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TIIE OMAHA DAILY BEK: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1905.
Tiie Omailv Sunday Urn
E. RG8EWATER, EDITOR.
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before me this 1st day of December, lsw.
(Seal; M. B. HL'NQATK,
WllE" OCT OF TOWI.
Subscribers leartag the city tem
porarily should hate The Be
mailed to them. It Is belter than
dally letter from home. Ad
dress will be changed as often as
The Christmas bargain Las hud its
dny. Muke way next for tho annual
Jaiiuury clearing sulo.
If Senator Culluiu ever said It, he was
not speaking by the card, but the
chances are that he never said it.
It Is an open question whether
Omaha's old settlors will know how to
keep open houae after so many years of
the closed shop.
One might easily imagine the com
manders of Maryland oyster dredges
had served apprenticeship in a regiment
of Don Cossacks.
Hattle-bruiued candidates for mayor
will And Lincoln a haven of rest, and a
place where they can think loud with
out being heard.
Inasmuch as congress has taken a re
ess until after the holidays, the presi
dent's big stick will probably enjoy a
brief period of rest.
Insurance commissioners of New
York may hereafter consider it Inwful
and necessary to go behind the returns
provided by the companies.
Orders for the inspection of American
hogs by Canada are not supposed to
apply to those hogs who cross the line
with bank depositors' money.
The Khake-up In the federal building
is viewed with keen satisfaction at long
range by Secretary Hitchcock's agent
lariat, t'o...iul John 8. Mushy.
The Department of Agriculture Is
again battling manfully against the Hes
sian fly, and the Hessian flying squad
ron has not yet crossed the Potomac.
District Attorney Baxter seems to be
in doubt whether the resignation route
or the removal route offers the smoother
rmdled and more comfortable coaches.
Heiorts of heavy orders for the spring
trade indicate that Uncle Knm has de
cided to postpone business depression
again without the aid or consent of ValI
Now that ex-(iovernor Oilell lina luun
thrown over the battlement by the re-'
publican organization of New York, he
ha hung bis soiled lluen on the political
Those uewspaper excursionists who
were giveu a taste of a storm off the
Pacific coast cannot compluln of nature
not providing Its rarest features for their
cutertalurueitt In California.
Some jeople would like to kuow
whether Tom Worrall Is merely pre
paring a sequel to his receutly published
volume or making arrangements to carry
the war Into the enemy's camp.
A new mineral discovered lu the
Mack Hills has been named "purpjur
Ite." The name Is sufficiently purp
lexlng to make the average Black Hills
miner swear like a recular trooper.
The coal barons have at last liecome
reconciled to the lg stick. At the ban
quet given to the dlumoud king nobility
Pjtou George F. Haer proposed the
toast. ''Blessed Are the Peacemakers."
Ambassador Thompson bus emerged
from the ordeal of the State department
inquisition unscathed and the Omaha
Fakery which predicted his summary
divorce from tho diplomatic service by
special grapevine from Washington will
have to tender Its apology.
f Vl.ltTlXti OF Tf GKEA1ER WEST
The acrimonious controversy between
Ldward H. Hnrrlman and the deposed
uud Imposed Kquitable Insurance .mag
nates Is of comparatively small moment
to the people of the trstnsmlsKissippI re
gion, excepting so far as It sheds light
Into the Inner recesses of life Insurance
management. Hyde was forced out of
the great life association founded by
hi father ttecause he was a profligate
degenerate, and Hyan was superimposed
upon the association through the subtle
and potential Influence of the Standard
Uarriman's career as an empire
builder, and especially his contribution
toward the marvelous improvement of
the great overland railroad Is, however,
of more than passing Interest and chal
lenges admiration. Icss than leu years
ago the Union Pacific railroad was a
financial and physical wreck managed
by receivers durln; the process of fore
closure. The road had defaulted upon
f27.HMSM of Its second mortgage bonds
and WT.nnn.mo more of Interest for the
payment of which the t'nited States of
America wns gunrantor. At that junc
ture no reputable financier would have
dared to venture the prediction that the
Union Pacific would ever pay out fifty
cents on the dollar.
When Unrriman and his associates
liought In the road and paid the claims
of all Its creditors, Including the gov
ernment, dollar for dollar, the country
was almost stupefied over the extra
hazardous risk assumed by the New
Under the magic wand wielded by
Harrlman the Union Pacific haR within
seven years been transformed Into the
greatest railway property in the world.
Physically as well as financially the
Union Pacific railroad Is peerless among
the great railroads of America. Within
the last five years its roadbed, trackage
and rolling stock have been completely
renovated, the distance between its ini
tial point at Omaha and the Pacific
coast shortened nearly 100 miles by the
construction of costly tunnels, bridges
and trestleworks and the transit from
ocean to ocean has been shortened by
fully twenty hours.
Incidentally the construction of great
feeders to Puget Sound and southern
California and the reconstruction of
branch lines In Kansas, Nebraska, Wy
oming and Colorado have vastly im
proved the facilities of the Union Pa
cific system and enormously Increased
the volume of its traffic. These stu
pendous Improvements Involving an out
lay of more than $100,000,000 afford
tangible proof of Uarriman's foresight
and grasp of conditions as well as his
confidence In the future progress of the
great empire traversed by his system,
whose vast resources are' as yet com
paratively undeveloped and which Is des
tined to be peopled by 50,000,000 inhab
itants before the end of the present
AX INTERESTING EXHIBIT.
The special anniversary edition of
Frunk Leslie's Weekly reprints in fac
simile the first number of that paper
issued fifty years ago, containing among
other tilings a map of the then three
proposed Pacific railway routes.
This map purports to show the west
ern half of the United States, as known
In 1855, from the Mississippi river to the
Pacific coast. Across the upper part of
the central portion the word "Nebraska"
sprawls without giving any definite In
dication of the exact limits of the terri
tory to which the name is supposed to
apply. It apparently includes the Irreg
ular strip enclosed between the Missouri
river on the east and north, the Platte
river on the south and the Kooky moun
tains on the west, being touched by Min
nesota, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Utah,
Oregon, Washington uud British
The only four points recorded by name
on the map whhtn the limits of Ne
braska are Council Bluffs, Fort Kear
ney, Fort Laramie and Uast Union, the
latter being on the upper stretches of
tho Missouri. Strangely euough. Coun
cil Bluff Is placed on the west side of
tho Missouri at approximately the place
where Lewis & Clark's famous council
with the Indians U now supposed to
have occurred, although even at that
time the present Council Bluffs was al
ready nestling on the east side of the
river opposite what subsequently be
The route of what later became the
Union Pacific is laid out on the map
with a fair degreeVf accuracy, but oth
erwise there is nothing to persuade the
average observer away from the belief
current In the ',W that Nebraska was
nothing but u great expanse of barren
If the map maker of 1S."kS could com
pare his drawing with a map of Ne
braska of 1 !)." he would surely rub his
eyes to see If he were entranced in a
THE CRIMINAL LAWS
Th:;t the criminal laws of the United
States should be made more effective is
a fact generally recognized and the
earnest way In m hich it has been urged
upon the attention of congress by the
president uud the attorney general
should be productive of results. In his
message of a yeur ago President Roose
velt pointud out several Instances of
long delays and obstruction to Justice
and said that In criminal cases the writ
of the United States should run through
out its liorders and the wheels of Justice
should not be clogged as they have been
In a number of cases to which refer
ence was made. He stated that of re
rent years there has been grave aud In
creasing complaint of the difficulty of
bringing to Justice those criminals
whose criminality, instead of being
against one person In the republic Is
against all persous In the republic, be
cause it Is against the republic itself.
He declared that at present the Interests
of the government, that Is. the Interests
of honest administration, which compre
hends the interests of the people, are
not recognized as they should be.
In his last message the president
again earnestly called the attention of
congress to this matter and asked that
heed !c given to the report of the attor
ney general on the subject. "Our laws
and customs," says the message, "tell
Immensely in favor of the criminal and
against the Interests of the public he
hns wronged. Some antiquated and
outworn rules which once safeguarded
tho threatened rights of private citizens
now merely work hsrm to the general
body politic. The criminal law of the
United States stands in urgent need of
revision. The criminal process of any
court of the United States should run
throughout the entire territorial extent
of our country. The delays of the
criminal law. no less than of the civil,
now amount to a very great evil." Such
a statement coming from the chief exec
utive of the nation certainly ought to
command the most serious considera
tion. It will not be denied that there
Is most substantial basis for it. flie
system of procedure that has grown np
In the federal courts Is not conducive to
the prompt and proper administration
of justice. As Mr. Roosevelt has said.
It "amounts in effect to making the law
easy of enforcement against the man
who hns no money, and difficult of en
forcement, even to the point of some
times securing Immunity, as regards the
man who has money." Numberless In
stances in support of this can be found
In the records of the federal courts; In
deed, they are of almost dally occur
rence. Such a state of affairs is n reproach
to the country and should be remedied
as soon as It Is possible to do so. The
bench and the bar throughout the United
States should take an Interest In tho
subject and use their great influence
with congress In behalf of the needed re
forms. The federal criminal laws must
be revised If we would avoid worse
conditions than those which now obtain
in the procedure of the courts.
UNIVERSAL PENNV POSTAGE.
The father of British Imperial postage,
John H. Heaton. M. P., has recently
renewed his efforts in behnlf of a uni
versal 2-cent postage. An International
1-cent postage on printed matter already
exists, aud Mr. Heaton argues that if
two ounces of printed matter can be car
ried through the international mails for
1 cent, there can be no valid objection
raised against transmitting one-half
ounce of written matter through the
same media for 2 cents. He calls atten
tion to the fact that the world's post
offices are working at a profit and that
it is bad flnauce and against good public
policy to have excessive postal sur
pluses. He should have excepted the
United States, for In our case the Post
office department Is being operated each
year with a variable deficit running into
The sentimental arguments for a low
rate of postage o'u International corre
spondence are not very convincing. The
difference between 2 cents and 5 would
not greatly influence the volume of an
American's correspondence or the num
ber of his letters to friends and rela
tives In other lands, but that a reduc
tion would have some effect seems to
be assumed confidently by those who
have watched the progress of experi
ments in the line of restricted postal
unions, as. for Instance, those between
the United States and Canada, the
T'nited States and Mexico, and between
Oermany and Austria.
It Is very probahle that at some fu
ture time universal penny (2-centi post
age will be established, but tho United
Slates is not yet ready for it and will
not be until our postal revenue at least
equals the expenditures. It Is probable
that this subject will command consid
eration from the International postal
congtess that will be held lu Rome next
AGrh.K TO OBEY THE LA IT.
The agreement said to have been en
tered Into by the executive officials of
the western railroads with a view to
compelling a strict adherence to the
provisions of the interstate commerce
law Is all right providing the agreement
is carried out. It is remembered, how
ever, that such so-called agreements
have boon made before and were broken
almost as soon as entered Into, recollec
tion of which very naturally tends to
cause distrust of the sincerity of the
present reported agreement. It is stated
that tho official of euch roud bound
themselves to inform the Interstate com
mission of any Illegal acts on the part
of any road and a committee was to
be appointed, representing the western
freight associations, to keep watch upon
the situation and report violations of
law and to be ready to furnish evidence
in case of an investigation.
The New York Journal of Commerce
observes that If the report Is accurate
as to the action and purposes of the
western railroad officials, it Id u tribute
to the jMiwer of public opinion and evi
dence of a wholesome fear of what may
be done by congress and those charged
with the enforcement of tho law. "It
Implies," says that paper, "some signifi
cant admissions not'altogether consis
tent with past professions. It implies
that rebates and devices for giving pref
erence to shippers have not been al
ready stopped, as has sometimes been
claimed, aud thut It is potIble to ob
serve the law whenever the executive
officials of the railroads are disused to
do so." The Journal of Commerce, how
ever, is a little skeptical, remarking thut
the reported action of the railroad offi
cials Is not to be received w ithout some
reserve. "Ferbsps they hope to placate
unfriendly sentiment and avert threat
ened action, and It may be that such an
agreement as they are said to have
formed may be difficult to enforce
among themselves." Still It thinks the
new attitude of railroad officials Is a
good sign and should help toward the
solution of the perplexing problem of
regulation, though not to be relied upon
as of Itself a solution. The fact that a
numlier of prominent and Influential
railroad officials have modified or wholly
changed their position regarding pro'
posed rate regulation Is altogether wel
come, but neither this nor any promises
or agreements by such officials must be
allowed to Impair or weaken the purpose
to make the law what It ought to be
for the protection of the public and to
rigidly enforce It.
OX THE RIGHT TRACK-
President Taul Morton's letter to pol
icy holders declares that "the new man
agement of the society, so far as It is
consistent with safety and good business
judgment, will hereafter undertake to
Invest its reserves in real estate mort
gages, or the securities of railroads or
other well-established corporations serv
ing those sections of the country which
produce tho premiums," and gives as
tho reason for this departure that "it
will negative the claim that money paid
for premiums Is sent away from home
and is not available for local develop
ment." Consistent pursuance of this policy,
together with abstinence from participa
tion in Wall street speculations, would
without question counteract In largo
measure the point often urged here In
the west against the big life insurance
companies of tho east, that they drain
tho country of money which ought to
remain at home and be used In the de
velopment of western resources. Be
yond the small amounts loaned to policy
holders on the security of their policies,
the Equitable has not, so far as we
kuow. Invested any of the money con
tributed by western policy holders In
enterprises In the section of the country
which produces the premiums. Some
companies. It Is true, have loaned large
amounts of money on western real es
tate mortgages, but the New York Life,
with its big office buildings In Omaha.
Kansas City and St. Paul, is entitled to
credit as the only one that has identified
itself to any extent with the spirit of
enterprise of the west and bound any
part of its fortunes up with the prosper
ity of its western policy holders.
If the plan outlined by President Mor
ton Is followed by his and other com
panies they will find It necessary to put
all their money for many years to come
In western mortgage securities before
the west will catch up and be even with
Its share of the reserves.
VXITED STATES MARSHAL WARNER
Whatever divergence of opinion may
exist on the question whether the sud
den removal of Marshal Mathews was
or was not mete punishment for bis
offense, there Is no difference of opinion
as to the wisdom of the selection of Wil
liam P. Warner to fill the vacancy
The new marshal Is In every way
equipped to measure up fully to the re
quirements of the place even on the
high scale of President Roosevelt's
standard. He has shown .himself to be
a big man not only physically, but In
the broader sense of the word as
county officer, as state senator, as re
publican state chairman, and if he fails
to make good as marshal it will be In
repudiation of all his previous records.
With Marshal Warner in charge, the
people of Nebraska have a right to ex
pect a new deal in the administration
of that office and its thorough renova
tion from the lax and loose practices
that have grown up there. The action
of the president In appointing Mr. War
ner can be taken In no other way than
as notice thut the marshal must be a
law-enforcing officer and not a sym
pathizer with aud protector of the law
James Gordon Bennett's paper In New
York is out-doing Hearst's most yellow
of yellows In sensational dispatches by
underground wireless from St. Peters
burg. The following is a fair sample:
The Bourse has been panicky; St. Peters
burg is bristling with troops; the sailors
banished from Kronstadt are In a state of
insurrection; the Baltic provinces are in
an alarming condition and Balaclava also.
Lieutenant Schmidt, known as the red Ad
miral, has escaped with the connivance of
his jailors. Twenty telegraph wires have
been cut and the rest may be at any mo
ment. If this happens to reach you It
will certainly be my last dispatch for some
time to come.
At this end of the line this sounds like
an explosion of Fourth of July flrecruck
ers. The re-arraugement of the work of
the Postotlice department inaugurated
by Postmaster General Cortelyou is
causing a shaking of dry Itones all along
tho line and some of the postal employes
are experiencing the painful discovery
that they are expected to do something
more than merely draw their salaries.
In the meanwhile Postmaster General
Cortelyou is likely to become decidedly
unpopular with subordinates In his own
The state of Illinois is about to insti
tute proceedings against former state
treasurers who have failed to account
for fees and Interest on public funds ag
gregating (.T.'l.OiiO in violation of the
laws, made and provided. In Nebraska
these nefarious practices have all been
The scheme to divide Nebraska Into
two federal Judicial districts, one lo
cated uorth and the other south of the
Platte river, has been again revived.
Why not quarter the state instead of
halving It) That would make toft
Jobs for four Judges, four marshals,
four district attorneys and four court
clerks, and what a lot of business the
big stick would have keeping all the
crooked slicks In the bunch straight.
That New York insurance Investiga
ting committee Is nearing tho home
stretch of its labors. It Is safe to say
that the mlsmanagers of the big life
companies will be fully prepared to
heave a sigh of relief as soon as the
committee records Its final adjournment.
It should le distinctly understood that
Judge Hamilton made his report to the
trustees of the Now York Life Insurance
company and the investigating commit
tee may have to find a way to get the
facts as well as to weigh their sig
nificance. John N. Irwin, a man of many titles,
has Just passed In his checks at Hot
Springs, Ark. He was at various times
In his checkered career mayor of Keo
kuk, governor of Idaho, governor of Ari
zona and minister to Portugal.
' If the president persists in his plan
to permit owners of small herds to have
first choice In the forest reserves the
"cattle barons" will be compelled to
take their cowboys into partnership and
divide their holdings.
With wireless messages telliilg ships
of coming storms while they are at sea,
all that remains needful for the com
fort of the passengers Is the construc
tion of adequate cyclone cellars along
The son of tho Now York bnnker who
bent a man with a club for the purpose
of robbing him had studied the methods
of high finance to little advantage or
he would have organized an Investment
Since the British government has pro
hibited the importation of coolie labor
the owners of mines on the Rand may
be sorry they furthered the scheme
which resulted in deposing Oom Paul
It Is now proclaimed that, when alive,
a Wyoming saurian weighed 77,000
pounds. There being no market quota
tions for saurian steaks, the discovery
will have little effect on the live stock
Panama employes who are facing a
lean Christmas may have a full New
Year; but it Is probable that claim buy
ers will derive most of the profit to
follow the redemption of the postponed
A w Beatitude.
Blessed be the man or woman whose
Christmas bounty reaches out toward
lonely, obscure and unfortunate folk. Not
all of them are poor.
The eastern prtacher who says a man
happily mated can save $2 for every dollar
he could save while single selected a poor
period of the year to make his announce
Who Can Trllf
The nreclous stones Imported Into this
country during the last year exceed In
value bv more than 110.000.000 the total lm
ports for any other year. Probably some
of these gems were bought by policy
A Problem In Kinship.
A western man has married his son's
divorced wife. He Is now father to his
grandchildren, his wife Is grandmother to
her own children, the son is his ex-wife's
stepson, and If any property questions
arise from these changes the lawyers may
become candidates for the asylum.
Heroism In Commonplace Ilfe.
An engineer In New Jersey, tortured by
escaping steam, stuck, in spite of his agony,
to his poHt and saved a trainload of pas
sengers. Such instances of heroism of
commonplace life are plenty enough to
restore confidence in the Inherent goodness
of human nature, threatened by revelations
of colossal sclfluhncss in other quarters.
HARDSHIPS OK THE HICH. ,
Serlou Disadvantage In the Bring
Ins; I p of Children.
New Tork Times.
Expressing what seemed to be the result
of wide observation and mature dellbera
tlon. President Eliot of Harvard said In
a public address the other day: "The
most serious disadvantage under which the
very rich labor is the bringing up of chll
dren. It Is well-nigh Impossible for a very
rich man to keep his children from habits
of Indifference and laziness. These chil
dren have no opportunity for productive
labor, do nothing for themselves, parents,
brothers or sisters; never acquire the habit
of work. In striking contract are the
farmers' children, who co-operate In the
work of the household." It would be equally
Interesting and Important to know whether
or not statistics, collectible but never col
lected, would support what is, after all,
only President Eliot's belief. The children
of the extremely rich grow up In an en
vironment far from ideal, as regards their
training for competition In fields whtre the
children of farmers will be their rivals,
but two things are to be remembered
first, that there are other competitive fields
than those, especially in older countries
than this one, and, second, that It Is the
struggle against conditions commonly called
bad that develops strength and intelli
gence. Why should the second fact not
do as much for the rich man's son as for
the farmer's? An Instinct so nearly uni
versal as that which impels parents once
poor to save. If they can, their children
from the early hardships which the par
ents themselves endured to give them
what Is called a start In life can hardly
be a wrong Instinct, for It has been every
where obeyed for unnumbered centurien
w.thout Interfering with or preventing the
goneral and steady progress of the human
race. How far above the slum and below
the palace would President Kllot draw the
lines within which the conditions are favor
able fur child life, and what part of that
Inldulf ground does he consider best We
have something like half a "usplcion that
he might safely and wlsly leave to Mr.
Carnegie the tak of preaching the benctits
and blessings of poverty, and. anyhow, he
can be calmly confident that If the chil
dren of the rich are of no value to the
ra e there will be few of them lo trouble
It and the troubling will not be long. I
r.KAn.B vtiKTinn cvrhisms.
nenicmher the poor. The rich we have
with tis always.
The merry yuletlde rrotnpts me to hope
that you'll lde It ever.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder,
but at Christmas it's presents.
It doesn't take a magician to transform a
small boy Into a turkey gobbler.
When Panta Onus comes dnwn the chim
ney he chnses many a man up the spout.
Th'ink heaven, It Isn't only the arlsto
crat who can have a family tree ut Christ
mas. Perhaps the reason the holly is red Is
becauso It blushes for tho sins of the mis
tletoe. Lots of us hang up our stockings only
to discover the next morning that we have
put our foot In It.
With tho Indlscrlmlnste giving of Christ
mas presents, It Is hard to believe that a
fair exchange is no robbery.
Be Christmas white or Christinas gren.
It's all the same to you. If Christinas
finds you all serene and doesn't make you
It's the vanity of the sex that promrts
the female turkey to wonder how she Is
going to be dressed for the Christmas din
ner. New Tork Times.
PF.nOV4L AND OTHKH WISH.
A few days ago Mr. Rockefeller drew a
dividend of $6,X)0,nri and Is not bothered
about Santa connecting with his old socks.
One of the New York banks Is crowding
Standard Oil as a dividend producer. This
year's melon is equal to IS per cent on
Visions of the golden fleece still beckon
the Boston bear, but they are visions. The
"system" has the tail and hide and wool
guts with it.
An Immature prophet promises hot
weather for next summer. Lots of people
find the present season hot enough tor all
The weather man is doing fairly well
with his limited stock of colors, but a
generous dash of white would materially
Improve the scenery.
Life cannot be as melancholy In the
czar's palace as the dispatches Indicate.
M. Roozterovltch has been appointed Rus
sian consul at Shanghai.
Passenger departments of eastern rail
roads which have abolished the free list
aro adorned with this significant motto:
To the brave belong the fare."
It took considerable hammering to Im
press upon Lanky Bob that he Is "all In."
A purse of several thousand dollars, how
ever, will brighten his melancholly reflec
tions on the folly of age butting In where
A British explorer recently returned from
Africa reports the discovery of a region
hitherto unknown to white men and that
the natives were washing gold from one of
the tributaries of the Blue Nile. That set
tles the fate of the country. It the natives
are wise they will hike tor the wilderness.
After wrestling with his conscience for
twenty-five years a San Francisco man
paid a saloon bill of $7 contracted In Ne
braska, In ISSi). The story of the Incident
has the equally surprising statement that
the man who paid the bill "got religion"
In San Francisco. Both Inspiration and re
sult are fit to adorn a Christmas tree.
Events conspire to defame and discredit
a great American Institution. A Cleveland
woman routed a burglar with a slice of
lemon pie and a Chicago woman wants a
divorce because her husband caressed her
with a raspberry tart like mother used to
bake. Congress alone can save the country
from further humiliation by placing pie un
der its protecting wings.
A few deft touches of the manly art
Is an accomplishment as useful for women
as for men. An Erie (Pa.) woman, di
vorced by her rich husband, whlled away
a few lonely months by practicing on the
punching bag and when the first oppor
tunity offered she landed on her ex-husband's
Jaw. It put the old man to sleep,
but did not Jar his purse strings.
Ct'T IT OUT.
Evil Consequences ot Holiday Drlnk
Inar Pointed Oat.
An Allegheny clergyman recently made a
special plea to his listeners to exert their
influence to put an end to holiday drinking.
The appeal Is timely. Holiday drinking Is
an evil sul generis. It claims a wide circle
of victims who are not much, If any, ad
dicted to drink at any other time.
And what Is the consequence?
It makes a nightmare of the holiday sea
son to many a man who otherwise would
have been able to look back upon It with
wholesome pleasure. It spoils a season of
pure delight. It robs the Christmas tree
and the fireside stocking. It desecrates the
most beautiful altar that belongs to the
simple faith of childhood.
After all, It is not very much of a father
or mother who will deprive the children of
Christmas toys and Christmas Joys to grat
ify a liquor appetite.
There Is another phase of the matter that
Is worth consideration. It has frequently
been noticed that accidents of one sort or
another railroad accidents particularly
appear to be more numerous In the holiday
season than at any other time.
Who doubts that drinking has something
to do with this comparative frequence of
untoward happenings at that season of the
year In which the world is making the
greatest effort to be happy?
If there Is one time of the year in which
caution against drink Is more pertinent to
the average man than this, what season
Browning, ICing & Co
ORIGINATORS AND SOLE MAKERS Of BALF SIZES IN CLOTHING.
"We extend our heartiest wish that
every moment may be golden with
Christmas oheer and that each remem
brance be bright with pleasure.
"May this be the best
Christmas you have ever
had, and the worst you
will ever have."
Our store will remain closed all day
Monday Christmas day and we wUh
you and yours a very
; Douglas Sts.
I Br dway at llnd fctreel
i;nMO!l BOILED POWll.
Losing the temper takes the edge off any
Sow the sand and you reap only grit la
lie can easIVy be fearless who dare not
Love's musie Is never perfect without the
chords of pain.
No man ever broke Ms back under his
A niggardly purse in the pocket becomes
a thorn In the side.
Obstacle Is often nly another way of
Tou are not likely to slay the enemy by
drawing a long bow.
Tears ever today's broken toys blind u
to tomorrow's treasures.
Many a man thinks he Is mellowing when
he Is only getting moldy.
Many a man mistakes a floating Indebted
ness for a sinking fund.
The fear of reputation Is often taken for
the love of righteousness.
You cannot cure the sorrows by taking
them out In a wheel chair.
He who has a good word for no one can
not have the word of God for any one.
The next best thing to the opportunity te
take a college course Is the ability to forget
most of It.
When folks get to fighting over creed
the enemy takes his forces to another part
of the fi'ld.
Cheerfulness Is a virtue hard to rractloe
when you persist In Indulgence in late sup
pers and manufactured "happiness." Chi
Johnny Come In. Sister's expertln' yon.
Mr. Ptoplnto How do you know she is
Johnny-She's hern slecpln' all the after
noon. Cleveland Leader.
Tess Yes. Mr. fJronrhv raUA .
Jess Oli. the Idea. He's a perfect bene.
Isn t he?
Tess-Oh, I don't know. He. didn't hug so
hard -Philadelphia Tress.
"Auntie, when Jack heard your footsteps
In the corridor Inst night he was Just on the
veree of proposal."
"Penr. tlearl And my coming scared him
"Bless you, no, auntie! It scared him over
the verge." Chicago Tribune.
Maude It seems to me Tom has become
unusually sociable since he got his auto
mobile. Phyllis Yes. Y'ou see he can get all the
credit of making a call and vet spend most
of the time ;fttltir the machine ready to ro
away when the call Is over. He tells me It
saves any amount of unprofitable conversa
tion. boston Transcript.
"Dear Daughter: I place the stamp of dis
approval on your propoeed marriage."
"Dear Dad: Stamp no gnnd owing to can
cellation by parson. Wire blessing for two."
"No," said the sweet young thing, firmly,
"I shall never marry a man who is my in
ferior." "Oh, say not so!" murmured the adorer,
tenderly. "In that case you will die single.'1
It was then that she began to look unon
him with eyes of favor. Indianapolis News.
"Yes, Indeed," said young Mr. Staylate, as
he settled himself more comfortably In the
easiest chair, "I was the champion sprinter
of my year at college. I could do a mile In
"I wonder," said the sweet young girl,
"how long It would take you to do the dis
tance from the piano to the front gate?"
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
FROLIC OF CHRISTMAS TOYS.
Mtnna Irving In Leslie's Weekly.
'Twas the night before Christmas, the
house was so still
The fall ot a snowflake was heard on the
Fast u I seep In their cribs were the girls
and the boys,
When out of the stockings came tumbling
'Twas their . last night of freedom they
knew very well,
And over each oilier they scrambled pell
mell, In the hurry and scurry and clutter and
Forgeiung the manners they learned from
The clown on the hearth-rug went fllppety
flop. Where a troop of tin soldiers were spin
nlng a top.
The proud Paris doll to the mirror In haste
Tripped lightly to study the fit of her
And Jack, springing out of his box with
In the automobile went careering around.
Upsetting the clown In his antics so Jolly,
And the woolly white lamb, which waa
nibbling the holly.
But If I should write for a week, or for six,
I never could tell you the halt of their
How the 1 oyland express to the bureau
Ran every hve minutes, without any track:
And the rubber doll meant for the baby,
Jumped up on the back of the swift rocking-horse
And galloped away Into alcoves and niches.
As If it was chased by a legion of witches.
The sweet little girls and the good little
Were awakened at last by the racket and
But when they beheld all the blocks, and
And the gayly-bound books with their gilt
Engaged In a two-step, they felt no sur
prise, But merely turned over and shut up their
And burled their heads In the white pillows
With ruffles of lace, for they thought they
While the trumpet was playing duets with
The gray of the dawn was beginning to
And frenty and clear, o'er the hills and the
Was hen i d lu the distance the musie of
The proud Paris doll, having straightened
Looked disdainfully down on the scene
with a frown,
But ere she could languidly murmur. "How
Behold: every toy was again in its stock
Factory, Cvoper So, awe
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