Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, July 25, 1906, Page 4, Image 4
THE OMAHA DAILY BEE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 100(3.' The Omaha Daily Dee. E ROSEWATER, EDITOR. Entered at Omaha Poetofflce as second class matter. TERMS Or SUBSCRIPTION. Dally Bee (without Sunday), one jrear..$i.o Paily baa and Sunday, ona year too ftundapr Baa, ona year J-JJ Saturday Bee, ona year W DELIVERED BY CARRIER, paily Baa (Including Sunday), par week. .17c Dally Bee (without Sunday), par week.. 12c ' s-venlng Bee (without Sunday), par week c livening Me (with Sunday, par n..i Sunday baa. par copy Address cooiDialnts of Irreaularltlea In de livery to City Circulation Department. OFFICES. Omaha The Bra Building. South Omana Oty Hall Building. Council BiufTa 10 Pearl Street Chicago lt4u L'nlty Building. New York lf Home Lne ln. Building. Washington fil Fourteenth Btreel. CORRESPONDENCE. Communications relating lo news and edi torial matter should be addressed; Omaha bee, Editorial Department. REMITTANCES. Remit by draft, express or postal order payable to The Bee Publishing Company. Only 2-cent stamps received as payment of mail accounts, personal checks, except on Omaha or eastern exchanges, not accepted. THE BEE PUBLISHING COMPANY. STATEMENT OF CIRCULATION. 6tat of Nebraska, Douglas County, ss: C. C. Rosewater, general manager of The Bee Publishing Company, being duly sworn, says thst the actual number i iuli and complete coplea of The Dally. Morning, Evening and Sunday Bee printed during the month of June. !!, was as follows: t 91.TB0 It 33,460 1 33,610 17 30,800 1 30,760 II 31,680 4 31.660 II 3U810 I 3180 20 33,000 38,070 II 31,840 7 33,010 22 3160 1 31,600 23 33,370 I 38,410 24 30,340 10 30,680 21 31,730 11 33,300 2t 31,800 12 3180 27 31,850 13 3110 21 31,780 14 81,830 it 31,700 15 31J.V0 30 33,350 Total 954.160 Less unsold copies 10,496 Nat total aalea 843,654 Dally average 31,466 C. C. ROSE WAT EH, General Manager. Subscribed In my presence and sworn to befi re mo this Sum osy of June lgoti, (Seal.) M. B. HL'NOATE, Notary Public. WHEK OIT OF TOWN. Subscribers leaving; tha city tem porarily should have Tha Bee moiled to them. Addreaa will ba changed aa often as required. The report that the Duma defies the czar is gc.Brc.ely Interesting. The time for defiance in Russia Is past and con structive work should begin. Crop reports issued by the railroads of Nebraska should be notice to the operating departments to get ready all cars within reach before corn shipping time. King Ak-Sar-Ben has at last ini tiated a real count into the mysteries of his royal den. The number of no counts who, have been initiated is al most countless. The county board will employ a watchman at the court house who will have "nothing to do but watch." The next thing should be .a second watch i.an lo watch the first one. Russians afe said to be planning a massacre of Jews on the anniversary of "Russia's conversion to Christian ity.'' The founder of Christianity would have difficulty In recognizing such a "conversion." Prince Hilkoff of the Russian council of state ha decided to remain in the Interparliamentary conference. Evi dently the dissolution of Parliament at St Petersburg is understood better at home than abroad. If Councilman Zlmman persists In pulling .that democratic platform on his democratic colleagues at every council meeting he may, be charged with cruelty to animals and put under bonds to keep the peace. Colonel Bryan Is having a really new txperience. In this country all people have applauded his oratory, but found fault with his theories, while the In terparliamentary union adopts his Idea, but changes his language. Is not 3 mills more on the school levy than last J'er. notwithstanding the. 'increase In assessed valuation, laying It on rather heavy? What if the city levy and the county levy were to lie proportionately Inflated? With typhoid fever In the Naval academy, the marine hospital service would seem to have been so busy watching the stegomyia on the canal zone and lower Mississippi that it overlooked other vulnerable points. For the first time In twenty years Uncle Joe Cannon will attend a con' gressional convention in; his own dls trlct. "Vox populi" is sounding in all place this year and all political as pirants are getting close to the people President Gompers cautions mem bers of trade unions not to let the labor political movement degenerate Into "a scramble for office." He may rest easy on this point until the move ment proves that it has a good chance to wis out, If the Central American republics enforce their agreement to prevent po litical refugees from plotting against neighboring states aspirants for office Id opposition to the several adminU tratlons will be compelled to conduct their campaigns at longer range or raise the stronger army before they begin. The statement that the enforcement of the eight-hour law will drive con tractor out of government work may not be an unmixed evil, and It shows beyond question that builders have heretofore counted on Ignoring one of the statute of the United Statei something decidedly unpopular with xh present administration. Twr 'ro.T.'rRrrrrrs" Fr.nrrrr.D. Ex-President Clereland, whose name is still one to conjure with among "conservative" democrat, has been notably backward about coming forward to respond to the suggestion of Colonel Bryan as the man of the hour two years, hence from a con servative democratic point of view. Whatever he may tjave stood ready to do in that behalf when ex-Secretary Vilas and ex-Governor Francis vol unteered to act as gcene-shJftera. the significant fact appears that, almost Immediately after Mr. Bryan's Lon don pronounclamento declaring him self to be now "more radical than In 1898," the ex-presldent replied to In quiry as to his views that ha was "going a-flshlng." There, are clear indications that many other democratic . conserva tives" have likewise suddenly be thought themselves of the ex-president's occupation. At any rate, those leaders who have been most closely Identified with him and who naturally might have been expected to follow the line so dramatically blazed by Vilas and Francis toward the Bryan ( leadership in the guise of an imputed conservatism, have stopped short if they were preparing to move that way. At the same time some of the strongest conservative democratic newspapers that had been busy paving the way for Mr. Bryan in the new character either have become conspicuously silent on that score or show indigna tion at his radicalism, which he de clares Is more extreme than when they fought him so bitterly because of It. For the present at least Mr. Bryan seems nervously particular to be un derstood as not having walked into the parlor so invitingly arranged for him by the "conservatives." EXCESSmr RAILWAY CASUALTIES. Notwithstanding the fact that American railway managers have' been disposed to take some consolation to themselves out of the recent disastrous wreck on one of the principal British railroads, the casualties on the rail in this country still exceed all warrant. The accident bulletin of the Interstate Commerce commission's statistician for the first three months of this year gives the appalling figures of railway casualties for that period at 18,296, of which 1.126 resulted fa tally. The increase compared with the preceding quarter was, it is true, not large, being only seventeen deaths and fifty-two , injured in reality a comparative reduction taken in consid eration with the increased passenger traffic? but it is still far too great and must be materially lessened whatever the cost. Just how many of these accidents can be set down as preventable is dif ficult to say, but several factors enter nto them and Indicate the remedy. The adoption of automatic coupling devices, the Installation of the block signal system, the more rigid Inspec tion of cars and locomotives and the prompt discarding of those worn out or out of repair would do a great deal. The shortening of the period of con tinuous service on the part of train men, switchmen and operatives offers another avenue of Improvement. Along the same line would be the sub stitution of experienced telegraph op erators for the youthful apprentices who are too often kept at way stations. It might be costly to make travel safer, but the railroads would get good returns on the Investment, not only in avoiding suits and settlements for damages, but also In stimulating travel for those who now stay at home for fear of accidents. THE DRAGO DUCTRiyg. It is obvious that the most conspic uous interest in the minds of the great majority of tha representatives In the third conference of the Ameri can republics Is the on which Is em bodied in the so-called Drago doc trine. That doctrine Is simply that, as among civilized nations maintain ing stable governments, no one has a right, forcibly, to collect debt owing to its citizens by another nation, but all such claims must be relegated to the courts of the latter and In general be dependent ultimately upon Its Jus tice and good faith. Within a few years the threat of forcible Interference by . the great European powers has become ' more serious, culminating in 1902 In the aggressive action of the allied fleets of Great Britain, France and Germany against Venezuela on behalf of cred itors, and the excitement caused thereby throughout the South Ameri can republics has continued until the subject Is a paramount, common Is sue. It has reached a point at which they seem to have lost much of their old-dime interest in the Monroe doc trine, which, with the United States back of it, was long looked upon aa their chief guarantee against aggres sion. However, as that doctrine, In Its original terms at least, prevented only such aggression as Is Involved In European occupation of American ter ritory and the Imposition of European sovereignty and systems of govern ment therein, and not employment of force as by blockade of port to com pel payment of debt, the Drago doctrine sets up a new rule, denying the right of force at all. It Is. in fact, simply the rule which all the great civilised powers have always enforced as to foreign Interference In collec tion of debts owed by themselves or by their cltlsens. UDviousiy, acceptance or such a rule by the world depends upon the co-operation of th United States, be cause all the other American repub 11c together have not the necessary military and naval power to enforce it. The very fact that our govern ment so far has not been disposed to accept the Drago doctrine without some qualification, such as the require ment that claims of Indebtedness be submitted to arbitration instead of the courts of the debtor republic as a finality, has caused no little alienation of sentiment In the smaller republics from us. This cause Is at the bottom of questions which are so grave that tha president has taken the un precedented step of sending tho secre tary of state himself to attend the PanAmerlran congress, and Its discus sions and action will in all probability turn upon It A DUBIOUS VICTOR? . The decision of Judge Day, refus ing to allow an Omaha gas company the mandamus it asked for to compel the city to Issue a permit to build an additional tank at Twentieth and Cen ter streets, Is hailed by the unthink ing press as a great victory of the city against the gas monopoly. A second sober thought will dampen their en thusiasm. They will presently realize that the decision of Judge Day will work both ways. Under this ruling the gas company cannot extend its present facilities for gas-making or change the location of its gas holders without obtaining the consent of the owners of every foot of ground within a radius of 1.000 feet from the gas holder. Assume that the gas holder is to occupy a space 300 feet In diameter. That would require the company either to own a tract 2,300 feet In diameter or to buy the consent of the owners of the property within that radius. But what is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander. What would apply to the Omaha Gas com pany would also apply to any new gas company that might want to enter Omaha in competition. As a condi tion precedent to establishing itself in Omaha, the new company would have to purchase a tract 2.300 feet In di ameter, equal to nine blocks, or nearly two acres. It goes without saying that the gas monopoly Is sharp enough to keep posted on every movement made by a rival company. Whenever such a con cern would seek to acquire as large a tract of land as two acres within the city limits of Omaha. It would quietly invest $500 or $1,000 in a lot or tract of land within the area in the name of some friendly Injun and refuse con Bent to the erection of the gas tank within the thousand feet from its property, thus checkmating competi tion, which might reduce its earnings very much more than the interest on an investment for additional ground In the neighborhood of Twentieth and Center streets, or for that matter the cost of a two-acre tract in some other section of the city. If this is not equivalent to making the franchise of the present company absolutely exclusive, It comes mighty close to doing so. Some of the Judges of the late pri mary election are representing that they were not adequately compensated In the order allowing them $6 for their work, alleging that they put In as high as thirty-six hours in con ducting the election, counting the bal lots and tabulating the returns. If there is no way of getting the allow ance Increased, the only thing left will be to take it out on the Fontanelle bosses who were responsible for in. flicting the "rotation" ballot on the voters and at the same time doubling and trebling the work devolving upon the election officers. Another question that will be pro Jected by the peculiar law governing the expenditure of the fund derived from inheritance taxes will turn on the material to be used for county road pavements. The law says that the material shall be the "most dura ble" and to be selected by the county board, and every contractor with a different brand of paving block may be expected to Insist that his is the most durable. It would not be sur prising even to see the conflicting claims aired in court before the re Jected bidder Is brought to acquiesce. Charges preferred by democratic papers against republican candidates should always be taken with a grain of allowance. For that reason we are dls posed to discredit the report emanat ing from the World-Herald that Con gressman Pollard hag drawn $100 per week out of the United States treas ury and for several months prior to his election to the Burkett vacancy. Such a charge is, however, too serious to be Ignored, and we hope Congress man Pollard will lose no time in pro ducing a flat contradiction. The Commercial club is about to set out on another trade excursion headed this time for the Black Hills The Black Hills country has always looked upon Omaha as its base of gup plies and its friendship and favor should not be neglected. The Black Hills trade excursion Is sure to pro duce result. Our old friend, Dr. George L. Mil ler, bag taken It upon himself to ap point a committee of his own to settle the water works question. If thl committee can be assured as much time to hatch out a report as was con sumed by the appraisers It might be disposed to take the Job. Colonel Bryan has suggested a reso lution in the Interparllament confer ence In the Interest of peace between the nations. It Is to be hoped It will not occasion as much debate as hla In structlons to democratic senators on the peace treaty with Spain. The democratic politicians are fig urlng on dark horses to be sprung I their state convention for pr&rticall all th nomination. It la always part of the railroad program to keep their labeled animals blanketed tn the sta ble as long as possible before trotting them out. Tho testimony of one of the rail road tax agents to the substantial ac curacy of the work of Douglas county's assessor Is gratifying fr It goes, but unfortunately the railroad tax agents are not generally regarded as the most reliable witnesses. In this case, however, plenty of disinterested testimony of the same Import could be easily adduced. Railways of the United States show average gross earnings of $10,410 per mile, or about $2,280,000,000 In the aggregate for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1906. These figures, how ever, will have to be submitted to the railway tax experts before they will be accepted by the companies a hav ing any bearing on the value of the property. Omaha should exert Itself more ac tively to become a convention city. The big national organizations are holding their meetings right along now and Omaha's claims should be presented to every one of them if for nothing more than to lay the founda tion for future recognition. Collapsing of walls of a building nder construction in Massachusetts shows that the Yankee contractor is not behind his New York brother when It comes to "scamping the Job," and Massachusetts should show the Em pire state how to deal with such of fenses. The discovery of a forged certificate of Union Pacific stock emphasizes the change that has come over that road since the receivership. Time was when it would not pay to take the chance of forging a Union Pacific stock certificate. ' Salary and Morals. Atlanta Constitution. Somebody asks if the salary of 11,000 will place meat Inspectors above tempta tion. The Philadelphia Ledger answers truly that no amount of salary places dishonest man above temptation. Time to Start. Philadelphia Record. The fact that an Ice trust prosecution begun in June cannot be tried until Sep tember Indicates that the proper time to begin proceedli gs against the manipula tors of the price of Ice Is January. Chicago's Queer Professors. Philadelphia Press. That day Is counted lost In which some theorizing professor In Chicago university falls to exhibit some woozy or lopeared scheme of doing over the human race. The latest la "probationary marriage" for the million. Woman In the Damn. New Tork Commercial. A snapshot of the lobby during a re cess of the Duma discloses many women apparently engaged in argument with the Russian representatives. It's the spoken word, not "tha.. silent Influence," which counts In strenuous times I.nek of the Land Grabber. Portland Oregonlan. What's the difference. In morals, be tween the sharpers who get away with the franchises, and the fellows who got away with tho government lands? Only n the luck of the franchise sharpers. The United Butes can't get them. Camp Life and Kickers. San Francisco Chronicle. There are many discomforts attending camp life, and the relief system, no mat ter how carefully It may be conducted, Is liable to work some Injustice; but it dollars to doughnuts In almost every case of kicking that the kicker Is an un deserving person, who probably Is doing much better now than when he was left to his own devices. Roosevelt'a lltlmate Work. Los Angeles Times. There is an office waiting for Theodore Rocseve'.t when be leaves the White House, and It Is, the greatest office ever held by any man that ever walked the earth with the exception of Him who wardered Galilee with "no place whereon to lay His head." It Is tha office of Peace I'm pi re of the world. And we'll miss our guess if It be not tendered to htm by the unanimous choice of all the nations that have troubles to be settled. PERSONAL NOTES. Judge J. T. Fleming of Oklahoma served in the Confederate army, voted the first time In his life for Grant and the last time for Harrison. The Mayor of Complegne, France, saya John D. Rockefeller la a "nevroae flnan- ciere." He waa careful, however, not to say It until John D. had left town. Henry Phipps of Pittsburg pays fjOO.OOO a year for' the use of a deer park In Scot land. Other Pittsburg millionaires have shown that he might put his money to a worse use. Ellen Terry haa written the following let ter to the students at the Leeds dramatic college: "I have been aked to aay a word to you. If I say one word It will be Work." If It were two words I should say 'Be patient,' and If it were three words, Don't be vain.' " Trinity college, Cambridge, possesses a famous portrait of Bacon, which waa ahown to the German editors on their visit to the university. Dr. Butler told them that when the great historian Mommaen aaw the pic. ture some yeais ago he stood with folded arms in front of It and observed: "So! It Is you who gave us Lady Macbeth and Falstaff." Though Emma Cushlng of Montreal Is heartbroken over the fact that J, M. Chris tie, a bank manager of Pentlcton, B. C, has failed to redeem his promise of mar riage, she has brought suit for $23,000 dam ages; and thla Is the concluding Item in the list of damages: "Estimated coat of living for twenty-five years at $00 per year, which would have been borne by the de fendant as her husband had he married her. tlS.OOO." Major General John R. Brooke, .retired, celebrated hla sixty-eighth birthday and the fourth year of his retirement from the United States army In his apartments at the Auditorium Annex, Chicago, Saturday. The general, who is in excellent health, ar rived In Chicago from Ban Francisco with hla wife and Miss S. H. Stearns, a relative of his family, on a late train In the even ing. "We have been louring the orient." he said last night, "since last March, and while we enjoyed the trip we are pleased to get home, and I am especially pleased to celebrate my anniversaries here In Chi cago. The general believes the best good from a volunteer or ststa militia can only be obtained by government eontrol. KEBRAftlCA SKXATOHIaL CAMPIIGS One Repnhltran ot Railroad Con trolled. Grand Island Free Presa (Ind ) Tha Free Presa would like to know upon what Justifiable grounds the Independent and other members of tha "reform clique," better known aa the Frank Harrison presa bureau, are supporting Norrls Brown for United States senator In preference to Mr. Edward Roaewater of The Omaha Be. For thirty-five years Mr. Rosewater haa been advocating the reforma now being carried out by President Roosevelt, while Mr. Brown waa never known to advocate any reform until recently, and Is now In the band wagon because popular clamor bids him. Despite the opposition to Mr. Rosewater The Free Press entertains no hesitancy In saying that ha Is one republi can whom the corporations cannot control. For years The Bee haa advocated poMa.1 savings banks, and for that very reason the banks are opposing his nomination. To the contrary, whence came Norrls Brown, and who sprung his senatorial boom? A bit .of history on this point will not be out of place. It Is a notorious fact that his candidacy was evolved by none other than the Illustrious R. B. Schneider of the Lumber trust, Rosa Hammond of the Fremont Tribune, Frank Harrison of tha Lincoln State Journal. W. H. Harrison of this city and George Allen of Clay county. Figs do not grow on thistles, neither can a man with clean hands and a pure hpart come forth as the offspring of such politi cal parentage. The Lincoln State Journal, the godfather of the "press reform bu reau," has defrauded the state eut of some thing like $SO,000 In supreme court reports, and while It Is now supporting Norrls Brown for United States senator It should be borne In mind that Mr. Brown Is Its attorney In the case and , alt this comes under the banner of "reform." Shades of inconsistency!. The Free Press Is an in dependent paper and speaks without fear, favor or hope of reward, but In all things let there be consistency. How to Save the Legislature. t Schuyler Free Lance (Ind.). Edward Rosewater will not be the re publican nominee for United States senator. It will be Attorney General Brown. Rose water will be defeated on the grounds that his nomination means the election of a democratic legislature. There la little to this when summed up, but It will count. While It Is true that some republicans will not vote for a republican candidate for the legislature who is pledged to vote for Rosewater, yet more than enough democratic and Independent voters will to make up that loss. Rosewater Is the only man who can secure votes outside hla party for legislative candidates, and he can good and plenty. Not a Mere Chair-Warmer. Chicago Chronicle (rep.). A good many people in Nebraska, mostly politicians, do not like Edward Rosewater, but we have yet to hear of anybody who believes that the editor of The Omaha Boe will be a mere chair warmer in the United States senste if he achieves a seat In that distinguished body. Indeed, the opposition to him is mostly based upon his Inability to ait still when a fracas Is In progress In the vicinity, and aa Nebraska haa need of that kind of a senator, the prospect Is that the objectors to Mr. Rosewater's strenuoalty will really succeed In electing hlra. HOT TIMES FOR ICEMEN. Combl tlnea and High Prices Aronae Popular Indignation. Chicago Tribune. This la not the only summer that high prices for Ice have been exacted In Amer ican cities. A short crop has frequently given the dealers an excuse for overtaxing consumers. Companies have often com bined to fix and maintain exorbitant prloes. Consumers have fretted and scolded and aid that "something ought to be done.-' Nothing waa done. When cold weather came and the need of Ice lessened, the wrongs endured during the summer were forgotten. This year It la different. Something Is being dope. A smaller quantity than usual of Ice was cut last winter. The Ice men lay the blame on the weather. They ought to take a little on themselves. They know that every few years a warm winter may be expected. Therefore they ought to be In readiness for such a winter. They should open up new sources of supply nearer the North Pole, where an abundant stock of Ice can always be had. They have not done that and, the crop being short, consumers have been ordered to pay an advanced price. If the raise had been a small one they would have said little, but It waa (pccesslvs. That has stung to action consumers In many cities. They have appealed to the law for relief. In Toledo Ice men have been sentenced to the workhouse. In Wash ington they have been Indicted. In Kasas City and St. I.ouls they are being Investi gated. In Jacksonville. Fla., there were an Indictment, trial and acquittal, although the evidence showed that the company shipped Ice to other cities and sold It at a price far below that exacted of local con sumers. These legal proceedings In widely sepa rated cities Indicate a change In popular sentiment. They show that men are not so ready to submit to unfair dealing as they used to be. They have a keener rcal'tatlon of their economic rights and are more ready to fight for them. They are learning to Invoke the aid of the law when they are wronged, Instead of confining themselves to that empty grumbling which never re forms the wrong-doer. The proceedings against the Ice men are a part of the general movement to vindi cate the right of the community to fair trade In railroad transportation. In kero sene and In a hundred other commodities Perhaps the next winter will be an ex tremely cold one and Ice cheap next sum mer. Then no complaints of .the Ice men will be heard. Whenever there Is another shortage In the Ice crop the dalers will not be so ready to ask an exorbitant price as they have been In the past. They have been notified this summer that they must deal fairly with the public or It will deal Judicially with them. HALF A BILLION C.4INED. Country's Prosperity a Sore Care for the Blnea. Philadelphia Press. No American can get the blues who stud ies his expanding country. Here come the reports of foreign trade during the year which ended last month. The ngures are Inspiring, for they show to whst extent the rest of the world leans upon the United States aa a ahore house. Exporta and Importa together fell Just short of ts.oflo.ooo.ono, the actual amount being $2,rt9,noo,oOO. But the exports far out ran In magnitude the imports, the excess of the former being tM7.ono,ono. This Is a truly magnificent trade balance In favor of the United States, and It excels thst of any other nation on the globe. All sections of the country contributed In bringing about this great result. The south sent Its millions worth of cotton and the west Its corn and wheat, while the east sold vast quantities of manufactured ma terials or mineral products. So long as the United States can sell to foreigners Iofi0.0u0.000 more than it buys, the expendi ture of llOO.nco.ono on the navy or llM.WM.ono for tha Panama canal are really only trifles , after ail. Complies with the pure food laws of every state BAKING II r 1 1 T II Calumet It made II C H I. II slhla to select, " """" Dread, Biscuit:. . ' fantrv; therefore, It Is recom mended by leading physicians aud chemists. rnnUflHY In "sins; Cilamst yen are always assured C II M II U If I Bf . mnna haklnr! therefore, there Is 00 wstle of a""1 malarial or Powder on power. the LIFE WORK OF Rt SSELL SAGE. Never Learned to Spend. Buffalo Express. With all his wonderful success In build ing up a fortune, he never learned the art of spending. His phllosohpy did not grasp the Idea that a rich man might have a purpose In life beyond mere money- getting. He never sought culture nor even leisure. He waa notoriously deaf to the appeals of charity or philanthropy, though he permitted his wife to make some benefactions. Though not naturally un sociable, he waa unwilling to give any of his tim to the cultivation of the spirit of fellowship. So far as was possible In the busy whirl of Wall street, he lived the life of a recluse and a miser. Home Life Wna Ideal. Minneapolis Journal. There is kernel of good in the life of Russell Sage. He was consistent in his course. He did not preach only; he prac ticed. His home life was Ideal. His love for his wife was beautiful. How many harems he could have hired with hla vast storehouses of gold and and yet he had none. What a flash he could have made at the racetrack and yet he was a stranger to the paddock. What a spectacular role he might have played In the coarse politics of his state and yet he retired from public life after having served two terms In congress and never again mentioned the subject. No wonder his contemporaries thought! him queer. He was queer. He was not a representative American, but his life served to emphasise tho truth that the worship of money for the sake of hoarding It Is not worse than the worship of money for the sake of spending It In riotous and corrupt ing lives. Little Good Little Harm. Denver Republican. Mr. Sage waa entitled to the negative praise, however, that If he did little good with his money, he also did little harm. We hear much now an-' then about the alleged evil of great fortunes, with the Idea presented that the mere fact that an enormous fortune exists In the hands of one man Is In Itself an evil. It In volves a radical error, and It la one of which the minds of the people should be freed. Great fortunes are aa evil and a public menace only when they are employed in oppressive or otherwise . evil ways. Devoted to Acquisition. Dsnver News. The great lamentable fact of his life was that he gave no part of his un usual powers of financial organisation for the benefit of his fellow' man. Posterity accords little honorable recognition the man who misapplies his talents by devoting them to wholly selfish ends, and Russell Sage will be remembered as a peculiarly constituted person who got the fortune he spent his long life to acquire and In the end had that and little else. Ethics of His Environment. Pittsburg Dispatch. His ethlca were the ethics of his en vironment and associates. But the phases of his character that evoked most .sar casms, namely, the simplicity and absence from ostentatious luxury of his dally life, were characteristics to be admired more than some of the master strokes by which he and hla associates harvested millions. Aa a type ha waa peculiar and he la succeeded by types of more ostenta tion, but hardly more picturesque. Connection with the Paat. St. Louis Globe-Democrat; Russell Sage waa so old that myth began to play trlrks with his personality long before he or anybody else ever realized that he would be called upon to pay the common debt of mortals. Parties, admini strations, great financial magnates rose, fell and were forgotten during the days of his activity. He waa elected to crngress by the whlgs several terms, but for more than half a century the daisies have been grow Ing over the whig party's grave. He was In business during the panic of 1837, back In the days of Martin Van Buren. The advent of Flak and his partner, dould. seems almost as remote as Jason and the We Trust Doctors If you are suffering from impure blood, thin blood, debility, nervous ness, exhaustion,. you should begin at once with Ayer's Sarsaparilla, the Sarsaparilla you have known all your life. Your doctor knows it, too. Ask him all about it. Then do as he says. We have no secrets We publish the formulas of all our medicines. Maes ky ths t. C. Aye? Os.. LewsU, Hul Aiao aLaaufMtivers of ATEB'S B A1H TIOOB-For tks 61.-. A TER '8 PILLS rot const lsetloa. ATEK'S CSBiUY PBCT0RAJL Fot owl tut. ATBB'B AGUS CURB For nalanA tad a(s. CALK? POWDER of the finest material poa. r- moke lieht. easily dleeited time. Cslumsl Is put up In alr-ilpht cant: ItwHlkeeplonrerthan any other Making Un market SKI nas more railing PAIIIHCT Is so carefully and iclen UBLUMCI tlllcallv prepared thnt Inrredlent Is abnolutrlv perfect. Therctore. food prepared witn Calumet Is free from Kncnene well. Alum, or any injurious substance. $1,000.00 given for any snhatance In jurious to healtb found In Calumet argonauts. Sage was In Wall street lonj before Gould wrecked Erie, and he waa veteran operator at tho time Flsk and Gould organised the Black Friday gold bubble which Grant burst. At the darkest hour of the rebellion, when It took $2.85 of greenbacks to buy 1 in gold. Sage wai already one of the magnates of the "street." His career as a financier was marked out long before the death of the founder of the house of Aster. Daniel Drew and Vender bllt I., In the days of their power, found Sage to be a force with which they had lo reckon. To the world of our day Russell Sage had such an air of permanence that the news of his death creates almost at much surprise as would the report of the fall of a nation. Ilia Slna of Omission. Cleveland Leader. Russell Sage never made himself felt m a vital force on the side of anything worth while. Ho paid no debt to good cltlsen shlp. He manifested no loyalty to human brotherhood. Ho did nothing to show that he guided his life by worthy standards. His sins of omlmlon were great and numerous, because hla opportunities were extraordi nary. America Will be less tolerant nf aiih man aa Russell Sage hereafter. StanrtsWl. nf citlsanshlp are growing higher. The oblige- a i . . . " weaun are better understood. Misers have never been loved or lovable. They will be more despised In the future than they have been- In the' paat. MEDICAL MIRTH. Patient to (pretty nurse) Will you be my wife when I recover 7 Pretty Nurse Certainly. Patient Then you will love me? Pretty Nurse Oh, no; that s merely a Dart Of the trcltm.nl T ....... I. - . . muni ivrr u niw patients cheerful: I promised this morning " 7 wim a man lea man who has lost both his legs. Maritime Medical News. An English professor wrote on the black board In hla laboratory: "Prof. Wilson Informs his students that he has this nv been appointed honorary physician of his majesty. King Edward. 'r In the course of the morning he had occasion to leave the room and found, on his return, that some student wag had added to the announce ment the words, "God Save the King." "Ma wants a package of dye and she wants a fashionable color," aald a little girl to a drugglat. "A fashionable color?" echoed the phar macist. "What does she want It for; eggs or clothes?" "Well,," replied, the - girl, '. "the" drfdtor . ays ma haa stomach trouble and ought tc diet. Ma says if she has to dye It she might as well dye It a fashionable color." Maritime Medical News. "Can't 'I sell you a painless corn cure, madam?" said the peddler. "No, you can't! snapped the woman of the house. "I have no painless corns." Then the door was shut with a sudden slam. Chicago Tribune. A Topeka man was complaining of rheu matism. "There's no excuse for you being afflic ted," said a friend. "I used to have rheu matism. When it would strike me I would go home and have ray wife throw her anus around my neck and give me a massage treatment. It helped me every time. You ought to try It." "I will," said the man. "When will I find your wife at home?" Kansas City Journal. LURE OF SIMMER. St. Louis Resublio. A breeze came lazily along And to the toller sang Its song: "The little brook still leaps and flings It's foam upon the swaliow'a wings; The willow's shade, still deep and cool, Spreada aa of old across the pool. "And down the hill the meadow blooms Still loose their wonderful perfumes. And every nodding clover nesd Is lush with honey, and aa red As It was when you used to teaae The honry-ateallng bumble bees. "The willow's shade, still deep and cool. The old well chain is brown with rust; The orchard knows the drowsy tune Of Insects In the afternoon; They have not chnriged field, bird and tree Are all back where you used to be. "The old place still remains unchanged; From none of Its old ways enstranged; The Inzv fence still loafs behind 1 Th vines with which it Is entwined; I And Oh, the little path still goes ' Down through the thicket of wild roes. I "And all of them snd word to you ' The shade, the brook, the orchard, too That you who felt that you must roam Turn from It all, and Journey home." It may have been such words as these Were whispered by the vagrant breeze, Or did the toiler all dny long, bii- to hlmsel' tH lnHn sung?