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TIIE OMAIIA DAILY BEEt SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 1900.
The Omaiia Sunday Bee
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STATEMENT OF CIRCULATION,
tate of Nebraska, Douglaa County, '.
C. C. Rosewater, general manager of The
Bee Publishing Company, being duly sworn
nri that the actual number of full ami
complete copies of The Daily, Morning,
livening and Sunday Bee printed during the
month of March, 1908, was as follows:
1 .31. MO 17 33.120
3 81.RBO IS 20,200
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81,470 23 S1.B20
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12 81.Z0O 31,840
It 82,070 29 31.2SO
II 81,410 80 81.300
li 81,160 21 82,180
If 8 1,430
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Net total sales wtt.7o
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before in this 31st day of March, 186.
(Seal) M. B. H UNGATE,
WHEN OUT Or TOWff.
nbasrlbera leaving the city tera
: rarily should have The Bee
saalled to them. Address will be
hanged aa often aa requested.
Tbe reappearance of the base ball (an
is the surest sign that spring U really
Vesuvius apparently finds the defen
sive powers of humanity little improved
since the night It burled Pompeii.
The collnpso of a German hotel would
indicate that some American structural
Ideas may have crossed the water.
Governor Mickey's conversion to the
principle of municipal home rule comes
a little late, but better late than never.
If Philadelphia succeeds in recover
ing $5,000,000 from city contractors. It
win prove that the awakening was not
Reports from Tver show that the
bomb is holding Its own despite the bal
lot, but as the ballot is restricted the
test may not be fair.
Since the Chinese boycott has failed
there is hope for the empire, whose sub
jects show that they are not ready to
commit commercial suicide.
Now that Paul Morton has blossomed
ont as a writer of magazine articles,
his enemies will be more than ever
ready to believe the worst about him.
New York court has ordered Jus
tice Deuel to reply to the bill asking for
his removal from the bench. As courts
never require impossibilities, he is not
compelled to answer.
Now that it Is demonstrated that the
cost of wireless telegraph is in excess
of the wire system, Mr. Marconi will
hare to turn bis attention to the econo
mic feature of the process.
AH the other cities and towns in Ne
braska having held their spring elec
tions, they will now stand around like
school boys with bands In their pockets
watching the fun in Omaha.
Opposition is said to. have improved
the health of First Apostle Dowle. A
number of other men might find their
ailments vanish should ' they be re
quired to make real exertion.
The report that Mormons will dls
charge two apostles for not appearing
In the Smoot case may reflect a desire
on the part of the church to continue
the lint of martyrs as well as of minis
ters. Nebraska democrats, who have re
peatedly declared for the choice of
United 8tates senators by direct vote
of the people in their state convention
platforms, are again debating whether
they meant it.
The railroad returns to the state board
of assessment are beginning to come In
Tho Job of the tax bureaucrats In flgur
ing out how poor their roads are, despite
Increased dividends and accnmulated
surpluses, must call for a high degree
of statistical skill.
Ohio saloon keepers are to attack the
new liquor law of the state, alleging
that the speaker of the house restricted
debate Should the courts have an op
portunity to pass on the "Reed rules'
It will be remembered that lawyers are
notoriously in favor of talking.
The president of the "autl-lmpertalis
tic league" has appeared before a house
committee asking for the "neutrallza
tioQM of the Philippines. Bince' the
speech of Mr.' Bryan on the subject it is
hardly probable that the hearing made
&& democratic campaign material.
THE MUNICIPAL CAMPAIGN.
The municipal campaign in Omaha
may now be considered fully under way.
The opposing candidates are in the field
and tho candidates have made thtr
platforms, or rather had platforms made
for them, upon which they will appeal
for public favor and support. Three
weeks remain for the voters to familiar
ize themselves with the candidates seek
ing election and the pledges they may
promise to fulfill In case they are In
ducted into office.
Excepting a few points, examination
of the platforms of the opposing tickets
will disclose comparatively little differ
ence of vital moment. They all promise
economical and businesslike govern
ment; they all promise expulsion of tax
eaters from the city hall and reduction
of tax rates; they all promise acquisi
tion of the water works by the city
immediately, if not sooner; they all
promise strict" regulation of every frnn
cblsed corporation and reduced rates of
public service Utilities, with the prospect
of municipal' ownership on the horizon;
they all promise that there will be no
politics In the city hall, except that In
volved In their efforts to get there them
selves. . ....
Aside from the few points of di
vergence In the platform pledges, which
we will take np later, it devolves upon
the voters who wish to. choose intelli
gently and conscientiously between the
two sets of candidates making up the
opposing municipal tickets to look be
hind the platforms and to inquire into
the characters of the men who are stand
ing upon them. If both promise the
same thing, these questions arise:
Which may be most depended upon to
follow promise with performance?
Which will fill the office nnd perforin
the duties most efficiently? Which will
be the greater credit to the city, not only
at home, but also abroad?
These are a few of the Questions
which each Individual voter should put
for himself and apply in practloe in the
light of his own common sense.' If this
is done. The Bee has no doubt that on
their merits the republican nominees
as a whole will appeal to the voters
much more forcibly than the demo
PROBLEMS OF RATE REGULATION.
MADISON, Neb., April 6, I906.-To the
Editor of The Bee: As you well know, I
am a strong admirer of The Bee's anti-
monopoly policy, and I was not surprised
to see It come out strongly In support of
the railroad rate bill which lies so closely
to the president's heart. But there are a
few questions that bother me, among
which are the following:
1. If private railway ownership is the
fixed policy of the United States and con
gress shall past a rate law or authorize
the Interstate Commerce commission to
adopt and enforce a fixed rate which
should Interfere with the railways' free
dom of contract, would It not be uncon
stitutional and void? . .
1 If such a measure should happen to
trench on, and impair the value, of rail
way property would It not be void under
the fifth amendment to the constitution
as a practical confiscation of private prop
erty T ..
S. How can congress pass an act which
will deprive constitutionally ... established
judicial tribunals of Jurisdiction to declare
a fixed rate In violation of the conatltu
tlon and therefore void? . , ;
In propounding these questions I do not
accept the Idea that congress can at will
narrow and enlarge the Jurisdiction ot
constitutionally established courts.
Do you not believe that railway rate
regulation may become a very grievous
and unjust form of public ownership T And
do you not think that it would be more
JuBt to the railways and to the people
for the government, under the power of
eminent domain, to reduce enough of the
transcontinental lines and their feeders to
publio ownership to establish an effectual
automatic regulation of rates? I have the
honor to be, very truly yours.
WM. V. ALLEN.
The Bee has been discussing almost
from day to day the problems of rate
regulation in their various phases. For
mer Senator Allen's questions, however,
are pertinent and to the point, even
though they cover some ground already
traversed, and are deserving of equally
1. We fall to see how the enactment
of a rate law or the adoption and en
forcement of a fixed rate by the Inter
state Commerce commission could be
construed as an unconstitutional Inter
ference with the railways' freedom of
contract. It is an axiom of common
law both in this country and Great
Britain that common carriers are sub
ject to rate regulation to greater or
lesser extent. Many of our states, in
eluding Nebraska, have passed rate
regulation laws and so far as we are
aware, none of them have ever been de
clared void for the reason that they
Interfere with, the railways' freedom
2. If the rates fixed should trench on
and impair the value of railway prop
erty, the railroads would unquestionably
be entitled to protection under the fifth
amendment to the constitution. The
question what constitutes confiscation,
however, is one that must be determined
In the light of all the circumstances and
conditions. The enforcement of the Ne
braska maximum rate law was en'olned
on the finding that it wonld be confisca
tory. but at the same time the court In
its order declared that under different
conditions of traffic, these rates might
be compensatory and that upon a proper
showing the injunction might be dis
solved. The voiding of a rate made by
the Interstate Commerce commission be.
cause It amounted to confiscation would
not void the entire law empowering
the commission to fix rates but quite
the contrary, the commission would still
be free to fix a reasonable rate under
the authority of the same law.
S. Every one agrees that congress
cannot pass sn act that will prevent the
regularly established Judicial tribunals
from declaring void a rate fixed in viola
tion of the constitution. It Is urged by
great constitutional lawyers, however,
that congress may determine the pro
cedure for appeal from the establish
ment of the rat so that the new rate
will remain In force pending appeal on
other grounds, subject, of course, to a
guaranty of restitution of over-charge
or nnder-charge. In case the rate Is not
sustained. Congress may not have the
power with reference to rates sgalnst
which the charge of confiscation under
the constitution Is alleged, but It must
have tti! power with reference to sucn
as nri' .ited only because of a dis
agrees, ... as to facts.
The final question propounded by
Senator Allen opens np the whole field
of discussion of control snd regulation
of railroads, as against ownership and
operation. The Boe has repeatedly ex
pressed Its views ss against nationaliza
tion of the railroads under present con
ditions and we doubt very much
whether the half-way proposition for the
government "to reduce enough Of the
transcontinental lines and their feeders
to public ownership to establish an
effectual automatic regulation or rates,"
would prove satisfactory to any one.
The "automatic regnlation of rates"
would extend only to rates that are
strictly competitive and in no way to
rates that are non-competitive. The
next step would be either tor the gov
ernment to reduce to public ownership
all the remaining railroads or to admit
failure and sell or lease the roads ac
quired back to the original owners or
their successors. If the people of the
t'nlted States ever decide to take up
public ownership of the railroads they
will go the whole length and take them
"THE IMMUNITY BATH."
The interposition of a plea of immu
nity by officials and agents of the Chi
cago & Alton Railroad company who
are under prosecution In the federal
court for gross violations of the law for
bidding rebates follows quickly upon
the success of the same plea by the In
dicted Chicago packers. The Immunity
defense by conspicuous corporation rep-
resentativea bears in the public eye an
ugly aspect, and it grows uglier with
repetition. It is in essence an evasion
of the real issue,, which involves the
question of guilt of lawlessness, an eva
sion so gross and obvious as in the case
of common criminals to carry the infer
ence of confession, which is surely an
inference that men at the head of great
corporations and in Important places in
them cannot afford to rest under.
The immunity plea of the Chicago &
Alton officials is strikingly analogous
to that of the Beef trust defendants,
with only this difference of circum
stance, that the latter furnished docu
mentary and oral information to the
government represented by Commis
sioner Garfield of the Bureau of Cor
porations, while the t latter produced
their company's books, papers, etc., be
fore a grand Jury for its inspection. But
the desire of both for what .Attorney
General Moody calls the' "Immunity
bath" Is Identical,, for It Implies escape
from the penalties of the law whether
they are guilty or not, and an escape
even from a Justical trial which would
ascertain the truth of the matter.
The aggravating fact remains that
the correctness of Judge Humphrey's
view of the lawAs to immunity in the
packers' case is questionable and is in
fact seriously questioned by many of
the ablest lawyers? snd yet there is no
way in which it can be carried to the
supreme court oMhe United States for
final settlement'' If in th.e meantime
officials and agents of great railroad and
other corporations indicted for grave
offenses against the law, if they con
template forming a procession to the
courts of Justice for the purpose of es
caping justice by the immunity dodge,
should pause seriously before making
such a spectacle. It will infallibly
cause universal disgust and indignation,
and it will not long be endured.
If public sentiment that has lately
been exerted In favor of ' exempting
from taxation alcohol jised in the me
chanic arts were all that bad to be con
sidered, legislation for that purpose
would be promptly forthcoming. There
Is no question whatever that the econo
mic advantage of untaxed alcohol for
such purposes Is enormous.
The excise tax of $2.08 per gallon Is
practically prohibitive of the general
employment of alcohol for a great va
riety of uses for which it is in fact far
better adapted than gasoline, kerosene,
etc., the prices of which on account of
increasing demand have been rising for
a series of years, and which on account
of monopoly or other obnoxious causes
fluctuate Injuriously to consnmers. As
an tllumtnant nnd as a fuel for the In
numerable internal combustion engines
now employed on farm and In factory,
to say nothing of other important pur
poses, untaxed alcohol would be a re
source of Incalculable value, at the same
time creating a corresponding market
for the grains and other agricultural
products out of which it is made.
A mass of evidence placed before the
house ways and means committee at
hearings during the present session
makes it clear that untaxed alcohol can
be produced and sold at a price below
the average price of gasoline and kero
sene per gallon; that at the same price
It has double the efficiency of the latter
for many of the purposes for which they
are commonly used, and that consumers
would be corresondlngly relieved as to
many purposes for which It alone is
suitable, all of which has been abun
dantly demonstrated by the actual ex
perience of Germany, Great Britain and
other European countries.
But the very value of untaxed alcohol
to the great body of consumers neces
sarily excites the antagonism of adverse
Interests which have great Influence for
obstructing legislation, and the nature
of the subject offers those Interests spe
cial opportunltiea therefor. To be ex
empted from taxation alcohol requires
to bo denaturtsed or made en drinkable,
and there are wide differences of opin
ion as to how this should be done and
ss to many other administrative details,
as well as many jealousies and appre
hensions as to the effect on the public
revenue. While in fact there la no sub
stantial difficulty, yet it can easily be
seen how hostile interests intrenched in
congress and the departments msy take
advantage of the situation for the pur
poses of delay, especially at a time when
public attention is so concentrated as it
is now in another direction.
If the country is to get the great bene
faction of untaxed denaturlzed alcohol
at the hands of congress at this session,
It Is probable that every means of pub
lic pressure will have to be employed,
and it is to be remembered that the gen
eral public is only now beginning fairly
to appreciate the importance of the subject.
BERATE DILATORY TACTICS.
There is no substantial reason why
the present session of congress should
be protracted far Into the summer. Or
dinary legislation like the main appro
priations are already well along. The
statehood bill hangs between the two
houses, where it is a short matter to
settle it, one way or the other, in con
ference. The Philippine bill, having
early passed the house, may be consid
ered adversely disposed of by the sen
ate. The only ground for the predictions
now beginning to be heard from Wash
ington that the session may last till July
and possibly even longer, Is the dilatory
tactics employed in the senate by the
opposition to the paramount measure of
the session, the rate control bill. Con
gress and the country have for more
than a year been considering that sub
ject and hardly anything but that sub
ject nd the debate has now been drag
ging along week after week during this
session. Senator Aldrlch, the recognised
head of the opposition to this measure,
or to any measure for railroad control,
has Just now, for the second time,
thwarted the attempt of its friends to
fix a date for a final vote. Thereby nnd
in many other ways the opposition pur
pose of delay is becoming every day
If anything were needed to exasper
ate the .American people, perseverance
in the way in which Senator Aldrich is
leading on behalf of the corporations
would do the business.
THE BRAKE OF PUBLICITY.
"The only sure protection of the rich
man against, suspicions and adverse
Judgments as to the morality of the
practices by which great wealth has
been acquired is publicity for his meth
ods and results." so declares President
Eliot of Harvard university, in a sug
gestive comparison of the advantages
that the well-to-do have over the very
rich, contributed to the current nnmber
of the World's Work. This declaration
will in all probability startle some of
the very rich who have come to regard
publicity as one of the things to be
dreaded end avoided rather than their
only sure protection.
What President Eliot means by his
words is explained further by the asser
tion that many businesses are now under
sufficient government supervision to se
cure some measure of publicity, while
those conducted with secrecy and witb
no periodic publication of results are
liable to intense suspicion on the part of
the public whenever they yield immense
fortunes for individuals at short notice.
"In such cases," he continues, "the pub
lic always suspects some sort of foul
play, or some unearned Increment not
fairly attributable to unusual foresight
The suddenly rich man finds that the
presumptions are all against him in the
public mind and that the public ear is
opened to the prosecuting attorney, but
shut to the defense. This distrust is
the Inevitable penalty for secrecy in
money getting on a large scale. Many
years may elapse before it is possible
to get the final verdict and oblivion may
easily arrive before Justice."
The brake of publicity, as it may be
called, to which President Eliot refers,
must operate upon the rich in a two
fold manner." In the first place, it should
tend to confine the acquisition of wealth
in high finance within legitimate lines,
thus protecting the public and the
smaller individual or corporation against
unfair competition or unfair interfer
ence. In this very operation of protect
ing the public, it should also protect
the rich man who Is acquiring his
wealth without resorting to questionable
means; protect him not only In the
public estimation, but also in the posses
sion of his accumulations against men
of his own class who would use trickery
to supplant him.
Tbe brake of publicity should hold
down the very rich, not only in the
methods of acquiring mere wealth, but
also In the methods of using it or dissi
pating 1- 'tor once acquired. The very
rich can get Into public odium as easily
by the misuse of legitimately gotten
wealth as by the practices of securing
111 gotten gains snd a good use will
often mollify, if not modify, public
opinion upon questionable methods of
The moral of it all Is that Instead
of obstructing and hampering tbe de
mand for publicity of the relatione be
tween the great corporations and the
public, and between them and their em
ployes and patrons, the great and rich
captains of industry should welcome
and greet this publicity as their "only
sure protection." When they once
thoroughly realize that publicity will in
the long run help them more than it will
hurt them, they will favor It rather than
oppose It and afterwards wonder why
they did uot wake up to the situation
President Kotmevelt has been accused
of being Impulsive and his order to have
a federal convict taken under cue tod j
to see his dying wife is proof positive
of impulsiveness. This sort of im
pulsiveness, however, is not the kind
that lowers the president In the public
The complaint of the United States
navy that civil service employes boy
cott that branch should occasion a re
vision of the payrolls in the different
departments of government for the psy
generally determines the popularity of
Miners at Lens, Trance, are said to
have decreed the death of the engineers
who failed to take proper steps to re
cover their companions entombed in the
mine In March. Lynchlngs have taken
place in America for less grave crimes.
Tbe democratic state committee will
now get together nnd call a convention
still later than that of the republicans
so that the democrats can pursue their
usual policy in Nebraska of trailing In
the rear of their political opponents.
At least two republican candidates
in the recent Omaha primaries came
out with nominations by a clear ma
jorityin other words, it is quite pos
sible to have majority nominations by
Cuban statesmen may object to cer
tain treaty relations with the United
States, but as quick as they think of
the sugar market they become firm
champions of almost anything Uncle
"Jim" Dahlman boasts of once having
been mayor of Chadron, but being
mayor of Chadron compares with being
mayor of Omaha about as a bucking
bronch3 would compare with a Jungle
Fiction Prod need on the Ram.
If we want to see ourselves as others
see us, we should read the books that
short-term tourists here are writing about
us, though even then we may be puzsled
a bit to fit together the sections of our
Ralslnac the Limit.
John Farson, the Chicago banker, Is
credited with having said: "A millionaire
Is a slave." This la true. What Is a mere
million In these days? A man must have
at least twenty million before he can even
be considered "well off."
A Solomon, B'arosh.
New Tork Sun.
It Is impossible to keep tab on the mul
titude of Daniels' that come to Judgment In
St. Louis. A wreath for Police Judge Pol
lard, who fines a man 15 for treading with
force and feet on a brother man's corns
In a crowded car. A garland for Police
Judge Kellher, who holds that a passenger
has a constitutional, legal, moral and socio
logical right to swear at a conductor If the
latter does not call out the name of the
street where the passenger wants to get
out and be Is carried past It. These are
mirrors for magistrates.
Novelty la Current Squabbles.
Electricity will encounter such non-oon-ductlng
materials as the regulations of
two governments. If It attempts to escape
from the Dominion.. The Canadian govern
ment Is determined not to permit the ex
port of power generated at Niagara unless
there be a surplus above the needs of home
Industries, while the United States govern
ment will not permit electricity generated
by the pauper labor of the Canadian falls
to come Into this country under circum
stances that will Invite competition with
the highly paid falls on our side of tbe
Human Element In the ICaiaer.
New York Tribune.
Emperor William, leading the 11th Hue-
tars Into Crefeld and reminding the girls
assembled as maids of honor that he had
redeemed his promise made In 1902, to give
the town garrison and the girls lieutenants
for dancing partners, lncldently showed a
trait which enables him to command not
only the respect and pride, but the love of
his people. The human element is never
lost sight of In the emperor's dealing with
his subjects and In that fact, perhaps. Ilea
the best security for the continued allegi
ance and loyalty of the German people to
PAPER PIPES IN NEBRASKA.
Decision oa Cigarette Rolllnar Attracts
Attention In tbe East.
The vagariea and uncertainties of leg
islation as the supreme court manipu
lates It are well illustrated In the decision
of the Nebraska supreme court In the mat
ter of that state's new anti-cigarette law.
The law declares, among other things,
that it shall be "unlawful to manufacture,
sell or give away" cigarettes, and It was
on the meaning of the word "manufacture"
that highest court was called upon to pa.
Some sealous opponents of the tobacco
habit held that to make one's own
cigarettes by rolling tobacco In a paper
was "manufacturing." It was contended
that the object of the law was to banish
the cigarette in any shape from tbe state,
and that therefore there waa no difference
from making cigarettes for one's own use
and In making them for general distribution
and sale. The act of a man In rolling
shreds of tobacco In a piece of paper,
lighting and smoking It waa a violation of
the law and subjected him to all Us
The court refused to sustain this view.
It holds that to make one's own cigarettes
is not "to engage In and carry on the busi
ness of manufacturing. As a result of this
decision any person can make and smoke
all the cigarettes he desires, while the
court's Interpretation of the word "manu
facture" leaves the entire law In a state of
doubt. The court said:
"The purpose of the law is to suppress
the traffic in and not to forbid the use of
these articles. The word manufacture In
the act Is used In the sense of 'to engage
in and carry on the bualness of manufac
turing.' The act of rolling cigarettes from
one's own materials and for one's own
use Is so conected with the use as to be
a part of such use, and this It waa clearly
not intended by the legislature to prohibit.'
There are those who claim, as a result
of this agitation, that the clause "or give
away" Is Invalidated by this decision,, be
cause to make cigarette! for one's own
use can be interpreted to Include tbe giving
away of cigarette! as an act of hospitality
In one's own house, and consequently an
act that Is not punishable. Cigarette sup
pression is carried thus far by the Ne
braaka art. It Is unlawful to manufacture
the cigarette and sell It, but It Is lawful
to manufacture and sell the material, and
let the consumer roll the cigarettes him
self. Naturally the a ntl -cigarette people
are not aure that they have made much
progress In cigarette suppression la Ne
GEORGE P. CRONK, President. W. D. LINCOLN7, Vice President
THOMAS D. CRANE. Attorney.
DIRECTORS George P. Cronk, Jay D. Foster, W. It". Lincoln, James
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ECCLAR SHOTS AT THE PfLPIT.
Washington Post: A Puffalo clergyman
recently delivered a very Interesting lec
ture on "Going Fishing." Reeled It oft in
good style, as It were.
Boston Globe: One of the religious week
lies offers a dollar prise for the best answer
to the question: "What Bible character
shall we want to see first In heaven?" The
most interesting thing about the answer
Is the absolute certainty of thote who make
reply that they are going to get there.
Chicago Chronicle: Rev. Sydney Strong.
following the prevailing fashion, preached
last Sunday on "If Christ Came to Oak
Park." There is nothing so cheap and
easy as to tell what Christ would do under
all sorts of circumstances and to all sorts
of people, but we have never known any
minister yet who preached on what Christ
would say and do to the modern salaried
New Tork Sun: We are requested by
Archbishop Ireland, who Is now In Rome,
to contradict positively the report pub
lished on Friday that he is there to repre
sent the American government In the set
tlement of Philippine affairs with the Vati
can. The archbishop Informs the Sun that
statements connecting him with this diplo
matic or seml-dlplomatlo business aro
utterly unfounded, and that bis visit to
Rome Is purely personal. We gladly give
publicity to this unqualified contradiction,
on the highest authority possible, of the
report In question.
Chicago News: If it be true, as Mrs.
Dowle and the church leaders declare, that
tbe founder of the organisation bas a dis
ordered mind, particularly aa his extrava
gances are a terrible drala upon the com
munity which up to the present time he
has ruled as an autocrat, one may suppose
that court action will speedily bring the
affairs of Zlon safel wit his Uie ' control
of responsible managers. But whether or
not the astonishing power of Dowle Is at
an end, so far as concerns his spiritual
and temporal overlordshlp of Zlon. It la
certain that the world at last hs an op
portunity to take tbe true measure of this
PERSONAL AXD OTHERWISES.
Gentle spring Is at liberty to do its
prettiest, early and often.
Chicago saloonmen lacked the nerve to
hold up beer canners for double price Just
before tbe election. Tbe canners as usual
called the bluff and cam ed the beer ticket.
The voice ot the voter as Interpreted In
Chicago city hall amounts to this: "You
may have Immediate municipal ownership
of street railways, but you mustn't operate
The latest epicurean tidbit in New Tork
Is "hatehlwitchy." It la said to be a won
derful dish of Gypsy origin, and the leas
you know about the Ingredients the better
People possessed of sensitive understand
ing will hall with Joy the righteous judg
ment of a St. Louis court which taxed 15
against a clodhopper for stepping on a
man's pet corn. Justice Is not as blind as
it la pictured.
Moat Of the principal buildings at the
Portland exhibition have been sold to a
syndicate, which Intends transforming
them into factories. Thus the purpose for
which they were built will be continued
along practical lines.
While Jollying and Hobsonlsing a bunch
of college girls the other day, Mark Twain
discreetly turned to the wall his famous
motto, "Be good and you'll be lonesome."
Even humorists will cut loose occasion
New Tork adds to Its stock of natural
wonders a spring of pure water, discovered
In an excavation seventy-five feet below
the surface. It Is proposed to call a con
vention of the Woman's Christian Tem
perance union to pass upon the genuine
ness of the article. The natives are too
Inexperienced to pose aa judges.
FIRST AMONG PIANOS
By universal consent the Knabe Piano is accorded .
first place among the pianos of tha world. Great '
artists and composers acknowledge It to be the su
preme medium of instrumental interpretation; and
among music loving people It obtains no less recogni
tion as the fitting piano for the home. Piano makers,
regarding it as the one piano worthy of emulation,
have taken It apart and examined it minutely. In the
hope of discovering its secret. But they have never
reproduced THE KNABE.
Nor can they, unless it be possible to reproduce the
generations ot genius and devotion that have made it
what it is the first piano of the age.
If you Intend purchasing a piano you can afford a
Knabe. Knabe latest models, the Knabe Cabinet
Grand at $450 and the Mlgnon Grand at 1750, are
wonderful piano values. It roust be remembered that
the life of a Knabe is much longer than that of other
pianos. Should you be compelled to dispose of your
Instrument, tbe Knabe will always bring a higher
price thsn any other make of piano. From any point
of view, whether artistic or commercial,. the Knabe Is
the great piano Investment.
A. HOSPE COMPANY
1513 Dojjrlas St.
Just Out, Easter Novelties in Art Pictures.
SERMOSS BOILED DOWJT,
Dally duty may be the divine drill.
The hill of pride la Icy all tbe yeas
To be rich one must learn to profit by
Sparing little weeds spoils many a large
Vain the mourning over sin without Its
Heaven never fills the hand and forgets
Work builds a wall against most of the
The serenity of the saints is not en
hanced by their snores.
The gospel works must produoe mors
than smoke and whistle. .
The man who has no faith In anyone
gets fooled by everyone.
Many churches are building too many
ovens and baking too little bread.
Where ambition plows the heart yon can
always plant fhe seeds of hatred.
Stepping stones to success cannot be
built out of broken commandments.
The place where temptation is Heroes!
le where the brave can learn to be meet
Whatever helps us to think more kindly
of another helps to bring in the kingdom
Men who take pains to be faithful to tha
fashions are not likely to be fashioned
to the faithful. Chicago Tribune.
DOMESTIC FUR AS AJI TRIES).
won't you buy me a oute little
alt till you're a few Tears nl'ir
daughter, and I'll buy yon one with a,
uue. 4iveiana ijraaer.
"I was married to that man once," said
the first Chicago woman.
"To Mr. Flkkle? The Ideal Why. aa
was I." replied the other.
"Tou don't say? Were you before or
after me?" Philadelphia Press.
It Is no use for a young man to propose
to a young woman the next dar after hla
dog has chased and caught her cat. omr-
"Can't I sell you a -nafnless corn cure,
madam?" said the peddler.
"No, you can't I" snapped the woman, of
the house. "I have no painless corns."
Then the door was shut with a sudden
slam. Chicago Tribune.
"Ethel." the sweet irlrl's father called
gently from above stairs.
"Yea, father. What Is it?" she an
swered through the midnight stillness.
"Just tell your young man to be careful
and not trip over the morning's milk when
he goes out." Philadelphia Cathollo Stand
ard. "Gimme a subject for a Joke, can't you?"
"What's the ' matter with the Caster
"If you were a married man you would
know that's no Joke." Cleveland Plain
Father (of heiress) Young man, bow do
you expect to make a living for yourself
and a wife?
The Young Man Mr. Means I have been
so absorbed in trying to win your daugh
ter's affections that I have never aiven
a moment's thought to that. Chloago Trib
"By the way, John," began Mrs. Dresser,
"I saw a milliner's sign . today that ra
"Funny," her husband interrupted,
quickly. "I saw a sign In a shop window
todav that reminded me of myself."
"Yes. It simply said: 'Reduced to tie,"
THE) Sl'STAININO HAHSBj
Los Ang-ele Express.
The little child who wakes at night.
Affrighted at the somber gloom.
And clamors for a ray of tight
To drive the darkness from the room)
To quiet dreamland sweetly goes.
Contented, if a hand is near,
Caressingly, because It knows
There Is no terror It need fear.
Bo we, wbs stumble through the gloom,
In aimless manner aeeklng light.
Will blindly wander to our doom
If traveling by our own might.
But when In darkened paths we stray
And cry aloud, tha Father hears
And reaches out His hand to stay
Our apprehensions and our fears.
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