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A fi&tDLKS VUMMISSIOX.
Just lfforp the niljnurnniont of ron
cross for the holldnys, Iteprespntntlve
Vrwlnntl of New York introduced a
bill providing for the npiNlntinent of
n nonpnrtlsnn commission to ootisldpr
the subject of the merchant ninrlne nnd
fuuifpst such legislation ns It tnnf deem
desirable In furtherance of our mari
time Interests. It provides that the
commission shall consist of five mem
bers possessing expert knowledge of
ninrlne industries, each of whom shall
receive a salnry of $4,000 per annum
and exjienses incurred in the perform
ance of the work required by the bill.
There is no need of a commission of
tills kind and its crentlon would Involve
a wholly useless expenditure by the
government of $100,0110 or more. The
merchant marine question is already
very thoroughly understood by every
iHMly who takes any interest in the sub
ject and trie proposed commission could Dietrick
contributa to it nothing of value. It
would necessarily go over ground that
has been fully covered and obtain repe
titions of the opinions of those wbojire
familiar with the question and have
frequently expressed themselves re
garding it. The question has been un
tier discussion for years, during which
every point worthy of consideration
lias been, brought, out. Scores of care
partisans who are trying to make politi
cal enpitnl out of the, contribution of
John I. Rockefeller - toward the con
struction of a building for the Uni
versity of Nebraska. If the chancellor
would only tell what lie really thinks
of the small-bore bigots who are trying
to prevent the acceptance of the gift,
he would doubtless use language more
forcible than elegant. -
LB.ST n'E FUKOKT. ,
A mislaid memorandum on the editor's
desk contains a few items of interest
to Douglas "couuty taxpayers:
'The total amount paid for county
vault work was $14,11).", which repre
sents an overcharge ofvnot less than
$",0O0. Of the above amount S4.7SS
was paid on July 11, 1003, for fixtures
in the vault of the county clerk. A
duplicate sketch of toe drawing? and
specifications was made by 'J. E.
and submitted to different
manufacturers for bide; The Ilerger
Manufacturing company of Canton, O.,
oltered to duplicate this work complete
for $J,L50. or $2,W8 less than the county
pnid for them. Up to date no explana
tion of this extraordinary deal has been
"The iron bridge constructed south of
Waterloo across the Elkhoin measured
210 feet in length and cost $4,000, while
fully prepared speeches on the subject the bridge across the Elkhorn river on
have been made In congress and the the Military road, which is ten feet
Less unsold and returned copies.... 10.20J
Net total sales... .' 922,073
Not average sales 30.7SS
GEORGE B. TZSCHL'CK.
Subscribed In my presence and sworn to
.before me this 80th day of November, A. D.
103. 34. li. H UNGATE,
(Seal.) Notary Public.
January clearing sales will, as usual,
succeed the Christmas bargains.
Hailstones have fallen in Porto Rico.
That explains why Mr. Cruzen has
turned his back on Porto Itlco without
In spite of the cold weather, the Ne
braska political pot shows' signs of
warming up from the heat of spon-'
press has teemed with facts and argu
ments relating to it. Otllclnl reports
on the merchnnt marine leave nothing
to be desired In respect to a crura te in
formation. A commission could do no
What everybody knows Is that only
about 9 per cent of our foreign trade
Is carried in American ships sailing
under our own flag. There are uot
many who dissent from the view that
It would be greatly to the advantage
of our foreign commerce if we had an
American merchant marine. The very
general opinion Is that It would have
the effect to increase our trade abroad.
The difficulty is to agree upon a policy
for building up a merchant marine nnd
we do not think Unit a commission
would solve this dlfilculty. Such bodies
very rarely Justify what they cost. The
committee to which the merchant ma
rina commission bill was referml
should bury it.
A good resolution - bj; the railroad
men not to" have any more wrecks the
coming year would be greatly appreci
ated by tho traveling public.
BCSPECTID nUSSlAX IXTRtaUIC.
It is said to be suspected at Washing
ton that Russia is intriguing at Peking
to prevent the ratification of the com
mercial treaty negotiated between
China and the Uulted States. Of course
the State department Ik' silent on the
subject, but the fact that tho Chinese up or nre ieftkjng.
shorter and built with wooden Joists,
cost $13,Sl8.tO, or $0,000 more than it
should have cost. With such an ex
cessive cost it would be presumed that
the contractors would have tnken great
pains to carry out tho plans nnd sped
flcatlons In every tssentlul particular,
but Messrs. J. "E. House and J. E,
Dietrick, engineers employed in making
a careful Inspection of the work, report
that the contractors have failed to live
up to their contract obligations in many
particulars. The concluding sentence of
that report reads: 'From conditions
encountered we do not hesitate to state
that there was a laxity of proper super
vision in the construction of the super
structure of this bridge and of this'ad
vantage.wns taken to a degree that
came nearly causing the collapse of the
whole bridge.' Although attention was
called to this Job. months ago, no ex
planation' bus yet been made. P. S.
Subsequent to the construction of this
bridge T beams were added at upward
of three times their ordinary cost and
a bill rendered for $1,800."
A very big leak has also been un
covered in the plumbing Job of the
county hospital by tho city plumbing
Inspector, but upjto date it Is not known
whether 'the leaks have been plugged
tlve Interest to the people of this country.
They will hire nnd be hired after the fash
Ion qf their fathers.
Railroad Doing: Qlte Well.
The 4 per cent semi-annual dividend
Just declared on the stock of the Lake
Shore A Michigan Southern railroad does
not look much like hard times. That Is
an S per cent basis, or 1 per cent higher
than the prevailing rate for some years
buck. The railroads are all doing well,
giving no Indication of hard times.
Excesses of t'apltat and Iabor.
Bt. Louis Republic.
Between Schwab's and Morgan's stock
schemes and the excesses of some labor
leaders, the American public Is being per
suaded that Industrial enterprises are dan
gerous Investments. Tf the unwillingness
to Invest leeomeg a settled opinion, goodby
to prosperity, to profits and to good wages.
Everybody would better be careful.
Catching- Ip with the Procession.
The Jacksonlan club of Omaha has unan
imously voted to reinstate those members
who were expelled for refusing to support
the Chicago and Kansas City platforma.
This is taken to mean that the club no
longer considers a man's position on the
allver qttestlon as affecting tho genuine
ness of his democracy. We are living In
a rapid age. Sovcn years ago a man
couldn't be a democrat and believe in the
gold standard. Now It doesn't make any
Fatnon i'Scoop" In History.
Bt. Taut Pioneer Press.
Chancellor Andrews of Nebraska uni
versity has the world "scooped" In his new
history of the United' States, lie says of
the officers and men on board the Maine
In Havana harbor that "not one saw tho
next morning's tun." All that the corre
spondents of nn alert press were able to
discover whs that two officers and 2C4 men
were lost, if Dr. Andrews means that
there were no survivors the news will come
as a surprise to Admiral Slgsbee and the
officers and men with him on the Maine,
aa well as to the world. If It means that
the weather was cloudy It Is no doubt Valu
able, If less astonishing, Information.
Heeding; Obvloos Trains.
A score or more prominent members of
the Jacksonlan club of Omaha, who were
expelled In 18SC for refusing to support the
Dryan presidential ticket, have been In
vited by resolution to rejoin the organ
ization. The preamble to tho resolution
cltjs a fact somewhat well known, that
'time makes great changes in the thoughts
and idoas of mankind, nnd more particu
larly In the conditions and creeds of politi
cal parties" and It would be well for the
democratic party If It were to give more
general heed to this obvious truth. The
expelled persons are asked to come back,
notwithstanding that they remain as hos
tile to "Bryanlsm" as ever. This action
of the club Is supposed to mark the death
of the fusion movement in that staje.
Mr. Pearse desires It distinctly under
Btood that he has no Intention of re- trtbuted to Russian influence, since
government is showing b reluctance to
take the action necessary to put the
treaty into effect is quite naturally at-
signing his $3,000 a year job. Nobody
in Omaha thought he had. It was only'
another free advertisement
To a man up a tree the case of the
Cheyenne" postofflce lease Is perilously
similar to the Hastings postofflce lease.
Hut Postmaster General Payne says
tho Cheyenne lease is all right.
The new county assessors will go along
With their business just as if a motion
tot a rehearing on tho revenue law de
cision were not pending, with thee bject
in view of ending their official usefulness.
Our Davo is suld to be patiently wait
ing at' Washington for something to
turn up. Rut in Washington it Is not
often that unythiug worth getting turns
up for ',the mtiu- who has been turned
South Omaha has uot issued any bonds
for three months, hence the clamor of
South Omaha patriots for a proposition
authorizing tho mayor and council to
paste another mortgage plaster on that
Ohio republicans will hold off their
tate convention as long us possible
and still comply with the requirements
of the rules of the national committee.
That is Ohio's play to see first what
the other states propose to da
If Japan and Russia will only both
apend ull their money on buying new
warships, they may soon have so little
money left as to be tot) poor to fight
one another. Herein lies the emVaey
of the warship as a pence promote.
The foreign iusuraucc compuules per
sist that they still waut to fight against
the tuxes imposed upon them by -the
new Nebraska revenue" law. They ought
to ponder over tho significance of Mark
Hannu'a apt phrase, "Let well euough
We apprehend that John D. Rocke
feller is not very much distressed aver
the refusal of the citizens of Lincoln to
drop GOO.otiO nickels hi the slot for the
construction of a university chapel on
condition that he should drop two times
U0O.O0O nickels in the slot.
It . goes without saying that Ne
braska's delegates lit the republican na
tional convention will le for Roosevelt
fur the prvtiidcntlul nomination, but
that will not prevent! them from trying
to have a voice in tho selection of his
running mute on the ticket.
Tho second boh of Emperor William
of (ieruiuny has been selected to visit
the St. I-Atula exixinitlon us the repre
sentative of the royal family. The re
ception accorded Prince Henry has evi
dently done n great deal to pro
mote the friendly Ulsitosltlou toward
America such a visit would betoken.
The democratic and populist leader
at the state rapitol are iu a brown study
over the plau of cuuipulKit to b waged
next year on refjrm limn that mean
something moro t'.i tu a tlivUIou of niwllx.
Unfortunately the fusion reform force
of Nebraska huve never uiined U any
thing more than etantling room for a
few plactt buulera at the pie counter.
Is well understood that that power Is
very strongly opposed to the opening
of the two ports In Manchuria provided
for in the treaty.
A Washington dispatch says that If
direct evidence can be obtained showing
that Russia or any other power is In
terfering between the United States
and China to prevent the currying out
of nn agreement Into which they have
entered, there can be no question that
the administration will make a most
vigorous protest direct to the offending
power. On the other hand, If no direct
evidence of such action cun be ob
tained, after waiting n reasonable time
for action by the Chinese government
the State department will call upon
that government to carry out the pro
visions of the treaty and proceed with
the exchange of ratifications. It is
pointed out that such a course ,would
place China in the position of having
to act or give some reason for not do
ing so. If China should then point to
Russia ns the obstacle In the way of
action there would then be ample
grounds for sending a note to the Rus
sian government protesting against
such intermeddling. The United States
senate having ratified the treaty places
the administration in a position where
it can Insist that China shall carry out
It is said that no surprise will be felt
in Washington it it should be found
that Russia Is' blocking the way in Pe
king. It Is highly probable that such
is the casn and if so it will probably
be to no purpose for our government
to Insist that China carry out the agree
mcnt, unless the Russian government
can be forced to withdraw Its Influence
and allow the Chinese government to
act freely. There is no reason to doubt
that that, government desires to act in
good fuith. It was entirely willing and
even anxious to make the treaty with
this country, understanding the value of
such an agreement in strengthening the
friendly relations between the two na
tlous, and the feeling and motive that
prompted the negotiation of the treaty
undoubtedly remains. Hut the Chinese
government seems to be utterly un
able to free Itself from . Russhm in
fluence and it ought by this time to be
clearly understood that that Influence
will not be exerted In favor of any
thing favorable to America. Russ'a
fears the growth of American inter
ests in the fur east and Intends to do
whatever It can. in its' insidious way
all the time professing friendship and
good faith to thwart the efforts of the
United States Iu that portion of the
As to the Chinese government, it is
virtually helpless and there appears to
be no promise of a change from this
condition unless nome ixwtr or powers,
Ftrong enough to counteract Russian In
fluence, shall assure China of protec
tion In carrying out Its treaty obllga
tiona and iu dealing fairly with all
countries. If thla he not done It U in
evltable that the power of Russia In
China will be steadily extend'Hl, b
coming In the not remote future so for
midable as to sutvessfully defy opiMtsi-
Hie Beo is Impelled to recall these
Items In the memorandum lest we for
get that a rejwrt concerning these Irregu
larities is overdue.
A conscience-stricken Individual in St.
Louis hus been easing his distress of
mind by turning in over $100 to the
city treasurer and over $1)00 to differ
ent . railway olllclals, presumably" "to
make good money held back on taxes
and transportation charges. Now ' if
the railroads would only endure some
pangs of conscience that would lead
thein to pay up all the back taxes they
have shirked br evaded, 'the general
tax-paying public would enjoy great
relief. In Nebraska alone, a wave that
would prick the ' railroad conscience
to the quick would at the lowest esti
mate produce a windfall for the state
and local treasuries that would practl
cally wipe out at one stroke the whole
accumulated debt piled up by shortage
of revenues In the past Rut there Is
uo prospect of any such turn.
"Flannel Mouth" Dunn never misses
an opportunity to air a grievance,
whether It be real or imaginary.. His
latest outbreak Is occasioned by a con-
fuslou in the headlines rushed Into the
afternoon edition of The Beo announcing
Judge Estelle's decision in the Diamond
mandamus cuse. The monumental
mountebank Is trying to pose as a re
former while In fact he is hired nnd
paid to carry on his warfare In the
courts and before the police commission
in the Interest of a dealer In whisky
and beer who Is at war with local
Idaho's supreme court has knocked
out the state depository law on the
pretense that it is unconstitutional
Most people think it Is more unconsti
tutional for treasurers to farm out pub
lic funds for their own private gain.
It may take nn experience like Ne
braska's with treasury embezzlers, to
bring Idaho to realize the dangers of
unprotected treasury manipulations and
then it will have a depository law and
euforce It even If it has to chuuge the
supreme court or change the constitu
tion or chuuge both to get it. ,
The Congressional Grab-Baa;.
Fifty women's wrist bags, In price from
.45 to $30.60 each; . handkerchief cases.
from $3.10 to $5.65; chatelaine bags, costing
from $4 to $12; card cases, costing from 25
cents to $11.90; Vienna glove cases, mani
cure sets, domino sets and books. That is
curious list, and seems remarkable when
we are Informed by tlie secretary of the
United States senate ' that thoy were pur
chased out of the contingent fund for the
use and behoof of that august and stern
body, the United States senate. That !s
not all, but it Is emAigh to show the ca
tholic taste of the senators. Another Item
a hundred dinner cards is wholly Inex
plicable. Of pocket -knives. the senators
used during the session of last year sixty
nine dozen, or 828. Another mystifying
item is the 'number of cases for holding
railroad passes. Congressional free seed.
fat allowances in mileage and the sena
torial grab-bag the greatest and most
wonderful la the grab-bag. But congress
men are only human.
WILL THE PRODIGALS RKTlRXf
Jacksonlan Bid for tho Backsliders
New York World.
The action of the Jacksonlan club of Ne
braska in reinstating members who were
expelled ' In 1S96 for refusing to support
Kryan on the free-silver platform la an In
dication of returning political sense.
The need of a united, vigilant and vigor
ous opposition party has never been greater
since the close of the war than It la today.
The high-handed, rash and disturbing pol
Icy of President Roosevelt and the failure
of a republican congress to recognize the
obvious needs of the country create an op
portunity and Impose a duty which the
democrats should prepare to meet.
As the democratic party lacked W).V0
votes and 95 electors of winning In 1896,
and was short 850,000 votes end 137 electors
in 1900, It Is plain that It can win next year
only by recalling the voters who gave it a
popular plurality of 383,000 and an electoral
plurality of 133 In 1802, and attracting the
independent, thinking, conservative citizens
who usually decide presidential electloni
To proscribe democrats who refused to
become fusionlsts or populists In 1K)6 Is a
good way to keep the party small. To bury
and. forget past differences and unite upon
"the cardinal principles of democracy," ai
the Nebraska Jacksonlan club has done In
the temporary absence of one of Its shining
lights In Europe Is to take the necessary
first step toward a restoration of the party.
cask of F.vvrort SMOOT.
-Sot Kmmy to Discover on What
Gronnds He Can Be Excluded."
New Tork Independent.
Our total sympathies are with the op
ponents of Mr. Smoot's admission to the
senate of the United Slates, and yet It is
not now easy to discover on what grounds
he can be excluded.
It Is acknowledged that he is not a polyg
amic. If he were that would be ground
enough. A polygamlst is not fit company
for American senators.
Another possible ground Is that he Is an
active officer In an ecclesiastical organisa
tion which supports polygamy and that he
bellevea In It. Mis belief, so long as he
does not practice It, Is not criminal, just
as we say that a man must not be punlshe 1
for simply believing in annrchy. If It can
be proved that he perform the ceremony
on the plural marriage of others that will
be a serious chnrge and ought to excluda
him from the senate, but we suppose It
cannot be proved. All that can be proved,
we suppose, Is that a considerable number
of Mormon apostles and others are living
in polygamy and that they have entered
Into that relation since polygamy was pro
fessedly given up and since Utah was ac
cordingly admitted as a state. We suppose
there are scores and scores of such case's
and that they are not prosecuted In the
state. courts. If It can be proved that Mr.
Smoot is actively responsible for these of
fenses, that he as an officer of the Mormon
church has promoted and not opposed this
condition of things and has screened those
violators of law, then he is not u fit man
for senator, but we have seen no evidence
of It beyond the fact that he Is an apostlr..
Ho himself does not enter Into plural mar
riage, and who knows that he is guilty of
The only other charge that we know of
that can be brought against him is that he
has taken a vow of loyalty to the Mormon
church that Is superior to his oath of loy
alty to -his country. That la no offense
at all and ought to be no bar. We observe
that a gentleman who bears the title of
"Judge" writes from Salt Lake City to one
of our religious Journals:
"Suppose a cardinal of the Ioman Cath
olic church should announce himself u
candidate for senator of the United States,
what would hnppen then? Would all who
opposed him be put down as the enemle?
of his church? Of course ho would be un
frocked at once and lose nil power rts an
officer of the church; but It would not stop
there. The American people would not
have a cardinal of the church of Home a
senator for very many and most obvloua
reasons, the chlefest of which would be
that by the obligations he had taken his
tlrst allegiance was to Rome."
The Judge la greatly mistaken. Cardinal
Gibbons is Just as much eligible to the
United States senate as Is the Judge him-
self. If he Is not eligible neither is Arch
bishop Farley, or Bishop McQuald, or any
Catholic priest, or any layman thut now
sits In the senate. They ire all ecclesiasti
cally subject to Home and politically sub
ject to the United States. Cardinal Gib
bons does not believe that his allegiance
to the pope can contravene his allegiance
to his country. The souring lark does not
pierce the breast of the level-flying dove.
They move In different planes. It is bet
ter to obey God than man, but loyalty to
God and loyalty to the state will not clash;
if they do then we will all of us repeat
with John Qulncy Adams his reply - to
George Lunt's "My Country, Right or
If then thy country trample on the right,
Furl up her banner and avert thy alght."
As to the Mormon church or state it Is
not enough to talk of the old Danltes, or
the ancient war against the United States
government, any more than to talk of the
treason of the seceding states. That Is all
condoned and pardoned, whether In South
Carolina or Utah. 1 If.lt could be jroved
that the oath of allegiance of the Mormon
apostle to his church makes him a citizen
of a foreign oatlon, which Is impossible,
or if it can be proved that this oath or al
legiance Is of a peculiar sort which Is In
consistent with allegiance to one's country,
then it will be possible and right to deny
Mr. Smoot admission to the senate. But
this he would deny as Indignantly as a,
Catholic or a Covenanter denies that al
legtance to his church Is Inconsistent with
full loyalty to his country; and therefore
we do not see, without further light, how
Mr. Smoot can be excluded.
And this we say fully sympathizing with
"the sentiment of the women and ministers
who oppose his admission. We agree with
them that polygamy still exists In Utah
ana that new plural marriages are still oc
cnslonally entered Into, and that the Utah
courts are guilty, and wilfully guilty, of a
great wrong In protecting this evil. We
agree with them that the Mormon church
is a vicious and tyrannical organization,
which Is colluslvely guilty of tho polyg
amy which exists, and that It maintains a
dangerous control over Its weak and obedi
ent followers. But we do not expect to do
any real hurt to that church by shutting
out of the senate the man whom It has
nominated and elected through Its influ
ence over the legal voters of Utah.
BITS OF WASIII3GTOX LIFE.
Minor Scenes nnd Incidents Sketched
on the Spot.
"Washington's dsliy parade of person
ages Is most fascinating," relates Walter
Wellman In Success. "Of a sunny winter
afternoon stroll oift fashionable Connecti
cut avenue, the broad thoroughfare which
leads from the White House to Dupont
Circle, post many of the embassies, lega
tions and notable private houses. Here
our democratic court may be seen at Its
best and brightest, out for an airing, un
ostentatious, genial and affable. Ton hear
a clatter of horses' feet on the asphalt,
and you see the president ,atrtde his big
charger, returning right nnd left the sa
lutes of the throng passing In carriages
or automobiles, or afoot. By his side la
Mrs. Ro,sevelt, sitting her saddle with
rare ease and grace, and presenting a most
charming figure In her black habit. There
Is no escort of cnvnlry or other guard, as
when royalty rides; only an orderly, grim
and grizzled from his service on the plulns,
riding far behind. The president leans
from his saddle to chat with a grctip of
three who are swinging along toward the
country for a rnmhle across fields. As the
president walks his big horse tip the avo-nue-there
will be plenty of galloping when
the country roads nre reached, and both
the president and Mr. Roosevelt will come
back In a couple of hours bespattered with
mud ho lifts his campaign hat to tho gay
Countess Casslnl, riding In a barouche be
side her father, the ambassador of tho
czar of Russia; to a handsome woman who
drives her automobile fully as fnst ail tho
law permits the Baroness Hengelmueller
von Hengervar, of the Austria-Hungarian
embassy; to tho distingue Misses Nancy
It. C. and Marguerite Lelter, whose beau
tiful sister was the heroine, of the Durbar;
to Admiral and Mrs. George Dewey; to
Mr. and Mrs. George Weatlnghouae, who
live Just across Dupont Circle from the
I.elters, In the house which James G.
BhUne built; to Thomas Nelson Page, the
author, ahorse, ss becomes a true Vir
ginian; to Mrs. Scott Townsend. leader of
era, sometimes tight and sometimes loose;
but Uncle Sam needs them Just the same
to keep up his"
Right here the voice of the Hon. Henry
Richard Gibson struck a lilnh treble note,
flared and stopped short. His vocal eoros
failed to vibrato arfd produce sound.
The house held Its breath while Repre
sentative Henry Richard GIHson took a lor.g
one to clear his throat. The suspense,
which seemed to last for fully a minute,
was more painful to auditors than to or
ator, for everyone was wondering, whether
the Hon. Henry Richard Gibson would say
"trousers" or "pAnts," and some even
thought that he might say "pantaloons."
Inasmuch as he comes from a remote
mountain region. Even "overalls' would
be better than "pants," which is most un
parliamentary. But all fears were without foundation,
for the Hon. Henry Richard Gibson would
be gulify r-f no In-tn t rlety. Finally,
when he had e!ssr"-l 1 1 . thront and recov
ered his voice, i - vi"d, "his running
The words which followed for the next
half minute were forovor lost In the shouts
of laughter coming from raemlers
had never before heard Uncle Barn's trcu
Bers referred to aa running expenses.
Everyone Is familiar with the fact of a
statuary hall In the national capltol, where
figures of our great men are placed on ex
hibition. A correspondent tells of a little
man who comes tcgularly to the kail and
salutes all of the statues In turn wlUi a
ants as the "Little Statue Man,", and oth
plensant word. He Is known to the attend
erwlse he Is a harmless mystery. He comes
Into the hall, halts In front of, suy the
statue of Fulton, ( and says: "Good morn
ing, Robert; still at work on your steam
boat, I see." Then ho goes the rounds,
addressing a pleasant word to all of the
marble effigies as though greeting some old
Ollle M. James, who represents the First
Kentucky district in tho home,. Is tho
whopper of that body. He Is about as tall
as Congressman "Cy" Sulloway of New
the smart set, whose chateau on Massa- 1 ,,ut ne carries much more weight than tho
chusetts avenue Is like a royal palace, and j New Englander. James Is easily the heav-
list man In either branch of congress.
None of the new members Is more pleased
with Washington life than Ollle. He lias
a powerful voice, is only 82 years- old. Is
ranked as a good country, lawyer-and. Is,
the happy bridegroom of a fortnight. H'U
only committee assignment la election)-'.
to many more whose names are famous In
the world of diplomacy, government, litera
ture, Invention, science and society.
Senator Hoar and Mr. Bcott. the editor
of the Portland Oregonlan, turned their
backs on each other In the Benate clovator
the other day. The veteran editor from
Oregon was the guest of Senator Mitchell,
from that state, and they met the sage of
Massachusetts In tho elevator.
"Senator Hoar, let me present my friend,
Mr. Scott, editor of the Portland Orego
nlan." said Senator Mitchell.
"1 must decline to shake hands with Mr.
Scott, V replied Senator Hoar. "Ho Insulted
my dear friend. Senator Morrl'l, some years
ago by saying he remained In the senate
long after he was dead and refused to be
burled to save funeral expennes."
Senator Mitchell and Mr. Scott were taken
aback by the outburst of Senator Hoar, but
Scott denied that he had ever said It.
"You are the editor of the Oregonlan and
that paper said It," retorted Hoar. "You
are responsible for W-hat anneara In the
paper, are you not? I decline to Lhu-ke
hands with you, air."
Mr. Scott was now as angry as Benator
Hoar, and, while there was little room In
the crowded elevator for him to turn his
bulky figure, he did so and retorted:
"I am responsible, and I turn my back on
When the elevator reached the senate
landing Senator Hoar made his exit.
3ecause his silk hat touches the eaves of
the legation when he stands on Its steps,
Horace N. Allen, United States minister to
Corea. wants a new building erected. ..He
has written the State department about IU
Minister Allen thinks it Is hard enough
being this government's representative at
Seoul without having to live in a tumble
I am six feet two inches tall without my
hat." proudly boasts Minister Allen. "My
office is 12x8, with a ceiling 6 feet 6 Inches
"The kitchen, unfortunately, Is at the
front of the house," complains Mr. Allen,
"and this is disagreeable. The four bed
rooms are satisfactory except that they are
right down on the ground and are most
unhealthful In the summer rainy season
Having barely escaped with my life after
a three months' run with malarial fever 1
have been compelled to build myself a sum
mer home in the country. I do not stay at
the legation at night or during the sum
In justification for his absence from the
legation at night Minister Allen says:
"I may add that two ministers, after suf
fering greatly from malaria while residing
in. this house, have died in America from
what physicians pronounced to be the ef
fects of malaria contracted In Corea, and
also an official of the State department
who spent ten days In this house lost sum
mer Is now In a critical condition In Wash
ington from malarial fever, which his phy
sician says he contracted In Corea. Our
legation Is a disgrace to the United States."
WAIFS OF THE" WITS.
Jsscles What are the grounds for di
Waggles His better half rlslms slae
didn't know how her other half lives.
Ethel Will told me last night he was
afraid his mind was going. Mabel Weren't
you seared? Ethel Yes, I was afraid he
wouldn't go with It. Cincinnati Commer
Bloblis You seem very attentive to Miss
Oldglrl. Why don't you marry her?
Slobbs I hate the Idea of throwing her
chaperon out of a steady Job, Philadel
"I didn't think the minister would actu
ally kiss the bride."
"Why not? He was well paid for It."
Detroit Free Press. -
The doctor looked solemn. :
"You must keep quiet," he said, "talk as
little as possible, and under no circum
stances speak above a whisper."
"In that case," she replied thoughtfully, -"you
must keep my husband away from
me." Chicago Post.
Mrs. Noobrlde The surest proof that a
man loves his wife Is when he buys her
everything she wants.
Mrs. Elder Not at alt. The surest
proof is when ho buys here everything she
wants and doesn't growl about It. Phila
"That Mr. Galley must be very poor." -n
"I asked him how he made his money
and he suld he earned it." New Yorker.
"Father." said the little boy, "what Is
a grafter?' '
"A grafter, my son. Is a man who goes
after other people's money on a compara
tively small rrale and gets caught at It."
"You think a grat deal of your husband,
don't you?" said the vMtlng relative.
"You have the wrong proposition," an
swered Mr. Meekton's wife, with the cold
tones of the superior voman: "I think for
him." Washington Stsr.
"I thought," he said, "that I knew how
to make love."
"And don't vou?"
"Well. It didn't seem to work rlirht when
I told Rone she was the only girl I had
ever loved." ,
"What did she say?"
"She said she'd, never marry a liar."
"Novr Let the Battle Begin.-
While we might not be able to thrash
Colombia single-handed, it must be remem
bered that we are to receive help from
Boom for More.
The United States now has 210,000 miles
of railway. And yet there are some parts
of the country that are hundreds of miles
from a railway.
SOl'THERX CHAMPION FOR WEBSTER
Contributor to NaahTllIe Paper Invites
Attention to Kebraskan.
To the Editor of the American: The re.
publicans of Nebraska have brought out
Hon. John L. Webster of Omaha as a can
didate for vice president. There Is much
bbout the "boom" of this emlnept Jurist
that looks like It . has .' staging qualities."
Mr. Webster is a native of Ohio, born In
1847. His genius as a journalist, hia broad
grasp of great public questions and bis
purity of character have already attracted
wide attention und given him national re
pute. Hitherto he has been chiefly content
with a private station, although widely
known for his great and profound interest
In public affairs. His position In that far
west, which has come to be a thing to be
reckoned' with by the grudging east, gives
him a formidable starting point.
Perhaps the strongest card his devoted
The Pot Should Kern St
Still. It is not in particularly good taste
for Englund to develop such conscientious
scruples about what we may have done
In Panama, considering what she did In
One Republle Sut I ngratef al.
Nr- York Tribune.
Not every republic Is' ungrateful .when
the pension bill of the Stars and Stripes
carries an appropriation of more than
$13.010,(10 nearly thirty-nine years after
the surrender of Appomattox.
Chancellor Andrews is altogether too
gentle lu handling the narrow minded
A Waste ot Mrratji.
Whtn a man has nothing to talk about
which interests hi in more than the shadowy
poslbl!itli of the dUtaiit future he may
discuss with propriety the passing away cf
the wajje system. It Is not a living ques
tion. It la one which to of merely specula-
Rockefeller has given Chicago university
couple of millions more. While the lamp
holds out to burn, the vilest sinner don't
care a d rn.
Senators have a terrible time wrestling
with Spanish words. They put the accents
on the wrong syllables or give erroneous
sounds to the vowels.
A learned member of the Kansas City
council known as Huckle Berry, vehe
mently denounced a recent action of the
mayor as a "coat of tar." Another learned
Mlssourtan says he meant "coup d'etat.'"
The story comes from Parsons, Kan., of
a man who was overcome ny Knockout
drops placed in whisky. It Is a wanton
attack on the reputation of Kansas whisky.
A professional pugilist doesn't need as
sistance to floor an amateur.
Of all the sad words of tongue or pen,
the saddest comes from the crew of the
cruiser Cincinnati, now in Chinese waters.
For the love of humanity and for our
sake," they write In unison, "we beg, of
you to tell us how old ts Ann?"
Captain Hohson. who believes the great
object of every man. woman and child
should be to turn to and urge the T'nl'fd
States to build warships, says he doesn't
answer criticism, but lust saws wood. Trob-
ably he doesn't cut much, though the
wheels seem to buzz.
Senator Hoar In his remarkable speech
last week dealt frequently with the word
Panama." which he Invariably spoke as
though It rhymed with "pajama." Senator
Henry Richard Gibson comes to congress
from one of the mountain districts of Ten
nessee, where they make moonshine whisky
and vote the republican ticket with such
persistence as continually to keep the In
ternal revenua officers busy and the dem
ocrats out of office. Ho la short of stature.
He bos a weak, squeaky little voice which
sometimes gets clogged In the midst of
what might be an eloquent peroration or a
flight of oratory calculated to bring forth
the appluuse of his auditors.
Glbcon was addressing hlmbtlt to the
ldlosyncracles of the democrats In general
and their-position upon the tariff question
In particular, when he exclaimed:
"Why, tariffs are like a pair of suspend-
IX THE GOOD OLD SIMMER TIME.
I sat nnd watched her ns she packed.
And suld (aside) that If she lacked
A single thing a girl row Id want
To carry on a summer jaunt,
I'd rather not have my poof wit
Taxed with the task of burning It.
A case of pencils, sketching block
And paper Oh, a splendid stock!
A cunning stool her ndjectlvc
A white umbrella ns I live,
When this nice Item met my view,
I wished that I were going, too!
These sundries got a special tray, '
And with such care were tucked away,
It seemed she meant to give to Art
Much of her time the better part,
If not quite all. And later she ,
Confided this was so to me.
Iter letters, for ft little while.
Cnme frequently, and when the pile
More slowly grew they painted still
In glowing tints the shore or hill.
And what more natural? I thought
She'd come home sadly overwrought.
Instead, a flat portfolio
Was all that greeted me. for though
Two strong, brown hands held o'er the
maid . , t
Her white umbrella, In Its shade
The only sketches finished were
Of rosy custlts lu the air.
frtnrln ran nlnv In Iha rernflrniKed fact thnt
If he should be called to the foremost place Daniel, the eloquent Virginian, had occa
the country would have a helmsman equal 'on to speak often or the treaty or isew
Granada, which he pronounced as tnougn
It rhymed with Canada
With the Incumbency of Governor Taft
Yale has governed at Manila; with that of
Governor Hunt. In Porto Rico; with that cf
Governor Carter, In Hawaii, and with that
of Governor Brady, in Alaska. Governors
Taft. Hunt. Carter and Brady are all Yale
alumni. Altogether It makes a page in
hlttory which Yale can point to with pride.
"Down in my country," said Representa
tive Swaneon of Virginia, "Just before we
market our cattle we take them from the
clover patch and put them on short gracs
to get their flesh hard and Arm. Every
to any ot our line of presidents. The con
servative elements, who dusire prudence
and care In the executive station, would
hall his nomination aa.a surety of future
wisdom In administration should ho be
called to the first place.
The repubilcuns of this state will do well
to study this eminent gentleman when
they are locking around for a candidate
for the second place.
In this day, when the fiercer sectional
politics have cooled down, the members of
each of the great parties, who are pa tr otic.
wish for the best of tht-lr opponents in the
selection of candidates for high place.
The name is a guarantee.
'The Perfected American Witch," an Illustrated book
of interesting information about matches, tvill be sent
free upon request.
American Waltham Watch Company,
We would be glad to see such a man aa farmer knows that If he leaves his cattle
Jut. a L Webster upon the republican ticket, or. ahort grass too long they get In tad
s that, should we fail to secure a demo- condition. The trouble with the democratic
crat, we will have the beat the oppoaitloa party is that we have been on short grass
can do. H. M. DOAK. too many years. What we need Is a chance
Cedarwood, Tenn., Dec. 22, VKi. 1 at the clever patch.'
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