
since he has sent his daughter."
"His daughter," replied the gentleman.
"Whatever do you mean?"
"Why, misfortune." London Exchange.
SCOTCH LOVE SONG,
Walter Towers in Scottish Nationalist.
I rise Ilka mornln' as brisk ss a bee.
Wl" face fu' o smiles an' my heart fu o
And a' since I mad the acquaintance, ye
O' a lassie wha lives at Bltnkbonny. ,
Her face Is the fairest that every was sn,
An' blithesome the blink o' her bonnie blu
She has a' the manners and salt o' a queen,
The larsle wha lives at Bltnkbonny.
Some say oor laird's dochters are bonnie
and braw, ...
Quid save us, they're no' in the rlnnltx'
Wl" cash eeksle peeksle, their chance would
Wl' the lassie wha lives at Bllnkbonny.
Let Africa's magnates o' earth tak' a
Their queer gathered gear ne'er gl'es me a
I work my day's work, and at nlcht sing a
To'Vhe lassl wha lives at Bllnkbonny.
There's malr honeyed bliss In a klse fra
Than ever was gotten free, gowpens o
Sae blithely I mean through ths warld .to
Wl' the lassie wha Uvea at Bllnkbonny.
J trust na' In riches, for riches may flee
Bound health's the best blessing kind
heaven can gl'e.
And that Is the portion allotted to me
And my lassie wha lives at Bllnkbonny.
A S. WUmm. Mm
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