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TIIE OMAHA DAILY BEE: FIJI DAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1906.
Tile Omaha Daily Bee
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WHEi OCT Or TOWH.
Subscribers leavvlnar the city tem
porarily should hay The) He
walla ta then. Address will be
changed aa aftea as reqaeated.
The indictment of H. Clay Pierce in
Texas will give Senator Bailey an op
portunity to show just how far the
letalnlng ffce bound Mm.
. President noosuveit b ueBire for citi
zenship for Porto. Kicans will give
congress a good excuse for sending
the constitution after the flag.
i A Denver woman is writing u book
of rules on the subject of bridge whist,
and eastern players may learn the ef
fect of equal suffrage on the fashion
able game. ' '
l6wa democrats are demonstrating
tb wiadora of the voters in electing
the republican candidates. Think of
' what the present fight! 'would, mean if
the pi counter was at stake., ;
Senator Clark of Wyoming must be
accorded the prize for faith In human
ity -or for' Ignorance since he de
clares that he does not believe white
men will conspire to rob Indians.
Colorado la entitled to a front seat
at ,. the. Transmisslsslppl Commercial
congress,, but ordinary pride should
have caused its delegates to have kept
Its political affairs in the background.
Residents of tbe Indian Territory
accused of fleecing Indians through
the appointment of. "straw men" as
administrators of Indian estates, seem
to have adopted the Thurston county
Senator Morgan of Alabama declares
that "a white man's plank" must be
inserted in the next democratic na
tional platform. The senator must
fear that Mr. Bryan and his followers
may break the ."solid' north." '
The report, that James Bryce may
be sent aa British ambassador to the
United States is pleasing to America,
as tha dlstlngut&hed publicist would be
given an opportunity to see the Amer
ican Commonwealth from a new stand
point. ; '
Nebraska lawyers are discussing
tneif own affairs in convention. It
s to oe nopea mat wey will com
nearer . agreeing than they generally
do when arrayed in court fori the pur
pose of discussing the affairs of other
' The Missouri supreme court In oust
ing a St, Louis Jockey club from the
state ,rnay have made Itself solid with
men who buy mules, as tha latter will
be tuore In demand than race horses
when the latter cannot be used by the
The majority of the PitUburg ice
dealers have played the part of good
little boys caught in mischief, pleaded:
"I didn't- go to do It." and received
their spanking; but two are willing to
take chances 09 being able to dodge
jamee j. inn enould have waited
until the newspapers told blm the
plan for handling' the ore Und lease
before declaring that no employe of
hi railroad companies is permitted to
hold stock la anything along the line
of nis .roads.
Commercial bankers who oppose
government wings banks have failed
to read the history of the movement
aright, as experience ahowa. that, when
au Individual deposit reaches a rer-lal-t
amount .It is usually withdrawn
fiom the saving. bank and placed in
peitt-ta! trt u'ation through ordinary
TTC RAILROAD AMKXPMI.ST'
It was to have been expected that
the railroads of Nebraska would de
cline to give over without a struggle
and allow the adoption of the amend
ment to the constitution to become an
accomplished fact without exhausting
11 the resources of their well equipped
tod extensive legal departments to
defeat the will of the people. This
has beea s consistent part ot railroad
policy in Nebraska from the very be
ginning. There has never been a time
in the history of the state when the
great corporations have not interfered
to the fullest extent of their power in
the affairs of the public. So accus
tomed have the railroad magnates be
come to dictating policies and shaping
legislation to their own ends that it
would have been a nine days wonder
if they had allowed the amendment
recently adopted by the voters of the
state to go into full operation without
making a struggle against it.
This time the railroads have mis
taken the sentiment of the people of
Nebraska. It la not a revolt against
the railroads as such, but it is a pro
test against the continual' and perni
cious Interference of interested corpor
ations la public affairs for selfish pur
poses and against public welfare. The
people of Nebraska have borne with
Ifiore or less patience for a great
many years the injustices that have
been put upon them by the railroads.
The debt that the people of the slate
owe to these great corporations for
their assistance in developing the re
sources of Nebraska has never been
denied. Yet this debt should not op
erate to prevent the people of the
state from enjoying in some measure
the fruits of their own industrious toll.
As a matter of fact. Nebraska has
been exploited by the railroads as few
other western slates have. This was
made very plain during the recent
campaign, Governor-elect Sheldon
making It the dominant note of his
speeches throughout the state. Again
and again he showed the injustice and
inequality of Nebraska freight rates,
and just as often did he exhibit the
evidence of railroad rapacity. He
was elected solely because he was con
sidered by the voters of the state to
be the champion of the people-as op
posed to the domination of corporate
It would be well for the railroad
magnates to heed this fact. The time
haa come in Nebraska when the people
are going to rule and direct their own
affairs, regardless of the wishes of the
men who have bo long sat behind
desks and directed through their
henchmen the course of public affairs
in the state. It is not intended that
any injustice shall be done to any of
the great agents of commerce in Ne
braska, but it is intended thaUthey
hall do Justice to the people.
EFFECT OF KANSAS C1TT COKORKSS.
It is unfortunate, although perhaps
Inevitable, that tha addresses and dis
cussions at the TransLiisslaslppl Com
mercial congress should1 spread over
so wide a range of topic, thus losing
the great force of concentration for
practical purposes. Previous meet
ings have fallen short of possible ben
eflts through the same defect.
The va'ue of tbe congress now sit
ting is nevertheless not to be under
rated on this account. Though the
discussions in the main are on pro
miscuous subjects, still aa a cyclopedic
representation brought down to date
of the immense and varied resources.
industries and interests of an empire
embracing practically one-half of the
nation they constitute a powerful stim
ulant to the energies of the people,
broadening their conceptions and out
look and tend importantly to promote
common action for common purposes.
It will, however, be increasingly
necessary for the west, if its full in
fluence is to be exerted politically and
otherwise in its own behalf to eltml
nate more than it hitherto has done a
multitude of questions, however in
teresting in themselves either locally
or specially, or to subordinate them
to great general ends, each in its turn
and due occasion. By selective and
strategic effort the cumulative advance
will carry also Innumerable minor
points. It is along thla line that the
true value of the Kansas City meeting
probably by far tbe most important
and. satisfactory In the hUtory of the
congress, largely as an educational
Influence is to be estimated.
I'KRIL J.V CUBA.
The isbue in Cuba, full of possible
mischief, seems to be rapidly sharpen
Inu between thoso who threaten dire
consequences if the United States does
not promptly arrange for election of
a government and then withdraw
forthwith, and those who threaten dire
consequences if this course is followed.
The troubles Involved in intervention
which have been largely lost Bight of
since the return of Secretary Taft, can
110 longer be concealed and. in the
judgment of those in good position to
know, are approaching a crisis not
less dangerous and even more difficult
than, the one of civil war which was
averted by prompt American military
occupation. But Governor Magoon
as tbe representative of our govern
ment on the ground, is now beset with
Increasing- clamor and menace on both
sides, the one that he shall declare
definitively that the United States
shall promptly arrange for a native
regime and quit the Island, and th
other not only that this shall not be
done, but also that assurance be given
of our remaining there indefinitely
The feature rising more ominously
every day is that either side has both
the power and apparently tbe dlspoa!
tion to precipitate a catastrophe. So
bitter and Irreconcilable are the Cu
ban factious showing themselves to be
toward each' Other that thiaaC of
those who are known as conservatives
to destroy railroad bridges and burn
the cane fields and sugar mills in or
der to compel continuance of Interven
tion Is believed to be serious. On the
other hand, thone who were lately in
arms as insurgents are in large part
so impatient to seize the spoils of office
so nearly within . their grasp at the
moment of intervention that they will
with dlJHculty be restrained much
longer, although restraint Is indis
pensable if there is to be safe and sta
In short, a point has been about
reached at which it is necessary to
bring the Cubans to their senses. If
such a thing be possible, by definitely
prescribing the conditions with which
they must comply on the basis of Belt
rule, and it is almost certain that
those conditions will be profoundly
repugnant to many native leaders who
are now forcing an emergency and
who have already pushed matters so
far that the situation is full of peril.
( USFLJCTISG RAILROAD STORIES.
The stories emanating from circles
of high railroad authority are not con
sistent. Now we have the sensational
disclosure, suggestively framed with a
keen eye to stage effects, in substance
that carrier companies centering at
Chicago have resolved to curtail by
fully 160,000,000 the expenditures for
betterments that had been planned for
that terminal during the coming year,
and that this resolution as to Chicago
is merely part of a general policy
among the roads for abandoning or
restricting contemplated extensions
But we have also just had another
tale, not less startling and upon like
mpressive authority, to the effect that
the existing railroad system is utterly
Inadequate for the bulk' of tonnage
and travel that the growth of the coun
try is producing and will produce in
the future on even a larger scale; J. J.
Hill having within two weeks deliber
ately asserted that 115, 000" more miles
of track are needed now, and other ex
perts that terminal facilities and roll-
lug Btock are similarly deficient. And
It is substantially agreed among them
that even If the existing transporta
tion system could be brought up to
present requirements, an annual aver
age of at least 10.000 miles of new
construction would be needed for
growth of business the next ten years.
Now, how can two such stories be
reconciled on the basis of candor and
good faith? Or is the explanation to
be found in the circumstance that with
umerous state legislatures and the
national congress about to meet the
commanders-in-chief among railroad
interests may desire to arouse public
apprehension of the consequences of
progress in public control?
We have just made a memorable ad
vance in the enforcement of old and
enactment of new laws on the particu
lar pont of equality, of transportation
charges and services for 'all, that ad-
ance having been in spite of every
obstacle that the carrier corporations
could throw in the way. But the not
less vital question of the reasonable
ness of charges, particularly on service
within each state, but including also
hauls between states, remains and
confronts every legislative and admin
lstrative body in the land. It is thrust
upon the people not only by grotesque
nequalities between state and Inter
state chargeB, but also by the prodigi
ous profits which existing exactions
produce, without regard to the item of
In a word, the railroads have grossly
misjudged the temper of the people
If the purpose Is as it can hardly but
be, to intimidate and terrorize them
at this time from going forward to
right what has been wrong by threat
of withholding transportation service
that is vitally necessary. It is Elmply
the familiar opposition tactics that haa
been resorted to for preventing every
exertion of public authority in public
interest the last forty years. While it
has latterly been futile, never before
was it so untimely and dangerous tor
the railroads themselves as it is at
Douglas county had the distinction
of casting the largest percentage of
its total vote on the amendment. It
also has the distinction of casting the
smallest percentage of Its vote against
tbe amendment. Almost 19,000 of the
Douglas county voters registered
themselves in favor of the adoption of
the amendment, while only forty-six
went on record as being opposed to it
As the people of Douglas county do
more business with the railroads than
those ot any other county in the state
this vote ought to be significant as in
dtcating the attitude ot the commercial
Interests of the state toward the trans
South Omaha also had a taste ot
water shortage, and Is equally Inter
ested with Omaha In the establish
ment of a sufficient water supply sya
tern. This supply can only be secured
by the construction ot a second main
pipe from Florence to the city. How
much longer will the Water board ex
pose the business and domestic inter
ests of the community to the danger
and inconvenience which now exist?
The Bee disclaims any Interest I
the progress of any suit before any
court beyond that bf anexact and Im
partial chronicler of tacts. This state-,
ment is made In view of a dispute that
now exists between an attorney and
his client as to certain statements
which the latter made to a Bee re
porter tor publication.
The announcement from Chicago
that the railroad companies of the
United States Intend to economize on
expenditure to the extent of many mil-
lions of dollars during the coming
year does not track with the admis
sions of the leading railroad men that
no company at present has equipment
or trackage sufficient to enre for its
usiness. High prices or low prices.
the railroads must build more miles
of track and employ more cars and en-
Ines or go out of business. Competi
tion In this regard, at least, is Inexora
ble. Legislators should remember that
lobbyists ' who appear at the capitol
are only figureheads. The real lobby
ist seldom goes near the state house.
By keeping this fact In mind the new
members of the incoming legislature
will probably be able to avoid some of
the pitfalls that are set by scheming
persons for the feet of unwary law
makers. Lincoln is coming to Omaha to se
cure pointers on how to conduct a de
tention home for Juvenile delinquents.
This la a move in the right -direction.
It Lincoln had began to pattern after
Omaha many years ago the capital city
would have been all the better.
The Nebraska bankers opened and
closed their -convention In a most busi
nesslike v. ay and are proceeding with
eletlty along the program laid out.
his happy result is the outcome of
the excellent business training the
banker gets at home.
W. D. Vandlver, superintendent of
insurance for Missouri, gives strong
reasons why western men . should
patronize western insurance companies
and one of the. strongest is that It
keeps the reserve fund where It can
That Texas negro who pleaded guilty
to the charge of murder in Texas did
his best to redeem the state from the
stain of lynch law, and the authorities
seem to have given him hearty co-operation,
as he was legally hanged the
I.Ike Framed Motto.
That Nebraska congresaman will find that
good examplo of refunding unearned
salary will be, like the mottoes framed
upon the wall, seldom followed. Besides,
how would moat of the congressmen live,
If It were follov.-ed?
A Pleleaa Opinion. '
General Castillo, one of the heroes of
the recent chicken coop campaign for Cu
ban liberty, aays that the American pro
visional government weighs upon Cuba like
a curse. It occaalnna no surprise to learn
from another Havana dispatch that the
general waa an uiisuccBsful aspirant for
a Job under the provisional government.
A Tip for Indiana.
Commissioner': of Indian Affair I-upp
recommends that Indian tribes having
money and lands should organlxe them
selves Into Joint sto.ck companies for., the
purpose "f administering their common ea
tat. This In 4r)Vbly the oldest form of
the corporation, but will the present dlallke
of corporaUo'ns'be waived in fevor of the
Indiuns? . . ,
Good Mewa, If Trne.
Wall' Street journal.
Mr. Hurriman says that he has no am
bition to be a financial king.
Mr. Hearst announcea that he will never
again be a candidate for office.
This is good news. It Is to be hoped
that these gentlemen will not change their
minds. This country wants neither Hearst
nor king, neither social revolution, nor
More Care or More Track.
Harriman backs up his opinion that what
the railroads need Is more cars by order
ing t21.0O0.000 v'orth of refrigerator, box,
flat and gondola cars, all of which will be
delivered before the heuvy t raffia period of
next year. Mr. Hill fcaya what the com
panies need la more tracks, and we are
waiting to hear if he backs up his opinion
as substantially as Mr. Harriman backs
Will Piatt Take the Hint
New Tork Sun.
It Is a mlstaka to suppose that the senior
senator for the. Empire state, the Hon.
Thomas Collier Piatt, la incapable of fur
ther usefulness. "He is not too old or too
seriously Incapacitated, either In the phys
ical sense or Intellectually, or too shame
fully discredited In his public and private
relation to the community, to perform now,
at once, this week, today, the greatest ser
vice which It has ever been In his power to
render to his honorable constituents, the
people of New York. It U the statesman's
last opportunity to win their approval and
applause. With their fingers defending
their olfactories, they will applaud him with
TITLES WOOIKG DOLLARS.
Reflections on British Peera and the
American Heiress Market.
The present duke of Marlborough seems
to have Inherited the moral qualities of the
Churchill without their brains. The brains
tend to be good; tha moral qualities tend
to be rotten. The first duke had extraordi
nary talents, geared to morals of the ut
most flexibility. The most noted of his re
cent descendants, Lord Randolph Churchill
waa an able man, and so far aa Is known a
decent man and a good husband. ' His
brother, the father of the present duke.
had Intelligence and suavity, but was
disreputable person whom his wife di
vorced. The present duke seems to hive
his father's morals without either his man
ners or his intelligence. He has medft his
young American wife so Intolerable a hus
band that she has finally applied for a legal
separation. It Is a pity, for she Is a woman
of fine character and great attractiveness,
fitted for a happier career than merely to
bear two sons to a young brute who hap
pened to be the heir ot an historic British
title and a heavily encumbered historic
estat. If the trade between American
dollars and British titles and second-hand
dwellings Is to be maintained, It la neces
aary (or ought to be) that a larger per
centage of the financed peers should make
good. To take a young woman's good
money and then mistreat her la Just a
caddish and culpable as anything the Pitt.
burg millionaires do. It la conceivable that
the whole line of purchasable British peers
may become so discredited as to doatroy
the t runic, though, to be sure, it would
take an awful list ot swindles to drive the
ambitious American mothers away from
the burgain counter at Burke's. There are
some admirable gentlemen in the Rritixh
peerage, and some of that quality hav
married Auiericun women. But the a vera
of tbe Iota offered in the American market
is nut htfel
IIOISD ABOIT SEW YORK.
Nlpiiles on the ( nrrrnt of Life In the
Builders of suburban homes In Greater
New Tork are turning their attention to
the erection of a class of separate dwellings
designed to accommodate two families.
"These homes." said an experienced builder,
"are of brick or brown stone, have high
port hei and are o stories with a base,
"They range In price from to 9..
and large numbers of them have been sold
in tho last two or three years. There are
usually five rooms and a bath on the top
floor, which rent for lis to $23 per month.
The main floor and basement usually have
six rooms with a bath and storeroom and
rent for fcS to $35."
These houses are fitted and furnished as
are the average apartments In the larger
buildings. . The Interiors are of good trim
and finish, with oak or other ornamental
wood material, oien nickel plumbing, tiled
bath tubs, ranges, Ico boxes, dumb waiters,
There are lO.Ouu professional criminals at
large In New Tork City, according to police
estimates, quoted by the New Tork
World. They Include bank robbers, burg
lars, fiat thieves, commercial swindlers,
confidence men, pickpockets and shoplifters.
A large percentage are ex-convlcts, whose
pictures are in the Rogues' gallery and
who ai-e known personally to the detec;
tlves of the central office. As many as
IOC) of theso professionals have been picked
up on the streets as "suspicious persons"
In a single night by Inspector McLaugh
lin's detectives, only to be set at liberty In
the morning to pursue their criminal vo
cations. In other states, notably In Mass
achusetts and New Jersey, they have a
law under which known criminals unable
to glvs an account of themselves may be
sentenced to short terms of Imprisonment
as vagranta. The law works so well thut
many Massachusetts and New Jersey crooks
have deserted their homes and come to
New York to live.
Alfred Henry Lewis sketches In Pearson's
Monthly tho personality and career of
Florence Sullivan, commonly known as
Big Florrie," a type of Manhattan politi
Big Florrie began to make a living nt
the printers' trade. His health suffered
from the confinement and he took up the
open air life of a boatman. In this Hie ho
developed until he became a muscular
marvel. Next he became a policeman of
the river squad and fought with the river
thieves of all sorts. Tiring of the police
man's life, he opened a saloon and sold
drinks for four years. He kept . "a '. Illy
white place," but he sickened of the busl
pesa He never has tasted liquor or to
bacco himself and he could not see why
he should sell such things to others. He
had made money, but he. could not keep
It; he waa too generous. Mayor Van Wyck
gave him a city office at a good aalary at
time when he was penniless, and after
that, apparently, he was no longer penni
less. Boss Croker put him In charge of the
Tammany organization of the Kighth dis
trict, tho Infamous red-light district.
The first thing Big Florrie did was to buy
pair of kid gloves, so as not to soil his
hancs. The next thing was to go out Into
the street and knock down the first sped,
men he met of the species of men who live
on the earnings of fallen women. Then he
went through the district, smashing right
and left, careful not to touch the vile, crea
tures with ungloved hand, but felling and
bruising all whom he found of this class.
Within a week the district was cleaned un.
No one cared to come again within roach
of the iron hand within the glove, and the
police had orders not to Interfere.
Having driven out those 'whom lie did
not want thei-o, he became the feudal lord
of those who .were left. Picnics, balls,
chowder parties, ond excursions were given
at his expense. Free turkeys, free bread,
fre lunches were provided by him. Fun
eral expenses were paid where there was
poverty, and flowers sent where the
bereaved were left In comfort. Ho broke
an engagement with two t'nlted Btates
senators because on the way he read In
the paper that two old women were to be
evicted for nonpayment of rent, and he
did not arrive at the rendezvous until the
Women had been placed In comfort. He
wet his feet one winter day and realized
the discomfort of Imperfect foota-ear.
Before ha returned home he had bought
$15,000 worth of shoes and stockings and
left them at the clubhouse for distribution.
Democrats?" he was asked. His answer
was, "Pon't talk politics nine months be
fore election day. Look for barefoot
"In such a district who Can contend wltlj
such a man?" comments the Chicago Tri
bune. "The people know nothing of polit
ical principles; they care' nothing for re
form or for civil service. They are for the
man who sympathises with them, who may
plunder the rich for all they know, but
spends the money In his district. They will
follow the man who has the strength and
tha courage to face his enemies and those
whom he considers enemies to the people
and knock them down and out When stu
dents of civlo problems lament the existence
of the boss they are wasting thrtr tears
over something which suits the bossed."
Tea drinkers are finding ecant encourage
ment in a report recently made by a large
tea exporting nouse in Yokohama to Its
American customers. Incidentally It Indi
cates that tho United States Is not alone in
facing increased cost of living. The report
says: "Owing to the rapidly Increasing
cost of living in Japan, labor cosi more,
and in consequence cultivation of the tea
gardens Is leee generous and extensive than
formerly, and lees care and skill are ex
pended In picking and curing the leaf
Hence the avorage quality of the tea now'
offered for sale Is below that of seasons
prior to the war. and for the same reasons
we are not likely In the future to see anv
reversion to the excellence of former years
These changes are tho Inevitable results of
new conditions that are affecting many of
tbe old industries of Japan."
The only open unimproved lot in the
business district on Fifth avenue. New
York, is owned by an elderly spinster, a
descendant of the As tor family, and, to
mix terms, apparently a genuine old-fashioned
Knickerbocker. She will not sell
the lot, for which real estate dealers have
been scrambling, even though offered
$650,000 for it. She prefers to keep it
so that her pet dog may have a place to
Respect for American Mo
San Francisco Chronicle.
The attitude of the Japanese toward our
Institution may be inferred from their re
quest In a case reported yesterday. In
which it was requested that one of their
number, arrested on a charge of forgery,
be turned over to them to be dealt with.
This Is precisely what the Chines have
been doing for years. They refuse to reo
ognlse our courts and attempt to admin
ister Justice In their own fashion. About
the only thing American respected by Jap.
ane.se and Chinese Is our money.
A How Mevlaav ('naclcace.
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
A conscientious cltlsen has returned the
ICou he received as bounty during the civil
war, explaining that he went as a soldier
because he was paid to do It. Uesldea, he
has proierd and can afford to reim
burse the government. A coneclence that
has such a creditable awakeuing after
forty years of inaction ta something lu
which its owner should take prids.
A picture's a picture, but there's , thousands of
dollars difference between the value of a
masterpiece produced by inspired genius and
highly developed talent, and a sign-painter's
chromo there's a like difference in furs. .
Genius conceives and the best talent com
pletes Gordon Furs into masterpieces; yet m the
most expensive garments the element of utility
is not lacking. ! . '
Jv V sjrf i J
Jitk your dtaUr for
Wliit nreome of tUe Letters Sent l
Collier s,, in following up Its crusade
against quack physicians and deulers in
worthless patent medicines, has touched
upon one Interesting feature of the busi
ness. This is the regular trade In confiden
tial letters from patients describing In de
tail their real or Imaginary ailments. The
recipients of these letters, which were writ
ten under a guarantee or'abaolute seerecy,
bundle them together as soon as the writers
have spent all the money they can e in
duced to thinw awav on one lino of treat
ment. The letters are then sold or rented hi that authorized under the Trneat Inspec
ts other persons In the same business, and tlon law. It would only recjulre the ap
the writers besin to receive circulars and pointment cjf several hundred (thousand In
personal letters making glowing prornlses" Kpf(;tors to guarantee that pianufactures
of restoration from the malady which the
victim believes himself to have. """ '
One brokerage company advertises over
one million letters on hand. These letters
are classified. Over IM.'W letters describing,
kidney troubles may be bought or-rented,
telling ot suffering from abuse of nur
ootics. and so on. Every person who has at
any time within the last ten years written
to these correspondence doctors or dealers
In wonderful remedies may be certain that
his or her letter, describing physical diffi
culties which may have been kept a secret
even from one's own family, Is on file In an
office where It may be consulted by any one
willing to pay $2.50 a thousand for the privi
lege of copying these letters.
Not only doctors buy these letters, but
also other speculators In human credulity.
Tho sellers of stock In wildcat mines and In
bogus companies of all kinds make a busi
ness of exchanging Huts, so that what
money lias escaped one swindler may lie
reached by another. . A , person who ha(
been an asy?mark for pauot nvj4lclpe ad
vertisements was considered by. one com
pany as especially suitable fur ts pur
poses, and until the postoffice department
forbade the uso of tho malls it astonished
those to whom It wrote by Its Intimnto
knowledge of personal difficulties.
Professional etiquette forbids a physician
to reveal secrets confided to him by a pa
tient. A sick person or one who thinks he
is sick is foolish If he does not tell his phy
sician the whole story, so that the Case
may be diagnosed with complete knowledge.
Hut the moxt foolish person of all Is the one
who writes to a stranger things which he
is unwilling to tell a neighbor. The phy
sician will respect any confidence plnced In
him. Tho advertising qtiack will sell the
letter or a copy of It to any one who asks
for it. A person who once gets, on the
quacks' lists will be tormented for years for
that bit of folly.
81) lock's price per pound has been cut
by a Washington woman, who only wants
$5,000 for thirty pounds which she lost by
not joining the anti-worry club..
Governor-elect Rollln 8. Woodruff of Con
necticut Is now head of the hardware con
cern In New Haven where he first went W
work as an office boy at an early age.
' Miss Nora Stanton Blutch, a granddaugh
ter of Elisabeth Cady Stanton, has been
appointed a member of New York Clty'a
staff of civil engineers. Miss Blatch'a ap
pointment was not due to any pull, but
was made on merit, after she had stood
The contract for boring the Chicago, Mil
waukee & St. Paul's big tunnel through
the Rocky mountains has been let to Nel
son Bennett, the man who built the North
ern Pacific tunnel through the Cascade
mountains and has recently completed the
largeat Irrigation ditch ever constructed.
The writer known to the novel reading
public aa Ralph Connor Is known to his
parishioners in Wlnnlpc at Charles W.
Gordon. He is a man of 43. tall and
slight, keenly Interested In sport and out
door life and sympathetic and earnest In
hla work. His church has been completely
fitted up with parlors and recreation rooms,
where those without homes may spend
their evenings In pleasant surroundings.
In Chicago during the last year, accord
ing to figures compiled by the Bridge and
Structural Iron Workers' union. 147 of Its
l.SSfc members were either killed or dis
abled by accidents while at work. Thirty,
four men lost their lives, thirteen were to
tally disabled and w were partially dis
abled. Most of the deaths were due to
falls from the steel framework of buildings
In the downtown district
INDIA AND ' CEYLsbN
Ttkt-rt is no gueaa wtn-k in bu) I114 Tt-'Ws Tea. - Kvery housewife who
haa tried it knows that It is suix-rior to all other packet leas.
- - McCORD-BR ADY CO., Wholesale AgenU, Omaha.
Gordon ' 5
Alaska Seal Skins
More than in any other fur is the "Gor
don Way' necessary ta make a jcal gar
ment what it should be.;' .
The garment pictured here is one of the
, Gordon masterpieces With semi-fitting
back and loose front, if is a woman's ideal
of elegance and comfort, and can be had in
many sorts of furs in addition to London
dyed Alaska Seal,' at prices from $50 to
t - .
( HIM)' LABOR LAW ODblTIE.
with the Subject f
Once again a novel proposition to utilize
that elastic clause In , the t'nlted State
constitution giving to congress power tJ
tegulate. commerce, among -the several
state s Is made, i .Senator llcverldge thinks
that the federal government can indirectly,
but effectively, ' deal with the- subject of
child labor by prohibiting th ttansporta-, (
tlon of products of factories where chll- .
dren under 11 years of age ifre employed. A
In theory the senator Is undoubtedly cor--
rect. ' A precisely similar exertlse of power
tainted with child labor are fiot smuggled
to the railroad stations. Probably Lncle
Sam could afford it, but he In apt to hesi
tate for a long time, before h takes the
step. Some duties ought to Be left to the
state governments, and the settlement of
the child lubor problem Is on of them.
It would almost be as reasonable for the
United States to uttertipt to fettle the dU
voice question by--.thevJdaat1cal constitu
tional clause which the Hoosler statesman
wishes to bring Into piny with respect to
child labor. Let the VnUed States con
gress prescribe the! grounds .by1 which di
vorces ought to be granted and deny the
use of Interstate commerce in any form to
Uie Individual who offendsr, by. getting
divorce not according to the accepted stand
ard. Docs the Idea appear fantasticT Per
haps it Is. It la not more fantastic, how
ever, than that of SenatorBeyerldge.
;,U"lar-nAlus,. Uje BjMd$altft our fatheis
Podaier NonHnnse;-, there- are more hair
restorers arid gold bricks sold than ever
before Atlanta Constitution.
Dubley Did you ever see anything more
pathetic than a woman trying to tell a
tunny story? '
Wise Well, that's not as foolish as some
men I know. A woman nevnr attempts u
use dUlect when she doesn't know how.
"A shoemaker In a good type of the kind
of man an aristocrat . prefers In tho
"How do you mean?''
"The sole Intent of. his-labor is to sus
tuln his uppers." Baltimore Amesican.
'I - think you're perfectly awful!" she
"I think you're awfully perfect!" he
Hlghed. . .
There was an InStapt mixture1 of brll
llantine and rouge, anu all was well. Chi
cago Hecord-Ilei aid.
"Wot did th' superintendent do to yei'l
w'en yer was caught emokln' ciaarettes.
"Turned me over to th' prlncipul."
"W ot d' he do?" . . . ,
"Turned me over to me teacher. An
she turned me over to pa."
wot did yer pa do'?'1 '
"Turned me over his well. wot d' ver
s'pose he done?" Cleveland Leader.
'fls Muffler getting pretty fair salary?"
"Oh, yes; enough to keep, body and soul
and automobile together." Brooklyn Life.
"Hiram." said Mrs. Counterfront, "have
you noticed that Spotcash Co. -have anV
nounced their Christmas opening for next '
"No, I haven't,'! answered her spous:
"but I know what that means, and I niaie" i
as well make the announcement right now
that my pocketbook will not have lis)
Christmas opening before the 'middle ot
December." Chicago Tribune.
THE HOMELY GIRL.
St. Louis Republic: -Whose
face Is It that's never seen
T'pon the tempting msgaxlnet '
Who Is it that is never snapped
By kodak artists thrilled and rapt?
Who is It that is never in
A novel ss the heroine?
A homely girl.
Who Is It that can play no part
In great displays of modern art?
Who is It that the daily press
Will not portray In her new dress?
Who is It that upon the stag
May never even play a page?
A homely girl. f
Who is it that In all the ads
May never pose for fashion's fad.
Or call our tnlnds to foreign Scenes,
Or powder, paint, or pork and beans.
Or Hulii. candles, fancy goods, v
Or furs, or soaps, or breakfast foods?
A homely girl.
Who is It that is ne'er a bride?
Who for divorce has ne'er applied?
Who never thwarts a tyrant s rulat
Who Is It oh, who, but a fool,
Would place her in this lengthy Ustf
Who is It blmply don't exist?
, A homely girl.
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