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State of Nebraska, Douglas County, ss.:
George B. Txschuck, secretary of The Bee
Publishing Company,, being duly sworn,
ays that the actual number of full and
complete conies of The Daily Morning,
Evening and Sunday Bee printed during
the month of September, 1903, waa aa fol
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Ket average sales 28,424
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before me this suih day of September, A.
I. 113. M. B. HUNGATE,
(Seal.) Notary Public
PARTIES LEAVING THB CITY.
Parties leaving; the city at
aar time may have Tko Be
seat to them regnlaxly y
aollfylns The Be Basiacaa
Office, la persoa ar by mail.
, The Address will ha changed
as often as desired.
Anything else to be enjoined T Don't
all rush Into court at once.
Ak-Sar-Ben IX la mire to break a rec
ord .'if be can only get off without a
It la tmnccessarjr to be reminded that
the -foot ball seirson la now on. The
casualty list will begin coming In
The political mathematicians should
Study th new rules for nominations on
the republican county ticket and begin
to pharpen their pencils. . ,
Kbe republic; of Guatemala Is "bank
run. The republic that baa a surplus
In treasury like that belonging to
Uncle 8am Is the exception.
The wicked flee when . no man pur
sueth. Bo the political office seekerwho
fears exposure always Imagines that
someone who has It in for him Is after
The gcutleman of the green cloth who
publicly confesses to having run a
crooked gambling Joint declares that be
is out of the business for good- Quite
likely. ,; .
Kvery republican in Douglas county
should register his choice of candidates
for county offices tomorrow, so that the
experiment of direct nominations shall
have a fair trial. '
Kdi;ar Howard wants to know what
Judge Barnes would have done In de
ciding several cases . for which Judge
BulUvan is criticized If he had been on
the supremo bench. Elect him supreme
Judge and Bee. He will do his duty
conscientiously and to the best of bis
ability, ns he has promised.
" President Harper of the University of
Chicago 'in introducing Mayor Low of
New York to bis student body referred
to bim as a man fit to become president
of the Uuited States. Mayor Low's fit
ness is not to be questioned. The
trouble is that the United States ha
tuany- qualified citizens, but only one
can be president at a time.
Omaba has a right to be proud of the
magnificent displays made by Its retail
merchants In their various business es
tablishments whenever the occasion
comes for entertaining any considerable
number of out-of-town guests, Omaha's
reputation as an up-to-date trade center
rests with the retail merchants, and It Is
gratifying to find them always alert and
ready each to do his share toward mala
Republicans who want factionalism
stamped out and harmony restored in
Omaha and Douglas county should give
practical expression to their sentiment
by voting for the "Harmony candidates'
at the primary election tomorrow. These
candidates are fairly distributed among
all the elements of the party and all
parts of the county. They are, more
over, men of unimpeachable character
and acknowledged capacity.
Every republican voter In Dougla
ronnty ought to be vitally interested in
the character of the men to be norul
nated on the party ticket at the impend
lng primaries. Ou the strength of the
various candidates seeking party cn
dorsemeut will depend success or defeat
In the November election. Itougla
county Is Just close enough politically to
require the party to put forth its best
vote getters to regain its fvrinor ascend
aiit y In the court house.
JVfKIK YiysOXHAA.Mll'3 tX HIBIT. '
OMAHA. Oct. t. Wi3. To the Editor of
the World-Herald: t submit herewith a
statement of the amount of funds which
hare passed through this office and those
now on hand, beginning January 4, 1900,
nd ending October 1, 1903:
Received from Judge Irving Baxter,
my predecessor i 17.543 84
Received on sundry accoiftits 2-3.166 5C
Received on account of Douglas
county '. 31,4fi9 78
Total I2W.1T9 18
Disbursements from January 4, 1!K), to
October 1, 1903:
Sundry accounts J225.H01 23
Douglaa county 30,778 68
Balance cash and loana on ap- .
proved securities '. 25,598 27
Total $2,17 18
Amount of witness fees turned over to
me by Judge Baxter still unpaid and
which are Included In' the above
statement $138 40
Amount of witness fees paid during
my Incumbency, from January 4,
1900, to October 1. 1903 11 80
If you will kindly publish this statement
n your paper I shall greatly appreciate It
DUNCAN M. VINSONHALER.
For the benefit of Judge Vinsonhaler
nd for the Information of the public
the above financial exhibit is. repro
duced. Judge Vlnaonhaler's statement
would have been cheerfully published
by The Bee had be seen fit to favor it
with a copy.
We regret to say, however, that the
exhibit is not sufficiently instructive.
The exhibit fully confirms the statement
made by The Bee that Judge Vinson
haler has had In his custody anywhere
from 120,000 to $30,000 of money be
longing to the county -and to various
trust funds for the last three and a
half years. But Judge Vinsonhaler falls
to tell how much interest this money
has earned for the county or for the
various estates for which he Is the,
Judge Vinsonhaler admits having in
his possession at the present time a bal
ance of $25,598.27, exclusive ofuncalled
for witness fees. At 2 per cent a year
$25,000 would earn $500 a year or $1,750
for three and a half years. These ques
tions naturally suggest themselves:
Why has not Judge Vinsonhaler
credited the county, with the interest
and turned over the amount earned on
county funds at least' at the end of each
year or at the end of his first term?
Why has he failed to credit interest
to the Byron Reed company on the $1,700
which . he bad held in his. possession
more than three years and finally paid
nnder a decree of court a few months
If the money in bis custody Is de
posited in bank on interest or loaned
out on securities, why does he not make
a detailed exhibit of the amount on de
posit in banks and the amount loaned
out on securities, the same as any other
custodian of public funds would make
and should make?
Judge Vinsonhaler admits in b(s ex
hibit that be received $138.40 from bis
predecessor fpr unclaimed witness fees.
into the county treasury at the end of
the first six months, as the law requires
him to do, or at the end of the first
year, or at the end of his first term?
Why should he hold it during bis sec
ond term? What other inference could
there be than that he intends to bold
onto it for several years longer if re
elected for a third term?
To be sure, the amount is not very
large, but the offense is Just the same
nnder the law as if the amount were
fifty times as large.
The least satisfactory part of the state
ment is the "Credit on sundry accounts,
$223,105.56," and the ' Disbursed on
sundry accounts, $225,801.23." Suppose
such a statement were made by a state
or county treasurer or the treasurer of
a large corporation;- would that be ac
cepted by the taxpayers or board of di
rectors as satisfactory information?
JiTiii Blastoff vr coaobs..
Frcsldent Roosevelt, according to the
latest reports from Washington, is de
termined to call an extra session of the
fifty-eighth congress .next month. Sena
tors and representatives who have called
upon him to urge that a special session
is unnecessary have, it is said, received
assurances that the president bud de
cided that it is the duty of the govern
ment to keep faith with Cuba in regard
to the reciprocity treaty aud the under
standing is that this will be the only
matter which the president in bis mes
sage will ask action upon.
It has been assumed that financial
legislation would be proposed at the
extra session, but there is reason to
believe that this will not be done. In
aeea, it is statea mat mere is a gen
eral understanding among the leaders
of the majority that no financial legis
lation will be attempted either then or
at the regular session and that the presi
dent has been brought around to this
view. While there is probably sub
stantial ground for this statement so
far As the extra session is concerned, it
is hardly likely that the regular session
will pass without an effort being made
to secure currency legislation. The sub
committee of the senate committee on
finance, which has been considering the
currency question, is expected to intro
duce a measure, although nothing ha
recently been heard regarding its work
in this direction. Should it not bring
forward a currency bill, pursuunt to
Its instructions, it is very probable tbu
a measure will be Introduced in the
As to the position of the adininlstra
tlon in regard to the qucstlou of cur
rency legislation there is no definite in
formation, but it would not be at a
surprising to find that Mr. Roosevelt ba
become convinced that there is no pres
ent requirement for financial legists
tlon aud that agitation of the subjec
in congress would possibly have a bad
effect under existing conditions. The
fact is. as we Lave heretofore pointed
out. that there is no real demand for
additional currency legiulatlou, the sup
ply of money for the legitimate business
!uterent of the country being ample. A
shown by the report of the treasurer of
the .United. States, . the increase in the
stock of money during the last fiscal
year wss nesrly $125,000,01)0, about 89
cents per capita of the population, and
a lending financial paper remarks
light to allay any fenrs of contraction.
The fact is that the agitation for more
currency does not come from the legiti
mate business Interests of the country,
but from the speculators and the pro
moters of industrial combinations, for
whom currency inflation could never go
As now indicated the call for an extra
session of congress, which It is said may
be Issued this week, will have special
reference to the reciprocity treaty with
Cuba. There is uncertainty as to what
congress will do in regard to this, but
the chances seem favorable to the rati
fication of the treaty.
LAA VAiLAVLK CANDIDATES.
In making selection from among the
arious candidates who filed their money
with the county committee, every re
publican should take into account, first,
their integrity; second, their enpacity.
nd, third, their -availability.-' Notori
ously dishonest or ' incompetent men
should have no place on the ticket, hut
a man may be honest and. competent
and 'still unavailable under existing cir
cumstances. This applies for example to the candi
dacy .of D. M. Haverly, A. H. Coinsto-k
nd Robert Smith for clerk of the dis
trict court. Mr. Haverly'a Integrity or
capacity cannot be called in qutiou,
but his nomination would be impolitic
because it is deemed desirable to take
the clerk of the district court from what
is known as the antl-macblne wing of
the party. In other words, If Mr. Hav
erly was nominated the machine wing
of the party would have to give up the
candidate for sheriff, and both Allan and
Harte, the candidates presented by the
uti wing of the party, are lamentably
lacking in the most essential qualifica
tion. Mr. Haverly has been, moreover,
honored and favored with two terms as
county clerk and therefore has no spe
cial claim for another office at this time.
Neither Mf. Robert Smith nor Mr. Corn
stock are regarded, by those familiar
with conditions, as strong enough to de
feat Broadwell, the present Incumbent
of the office. Mr. Smith, besides being
too active in the past in the cause of
prohibition, has made a great many per
sonal and political enemies, and Mr.
Confstock, who is genial, lacks the mag
netism that is requisite for a successful
campaign against Broadwell.
The most important office to be filled
this fall is that of county assessor, be
cause under the new revenue law the
assessment made next year will stand
for for years. Of the three candidates
who have presented themselves, Harry
D. Reed is the only one that possesses
In an eminent degree ail the requisite
qualifications. He knows the value of
every acre of ground in the county. He
is rigidly honest and cannot be moved
or swayed by, corporate influence or by
personal pressure of wealthy- property
owners. Messrs. Uetrom ana Shrlver
have both made records that would
have to be defended. Mr. Shrlver was
associated with an unsavory combine in
the city council years ago and is alto
gether too wobbly to be depended upon
as an impartial and nervy assessor. Mr.
Ostrom's work on boards of equalization,
as county commissioner and bis employ
ment during the last session of the legis
lature as a lobbyist for the bridge com
pany that has created so much scandal
in this suite leaves blm open to attack
and would make bis election very diffi
Among the four candidates for the of
fice of sheriff Mr. A. J. Donahoe is
the only man that could enter the race
without a handicap. Mr. Harte has been
mixed up with the bridge and road grad
ing deals and with other questionable
measures, and therefore is in no condi
tion to present himself for promotion
from commissioner to sheriff. James
Allan has been a chronic office holder
and lobbyist. ' Ills career as deputy
United States marshal is not very com
mendable and leaves him vulnerable to
attack. Fred Hoye would hive been an
available candidate two years ago, but
his recent election as city councilman
for three years would render bis elec
tion as sheriff very, difficult While
there Is no law against any man holding
two salaried offices at the same time,
there is an unwritten law that does not
permit an officer to draw two salaries
for two offices when his whole time
ought to be given to one of the offices.
The experience with a former city coun
cilman who was elected register' of deeds
and drew two salaries for nearly a year
Is too fresh in the memory of the people,
and Mlille Mr. Hoye promises to resign
after he is elected sheriff, it is question
able whether the people would regard
his promise as binding.
Mr. Donahoe is a splendid specimen
of manhood with an unblemished repu
tation. He has never asked for any of
flee and has never held any office. He
has been a member and leader in the
rauka of organized labor and is deck!
edly popular among business men as
well as working men.
Of the three candidates for treasurer,
Mr. Robert Fink is the only one fully
qualified by experience for the duties of
the office. Mr. Gondep is a reputable
gentleman, but has no considerable fol
lowing and couseqneEtly stands no show
of nomination. Mr. Fred Stubbeudorf Is
a retired business muu with ample
means for the remainder of bis days.
He -has no siecial claims on the party
having never taken any active interest
in its affairs. Mr. Robert Fink is an
expert accountant and was the chief
bookkeeper of County Treasurer Helm
rod for seven years, and for the past
three years has been an accountant la
the office of the city treasurer. He is
highly recommended by City Treusurer
Uenniugs as worthy of promotion to the
While there are six candidates in the
field for the offW of county clerk.
dliM'tisitiou of their respective qualifies
tloua is superfluous. It U generally
agreed that the South Omaha candidate,
Mr. Ernest !. Gustafson, is entitled to
the position' by reason of his location as
well as by reason of bis emlueut fitness.
Mr. Gustafson has been deputy city
treasurer at South Omaha for the past
five years and Is splendidly equipped for
the work Revolving upon the county
As between Messrs. Tullis and Bod
well very little need be said, Mr. Tullis
being a practical teacher and resident
In one of the country precincts. Being
the only candidate from the country
precincts presented on the available list
it would be the graceful thing, as well
as good politics, for republicans in
Omaha and South Omaha to unite upon
IN REUAHD TO fKSSlUXS.
The commissioner of pensions has been
doing some figuring, says a Washington
dispatch, to find Out what it would cost
the government to put into force the
recommendations of the Grand Army
veterans for a more liberal pension law.
He finds that the proposed law would
add something like 200,000 pensioners
to the roll and that it would cost in the
neighborhood of $25,000,000 to pay the
additional pensions. There was a slight
reduction in the pension account for the
last fiscal year and the 'fact was re
garded with considerable satisfaction.
How the people generally would view
such an addition to the account as the
pension commissioner figures would re
sult from the proposed law is a ques
tion which those who are urging the
legislation should seriously consider.
It is presumed that every one will ad
mit that the government has been most
liberal in the granting of pensions. . It
has paid in this way since the pension
system went into effect more than two
thousand millions of dollars. No one
complains of this. The money has been
well bestowed. The men who fought
to preserve the union were fully entitled
to this bounty from the government and
no loyal "citizen has ever objected to Its
payment. There are a great many peo
ple, however, who think' that the gener
osity of the government in this respect
has about reached the limit and that
the union soldiers should be satisfied
with what has been done and not de
mand an increase in the pension ac
count, especially in view of the fact
that there has been a considerable addi
tion to the pension roll of soldiers In the
Spanish war, the expenditures of the
government on this account having
amounted to more than $5,500,000. It
is said that the subject of pension legis
lation will take up much of the time
of the fifty-eighth congress and it is
more than probable that the result will
be n considerable addition to the ex
penditure on pension account.
The -withdrawal of the frauktng priv
ilege from the officers of Porto Rico will
doubtless cast a gloom over official cir
cles in that little Island. Up to this
time the Americans arrylng down there
have been able to send home by mall
anything from a postal card to a
steamer trunk without charge simply by
Inscribing a signature across the tag,
which in addition had the effect of eas
ing the passage past the revenue iol-
icctors. If the American office holders
In Porto Rico have to pay isjstage in
the future at regular rates they may
be expected to strike shortly for higher
salaries. Of course, this does not ap
ply to the native officials whose v.-orre-spondence
Here is an extract from a report made
by the deputy labor commissioner for
Nebraska to the Association of Officials
of Bureaus of Labor Statistics of Amer
ica, as embodied in the printed proceed
ings of that body: '
I believe In securing everything of Im
portance as simply aa possible. Practica
bility ceases where superfluity begins.
It is a good thing for the people of
Nebraska to know the platform upon
which their state bureau of labor statis
tics is conducted, even if they have to
go all the way to Washington -to find
The Insurance commissioners' conven
tion wants Uncle Sam to help them get
after wildcat insurance concerns by
barring them from the use of the United
States malls. The first thing for the
insurance commissioners to do Is to
agree upon some test that will define the
Hue distinguishing the wildcat from the
sound institution. Every wildcat Insur
ance company always insists that it is
conducted Just aa honestly as the safest.
Tbe Lincoln Star has Just passed its
first birthday anniversary, which means
that it bag successfully run the gauntlet
of newspaper croup, colic and the vari
ous other aliments to which the journal
istic infant is always exposed. It will be
admitted by its most unfriendly critics
that The Star has Improved steadily and
has far surpassed the expectations of
those who made the forecast for It at its
There ought to be plenty of good sub
stantial men in Omaha willing to serve
on the school bonrd.' Por some uncx
plainable reason tbe best men usually
have to be drafted, aud even then try
to evade response to the public requisi
tion. The importauo of the interests
centering in our public school system
demand ability and integrity in their
management now more than ever before.
Speaking of the uew revenue law Tax
Commissioner Fleming is quoted as say
ing that "the railroads, of course, are
uot to be raised at all unless we can get
the courts to help us." The question
was up to the courts uot so kug ago in
a case which if decided for the people
would have afforded tbe desired remedy.
But Judge Sullivan flunked. ,
It is intimated that congress when It
convenes will stir - up the postofflce
scandal afresh by a new and indepen
dent investigation. Inasmuch as the
postofflce crooks seem to be slready
pretty well overhauled, a congressional
Recommended Candidates for. (he
Republican Primary Election
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1903:
For Clerk ef the District Coert
W. W. BINGHAM
For Ceaety 8herl
A. J. DONAHOE.
For Coaaty Jadge
CHARLES S. ELGUTTER.
For Coaaty Treasurer .
ROBERT 0. FINK.
For Coaa.tr Clerk
ERNEST L. GUSTAFSON.
For Coantx Assessor
HARRY D. REED.
For Coaaty Coroner
EDWIN F. BR A I LEY.
For Conatr Surveyor
PETER A. EDOUIST.
For Coanty Saperlateadeat of
J. H. TULLIS.
This ticket represents both wings of
the republican party and is as well dis
tributed over the territory included In
Douglas county as could be under, ex
isting conditions. The candidates for
clerk of th"e district court, county treas
urer, county Judge, sheriff and assessor
are fairly divided between the so-called
machine and antl-muchine elements.
The nomination for county clerk is a
concession to the republicans of South
Omaha, Mr. Gustafson being their unan
imous choice and tho only candidate
from South Omaha who filed his name
with the committee. Messrs. Brsiley and
Edquist, for coroner and county sur
veyor, have no competitors in the race.
Mr, Tullis is recommended because he
resides in one of the country precincts
and may therefore be properly consid
ered as a concession to them.
Ltt It be understood that there is no
disposiuuii on the part of republicans
wbo have endeavored to harmonize the
party to dictate to anybody. They
coneede . to every republican the
right to express his preference!
for any candidate be may deem most
worthy and competent But they sin
cereJy believe that the nomination of
the men named above would command
the united support of the rank and fil
of the party and insure success at the
investigation would probably pan out
better if directed into soine other chan
nel in which administrative abuses have
The wicked flee when no one pursueth
that may account for Judge Vinson
baler's fears that detectives have been
employed to search his former Missouri
home for information coucoruing his per
sonal and political career before be
landed in Omaha.
Time for Whiiptrlng.
When a man makes a fortune it Is
shouted from the housetops. When be
loses one It is quietly whispered. There's
a good deal of whispering being Indulged
Freedom Wooed aad Woa. x
The Kansas school teachers have won a
great victory. It nasi been decided that
they have a right to get married, and we
can still look upon Kansas as the land of
Let Walt Street Worry.
New York Tribune.
Were American railroads ever busier?
Could there be better proof that the coun
try Is soundly prosperous, no matter what
passing flurries may cause temporary un
easiness in Wall street?
Castlo oat the Joaaua.
As for some of the trusts the Asphalt
trust, for example they are like certain
predatory (monsters of the deep that sim
ply swallow the lesser fishes whole for
future digestion. When the monsters
themselves are flung upon the financial
shore their undigested victims are found
Inside of theirs .
Perkaus Ho Had 'Km.
A Nebraska man who has hitherto borne
a good reputation for truth and veracity
reports that he ran across a colony ot
rattlesnakes the other day and killed forty
two of them. If this had happened In
Kansas we would have been disposed to
make some allowance for the great con
sumption ot drug store whisky In that com
Where tka Skoo Piaekea. ;
Kansas City Times.
By giving the price of beef another boost
In order-to meet the Increased wage scale
demanded by the employes, the increa
will be made a means of profit Instead of a
loas to the packing houses. It will there
fore be seen that the new wage scale Is a
splendid thing for everybody except the
ninety-nine people out of every hundred
who are not Identified with the packing
fkorlealas m Loaf Wlater.
;.'... City Journal.
Perhaps you are not of those fortunate
ones who have learned what a marvelous
charmer a quiet book by a quiet lamp may
be during the long, cold evenings of winter.
If so, you will never regret If you acquaint
yourself with this subtle, amiable, delight
ful charmer before spring comes again. It
can make a long evening and a long winter
but too short. Where Its seductions are
Judiciously yielded to It sometimes brings
fame and fortune and always brings bap-
plness; and If fame, and fortune do not
attend it, where hap4uas Is they can ea
liy dispensed wllU. v
FLAXT TREKS OR IRRIGATE.
Tho First aa F.sseatial Conservator
The secretary of agriculture has been In
vestigating the subject of tree planting on
the western plntns to protect the moisture
in the soil and i as a- substitute for vast
systems of Irrigation established by the
government. He is a belated Inquirer In
that field of study and experiment.
The late J. Sterling Morton wss a pioneer
In arboriculture, and his experiments, ex
plained by his written disquisitions, form
a complete ys.m of tree-plsnting 'o pro
tect the soil In the now treeless regions and
In the deforested regions. But as a recent
recruit Secretary Wilson Is doing good
Pine trees grow well on the prairie sand
hills. In a few years a young forest grows
Into luxuriant life. The moisture In the
soli Is protected and the new forest growth
prevents the rush of flood waters to the
valleys and the destruction which a river
deluge would produce. To raise trees Is
less expensive and more efficient than tbe
plans of Irrigation.
It Is not certain that the proposed plans
of Irrigation for the plains and the sub
mountain territory are practicable under
laws for the protection of natural rights.
If the Arkansas river, the Red river, the
Rio Grande or the Colorado should be
dammed and their waters Impounded far
upstream, to be there distributed through
Irrigation works, the streams would ba
Shallow or their beds would be T y below
the dams snd the Irrigation plants.
The water courses throughout thousands
of square miles of territory would be dried
up In order that the territory above might
be amply watered. The lower river valleys
would be deprived of water for the benefit
of the upper valleys and adjacent plains. ,
It is the commonest principle of law that
every farmer along the line of a natural
water course has a right to his equal sup
ply of water. The owner of land at the
head of the stream cannot dam It, shut It
off and divert It In such a way as to de
prive the farmers below him of Its bene
fits. Property may be condemned for mill
purposes and other purposes lor putuio
use, but It must be paid for at an ap
This Is the law which must govern the
Irrigation projects. The great rivers of
tho west cannot be dammed for purposes
of irrigation without the payment of dam
ages to all the property owners along
hundreds of square miles of territory
whose lands are turned Into a desert by
cutting off the water supply. The amount
of damages would exceed that ot the pres
sent national debt. '
Mr. Wilson Is quite right, though some
what late, In recommending tree-planting
as a means to conserve the productiveness
of the western country. Immediately and
In the end It will be Infinitely cheaper and
more effective than cutting off the water
on the great western rivers and their
WEIRD THEORIES EXPOVSDED.
Sample of tka Way a Goverameat Em.
ployo Keeps His Kama in,Prlat.
Or. Wiley of the chemical division of the
department of agriculture recently experi
mented upon his "poison squad" with borax.
All of the squad surviving the diet, but
whether it was ot any benefit Dr. Wiley
does not know and cannot find out until a
big volume of statistics has been compiled
and analysed, which will take a long time.
Before announcing the effects of borax he
will try salicylic acid on another squad.
What the outcome will be will not ba
known, probablyr for some years, for 'sal
icylic acid may be as profuse in statistics
Dr. Wiley announces that, the time Is
rapidly coming when the human race will
I.. ... Ida an.l InnlklAM 14 iliwi l.nl aa V
Just when the world will be filled with bald
headed, empty gummed people, but he Is
quite convinced that hair and teeth, like
lobsters and buffaloes, are on the way to
extinction. The race is to lose its hair be
cause of Increased Intellectuality. Iut Is
Intellectuality increasing? Is the world any
more Intellectual than It was In the golden
ages of literature, art, and music? The race
Is to have no teeth because of the preva
lence of readily chewed breakfast foods.
Perhaps, also, It will have no stomach be
cause of the use of predlgeated foods. As
breakfast Itself Is not eaten by some per
sons, perhaps that will disappear, to be
followed in turn by dlnnei and supper. If
a person can get along without breakfast
It ought not to be difficult to get along with
out supper. After a time dinner might be
eliminated, which In a few generations
might eliminate all tho alimentary machin
ery. There would be some advantages in
this. There would be no more appendicitis
or any of the other newly Invented "Iclt
Ises," and we should gradually get rid of
many details of the Internal organizatlo'n
which have come down to us from our re
mote simian ancestors, and which may
have been useful to them but are of no use
to us. If Dr. Wiley were to consult facts
he would probably find there were just as
many bald heads when the she bears went
for the Impudent boys as there are now In
proportion to population, and that as pre
dlgeated and readily chewed breakfast foods
are hygienic fads, teeth will remain for the
delectation of dentists snd appendices for
the enjoyment of doctors.
Hope of Gettiaajr Eveo.
No liquor will be sold at the capltol dur
ing the coming session ofcongress. The
statesmen will undoubtedly get even, how
ever, by getting drunker than ever at con
A good investment.
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You can pay $ 5. Or you can pay $3. 50.
never use Ayer's
Hair Vigor. Ever
think of that? tx&z
King Edward Is rapidly becoming Amer
icanised. He uses Missouri apples, Colo
rado cantaloupes and Georgia watermelons.
Joseph Chamberlain has more than one
half of the 5.500 known species of orchids.
He Is most successful as sn orchid col
lector and raiser.
Mr. Rockefeller says the secret ot suc
cess In life Is to work hard and hold on.
Most people can. do the former, but they
fall down on tenacity.
Iceland M. Finks, of Calhoun, Mo.,
claims to have the coat of arms of the
Washington family, Washington's official
pedigree and a silver watch which formerly
belonged to the "Father of His Country."
The electrlo roads ot the United States
last year carried three times the popula
tion of the globe, according to the state
ment of the fares turned in. No doubt the
total number of rides would allow for an
extra one all around. '
John C. Hlnnershlts of Alsace, Pa., has
just been elected clerk of tho court of
quarter sessions of Berks county without
his knowledge or consent. Although there
was an animated contest lasting about
two weeks, the first Intimation of his can
didacy received by Mr. Hlnnershlts was
the official notice of his election.
Annie Rooney, a young women of good
character In Seattle, Wash., has adopted
the uniform of a United States marine
snd declares her Intention of wearing It
Instead of the skirts In which members of
her sex usually enfold their persons. The
police say there is no law which Will pre
vent her carrying out her, purpose, as she
does not seek to disguise her sex by
wearing the habiliments ot man.
"Terrence, what la the doctor's dlagnos'S
of your case?"
lie hasn't told mo ylt. but I'm bettln"
it'll be iv'ry clnt av tin dollars." Chicago
Wife I wish we had a nice large country
place where 1 could give a garden party.
Husband Just for the pleasure of Invit
ing some of your friends, eh?
"Well, yes, and the pleasure ef not Invit
ing some." Modern Society,
'I'd rather bear- Miss Dlnsmore play
'Hiawatha' than anyone else," said Twynn.
"1 thought you were weary of that piece,"
"I am, but she plays It so badly It sounds
like something else. Town Topics.
Blonde Olrl I want some rlcei let me see,
how much do I want?
Green Orocer Wedding or pudding?
"Pulling a man's leg." said ITnrle Allen '"
Sparks, ''never seems to wake'anjr -differ-.
ence in the leg. It merely lengthens, his
face." Chicago Tribune. . , ,
"Is Bunklns aa good as his word?" asked
one business man.
"I think he is," replied the other. "Ills
word Isn't good for anything." New York
Fred Of course, she poses a good deal,
but she's awfully pretty.
May Oh, did you hear of the mean trlok
Mr. Kammerer played on ber?
Fred No, what was It?
May He took a snapshot of her while she
was In the act of eating corn off the cob.
Fulton was exhibiting the model of his
"And don't you think," he asked, "I havs
Invented a wonderful benefit to mankind?" .
"We" don't know," replied the carping
crlt'cs. "Just think. It will make the Btaten
Island ferry poealble."
Horror stricken by the suggestion, he wa
tempted to destroy the product of hit
genius. New York Sun.
New York Ilerald.
'Tls a topic without whicn we all should
And quiescent remain conversation,
If there were not the sun and the rain antf
For our erudite dally dilation.
If walking abroad and a lady you meet,
Altlioush It may sound somewhat silly,
With roinark such aa this each the othei
"Don't ou think it Is awfully chilly?"
When you're asked out tq dine and yo ,
lake in a maid
Who is frlghttully haughty and frigid;
At the same time, maybe, she, like you, U
Which makes her standoffish and rigid; -Just
say, aa demurely she syvlh her soup.
"The thermometer's Just ninety-seven."
She'll lay down her spoon with a social wal
whoop, , '
And uinncr's m garrulous heaven.
It's a source of relief for the shy and tht
The ignorant, too, and the brainy,
Having mentioned the day Is "excessivelj
Or the aspect for next day Is "ralnv:"
It has prefaced, as well, many heartfelt af
fairs When two are In silence together,
And many a suitor commences his prayeri
With a fervent "Thank Ood for tht
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