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aya that the actual number of full and
complete coplea of Th Dally, Morning
Evening and Sunday Be printed during the
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i si.tto i ai.eoo
1 82,600 IT S1.S40
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4 83.220 1 28,150
I !0,ANO 20 81,860
81,1)10 21 81,4JO
1 81.5AO 22 Jl 1,710
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I 81,630 24 81,040
81,070 26..... ..81,080
11 82,030 2 37.1T0
11 80,410 27.... Sl.OTO
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14 81M 2 81,560
U 81,000 W ..31,180
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before me this 1st day of May. A, D. 1901.
M. B. H UNGATE,
(Seal.) Notary Public
The thirteen ward redlstricting scheme
ha gone Stgllmmerlng.
What will become of Omaha without
that watch dog behind . the city treas
ury? Alas! Alackt
Ring out the old, ring in the new city
council, but don't organize any rings or
combines, if you please.
We presume it was too much to ex
pect the fatality-bearing wind storms
to give Nebraska a wide berth.
When it takes Ave mocks to electro
cute a man the execution may be said
to have been done on the installment
Horse racing .may be demoralising
and likewise dangerous, but in neither
of these points does it seem to be in it
with automobile racing as it is prac
ticed over in 'France.
Chicago is settling its strikes by ar
bitration,, 'DenVer' patched lip .with the
strikers by arbitration. Omaha employ
ers whose men, are", still out 'would lose
nothing by following suit
Boarders at the Douglas county poor
farm draw the line at decayed lobsters
and the taxpayers of Douglas county
draw the line at canned lobster bills 100
per cent above the contract price.
Fresldcnt Roosevelt is now on his re
turn trip from the rqeifle coast. He
will travel through Nebraska next week
but bis train schedule makes it a night
Journey without stops' in this state.
Decoration day is near at hand, but
nobody seems to be disposed to invest
in pansles, lilacs and evergreens to
decorate the political graves of the uu
lamented, departed councllmanlc Are.
Mayor Moorea' first bunch -of appolnt
tnenta will be due at the meeting of the
council next week. It is needless to say
that the week still intervening Is' sure
to bo a strenuous one for his honor the
We are gratified to learn from the ad
jutant general after Inspection that the
local companies of the national guard
aro in fine form. Their services for
police duty, however, will not be needed
hero for the present.
Farmers are advltted by the American
Society of Equity to "keep dollar wheat
In mind and you will get It aa sure as
the sun rises In the rant and sets in
the west." This is applying the faith
cure to the wheat market.
The notice served by Chief of Tollce
Donahue that he will hold the proprie
tors responsible for all saloon fights and
brawls Is a stpp In the right direction.
When a resort becomes a disorderly, re
sort it forfeits its rights under its li
cense'. Ohio republicans will not hold their
State convention until next week. The
republican state convention In, Ohio
would not be worth while unless the
anticipation of excitement were stimu
lated in advance by stories of serious
differences between the purty leaders.
The Real Estate exchange can get
busy soon with the returns of the county
assessors. ' It Is Just as Important that
we have an equitable assessment of
property for state and county purposes
as It is to have an equitable assessment
of property for municipal and school dis
The Pennsylvania coal strike was ar
bltrated and will stay arbitrated for at
least a year. Not only that, but the
chances are thut any other grievances
that may arise from time to time In the
coal fields will be likewise arbitrated
In pursuance of the precedeut. These
aro some of the advantages of arbltra
1HSVLTIRO PVPCLAH IftTBLLIOBfiCB
All this froth and fustian snout the of
fense of the State Board of Equalisation
In assessing the railroads of the state at a
!esa valuation than was put upon them ten
years ago la stale and unprofitable. All
property In the state of every sort Is as
sessed at less rate than ten years ago, as
the grand assessment roll fully demon
strates. If the State Board of Equalisation
failed to lower railroad assessments to cor
respond to the work of the local assessors,
who have the first go at valuations. It
would not be a board of "equalisation" at
all. If the board had the power under the
law which has not yet passed out, to raise
the assessments of other property to cor
respond to the actual Increased value over
ten years ngo, and failed to do It, there
would be plenty of room for criticism. But
It has no such power until trie new revenue
law takes effect, which will be In time for
the next assessment. Lincoln Journal.
When the railroad organs attempt to
uphold the state board in the as
sessment of railroad property they sim
ply Insult popular intelligence. The ac
tion of this year's state board was sim
ply a repetition of the unmitigated out
rage perpetrated by the state board last
year, when it turned a deaf ear to the
earnest appeal for the assessment of the
railroad franchises and in the test
case brought before the supreme court
deliberately took the side of the rail
roads' and allowed .the railroad attor
neys to fdrmulate their defense for re
fusing to carry out the plain letter of
Last year the railroad franchises,
which constitute the most valuable
asset of the railroads, were Ignored un
der the plea that the board did not know
that It had any right to assess them, but
this year the board did know that it
could not plead the baby act In defiance
of the overwhelming popular sentiment
In favor of equitable taxation.
It is not true that all property In the
state of every sort was assessed at a
less rate ten years ago than last year,
but if there Is a notable shrinkage In
the assessment of certain classes of
property it is Justified by the material
shrinkage in Its market price. This is
true of agricultural machinery, sewing
machines, clocks and watches, sliver
ware, musical Instruments and other
fabrics, but these properties constitute
a small fraction of the grand assessment
Assume, however, that the higher as
sessment of railroads ten years ago was
based on the higher assessment of all
other classes of property, how does that
fact Justify the present board In its de
liberate disregard of the relative as
sessed valuation of railroads to all other
classes of taxable property in 1902 as
compared with the preceding year? In
1901 the taxable land in Nebraska ag
gregated 82,225,613 acres, assessed for
$79,675,195. In 1902 the taxable lands
aggregated 32,831,190 acres, assessed for
$82,958,016, or an Increase of 13,282,821
In the assessment of lands, equal to 5&
per cent increase for 1902 over 1901.
But the Increase of the railroad assess
ment for 1902 over 1901 is only seven
eighths of 1 per cent The aggregate
assessment of rear estate for 1901 was
$114,164,105 and for 1902 $116,363,704, or
an increase of $2,199,599, Have rail
roads decreased in earning power and
alue within the last year?
In their argument before the supreme
court last year the railroad attorneys
representing the Burlington and Union
racitic roads insisted that the railroads
should be assessed no higher than 10
per cent of their actual value. The av
erage assessed value of land of all
grades for 1902 was $2.50 an acre,
which, multiplied by 10, would mean
that lands, in Nebraska are valued
at an average of $25.00 per acre. Inas
much as more than one-half of the tax
able land in Nebraska is in the semi
arid region and a large portion in the
sandhills, would a man who values his
reputation contend that the land values
are ten times as high as the assessment?
Multiply the railroad assessment by 10
and we have In round figures $265,000,
000, when In fact the railroads of Ne
braska are marketable for from 1315.-
000,000 to $325,000,000. .
We have the assurance of Governor
Mickey that this year the board took
under consideration the value of the
terminals of each road as well as the
value of Its other tangible property. If
this is true, what value did this board
place upon the terminals of the Union
Pacific at Omaha? The earnings of the
Union Pacific road in 1902 were 1700
per mile greater than In 1901, mile for
mile for main line and branches, but the
board only added $100 per . mile to the
value of the main line and not a dollai
to the branches. If the increased earn
Ings have been entirely lirnored and tho
terminals taken Into consideration, the
$100 per mile represented an increase In
the main line of $46,700. which, multi
plier! by 10, would yield $467,000. Uow
does that figure compare with the testl
mony of the Union raclflc experts In
the maximum rate case, who placed the
lowest value of the Omaha terminals of
the Union Pacific at $15,000,000. or mors
than thirty-two times as much as the
state board claims to have done?
At one-tenth of Its actual veins, th.
distribution to the main line would have
been $1,500,000. or $3,200 Der mil. in
stesd of $100 per mile. Would It not
have been more creditable for the hoard
if It bad not pretended to assess those
Omaha terminals? What la in..
Union rartflc Is equally true of the
Oinaua & Southwestern, whose termi
nals are worth more than alx tlm.
much as the ; whole road Is assessed for.
With such Irrefutable proof of.ra
discrimination before us, forbearance
most ceases .to be a virtue.
With the close of his term the longoffl
citti career or w. j. uonnell comes to an
end. His record aa the legal represents
tjve of the city Is one of which be may
Justly feel proud. In the defense of
damage suits be has set a pace for. his
successor which Mr. Wright will find it
difficult to maintain. In the upbuilding
of Omaha the viaducts, depots and shops
wlil stand as monuments to his energy
and ability. As time advances the value
of his services will be better appreciated
and more generally recognized. In as
Jgresslvely moving ' up ' stream be nat
urally has disturbed the current a good
deal, but even his enemies concede he
hss made one of the best city attorneys
who ever represented a municipality.
Now that he Is In a position to devote
his entire time to private practice, with
his experience and knowledge of munici
pal affairs be not only will have enoti.cli
to do, but will probably realize that
blessings sometimes come In disguise
and that his recent political defeat is
not without Its compensations.
APPKALlRO to Tilt OOVtRXMKftT.
Numerous appeals have been made to
the president and to the secretary of
state for some action on the part of the
government regarding the Klschlncff
massacre, the latest of these asking the
president In the name of humanity to
use his good offices to prevent a recur
rence of such events. A Washington
dispatch of a few days ago said that
these appeals will receive careful con
sideration and it may be that some
way will be found by which the sub
stance of the resolutions, may be com
municated to the Russian government
as an evidence of the feeling In the
United states. It Is obviously, how
ever, an extremely delicate matter to
approach a government in a matter of
internal administration, where direct
Interests of the complainant are not in
It la needless to say that there will
be no official protest by our govern
ment In regard to the Klschlncff affair,
nor Is it likely that official protest will
be made from any other quarter. Any
thing of .that nature would be very
vigorously resented by Russia, as It
would by any other country under like
circumstances. But official protests are
not required. As an exchange remarks,
sympathy with the persecuted Jews of
Kischlneff has Inspired throughout the
world a protest more formidable than
the combined pronunclamentos of all
the governments and it is a protest
which Russia can not disregard, for It
voices the sentiment of humanity against
Inhumanity, of the modern against the
medieval, of civilization against bar
barism. a satisfactory ovtloot.
aA tranquil and prosperous summer
appears to be in prospect and an im
mense autumn business Is practically
assured." Thus the New York Times
concludes an editorial referring to ex
isting business conditions, and the
promise for the Immediate future. It
finds reason for this in the fine crop
outlook and also in the fact that there
continues to be a good demand at home
and abroad for our products of the
farm, the factory and the mill. The
domestic trade. In spite of unsettled
labor conditions, la being well main
tained, while our foreign commerce is
still on a basis that keeps the balance
of International trade largely in favor
of this country. The standard of pros
perity is on the whole as high as it has
ever been and while there is less ac
tivity In speculation generally, the
legitimate business of the country, ex
cept in a few localities, is going along
smoothly and profitably.
The labor disturbances, there is rea
son to believe, will soon be ended and
with their termination there will prob
ably begin a prolonged era of Industrial
peace. They have been somewhat ex
pensive lessons, but undoubtedly they
have afforded valuable instruction to
both labor and capital, from which
greater conservatism on the part of
both may reasonably be expected here
after. It should be the policy of all to
do everything practicable to contribute
to the maintenance of prosperity. This
nation has for several years been fa
vored beyond any other in material
progress. All interests have done well.
This condition, will be continued if we
can have industrial peace and to that
end those who labor and those who
employ labor should constantly strive.
QVMSTlOlt VF MORE CCRRERCY.
It is stated npon what seems to be
good authority that President Roosevelt
has positively decided - to call an . ex
traordinary session of congress early in
November and that a bill providing for
an increase of national bank currency
will be presented at that session. It Is
further said that a measure for this
purpose, to be framed by the sub-com
mittee of the senate finance committee,
will probably be passed and receive the
approval of the president by December
1. This is given out as the statement
of republicans in congress who have
consulted with the president and who
are presumed to know something of the
Intentions of the congressional leaders.
In one of his speeches on the Pacific
coast Mr. Roosevelt referred to the
question of increasing the bank cur
rency and rendering it more elastic, In
dicating that he Is in favor of this. It
Is altogether probable, therefore, that
the matter will be considered at the
extra session, but it cannot be con
fidently predicted that a bill will be
passed at that session.
Students of the monetary situation
are not all agreed that it is necessary or
desirable to increase the bank note cur
rency. The weight of opinion la un
doubtedly in favor of doing this, but
there are some whose Judgment Is cer
talnly worthy of serious consideration
who think that no good would result
from augmenting the supply of cur
rency through bank issues. In its last
Issue the Financial Chronicle, which pre
sumably represents the opinion of the
more conservative class of financiers.
points out that the total additions to
the currency during the last three years
have amounted to over $313,000,000 and
asks if this indicates any Insufficiency
In the total stock or in the annuul in
crease of currency. It shows that in
the twelve months ending May 1, 1903.
the currency increase was over $113.
000,000 snd it expresses the opinion that
the Increase will not be less for the next
twelve months. - That Journal says; "If
there Is a leanness in evidence In our
bank reserves it cannot be argued that
it has happened because the country Is
In want of more national bank notes or
legal tenders. Any such theory of re
lief finds Its emptiness In the facts al
ready explained that currency has In
creased beyond any reasonable need and
the facilities for making exchange have
been added to far more rapidly." In
reference to the proposed legislation, the
Chronicle says If it ts true and the re
sult should be a further Inflation of our
currency, "be assured It will not pro
duce confidence," adding: "It may pos
sibly stimulate a sharp, short term of
speculation, but if it does it Is certain
to culminate In leaving our security
markets and our industries In a worse
shape, facing a worse liquidation than
they do today. Keep In mind that such
a new lot of circulation would tend to
increase distrnst and not to bring back
the old confidence." There Is suggested
in this the probability of a somewhat
formidable opposition to the plan of
currency increase which the senate
committee contemplates introducing,
though it is quite likely that there will
be legislation providing for greater elas
ticity to the currency.
Governor LaFoliette declares that with
the exception of a bill for direct pri
mary nominations and ths bill for ad
valorem railroad taxation the legisla
ture of Wisconsin Just adjourned was
failure from the standpoint of legis
lation demanded by the people to curb
the over-reaching corporations. If we
bad a legislature in Nebraska that
enacted two notable anti-corporation
measures at a single session we would
call It a signal success.
Chancellor Andrews declares that
nothing has distressed him so much
since he took hold of the state uni
versity as the recent student riot at the
street carnival and the Incidents grow-
ng out of it. He might have added
tlso that nothing has distressed the
students as much, particularly those who
had their heads cracked and bad to be
carried off in ambulances.
President Zimman of the city council
earned the place as leader of that body
by fighting the battles, of the people
against corporate encroachment It Is
a good sign to have a man honored for
faithfully executing the official trust re
posed in him. The example should
serve as a stimulus for public officers
generally to perform the duties hon
estly, courageously and Intelligently.
tM Ha Save Hta Halrt
Wi are still without information aa to
what happened to the Omaha sheriff who
served the papers on the woman who was
enjoined from gossiping about her neigh
bors. Preaamatloa of Iaaaattr.
To suggest that any man but Theodore
Roosevelt will be nominated for the presi
dency by the republicans in 1904 Is to estab
lish a presumption of Insanity. The party
wouldn't dare do anything else, no matter
how much some of the leaders might op
pose him. To turn down Roosevelt would
be to put the democratic candidate In the
I'nrest of the Jokesmltfc.
It Is just a bit ominous that so little hss
been heard from the meetings of the Amal
gamated Order of Jokesmlths and Para
gTaphers which has been holding Its an
nual convention In Baltimore. One may
only pray that no serious labor trouble Is
brewing In that direction, for a strike of
the funny men would be tragic at this junc
ture. In the midst of strikes of laundry
men the nation cannot afford to be left
without some saving scents of hunter.
Era of Direct Legislation
In California. Colorado, Missouri and
other western states, direct legislation Is
on the eve of becoming the fundamental
law. The reason for this Is obvious.
Public sentiment Is Incensed and outraged
by the corruption and misrepresentation of
machine politics and the "boss" Idea of
governmental control. The pathfinders In
this species of Intended political . reform
have assumed a responsibility, the success
of which may mean momentous changes
in the whole fabric of American political
lafiaeaee of Forests.
When a balloon passes over a forest It de
scends and ballast must be thrown cut to
keep it up. This Is explained by Prof.
Moulllefert of the French National Agri
cultural college of Grignon .as being due
to the existence above every forest of a
prism of cool, moist air. produced by the
abundant transpiration of the trees and
extending to a height of from 1.609 to S.flOO
feet above the tree tops. Prof. Moulllefert
also says that while forests drain the soli
underneath them they keep the upper layer
to a depth of four or five Inches moist.
Remarkable laaaatsrratloa Records.
Remarkable records are being established
In Immigration. One ship brought 2.72S Im
migrants to the port of New Tork Thurs
day, the biggest load of the kind ever car
ried by a single vessel. Some S.SOO Immi
grants were waiting off Kills Island to land
one day last week. The April Immigrants
at all ports of the TTnlted Btates numbered
lM.MB. the largest number ever recorded
of a single month. For the ten months of
the fiscal year arrivals numbered C0.711.
and the May and June lnpour promises to
carry the figure above that of 7M.W2. which
was reached In the fiscal year ISM, and
for twenty years had stood as the high
record of Immigration.
. Fopalarlslasr the lajaaottea.
, Atlanta Constitution.
An Omaha Judge has Just taken a step
designed to greatly popularise a practice at
one time pretty generally condemned the
Interference of the courts by Injunction
In the private affairs of the people. The
name of the eminent Jurist who has thus
demonstrated his right to that tablet In the
Hail of Fame so much desired by all of us
Is Baxter. All honor be to him. For. In
open defiance of all that has since the days
of Mr. Adam been most dreaded, this new
Solomon has dared iasue an Injunction re
straining a woman from talking! It only
remains for some equally wise and brave
Judge to place a permanent restraining
order upon the operations of death snd
taxes to entirely vindicate the Injunction In
the eyes of all mankind, '
THE PRESIDENT'S MAXIMS.
Principles of Soead Ceadoet F.sn
bodied la Few Words.
Chicago Inter Ocean.
"Speak softly, but oarry a big stick; you
will go far."
"Never hit If It can be helped, but never
"Never draw unless you mean to shoot."
None of these maxims Is altogether origi
nal with Theodore Roosevelt. In the nature
of things they could not be. They express,
under dl"-rent aspects, a thought which
Is one o. the eternal verities of life and
which the doing men of each generation
discover for themselves and make the
guide of their conduct. ,
The president has spoken of these
maxims as embodying the principles of a
sound foreign policy. They do Just that.
When the American people have kept
them steadfastly In mind and have been
ready to act upon them they have had
peace with other nations. As long as they
keep them In mind and are prepared to
act upon them they are likely to have
peace with other nations.
They also embody a sound domestic
policy for civilised men to follow In that
eternal struggle which civilisation carries
on with the barbarism and savagery of
crime. Moreover, they embody a sound per
sonal policy for every man whose desires
are light in dealing with his neighbors.
The man who Is known to keep them in
mind and to be always ready to act upon
them seldom has trouble with his neigh
bors. In an era when so many are seeking to
find sentimental substitutes for the eternal
tacts of life the president has done well to
crystallise Into these pungent maxims the
philosophy which has made the American
people what they are, won them their suc
cess, given them their greatness, and which,
If consistently followed, will preserve them
In vigorous growth until the heavens shall
be rolled together as a scroll.
CHAXGEI IN THIS ARMY -fUFL.nl.
Oaas and Ballets Salted Ike Civil
isation of Opponents.
A little while ago we thought we had the
finest army rifle in the world, with the pos
sible exception of the Spanish Mauser. It
had enormous range and necessarily a flat
trajectory and great powers of penetration.
It was light and easily manipulated. The
mechanism of it was comparatively simple.
But we decided quite recently to abandon
that rifle In favor of a new invention which
has longer range, flatter trajectory, greater
penetration and advantages In weight
gained by - cutting down the barrel. The
new gun, which is the product of some
genius or geniuses In the ordnance depart
ment, is so short and light that a man of
ordinary strength can easily swing it as a
club, if he runs short of ammunition and ts
In too close quarters to use the bayonet,
which, by the way, Is to remain part of the
soldier's equipment In spite of the con
demnation lavished upon It by experts. The
caliber of this new rifle is practically the
same aa that of the weapon It is designed
to supplant, which suggests that the In
creased destructlvenees of modern small
arras, due to the extensive range and the
employment of magailne loading systems,
Is more than counterbalanced by the sacri
fice of shocking power through the substi
tution of small bullets for large ones. A
man Is killed aa readily when shot through
a vital part by a pellet no bigger In cir
cumference than a small lead pencil aa he
Is when hit by a heavier missile from a
Springfield or a Martini; but the records of
the most recent battles show that the num
ber of "disabling" wounds Inflicted by the
lighter bullet is far leas In proportion to
the amount of lead fired than was the case
In the days of larger calibered rifles.
This Is not an argument for the abandon
ment of conditions that have made war
more humane by decreasing the measure of
humane suffering entailed by It. It Is
merely a statement of facts which are now
being seriously considered abroad, and es
pecially In England, in reference to the
proposed modification of rifles., or at least
of ammunition, used In waging of warfare
against those who will not observe the rules
of civilized combat. To the use of smaller
caliber guns and hard nosed bullets Is at
tributed by many the disaster that over
took Colonel Plunkett's command in Somali-
land, where even the stralghtest shooting
failed to check the rush upon the doomed
square, because the stopping power of the
bullets was not sufficient to put out of ac
tion more than a small proportion of those
who were hit elsewhere than In vital spots.
The savage must be fought upon a different
basis than the enemy who is civilised. ' A
force deprived of ammunition and, there
fore, unable to continue fighting can sur
render with safety to the latter, but not to
the former. The Indications are that the
high power rifle, as designed for civilised
war, will be discarded hereafter In conflict
with the uncivilised. This Is a nasty con
clusion to reach, but It seems Inevitable.
Two editors met on the street In Du
rango, Colo., and exchanged thirteen shots
without seriously hurting one another.
If this Cleveland boom goes much further
Editor Henry Watterson will be like that
profane man with the load of potatoes in
a well known story; "Words will not do
In a lecture recently Booker T. Washing
ton aald: "I was once walking In Boston,
carrying two heavy satchels. Suddenly an
old gentleman, a stranger, came and as
sisted me. I learned afterward that he
was Edwsrd. Everett Hale."
On June 1, in the public garden, Boston,
will be unveiled the first statue of a clergy
man ever erected In a public place In that
city. It will be In memory of William
Ellery Channlng, one of the founders of
L'nltarlanlsm in this country.
J M. Perkins, formerly private secretary
to the late Oovernor Wolcott of Massachu
setts, has been elected secretary of the
St. Louis exposition commission. He was
secretary of the Massachusetts commis
sion on the Buffi Jo exposition.
Msyor Seth Low of New Tork, despite
his pleasant smile and cordial grasp of his
hand. Is regarded by those who have occa
sion to do much public, business with him
as a cold man. He has never shown one
spark of temper since elected to the office
of mayor and thla la a case of remarkable
self-control, It Is asserted, as he has a
temper that would blase up If he would
During the recent visit of Emperor Wil
liam to the pope the venerable pontiff
showed great Interest In the emperor's
boys. It is said that he took Prince Eitel
Frits by the hand and said: "You must
be about the age of my godson, Alphonso
of Spain,' whom I shall never see." When
the visit of the kaiser and hla sons was
over the pope remarked: ."Those are boys
to be proud of, but six! . How Is It the
emperor can look so young?"
Trustee Wladyslaw A. Kuflewakl of the
Chicago Board of Education has resolved
"That the pupils In our public schools be
taught how to celebrate Independence day
In a more patriotic manner, and that lec
tures be prepared by the superintendent
of the schools telling of the deeds of pa
triotism that have been done In defence
of our country." If Trustee Kuflewakl
will add S order keeping the small boys
In on the natal day and evening to listen
to aratoiial pyrotechnics. Insurance com
panies st leaat will rise up and hall him
as a deliverer.
ROlkD ABOVT NEW YORK.
Ripples oa the Carreat of LJfe la the
Coney Island pictures the relaxed sabbath
life of Greater New York and beer is the
motive power of Coney Ieland. The an
nounced purpose of the authorities to check
the flow of the amber fluid provokes a roar
more deafening and continuous than a
subway explosion. So great Is the roar
in and about beloved Coney that the
sonorous breathings of the agitated
Atlantic are overwhelmed by the wild
waves of human wrath which taint the
atmosphere. The main cause of the up
heavel Is the mirthful sandwich hitherto
regarded as an adequate meal with beer
trimmings. Sandwiches are a means to
the end beer. No sandwich, no beer. But
the sandwiches put up as an excuse to
dodge the law were such Ill-favored con
fections that the beer guttlers refused to
touch them. Beside them the humble
railroad sandwich Is a five-course banquet.
The authorities were at last persuaded to
sample the Coney .variety. One bite was
sufficient. Forthwith the edict went forth
that the sandwich was a disguised promotor
of rsce suicide snd "Must go." Regular
men) must be served If beer Is to be taken
on the side, and those wno rater to" the
thirsty thousands on Sunday are the
warmest crowd that ever fringed the Coney
The recent order ef Oeneral Greene, the
police commissioner, that patrolmen should
carry their night sticks In the their belt
sockets Instead of In their hands, says the
Evening Post, started the detective eer
geant off upon a dissertation on night
"You have no Idea," he said "what good
care a policeman takes of his night stick,
especially If It happens to bo a good one.
Good one 7 Sure, there's any amount of dif
ference In them. Every copper wants one
with a rood, clear ring to It, and If he doe
get It he hangs on to it for keeps. I know
one man who was in the Oak street pre
clnct when I was there who had one that
rang like a bell when he struck It on the
sidewalk. You could hear that club for
six or seven blocks In the dead of the
night. You know when a policeman raps
with his club he wants help, and he wants
it quick, too, and a poor club would be as
bad as a whistle. The whistle Isn't worth
the breath it takes to blow It. You can't
tell where the sound of a whistle comes
from. . I've been on post at night and
heard a whistle blown ana not been able
for the life of me to tell which way to run
for it. Then a man had to go It blind and
run around until he found the policeman
who was blowing it. It's different with a
club; you can't help tracing the sound of
It If you have half an ear. Somehow or
other the sound seems to cling to the
ground as It travels along, while with a
whistle the nelso goes off In the air like
3eggtng letters sent to well known New
Yorkers have netted to Olgar Beckwith
Neilson. said to have been cashiered from
the Danish, army, an Income of 1300 a
month during the last two years, accord
ing tu 6peclal Agent James Ford, who
has caused Nellson's arrest. Neilson said
it was his marriage that cost him his
place in the army. The woman aocom
panled him to court, where sho declared
that she had no knowledge that he had ever
written any such letters. Nellson's list of
correspondents, It Is said. Included the
names George J. Gould, Andrew Carne
gie. J. Plerpont Morgan. John W. Gates,
Hetty Green and Russell Sage.
a n v nut in the suburbs of Brooklyn.
relates the Press, an anecdote of a bor
rowed dinner is going the rounds. It seems
a . eertaln ' thoughtless husband brought
three men home to dinned ona night with
out giving due notice to : the wife of his
bosom. Cookie had left the same day, as
III luck would have It, and there was noth
ing but cold meat In the house. The
hostess confided her woes to the handy man
who did odd Jobs around tne piece, one
Wnew ha was a man of ready resource. In
genious and clever, but when he assured
er h would serve a dinner fit for a king
if she left the oast clear for him to
operate in she could hardly believe him.
At the proper time, however, soup was
hmiivht in bv a bov he had pressed Into
service, and was followed by fish, entrees.
Joint, and, In fact, everything comprising
a perfect dinner, the only fault being that
the Intervals between the courses were
when the well fed sruests had departed.
their hostess ran to the kitchen and asked
how' the repast had been procured.
"Oh. the cook next door Is engaged to
me," he said, beamingly, "and she'd . do
anything for me. Her lady was giving a
big dinner party, and quick as the things
came out of the kitchen my Lottie sent
some of them here."
George Francis Train sat one spring
morning in Union square. New Tork. as
was his custom, surrounded by children, to
whom, contrary to his attitude toward
adults, he was always affable and agree
able. On the outside of the group surround
ing Mr. Train stood a small colored girl
looking wistfully at the white children
who were receiving all his attention and
hearing his wonderful tales. After they
had dispersed and Mr. Train was alone the
black child advanced timidly and aald to
him: "Do you love children V Looking at
his questioner In some surprise, Mr. Trsln
admitted that he did. Then In a low voioe
ahe said: "I am a child."
A young and good-looking aetresa playing
In a New York theater was taking leave
of tier mother at the stage door the other
evening and kissed ths elderly lady. A
flnsiilly dressed young man who stood near
eeillod out: "Give me one, too, will you?"
"Certainly," said the girl, walking over to
him. When lose enough she gave him a
rinrlng slap In the face. The fellow stag
gered In his surprise and might have fallen
had not the stage doorkeeper propped him
up with a crack on the other ear. Then
the offender took to his heels.
BATTLE OF THE GIANTS.
Railroad Waalaar War oa Offeaafve
Detroit Free Press.
There la nothing in the nature of a sham
battle in the fight waging between the
Pennsylvania Railway company and the
Western Union Telegraph company. The
Pennsylvania employed the services of the
telegraph corporation for a great many
years, the two living and doing business In
close harmony. There has never been any
thing but good feeling toward the Western
Union, considered only as an organisation
carrying on the work for which It . was
formed. The bitter contest grew out of the
fact that the Goulds, who own the tele
graph company and direct Its operations,
also control very extensive railroad Inter
ests, and have recently sought to divide
business with the Pennsylvania by Invading
territory in which It was the chief operator.
The hardest blow struck by the aggres
sors wss In procuring terminal facilities Ut
Plttaburg in spite of the opposition of the
Pennsylvsnia. An immediate consequence
was to force the latter Into a traffic ar
rangement, which was. of course, far leas
profits ble than a practical monopoly. It
was during this struggle, or about the time
that the inevitable outcome was In sight,
that the Pennsylvania ordered the Western
Union to remove its equipment from the
THE OLD RELIABLE
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE
former's lines. The telegraph company re
fused and immediately applied for an in
junction to restrain the railroad company
from ousting It. This was granted and for
a time there was an armed truce. But In
another federal Jurisdiction the Pennsyl
vania was granted the right to remove the
poles standing on Its right of way, the
court of appeals affirmed It and the news
of yesterday told how vigorously the work
of destruction was entered upon. There
was no offer of time and no parley. The
man with the ax was turned loose and told
to do his worst.
Several weeks ago It was foretold that a
war of the giants was Imminent, and now
it Is on. By affiliations in Maryland und
with other eastern lines the Wabash con
trols a route to the Atlantic seaboard, and
by similar arrangements beyond St. Louis
completes a way from ocean to ocean. The
great stride haa been made within a short
time and the Pennsylvania Is harder hit
than any other system. There is a report
that it and the Vanderbilt Interests are ne
gotiating an alliance and there has been a
corresponding fluctuation of stocks. What
ever the outcome, the Goulds have made a
great stirring of the dry bonea.
"How long have you been In New York,
"Long enough to know better." Brook
"It's hard to lose one's relaip.es," said
the poor man, Insinuatingly.
"Hard?" growled the millionaire. "Why,
it's almost Impossible!" Smart Set.
"He's horribly gruff, Isn't he?"
"Regular old pirate, I guess."
"No; he's a civil engineer." Detroit Free
A western paper refuses to publish eu
logies gratis, but adds: "We will publish
the simple announcement of the death of
any of our friends with pleasure." Ham's
"You should sleep on your right side,
"I roaly can't do It, doctor; my husband
talks In his sleep and I can't hear a thing
with my left ear." Town Topics.
"You seem to forget," said the plodder,
"that all men are born equal.'
"Not at all," replied the conceited par
venue, "It's because I've beaten the men
that had the same etart as me that I'm
stuck on myself." Philadelphia Press.
Sympathising Friend Cheer up old boy,
remember she s not the only girl in the
Rejected Suitor Yes. I know. She'll tell
all the others. Baltimore American,
Mrs. Malaprop I walked twenty-five miles .
Mr. Parlormop Did you wear a pedome
ter? Miss Malaprop Oh, no, Indeed Just a
short skirt. Harvard Lampoon.
First Picket What's this strike about,
anyway more pay, less work? What's it
Second Picket Nah! The boss didn't take
his hat off or take his clg' outen his mouth
when de walkln' delegate went in ter see
TRIUMPH OF THE ROOMER.
Oh, you folks with home and fireside.
You do not room, but live,
You have gloated o'er me often,
But I'm willing to forgive.
For as moving time approaches
You have troubles of your own,
And I'll, chaff you now but gently.
In a soft and pitying tone.
You have beds and big pianos,
You have pictures, stoves and chairs;
You have dressers, tables, sideboards.
To be trundled down the stairs;
You have mattresses and bed springs.
You have carpets, curtains, rugs
These must be removed in toto,
With a million grunts and tugs.
Then for -days there will be chaos
In the shack to which you go,
And your life for weeks thereafter
Will be one long streak, of woe.
But wben I, O proud householder.
Find my rent too nearly due.
X Just paok my trunk and vanish,
And my moving stunt Is through.
Teu may boast of cozy fireside
There are times I envy you;
You mary boast of your penates
Which Is more than I can do.
But at moving time I'll venture
You would sell your stuff for Junk,
Juat to know the joy of rooming
And of moving In your trunk.
When the story of Chinese atrocities
filled the papers snd shocked the world,
it was the women who drew the pity and
sympathy of all. Doubtless many a wife .
who heard her husband's words of sym
pathy for these women thought with a
pang, of the blindness of men to the suf
fering under their very eyes. It is true.
The suffering of women la China was
severe but short. Many a wifo. suffers
for years with s daily agony of pain, her
nerves shattered, her strength almost .
gone, and never hears a word of ay
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