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before m this list day of August, 1806.
(BesJ) M. B. UUNOATQ,
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WHEN OCT OF TOW,
abaerlbers laavlas; tha alts' tem
porarily shaald hav Tfca Be
csallsd t (ken. It is better thaa
lly letter frosa aosa. Ad
drass will k ekaacel a oftea as
requested. ,
Now that the Taft party has returned
Bourkd Cock ran may learn what demo
crats at home think of his conversion at
Manila.
IMt It down that the people of Omaha
will refuse to warm up to the political
campaign until after the festltal Ben
son Is over.
It Is to be hoped the signal corpa
iwlll signalise Us advent In Omaha by
marching in the procession of King Ak
Bar-Ben next week.
Although It has started out rather
lively, Chicago will have to work taster
If it la to equal New York in the matter
of insurance Investigation. . '
Tfee new Anglo-Japanese treaty dem
onstrates the fact that Ruasla was for
tunate in starting Its war before the
first agreement was amended.
King Ak-Sar-Ben la almost ready to
make his triumphal entry into Omaha.
Maks sure that you are ready to per
forin your part as a loyal subject
Admitting his good Intentions, Is It not
a little presumptuous for Colonel Bryan
to offer advice continually to Mr. Roose
velt on the subject of running the gov
ernment?
Republican primaries In Massacbu
setts indicate that reciprocity senti
ment there could not survive the double
standard idea engrafted upon It by the
Chicago conference.
The Chinese boycott has signally
faKed, but the Chinese merchants may
become sufficiently up-to-date to adopt
a retaliatory tariff and then Uncle Sam
will have to look to his lwirels.
In Insuring the freedom of trade of
all nations in Cores, Great Britain does
not exhibit much confidence In the as
sertlon that British manufacturers can
not keep pace with the rest of the world.
No Nebraska taxpayer will begrudge
paying his share of the bills for rail
road far filed by Attorney General
Brown, if he -succeeds In making the
railroads come to time in the payment
of their taxes.
Ths local Job printers are knocked
out f a big contract for In I lot printing
this year by the introduction of the vot
ing machines, but they will get even la
their bills . for supplying the primary
election ballots.
The National Postmasters' association
Jn convention can prove of service to
aom of Its members by discovering a
way to make "the most trusted em
ploye" show signs of weakness before
be gets away with the cah.
An association has been formed to ex
periment with dry" farming in the
ami-arid region; but congress should
not repeal the Irrigation laws until at
least one dividend has been declared on
itock In the dry farms company.
Typhoons are said to be caused by
the presence of a stratum of cool air
ever a stratum of hot air. Under these
rlrcttiustances It Is easy to account for
the recent disastrous storm at Manila,
but surprising that It did not sooner
follow ths advent of the congressional
visitors.
The exchange of coinpllmentarles be
tween council men in the council cham
ber if Indulged down south would pro
voke revolver encounters outside of
the city ball, but I4 Omaha eouncllinen
who call each other liars during the
session extend courtesies tfore the
bar after the session aud drink to each
vuier neaiin,
I
VEHtZCKLAS MLATlfMS.
It is Stated that one of the Important
topics which President Roosevelt will
discuss In his snnual message to con
gress Is that of the relations between
this country and Veneiucla. These are
not at presc .', entirely satisfactory, th
governmei t of the southern republic
having for some time shown an un
friendly spirit and even assumed a
menacing attitude, If reports from there
have correctly represented the situation.
These indicate that not only has Presi
dent Castro taken a defiant position,
but also sought to create In neighboring
republics a feeling of hostility toward
the United States.
While It Is the policy of this country
to cultivate the most friendly relations
with the republics south of us a policy
repeatedly affirmed and carefully pur
suedIt Is at the same time tho duty
of our government to see that Amer
ican rights and Interests in those coun
tries are properly respected and that our
citizens there are fairly and Justly
treated. This the Venecuelan govern
ment has seemed Indisposed to recog
nise. Its course in some respects being
wholly arbitrary and calculated to dis
turb friendly relations. The attitude
of Venesuela toward foreign countries
Is also such as to Invite trouble, in
which the United States might possibly
become Involved in upholding the Mon
roe doctrine.
No one will find fault with President
Castro in using all proper efforts to
conserve the interests of his country
and promote the welfare of its people,
but he must be required to have regard
for the rights and interests of other
countries and for those obligations
which are Imposed upon ' Venezuela as
a member of the family of nations. If
Castro and his adherents do not under
stand what is necessary In this respect
they must be taught and an exigency
may arise when It will be Incumbent
upon the United States to Impart tho
instruction. This country has assumed
the responsibility of protecting the in
dependent states of this hemisphere
agalr.'t European aggression. It Is
pledged to maintain the territorial In
tegrity of the southern republics and
to safeguard them from the forcible
Introduction of the political systems of
Europe. In other words It , guarantees
the security of their territory and their
Institutions. This responsibility .carries
with it the right to counsel and to exert
all proper influence to avert conflicts
with foreign nations.
Persistence In the course she has for
some time pursued will Inevitably lead
Venesuela Into war. It would seem
that the men In power there expect this,
for It Is said they are preparing for
such an eventuality. It is therefore
manifestly the duty of our government
to plainly state Its relations with Ven
ezuela and v. hat may be expected of It
In the event of the republic continuing
to disregard international obligations
and the rights of the citizens of other
countries. In 'bis last annual message
Mr. Roosevelt very clearly : defined the
position of the United States toward
the southern republics, pointing out that
chronic wrong-doing on the part of any
of those countries might force the United
States to the exercise of an interna
tional police power. "We would Inter
fere with them only in the last resort,
and then only If It became evident that
their inability or unwillingness to do
Justice at home and abroad had Violated
the rights of the United States or bad
Invited foreign aggression to the detri
ment of the entire body of American na
tions." It appears to be necessary or
expedient to reaffirm this statement of
the position of our government
THE QREQQ OAS FRANCHISE-
Crimination and recrimination be
tween members of the city council over
the departure of Mr. Gregg, who sought
to procure a franchise for supplying
Omaha with "dollar" gas, is of com
psratlvely small moment to tills com
munity. On broad gauge principles it
Is the duty of ttie mayor and council to
submit to the citizens for their approval
or rejection any proposition that would
materially cheapen the cost of public
utilities, provided It Is coupled with
guarantees that will safeguard the city
against Imposition and combination
that would nullify the benefits to be de
rived, and providing, also, that the par
ties who seek the franchise are willing
to deposit a sufficient amount to cover
the cost of the election.
There are features in the proposed
new gas franchise ordinance, however,
that would Justify the mayor and coun
cil In Insisting on its radical modifica
tion before the proposition Is submitted.
The gaa franchise ordinance which the
council has been asked to submit for
ratification to the people confers upon
Frank M. Gregg and his successors snd
assigns the right to construct, main
tain and operate gas works in the city
of Omaha and to sell and supply gas
in said city for a period of forty-three
years from the date of the ordinance
and the price of gas for the entire
period Is fixed at $1 per 1,000 cubic
feet for consumers and 80 cents for pub
lic buildings.
We doubt whether there are a dozen
fairly Informed people In Omaha who
could be Induced to vote a gas fran
chlse for forty-three years to anybody
When the franchise was voted to the
Omaha Gas company twelve years sgo
the council attempted to make the life
of the franchise fifty years, but .this
attempt was met with strenuous popular
opposition and was frustrated by an
appeal to the courts, and the time was
cut from fifty to twenty-five years.
has been suggested that the Gregg
ordinance was simply a scheme to ex
tend fiie franchise of the Omaha Gaa
conipanjt thirty years beyond its ex
piratlon. W nether the suspicion is well
grounded. Vr not we feel sure the
present connJ would cheerfully ac
cept a thlrty-yVsr extension of Its fran
chlse on the m terms. Dollar gas
fifteen years hencNf m'7 00 cents too
high, snd while tb proposed ordinance
J reserves ths rltfht I
the city to buy tn
1
plant on the three-appraiser plnn, its
experience with the water works ap
praisement does not warrant the belief
that the municipal gas plant could be
acquired on very short notice.
The section of the Gregg ordinance
also that exempts from paying any roy
alty on gas sold for the first five years
would likewise be decidedly objection
able. It goes without saying that the
new gas company would reduce more
or less the output of the present gas
company and correspondingly reduce
the royalty to which Omaha Is entitled.
Other features of the Gregg ordinance
would call for amendmeut lefore the
proposition Is finally submitted to the
voters.
MR- LESLIE'S QUALIFICATION
OMAHA. Sept. . 1905. To the Editor of
Th Be: In th evening Issue of The Bee
on Monday, the 25th lnt., you printed an
editorial entitled "Mr. Leslie Should With
draw,'" In which you undertook to present
your reason (or hi withdrawal.
Th only objection to Mr. Leslie presented
by you Is his qualification as a lawyer.
Tou have little or no personal aoqualntance
with Mr. Leslie and can form no personal
opinion concerning his qualifications. I
have known him Intimately for about ten
years last past. A portion of this time Mr.
Leslie was associated with me in the prac
tice of th law and I know from that re
lationship, and a continued acquaintance
thereafter, that he Is fully qualified as a
lawyer to discharge the duties of county
judge on behalf of the people of Douglaa
county. It Is not the so-called leaders of
th bar who make the best judges. They
are usually too aggressive.
As chief clerk of the county court Mr.
Leslie's duties have been such as to make
him peculiarly well qualified to becom
county Judge. By reaaon of his clerkship
he has made a special study of th law re
lating to the administration of th estate
of deceased persons and trust estates. He
la especially well qualified to administer
these estates. Nearly all the business of
the county court comes within this branch
of th law.
Tou say that Mr. Leslie "presumes al
together too much on party fealty and
popular Indifference." A a party measure
Mr. Leslie has been nominated according
to the Dodge primary law. He Is therefore
entitled to th vote of the people in the
coming election. According to the law, the
publlo ha not been Indifferent, but ha
chosen Mr. Leslie as th representative of
bis party (or the position of county Judge.
I have no hesitancy in saying that Mr.
Leslie la as well qualified to discharge th
duties of county Judge a any man who has
entered into that honorable office within
the past twenty years, and in the matter
of the administration of estates I am con
fident that he la better qualified.
I write thi letter as a matter of In
formation to you and through your parwr
to the public. If you will kindly print It, and
In no manner as a criticism upon vou.
BYRON O. BURBANK.
The Bee cheerfully accords to- Mr. Les
lie place in Its editorial columns for the
appeal made in bis behalf by Byron G.
Burbank, but It regrets that it cannot
concur. The most ardent admirer of
Mr. Leslie will not contend that a man
Is qualified to be a Judge unless he has
been engaged In the practice of law for
a reasonable period. To say that Mr.
Leslie is as well qualified to discharge
the duties of county Judge as any man
who has entered Into that, honorable
office within the past twenty years Is
a most uncharitable reflection upon
Judge Vlnsonbaler and his predecessors
in office, each of whom was a practicing
lawyer of at least several years stand
ing before be presented himself as a
candidate for Judicial honors.
Mr. Leslie's law practice with Mr.
Burbank was chiefly confined to clerical
work and the collection of rents. If
Mr. Leslie had really been an attorney
he certainly would not have given up
his practice to serve two or three years
In the position of bailiff, or court mes
senger, at $7o a month, aud six years as
chief clerk of the county court for $100
a month.
Mr. Leslie's familiarity with the
probate business of the county court may
count for something In his favor, but It
also constitutes a drawback. The peo
ple of Omaha, we believe, want a radi
cal change of probate court methods,
which can be effected only by an in
cumbent who Is free from all entanglo
meut with the present county Judge.
ROOSEVELTS CqWFEREXCB.
Although the czar has taken the first
formal step for a second peace con
ference, having a few days ago In
structed the diplomatic representatives
of the Russian government to Invite
the various governments to send dele
gates to another conference, with par
ticular reference to settling certain in
ternational questions arising out of the
far eastern war, the real credit for the
movement belongs to President Roose
velt It was he who took the Initiative
when In December last he caused a clr
cular note to be sent to the powers eg
natory to The Hague convention calling
attention to the need of another peace
congress to determine certain questions
requiring to be settled. Rome of these
questions were pointed out in the clr
cular.
The note met with a generally fa
vorable response, but the war being then
in progress It was not deemed an au
eplclous time to convene a conference
and so the matter was left In abeyance
until the war should be ended and the
belligerent powers could participate,
Tbe action on the rart of the president
of the United States, however, made
certain the holding of another confer
ence, so that what has now teen done
by the czar is In fact simply following
out the proposition of Mr. Roosevelt
All the credit for the first Hague con
ferenee belongs to Nicholas II, but the
second conference will be of American
origin rather than Rnsslan and the
credit for railing It rightly belongs to
our chief executive.
Former Secretary of State George W,
Marsh has volunteered the opinion under
oath before the United States com mis
sloner that the Union Pacific railroad
was overvalued by the State Board of
Assessment In 1004. H points back
ward to tne ract tnat ne maae a mo
tion in the State Board of Assessment
which was seconded by former Auditor
Weston, tbat ths assessment be low
ered, but fortunately for blm as well
as for ths other members of the state
board, the motion did not carry, be-
J C(LIUC majority 0f ths board disagreed
f
with blm. How Mr. Marsh has man
aged to figure out that the Union Pa
cific or any other railroad In Nebraska
was overvalued In the assessment of
10O4 In the face of the market value
and earnings passes comprehension.
The appesrance of Mr. Marsh against
the state and In favor of the railroads
who are trying to evade their Just pro
portion of the burdens of taxation Is a
striking commentary of the pernicious
Influence exerted by political railway
domination. .
ADDED A8SVRA&CE OF PEAIE-
The terms of the new treaty of al
liance between Great Britain and Japan
give added assurance that peace In the
far east will be maintained at least
during the life of the treaty. The gen
eral scope of this agreement had been
announced In advance of the publica
tion of the text, but there are one or
two features which were not before
made clear. For Instance, there Is an
unqualified declaration that the com
mon Interests of all the powers In China
shall be preserved "by Insuring the Inde
pendence and Integrity of the Chinese
empire and the principle of equal op
portunities for the commerce and in
dustry of all nations in China." This
very important stipulation should Te-
niove all doubt as to the intention of
Japan In regard to the open door for
trade. Those who have urged that It
would be the policy of Japan to If pos
sible shut out other nsttons from the
Mancburtan market will see In this
clause of the alliance how entirely mis
taken they have been. Again in regard
to Cores it is stipulated that no meas
ures which Japan may adopt for the
guidance and control of that country
shall be "contrary to the principle of
equal opportunities for the commerce
and Industry of all nations."
Thus the treaty fully recognizes the
principle for which the United States
has contended and establishes It upon
a firm and enduring basis, for the pow
erful influences now supporting It are
not likely ever to be less. So far as
China Is concerned, she should most
heartily welcome this treaty, which In
sures her territorial Integrity and will
enable her to enter, without restraint or
obstruction, upon a new era of progress.
Great Britain obtains through the al
liance security for ber Indian posses
sions nnd Japan is assured of an Indefi
nite period of peace In which to de
vote her energies wholly to the work
of Industrial and commercial expansion.
It Is an agreement of the greatest Im
portance to the two nations and of uni
versal Interest, In which the United
States has a very large share.
The local organ of the demo-pops con
tinues to reiterate Its belief In a direct
primary system with the purpose of
creating the Impression that direct pri
maries are part of the demo-pop creed.
The fact Is. however, that direct pri
maries have been frequently held In
Nebraska by republican organizations
In this and other districts, but no direct
primary nomination was ever given a
democratic candidate except under com
pulsion of the newly enacted Dodge
law. Actions speak louder than words.
From present Indications the railroads
of the country are to receive most of
their aupport In their fight against gov
ernment supervision from southern con
gressmen and senators, who are still
standing for democracy and state rights.
That remlnas us that the popocrats
were responsible for installing Dr. An
drews as chancellor of the state univer
sity. Accusing him now of being "In
spired by mammon" makes It look as
If they were sorry they did It
It Is to be feared some people will
see in Rockefeller's advice to young
men to put their thoughts on the higher
things of life a desire on his part to
escape that critical study to which he
has recently been subjected.
Go-By of the Easy Boss.
New York Commercial.
nntnp Piatt has to avoid Omaha. Well.
that isn't such a deprivation If one has
passes over other line.
Easy Money.
8t. Louis Glob Democrat.
Tt la estimated that the Panama canal
will coat th government $1,000,000,000. The
easleat way to raise th money wtll be
to author-lie Mr. Shonts to start an In
surance company.
Far-Fetched Popularity.
Washington Post.
That "money contributed by the Ufa In
surance companies really belonged to the
policy holder, and th campaign manager
who accepted it probably looked upon It
as a popular subscription.
Drawloar th Cork.
Boston Transcript.
Th manufacturers of proprietary medi
cines are squirming over the recent ruling
of the commissioner of Internal revenue.
It 1 calculated to expose a tjiest deal of
bad whiskey disguised with a few drugs.
Money Was I'aaaeessary.
Philadelphia Record (Dam.)
The popular tide In favor of President
Roosevelt was so strong that there can
ba now no doubt of his election If the cor
poration had not contributed one dollar
to the republican campaign fund. He need,
therefore, feel under no obligations to the
corporations for th money which he did
not ask of them and which they bad no
light to give.
Fact and Prophecy.
Portland Orezonlan.
James J. HU1. addressing Minnesota
farmers, said: "Thar Is on way, how
ever. In which you may b helped, and
that Is by lessening th cost of trans
portation." That's truth. Continuing, h
declared: "Railroad rates would decline
more slowly under government control
than If fixed by those who Intelligently
managed railroads." Tbat's prophecy. And
there ar two klnda of prophets.
An Appeal to EvU Precedent.
Chicago Chronicle.
In defense of th Indiana atat auditor.
who Is charged with Improper us of th
fund Intrusted to hi car. It U aaid that
hi predecessors have don th same thing.
It I singular how man who ar otherwise
logical will urge this uttsrly Illogical de
fense. If It principle were accepted no
criminal could b punished, because a suf
ft dent defense wsuld be to show that
somebody else one committed ths crime
cLaifed agaiust blia.
rl EVELAM) O W OMAX SI FFRAQE
Ea-Prsldent Tell Wkr Womea Ar
netter OST Wlthnst th Ballot.
Kx-Prenldent Orover Cleveland con
tributes to the October number of th La
dlns' Home Journal an article entitled,
"Would Woman Suffrage Be rnwtaeT" He
holds that It would. Among other thing
b says:
It will not do to suppose that a majority
of the senslhle and responsible women Of
the land desire suffrage and admittance
to the activities of politics. On the con
trary, there is now a great preponderance
of these who either actively oppose all
movements In this direction or are con
tentedly Indifferent.
A few years ago the question of allow
ing municipal suffrage In Massachusetts to
women was submitted to all the voter of
that state who were eligible to vote for
school committee. Ths number of womn
at that time qualified to register and bal
lot on the question was about 675.000. Of
these more than M0, 000 declined to vote.
The total woman's vote cast In favor of
the proposition wsa smaller than had some
times been cast in school election. There
were forty-seven town In which not on
woman's ballot was cast In the affirmative
and In each of 138 other towns fifteen
women or less voted. j
I think twenty states which refuse to
women all other suffrage privileges per-,
mlt them to vote for school officers, either
without restriction or under certain condi
tions. It Is alleged, however, that the
number who avail tsmxelvs of this privi
lege Is commonly very small.
It Is said with apparent authority that
at the elections for school officers, which
ought to Interest all women who In good
faith desire to be really useful by means
of their suffrage, the proportion of women
who vote In the state of New York Is
estimated at 2 per cent. In Connecticut
at from 1 to Z per cent, and In Massachu
setts ordinarily at not more than t or 4
per cent.
The decrease of their desire to vot on
this question Is Indicated by such statistics
as these: In the city of Chicago 29.R1H
women registered as voters In 1W4. But
In 1898 the number was only 1,488. In the
year 1895 In the city of Cleveland S.881
women registered, but In 1R9S this number
was reduced to eighty-two.
In the face of such an adverse majority
and such IndlfTerence among their own
sea it Is not unreasonable to assume that
the propagandists of female suffrage who
continue to goad on the cause rely con
siderably for final success upon the aid
of the numerous woman's clubs, which,
whatever their declared objects may be,
are apt to pave the way to the reception
of woman suffrage radicalism. I have
lately received a letter from a thoroughly
conscientious lady which Illustrates the
gradation from membership In a moderate
woman's club to the most extreme affilia
tions. While protesting In a delightfully
womanly way against my view in regard
to woman's clubs she frankly admitted
the consequences, In her own case, of ac
quiring the club habit. She first joined a
literary club for the "mutual improvement
and culture" of Its members, then an art
club, then a civic club, and finally, having
thus been brought within the Influence of
certain missionaries In the cause of female
municipal suffrage, she became, and con
tinues to be, an ardent convert to that
doctrine.
I do not claim that many Instances have
fallen under my observation which so com
pletely demonstrate how apparently Inno
cent club membership leads to unantici
pated extremity. It" is not unusual, how
ever, for women In all stages of such mem
bership to admit that the formation of the
club habit la one Of its frequent accom
paniments. ' j
Those most active In pushing th demand
for woman suffrage point In Its vindication
to what they deem wholesome legislation
accomplished In the few states where such
suffrage has been granted. I am afraid,
however, that In dealing wlrh this feature
of the question these advocates occasionally
take a mistaken view of the relationship
between cause and effect.
I believe It will be found that If the wise
and progressive legislation In these woman
suffrage states Is weighed against such
legislation In states where woman suffrage
I withheld, the balance will certainly not
be found against the latter. As bearing
upon the credit due to woman voters for
legislation where full female suffrage has
been adopted. It Is worth noting that th
male voters exceptionally outnumber th
female voters In sll these localities.
It Is sometimes claimed that woman suf
frage would have the effect of elevating
and refining politics. Neither Its short trial
In four states, containing In the aggregate
population very slightly In excess of one-
third In population of the city of New
York, nor our political experience or ob
servation supports this claim.
The state In which full female suffrage
prevails ar ' Colorado, Utah, Idaho and
Wyoming. In the first two of the states
the proportion of female voters 1 con
siderably greater than In the others, , and
yet the voters of Utah have lately elected
through their legislature to the United
States senate a man whose fitness Is now
the subject of a pending senatorial Investi
gation, and not long ago they elected to
congress another man whom that body
rejected. These Incident may not go far
toward discrediting woman suffrage, but
they certainly do not Indicate Its Invariably
refining and elevating tendency.
I hope It will not be deemed ungracious
If I refer to another circumstance which
Is at least Interesting as a coincidence.
Of the four states permitting full woman
suffrage, Colorado should certainly be re
garded as affording the best Illustration of
It results, a this state is most like th
older states of the east In point of urban
population, in the variety and extent of Its
business Interests and In the proportion of
women to men among Its residents of vot
ing ag .
Less than two years ago a member of
th house of representatives from that
stat holding hi place by virtue of an ap
parent majority of the direct votes of th
men and women of his district, resigned
his seat for th reason, as he openly de
clared, that fraudulent vote had been cast
for him In th election. An Investigation
of th case by a congress committee devel
oped the fact tht some of the most glar
ing frauds were committed by woman.
A New Tork newspaper In February, lfcH,
published a summary of the evidence taken
by the committee, from which It appeared
that on woman, admitting her participa
tion In theae frauds, confessed among other
political sin that ah gav direction to
th women who wer to do repeating at th
polls and that twp other women wer as
sociated with her In th manipulation of
ballots, on of whom arranged to have a
fight started at the election place, to af
ford opportunity to throw out the watchers
and challenger of th other party.
Th resigning congressman, with a show
of characteristic masculine gallantry, gav
It as hi opinion that of th persona Impll
catad very few wer women "not mor
than one In ten at th outside." It seems
to m that this statement fall far short
of mitigating the situation. Th most glut
tonous suffrage corrupter In th world
ought to be a happy scoundrel If he could
"Implicate" la bringing about hi end tea
out of every hundred voter.
I hav sometimes wondered If th really
good women who are Inclined to approve
this doctrin of femSl suffrage ar not
deluding themselves with purely sentt-
msuuj views of th subject Hav tbsy
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not in soma way alldwed the Idea to gain
nlare in their minds that If the suirrago
wer accorded to women It would be the
nnre the honest, the intelligent and the
patriotic of th ex who would avail them
selves of It? If Ihey are drifting on the
smooth surface of such a pleasing conceit
as this It behooves them to take soundings
and locate landmarks.
They can perhaps thus bring themselves
to a realisation of the fact that among
women a la. unfortunately, the case now
among men It would not be the best and
most respoaslble that would most diligently
use. their voting powers, and that, even
If every woman in th land should exercise
the suffrage the votes of the thoufthtful
nil conscientious would almost certainly
be largely outweighed by those of the dls-
remitable. the Isnorant. the thoughtless.
the purchased and the coerced. It Is not to
the nurnose to ay that even wltn an mis
the condition among women with the suff
rage would be no worse than It now la
among men.
W need something better for th Im
provement of our auffrage, not an addition
of the bad already existing;. Do respect
able and public-spirited women who favor
female suffrage have a vague Idea that
all women endowed with the franchise can
be taught to exercise the privilege intelli
gently and honestly?
Who Is to undertake this duty and how?
They may rely upon It that the condition
of civic fitness in which the suffrsge finds
the great mass of women will grow worse
Instead of better.
PERSONAL NOTES.
A cynical preacher In Kansas refuses to
accept wedding fees, giving as his resson
that he does not think tt right to profit
by the mistake of others.
A memorial tablet to Jeanne d'Arc Is to
be placed In the dungeon which Is said to
have been the prison of that fair captive
in the tower of the Chateau d'Eu.
Arkansa lynchers who hanged the wrong
man admit freely that the Joke is on them.
When th king of Slam ha on his full
regalia he Is supposed to represent an out
lay of more than H.OnO.OOO.
Acting Secretary Oliver has ordered the
establishment of post schools for the In
struction of children of officers, enlisted
men and civil employes at posts where
there are now no school facilities near.
Six young Chinamen are among the pupils
of the New Bedford (Mass.) textile school,
having been sent to this country to learn
all about the making of ootton fabrics.
Th purpose in this procedure Is to ex
pedite China' industrial development
France will soon be face to face with th
question familiar to this country what to
do with ex-presidents. M. Lou bet, whose
term will soon expire, Is determined not to
stand for re-election. Hop was expressed
to him that h would not leav political
life.
Th wonderful mansion built by Senator
Clark of Montana In Fifth avenue. New
York, I nearlng completion. Th total cost
will be about $5,000,000. It Is not so large
Of
m
Extraordinary!
13th on Farnam Street.
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as one or two others In that neighborhood,
but Is by far ths most costly of any of
them.
II. Foster Bain, on of th best known
practical scientists In th United Stairs
geological survey, has resigned to becomn
state geologist of Illinois. He Is only 33
years old and, with a single exception, will
draw the largest salary paid to any statu
geologist In the country. .
DRIUIIT AND BREEZY.
"Don't be 'larmed 'bout me, m' dear."
said Liuschman; 'doctor says I'm In tun
pink o' condition."
"Nonsense!" retorted his wife, "that doc
tor should have looked at your tongue, not
your nose." Philadelphia Press.
"I've mighty little use," said ITncle Allen
Bparks, "for the man who keeps tilnwlf
so busy with his Jaw trying to save t tin
country from going to ruin that he hasn t
any time to look after the children whllo
his wife is traveling around attending
women conventions and mothers' con
gresss." Chicago Tribune.
Olffle Jlgglns must think a good bit of
his wife.
Splnks Why so?
Ulffle He gives her an 'allowaac M 120 a
week.
Bplnks Oh, he's foxy. He knows fche
could get at least 30 alimony. Louisville
Courier Journal.
"I'm taking my riding lessons In strict
privacy."
"Why not In public?"
"Bo as to avoid the fierce white light th.U
beats about the throne." Pittsburg Post.
"It doesn't take your father long to brush
his hair, does It?"
"No. Mother says his hair reminds her of
a fool and his money." Cleveland Leadt'r.
The Irritable employer turned to his type
writer with a sudden snarl.
"Why don't you write U Just as I say It?"
he demanded.
"Because my typewriter hasn't the ca
tarrh," she quietly responded. Cleveland
Plain Dealer.
"So you still think that every man has
his price?"
"Yes." answered Senator Sorghum. "Anrl
a lot of the Utile fellows manage to do
some scandalous overcharging." Washing
ton Star. ( N
"To be quite correct," asked the new re
porter, "would you say 'Colonel Bluff deliv
ered an extemporantous speech at the ban
quet' or delivered a speech extempore?' "
"To be perfectly correct," replied the old ?r
and wiser one. "say 'an alleged extem
poraneous speech.' " Philadelphia Catholic
Standard.
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Of words of blame, or proof of thus and so,
Let something good bt said.
Forget not that Hn fellow-being yet
May fall so low but love may lift his head,
Even the cheek of shame with tears is
wet.
If something good be said.
No generous heart may vainly turn aside
In ways of sympathy; no soul so dead
But may awaken strong and glorified,
If something good be said.
And so I charg ye, by the thorny c rown,
And by the cross on which the Saviour
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