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JANUA1IY I'D, 1905.
Gossip and Stories
Venerable Ncbroska Soldier and Statesman
Field of Electricity
Telephones and Telegraphs.
I l"LLETIN 17 of the census bureau
I R I rvlw w1,h 1 detail the de
L 1 velonment of the telephone end
telegraph business In the lnltei
States up to 192. Although the
telephone ! a development of thirty yearn
It surpasaea Its flilir sister In number of
employee, capitalisation, Income, value of
equipment, reserve and aurplue capital.
The bulletin showe that the extension of
the Ion distance telephone service, the In
troduction of the commerclnl systems Into
rural districts, the establishment of Inde
pendent rural lines, the development of surh
lines In some Instances Into mutual systems,
with an exchange and more extensive serv
ice, and the rapidly Increasing use of the
telephone In private dwellings, all point to
a growth of the Industry that can hardly be
realized. In 19a2 the wire mileage operated
by commercial end mutual telephone sys
tems together constituted 70.6 per cent or
the combined mileage for such systems and
commercial telegraph systems, and these
same telephone systems gave employment
to 70.7 per cent of the wage-earn s, paid
65.5 per cent of the wages, received 6S per
cent of the revenue and paid 67.1 per cent ot
At the census of 1880 the telephone Indus
try wus In embryo, few commercial com
panies being In operation prior to that yearj
Tho financial Interests represented were
relatively of great Importance, but the
amounts were comparatively Inslgnlflcsni
Is compared with the totals of 1902. The
number of mllee of wire In use In 1902 was
141 times, and the number of telephones
nearly 43 times, as great as In 1W0. The
number of mllea of wire and the number of
Instruments operated In 1902 by the Inde
pendent rural lines, which In 1 were not
In existence, were In excess of the totsls
for the entire Industry In the earlier year.
In 18.-0 the population of the United State
was 50,155,783 and the number of telephones
of ell kinds was M.31. giving an average of
923 persona per telephone; the population
of continental United States In 1902 Is esti
mated at 7K.676.4.16, and the number of tele
phones operated that year was 2.S15,'J7. giv
ing an average of thirty-four persons per
Although In some states the mutual eya
tf;na and the Independent farmer or rural
lines are of great Importance, the propor
tion of the telephone business transacted
by such systems In continental United
States In 1902 was very small. The com
mercial systems numbered 8,157, three times
as many as the mutual ayatema. of which
there were 994, and reported nearly all of
the wire mileage, telephones and sub
scribers. The total revenue of all telephone
systems, from operatlena and all other
sources, amounted to $86,826,636, or ait aver
age of 137.60 per telephone, of this amount
44 per cent was derived from actual epera
tlon. The total operating expenses amounted
to $56,837,062. or $24.56 per telephone; the
total net Income was $21,660,766, or $9.36 per
telephone, and the net surplus for the year
was $6,678,046, or $2.88 per telephone.
' The commercial and mutual systems re
ported 2,315,297 telephones as In' operation
during 1902. Of these 10,361 were publlo ex
changes, 80,870 were publlo or seml-publlo
stations or telephones used by the general
publlo upon payment of a stated fee, and
2,234.066 were private telephones. There were
2.178.86 subscribers reported1, giving an
average of approximately ene telephone to'
each subscriber. The estimated number of
messages or talks during the year ever the
wires of the commercial and mutual sys
tems was 5.07O,5M,66S. For the 4.985 Inde
pendent farmer or rural lines no estimates
could be obtained.
The commercial telegraph messages sent
during 1902 numbered 90,834,789. or leva than
one-tlfty-elxth of the telephone messages,
and the pieces of first-class mall matter
that passed through the mails during the
same year numbered 4,611,271.580, or not
quite as many as the telephone messages.
Estimating the population of continental
United States In 1902 as 78.676,436, there were
thirty-four persons per telephone and sixty
five messages per person, as compared with
an average of 2,190 messages per telephone
durliu: the year.
The commercial telegraph systems num
bered twenty-five In 1902, as compared with
seventy-seven In 1WI0. This striking de
crease Is due to the number of consolida
tion! which have taken place, the magni
tude of the equipment and business showing
a great Increase. At the present time the
telegrsph business la practically controlled
by two companies, yet the number of miles
of wire In operation In 1902 was more than
four times, the number of messages almost
three times, and the receipts from messages
more than twioe as great as In IPSO. The
average rate per message In 1902, after
deducting the number of cable messages
and the receipts therefrom was $1 cents,
as onmpared with 43 oents In 1880.
The total receipts of the commercial tele
graph companies In 1912 amounted to $40,
980,038, of which 8.$ per rent represented
the gross receipts from ;ieration. The
operating expenses amounted to $26,682,411.
the net Inoome to $9,982,004, and the net
surplus for the year to $3,725,311. The com
merelal telegraph companies reported 1,818,.
359 miles of wire In operation In 1902, but
also made a report of 1.307.046 miles as
owned or leased. Of the latter mileage 62 8
per cent was operated by the single or
Morse system, Kl per cent by the duplex
system, 22.6 per cent by the quadruplex
system and the remaining eight-tenths ot
1 per cent by machine or automatic systems.
The commercial telegraph messages sent
during the year 1902 numbered 91.655.2S7, of
which 820,498 were cable messages. There
were 684 railway companies that reported
the operation of telegraph or telephone
lines In connection with the transportation
business. Along their right-of-ways these
coniMnles had 1.127.1S6 miles of single tele
graph and telephone wire, of which they
owned 21.5 per cent.
Wireless Telegraph Testa.
Scores of countrymen, wsitlng for their
.'trains at the Illinois Central station In
Chicago, thought an attempt was being
made to vlutlm.se thera when they saw a
young man sitting in aa aUumoblle re
It mas 4 o'clock when the automobile
arrived. The countrymen saw two bras
rods extending from the rear of the
machine. They watched the machine aa
It came to a etjr. They saw a y -ung man
stand the brass rods upop the cushioned
seats. They saw that tjiey were connected
with a wire. Next they saw the youug
p.an xt-nd a wire to a fire hydrant. Then
they saw the young- man place something
that looked like a telephone receiver over .
his ears Then they saw an electric spark.
Their cui-to, uy reached the ta King stage.
There was a rush for the automobile.
"What's that?"' queried' one,'" more yc.
twosome than the other. '
Wireless telegrsph." was the reply.
"Wireless telegrsph! Say, you can t fool
us. We've read about that. Tou have to
have a high tower."
The young man began to write.
"What's he doing?" queried another.
"Receiving a message."
"Ah. git out! We may be from the coun
try, but you can't fool us!"
The young man continued to write. "Have
you seen Dove?" they saw on his pad.
"Where'e that coming from?" one of them
"From downtown." was the answer.
They were not satisfied. The countrymen,
thought somebody was having fun at their
expense, but they could not see the motive
for a long time.
In the meantime more messages were ar
riving. They were coming as rapidly aa
the young man could WTlte.
Then someone figured out why the young
man was there. "He'll be trying to sell us
that Instrument." h'e said, and there was
a rush from the' station.
Cut the young man had no such Inten
tion. He was an employe of a wireless
telegraph company and was conducting an
experiment The managers of the com
pany have asserted that It would be a good
scheme for the city to supply fire engines
with wireless telegraph Instruments. They
say that it would be unnecessary for an en
gine to return to the engine house when
there was a call from another part of the
fire district They sent a man out in an
automobile to prove that the Idea was feas
ible. The automobile was equipped with brass
rods, a receiving Instrument and an opera
tor. It received mileages that were sent
from headquarters In the Railway Ex
change building to the south side station,
t Thirty-third street and Western avenue,
and only two feet of wire for their antenna
was used. This was a distance of seven
The officials hold that the test demon
strated that messages could be sent for the
distance with practically no upright wires.
Traflle om Trolley Lines.
While the electric roads continue from
year to year greatly to Incresse the number
of passengers carried, the steam roads are
not losing ground materially In the patron
age of travelera. The lines operating In
Massachusetts carried 124,483.665 passengers
the past year, compared with 123,162,793 in
the previous year, 115,645,897 In 1902 and 107.
758,628 In 1901. But the past year's figures
Include 2,507,868 passengers carried on elec
tric lines recently acquired by the steam
companies. Thus passenger traffic on the
steam roads proper was smaller last year
than tho year before. But their average
passenger's Journey continues to lengthen.
It was 17.4$ miles last year (not including
electrlo railways owned by steam com
panies), against 17.16 In 1903, And 16.17 a de
cade ago, from which figure advance hag
been steadily maintained.
Some Curious and
Teaeher aad Editor Esgi(l.
NNOUNCEMENT is made in Bos
ton of the engagement of Miss
Annie Mansfield Sullivan and
John Albert Macy, one of the
editors of the Youth's Com
Although not as well known as
Miss Sullivan is In many
respects quite as remarkable a woman as
her distinguished pupil, for practically all
Miss Keller knows Miss Sullivan taught
Miss Sullivan was born thirty-eight years
ago. When a child she was attacked by
a disease that threatened to destroy her
sight She was sent to the Perkins school
for the blind in Boston, where skillful
treatment saved her eyes, and she became
one of the teachers In the school. When
Helen Keller came (here, deaf, dumb and
blind. Miss Sullivan became her sole com
panion and teacher, and the infinite labor
and patience which taught the sorely af
flicted girl not only to read and write, but
also to talk and then to graduate with
honors from Radcllft college, will never
Mr. Macy Is 28 years 'old, a Harvard
graduate and a writer of aome reputa
tion. One of Cupid's Mistakes.
Willis Thurman and Augusta Hemmlng
way of Tipton, Qa.. are two young peo
ple with whom Cupid trilled badly. He
made a mistake with him. He made a
grievous mistake; he convinced Willis and
Augusta that they were In love with each
other. He made them believe that they
were made for each other. They were not.
It took them some time to find this out.
Cupid In throwing them together fooled
them; inefficiency in him seemed Impossi
ble. So when Cupid whispered to them
that they were to love each other they
followed his suggestion, like loyal sub
jects following the suggestions of a king.
They walked the way of lovers, were en
gaged, Wtre to be married.
Then, twenty-four hours before the time
aet for the wedding. Miss I lemming way
dlaoovered the lack of ability of Cupid.
She suddenly awoke to the fact that she
and W'UUs were not In love with each
other; that Cupid had gently prevaricated
when he spoke to them thus. It was all
right for other people to follow CLpld's
dictates, thought Miss Hemmlngway, but
for her there was going to be no mistake
in so serious a matter as an affair of the
heart. Twenty-four hours before her
wedding was to take place this girl made
this discovery. Only twenty-four hours,
but It was enough for her to change her
mind, find another fellow and marry him
before Willi Thurman came to be mar
ried. Many people are not thus fortunate;
to become aware of the faults of Cupid
before the wedding.
Lore's Plana Uo Awry.
A recent Chicago bride sat disconsolate
among the cut glass, silver and jewels
which had been showered upon her. The
cause for her depressed spirits she thus ax
plained: "You see. It was this way. When Bob and
I decided to have a church wedding I chose
Nell Belmont for my maid ot honor she's
the best friend I have or ever did have,
you know end Bob sent east for his oollege
chum, Ned Byerly, to come on for best
man. Ned's a dear, and so's Nell, and the
thought just struck me, why not? It would
be such fun to have Ned and Nell fU in
love with each other.
"Well, Ntd was coming on from the eist
on Saturday, so I planned to have Nell
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with me for Sunday, that she would be
sure to meet blm before any of the other
girls. In fact, I just didn't tell the other
girls when he was expected. Of course Nell
didn't know of all thl, so what do you
think she did? Why, on Saturday morning
she wrote me that she'd caught an awful
cold and wouldn't be down till late. Nell
never did have any romance In her soul,
anyway, or I'm sure she'd have suspected.
Well, of course, along about noon If here
didn't come Ruth Jackson, the very pret
tiest bridesmaid I had, you know. Ruth al
ways hi' s had a happy faculty of arriving
by chance at the most unpsychologlcai
moment for every one else, and I was mad
enough to chew tacks. Of Ci.:so I had tu
ask her to stay to luncheon, and here came
Bob and Ned.
"Well, I never saw anything like It. The
other girls called during the afternoon, ton,
but I saw right away It was all up foi
Nell. When she arrived Ned scarcely took
time to acknowledge the Introduction, ana
my plana melted away like Ice In August.
He went home with Ruth that afternoon,
took her to the theater that night, sent her
two dozen beautiful American Beauty rosea
the next day, and spent the evening wltti
her. He managed to arrange It so he was
her partner at all of the affairs given for
th bridal party, and from the time he ar
rived until the wedding five days later he
was her abject slave. Really, I never saw
anything like It; and Nell well, Nell Is one
of those splendidly tall girls, you know, anu
the very smallest usher In the party played
the devoted to her. I told Nell and she
thought It was an awfully good joke on me,
but oh. well, what's the use matchmak
ers are like poets, they're born, not mads,
any wy-and I never did like men fllrta."
A Chasuge of Pnrteers.
Miss Nora Patton and Mr. Brewer Stark
of Yoccoa. Ga., were to be married at the
home of Miss Patton's parents. It was the
old, story. They had met, and Cupid had
arranged affairs so that they fell In love.
Cupid had mnde s mistake. Miss Patton
and Mr. Brewer were not made for euch
other. Cup! had got his wires crossed
again unci had deceived theitwo young
But In this case also the girl with wo
manly Intuition came to know that the lit
tle god was wrong. She did not realize
this, however, until the house was full of
people and the wedding ceremony was to
he performed. But then the truth of the
knowledge came to her with overwhelming;
force. One hour before the hour set to
make her Mrs. Stark Miss Patton resolved
that she would not blindly follow the dic
tates of anybody, not even a god. against
her own judgment. Perhaps an old admirer,
Robert Grogan, bad something to do with
the matter. At all events. It was Grogan
whom she married. Grogan, was the man,
she decided, whom fate had Intended her to
wed. While the happy Btarks, the family,
and the minister waited In the parlor of
the Patton home the girl In the question
was promenadelng down a ladder st the
reur of the house to the ground, where
Robert Grogan was waiting.
"It was all a mistake. Nora," said the
happy Orovan, as they flet.
"Tes. Bob." said Miss Patton; "Cupid's
By and by all the girls will be onto the
errors of the love god; then It will be up to
the boye to convince them that they are
Whesi a Bride la Sot a Bride.
Soma lndon lutpers have been discussing
the subject of honeymoons and have de
cidtd ttiet a, bride ceases to be a. "bride"
CELEBRATED HIS EIGHTY-FIFTH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY. From a Recont
and becomes a "wife" after six weeks of
This is absurd, comments the New York
Press, because there ore some wise women
who are brides all the days of their lives,
and there are some foolish women who
cease to be brides or even wives twenty
four hours after the wedding. No time
limit can be set upon the honeymoon. It
may go down with a dull, sickening thud
after a week of married life, or it may
shine on merrily to the golden wedding.
A woman may know that she has ceased
to be a bride only:
When she finds herself saying uncompli
mentary things to her huaband.
The first time her husband criticises her
When he grows economical with his
When she begins to nag.
When he becomes sarcastic about the
When she does not mind coining to break
fast In curl papers.
When he tells her how pretty some
other woman looks.
When she begins to remember the vir
tues of the man she didn't marry.
When he begins to eulogize his mother.
When a meal becomes so quiet that she
can plan a whole frock between the
When he begins to go out to his olub.
When, she begins to hunt up her eld
rrtnflnner Kllhev. Mrs.
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friends and enjoy calling on them.
When he conies In late for dinner.
When she forgets to come home from the
matinee In tlmo to greet him before din
ner. When the days while he Is away begin to
Deem too short Instead of too long.
As none of these things ever happen if
two people are bent upon prolonging their
happiness, there isn't a scientist ilvlng
who could set an exact date for the wan
ing of the honeymoon.
Elopers Blessed by Pnrents.
Parental blessings have been bestowed
upon John Cuneo and Mrs. Florence Hlll
Cuneo of Chicago whoso marriage and
hasty departure for the east resulted In
their detention In Pittsburg following mes
sages from the youth's father when he
lettrned of his son's plunge Into matrimony.
Both of the young folks are back in Chi
cago and all concerned say the incident is
"Ours was no elopement at all," said the
bridegroom at the home of hla wife's
parents. "We were married at church and
left that night on our honeymoon. True,
we were stopped st Pittsburg because
father did not understand the situation.
The Pittsburg newspaper men got an
entirely wrong view of the whole matter.
I did not occupy a dark cell there and was
not parted from iny wile, even for a mo
ment. We were treated royally by erery-
SALVATION A.KMT WUO BECKNIXT
The Kestor of olf.
EW8 comes from St. At4Irews,
Scotland, that Tom Morris, the
"grand old man of golf," may not
vM b aliln to nlnv his Hnnual birth-
tikis' dny match with H. S C. Everard
In June, nor to start the open champion
ship, which falls at St. Andrews In the
same month. Morris Is now 83, and his
health has been falling for some time past.
It was frlme Minister Balfour who called
him the "grand old man of golf a decade
ago. His name Is a household word wher
ever golf is played. To the Americans who
have made golfing pilgrimages to St. An-drt-ws
the talk with Old Tom has been us
much of an event as the tee up for the first
shot on the classic course.
The Nestor of the links had so far re
covered from his Illness of November last
as to be able to move quietly about the
St. Andrews green. Thru he had a bad at
tack of pleurisy.
Book Agent Hebuked.
Henry James, the novelist, who, after an
absence of twenty years, has returned to
the United States, tells of a book agent
driving many miles to a farmhouses whero
on a previous occasion he had sold a book.
He found the daughter at home and dis
coursed fluently and Impressively on the
merits of this book. For eaoh chapter he
had a word of commendation. Tho pictures
received detailed explanations. When he
lind concluded his argument and stated the
financial proposition the girl opened her
mouth reluctantly and said: "Papa
brought that book homo with him the day
before yesterday." After the agent had ex
hausted his supply of polite yet emphatic
words and condemned tin? girl for letting
him discourse when Ms tlma was so valu
able, the ilauglAer ventured the following
explanation: "Sir, last year you soM me a
book on etiquette. That book says that the
art of being ugrteable consists in knowing
how to be a good listener. I did not wish
to bo discourteous."
8am Wnlllni Gambler.
Pamtiel Walliu, better known throughout
the mountain country as Swede Sam, the
gambler, dropped In for a visit to Helena,
Mont., the other day and began by losing
Money at the rate of more than $4 a minute
for twelve consecutive hours at bucking
Wallin arrived from Butte on the mid
night train, and after doping out the ponies
for tho next day's races, entered a Main
street gambling house and purchased $1,000
worth of chips, which gradually but stead
ily slipped from his grasp. This operation
was repeated three times, until 4 o'clock
the next afternoon ho was between $3,109
and $3,200 loser.
Seeing that luck was against him and
desiring to play the fifth Los Angelea race,
he retired. Entering the pool room he
made a wager, which he also lost.
Boarding the train for Butte, Wallin slept
body In. Pittsburg and had a splendid time."
Tho father of the young man whose
course at Yale was terminated abruptly by
hla marriage could not be seen, but at hla
North State street home the Information
was vouchsafed that "everything was all
Ire and son to Marry.
Timothy L. Woodruff, former lieutenant
governor of New York, la engaged to be
married. This announcement docs not
come from Mr. Woodruff or his fiancee, but
It may be made In positive terms. Mr.
Woodruff's son. John E. Woodruff, Is also
engaged, and there will be a double wed
ding In tho Woodruff family in the early
Mibs Isabel Morrison of New York City
la to become the bride of Timothy L.
Woodruff. His son will wed Miss Eugenie
Watson, daughter of Mrs. Otway Watson
of Columbus, O. Miss Watson is quite
young and the junior Woodruff is only 23.
He is a recent graduate from Yule.
Miss Morrison has been a friend of the
Woodruff family for about three years.
She raet Mr. Woodruff and hla wife while
they were abroad in Europe three years
ago. The Morrisons and Woodruffs be
came close friends and the pleasant rela
tionship formed abroad was maintained
after they returned to America.
Mlsa Morrison was a guest of the Wood
ruffs many times before the death of Mra.
Woodruff. She was entertained at Camp
Klllkare. the Woodruff lodge in the Adi
rondacks. There Are Otlierrs.
"There are others," oalmly remarked
Miss Olive Osburne as she quietly dismissed
the Invited marriage guests who had
assembled to witness her marriage
to Frank E. Brooks, but whioh
ceremony was Indefinitely postponed be
cause of the nonappearance of the groom.
That was Just three weeks ago. The fair
Olive provtd that "there are others" by
becoming the wife of Alexander Withers.
The same guests, were present, and the
ceremony wus performed beneaih a beau
tiful arch embellished with the words,
"All's well that ends we.lL"
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A curious custom has Just been celebrated
at Klin, near Moscow. All the marriage
able girls in the town lined up In the
principal street, decked out In their simple
finery, many of them also having with
them the stock of linen, butiai hold and
personal, which forms part of their dowry.
The young men contemplating matrimony
then walked down the serried ranks of
beauty as they moved toward the church
and selected the girls of their choice. A
formal visit to the parents to arrange de
tails waa then made In eaoh case and a
date fixed for the ceremony.
The Wedding Klugr Flatter.
The wedding ring was placed on the h-n
hand, as nearest the heart, and on tho
fourth finger because that finger was sup.
posed to have Its own "private wire" On
That finger, too, was called the medicine
the shape of a delicate nerve) to the heart,
finger, and the belief was that by virtue or
the little nerve It could detect a dangerous
poison If simply Inserted In the liquid.
From that belief the Idea that weddln
rings the rings worn on that flt.ger had
special curative qualities had Its rise. To
this day wedding lings are rubbed over an
obstinate sty ou ajj eyelid.
three hours while enroute and upon ar
riving in the great mining camp Immedi
ately took a seat In a poker game which
was then III progress. I.uck was appar
ently Htlll against him. as at first he lost
several thousand dollars, but at last It
changed, and st the end of twenty-four
hours be was $10,000 winner. Wallin then
slept for twenty-four hours and has re
turned to Helenn, where he says he will
win back his $3.?00.
Wallin Is one of the best known gamblers
In the west. Ills passion for play la un
paralleled, at least In this section. Several
times he has had fortunes, only to lose
them. Six years ago he left Helena vir
tually penniless, but within two years was
worth $Jii0.oOO. Once while talking with.
Senator Clark, Wallin was heard to remark:
Unit he would net give a snap of his f)nger
for the former' a millions unless he could
gamble with them.
On one occasion he sold his gambling
house and announced his Intention of re
turn! n to Sweden on a visit, but he lost
the entire proceeds before reaching the sta
tion. Again, while on a similar mission, he
went liroke In Now Orleans and had t
telegraph for return transportation. He
has participated In every game of note In
the country and In one week lost fcM),000 as
Hot Springs playing faro.
A Dreamer Rebaked.
Pore tieo X is credited with having ad
ministered a most appropriate rebuke upon
a presuming visionary who pretended to
have discovered the philosopher's stone and
demanded a recompense therefor. His holi
ness presented1 the discoverer with an
empty purse. "The true possessor of the
philosopher's stone," said the pope, "Is the
miner, whose Iron, copper or tin are always
convertible Into more precious metals.
Agriculture la the noblest of all alchemy,
for it turns the common earth into gold
and confers upon Its cultivator the addi
tional reward of health."
The Folk Family.
Governor Folk of Missouri has four broth
ers, all of whom have attained to more or
less prominence. The eldest. Rev. Dr. Edgar
E. Folk, is president of the Southern Bap
tist Press association and one of the best
known pulpit orators In the aouth. The
youngest. Rev. H. B. Folk, is pastor ot a
Baptist church In Midway, Ky. R. B.
Folk Is state treasurer of Tennessee and
one of the most popular politicians In that
state. Carey A. Folk was president of
Boscobel college, Nashville, Tenn., but was)
compelled to resign on acoount of ill health, .
Jarlat and Journalist.
"Memphis lost a good newspaper man
the other day, when Judge Hammond oC
the United States court in that district,
died," said a man from Tennessee, quoted
in the New Orleans Times, "and I may,
add that he was among; the very tetr
newspaper men I have ever known In hla
position. Judges, as a rule, do not possess
what we call . 'the nose Xor news,' and in
many Instances they have but little pa
tlence with what they are pleased to re
gard, often mistakenly, as the reporter's
Ignorance of the law and judicial matter.
Judge Hammond waa not of these. The
mere tyro in the business would always
find a helper In Judge Hammond. He
would go out of his way to aocommodata
tho reporter, go back to his office at night
and remain there for hours Just to keep
some straggling reporter from getting left
on a story. He seemed to love the details
of newspaper work, and it was by no
means a rare thing for him to write a
story during some lull In the court pro
ceedings and in developing the stery he dis
played that rare discriminating genius
we find In the more successful newspaper
men of the country. Judge Hammond held
rather original ideas with regard to the
news value of court events.
" 'Do you know,' he said to me one day,
'that there is something of news value
in even the dryost of court cases? There
may be a new application of an old prin
ciple, or aome new theory growing out of
the old creeda, or a novelty of some sort,
and behind any of these things the sedate
background 'of the old rules of conduct,
the origin, history, growth, names associ
ated with them, events which have marked
the developments after war, as In the case
of many of the principles relating to what
we call In the law "personal rights" as dis
tinguished from "property rights" these
and other things will go far toward enliv
ening and enriching what newspaper men
are too prone to look upon as dry court
"It was precisely this idea that made
Judge Hammond a good newspaper man,
for many of his stories, stories either
written by him or given Into competent
hands, were gauged on this idea. Judge
Hammond waa an able and a Just jurist,
because he loved the law. But I have
often thought the newspaper business was
cheated out of an honorable and brilliant
asset when he made the law the profession,
of his life."
A Tribute to Rasklsu
Venice Is about to pay a graceful tribute)
to the memory of John Ruskln. Within a
few days the city's municipal court will
place a marble slab on the house which
the famous writer occupied for so long,
and which, American travelers will re- (
member, overlooks the canal of the Quid
ecca. The following Is to be Inscribed on
the stone: "John Ruskln lived here from
1877 to 1K82. High priest of art, In the walls
of our St. Mark's as In all the monuments
of Italy, he sought the heart of the artist
and the heart of the Italian painter. Every
marble statue, every bronze figure, every
painted canvas, each thing, indeed, told
him that beauty is a religion if the genius
of a man creates it And the people respect
fully recognize It. This stone Is erected,
by the commune of Venice in gratitude."
General ttreely's Wrath,
General Ore ly, chief of the army signal
Hervlce, has strung telegTaph wires In the
wild. rnesB, has fought In many battles
arid has led an Ill-fated expedition to find
the north pole, but bo Is of the opinion,'
after thinking over his long and active
career, that l,e never had any real trouble
until this winter. Two months ago one tf
the ush luspei'tors told the general tlj.e
avh can In use at his house was too amajjl.
Ureely bought a new one. Last week tlfis
SMlies were not removed and the generfal
made complaint to the department. An
Inspector went up to investigate, lie re
turned and reported to the general: "I
urn sorry, blr, I 'it the reason your ashes
have not been taken away is because your
ash can Is too largo." What General Orecly
said to the Inspector would best be ex
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