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    THE OMAHA DAILY BEE: THURSDAY. DECEMBER 20, 1906.
The Omaha Daily Dee,
FOINDKD BY EDWARD ROSEWATER.
VICTOR ROHKWATER. EDITOR.
Kntered at Omaha poetofflce second
class matter.
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REMITTANCES.
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Only 2-eent stamps received a payment of
mall irtnunti. Personal checka, except on
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THE HEE PL'P.LISHINO COMPANY.
STATEMENT OP CIRCULATION.
State of Nebraska, Douglaa County.":
Charles C. Koewaler, general manager
cf The Hue Publishing company, being duly
sworn, as that the actual number of full
nnd complete copies of The Dally, Morning,
Evening and Sunday Bea printed during tha
month of November, 11(06 waa aa follow:
1 33,740 It 31,180
i i 3i,6o aio
2 31,880 It 30.800
4 30,600 l .0
fi t 3170 10 31,770
6 38.180 21 31.400
1 38,50 2: 31,180
8 33.450 28 31,300
9 31,330 24 31,880
10 33.030 2i 80,450
11 30.660 26 81,400
12 31,650 27 31,860
IS 31.040 IS 31,460
14 31,980 It 31.680
IS 31,030 80 31,830
Total 881,810
Less unsold copies.... 8,878
Ket total nlea 843,033
Lally average 81,401
CHARLES C. ROSE WATER,
General Manager. ,
Subscribed In my presence and sworn to
before me thl lat day of December, 1908.
(Seal.) M. B. HI NUATE,
, Notary Public
,WHE1 OCT OF TOWN.
Subscribers lam viae tha eltr tem
porarily a boa Id hare Tha Bea
Mailed to theaa. Address will ha
eliaaaed. aa oftexs aa ra.eld.
Ia compelling Governor Folk to sue
for hla nalary, St. LouIb apparently
regrets the reputation the attorney
gave the town.
It transpires that "the unwritten
law" 18 not a Tecognlaed defense In
tuurder cases as they are tried in' the
courts of this vicinity.
lhe discovery that rubber can be
made from wheat was doubtless made
by the patron of a factory where pies
are made by machinery.
With call money at 25 per cent the
Hlll-HarrlmaV interests should have
little outside t interference In their
fight for new St.' Paul stock.
Thirteen Is again an unlucky num
ber this time for the baker's -dosen
of creditors who have to look to Count
Boni de Castellans for their money..
When enough- cars shall have been
found, the real problem will be to get
men to operate them, as the shortage
of experienced' trainmen remains un
broken.
Now that famine stalks in China,
those legation guards at Peking should
polish their swords, as the hungry
man is always dangerous, even in the
Flowery.klngdom
The report of the Interstate Com
inerce commission shows that no divi
dends have boon passed because of any
effort to provide for the safety of pas
scngers and employes.
The showing Colonel Chamberlain
makes for the sale of beer in homes
for disabled veterans will probably be
the signal for a demand that "the
beer halls must go."
With estimated gross receipts of
about $1,000,000 from Rosebud lands
and net receipts of about $800,000,
the Indians are liable to consider Uncle
Sam an expensive collection agency.
"Jim'1 Hill should have no trouble
in proving that there Is no water in
his proposed Issue of Great Northern
stock slnco the showing must be made
in Minnesota, where all water is now
Ice. . .
Now that congress knows all that the
president knows about the San Fran
cisco school affair and the Browns
rr;ie incident, the public will be inter
ested In seeing its suggestions for im
provement.. With dlplouiuts demanding the with
drawn of Kaisoull and Raisoull de
manding the withdrawal of the war
ships, the sultan ot Morocco seems
tailed upon to decide between bom
bnrdnient or revolution, with chances
la favor of both.
Omaha's prospects for 1907 building
operations are said to be as good, it
not better than at any previous year's
cad. As' lung as our business and
copulation continue to increase we
will have; to have more buildings with
which to accommodate the Increasing
demand.. .
According to figures compiled by
iiu state auditor,' th state paid during
iVio last two years interest amounting
U $190,22$ on Its warrant lndebtud-
noi ,a. This represents, tt 5 dot cent, a
to jstact "flouting debt of nearly
5,2,000,000. It Is Interesting to note
that the State constltutlta sets $100,
tJOO as the limit t- vhuh the state can
!oriuw. in Uiu wf tkco
hTJTt vsivrnsiTr tlXAMtS.
The official estimate of the regents
of the state university for appropria
tions at the hands of the coming leg
islature recently made public proves
upon anal)sls to be a carefully juggled
exhibit, evidently designed to conceal
Important sources of university rev
enue with a view to procuring In
creased state appropriations. The un
iversity estimate, for example, leaves
out of account altogether the money
which the university receives from the
federal government out of the Hatch
and Morrill funds. It also leaves oat
of account the cash funds, made up
of matriculation and other student
fees, which during the last blennlum
amounted to over $100,000, and will
doubtless exceed that sum during the
next two years. It also leaves out of
consideration a number of smaller spe
cial appropriations which are really
absorbed by the university, such as
those for farmers' institutes, experi
ment station work, state historical
library, etc.
It is incomprehensible why the uni
versity regents should not be perfectly
frank with the legislature and the tax
payers as to the university finances.
There is no disposition anywhere to
cripple the university or to hamper Its
operations, so far aa they respond to
legitimate demand, but there is a wide
spread and growing sentiment in favor
of complete publicity of all university
transactions, financial as well aa
others. The university appropriations
have been increased in the last few
years by leaps and bounds until they
amount to a colossal sum, and with
the other sources of revenue make the
university expenditures equal almost
to all the other expenditures of state
government.
The taxpayers certainly have a
right to insist that all this money
shall pass through the state treasury
end be drawn out pursuant to specific
legislative appropriation upon war
rants, safeguarded the same as for
other appropriations. The university
ought to be able not only to pay cur
rent expenses, but to erect its new
buildings from time to time with even
less than the mill levy which it has
been receiving. The Increase of the
basis of assessment has increased the
value of the university levy tremen
dously. To ask for additional ap
propriations for the university out of
money raised by general taxation is
going It decidedly strong.
. FVBL1C LAUD DM If REFORM. '
. It is perhaps too much to hope for
a reform of the public land laws from
the present short session of congress,
but the president's special message
states once more in forceful and un
controvertible fashion the imperative
need of it. It is, indeed, in part no
new revelation, for the abuse of the
land laws has long been so notorious
that the failure of congress to provide
adequately against It is inexcusable.
But the president's summary of the
fresh official disclosures of the ramifi
cations of fraud where'oyj vast arid
most valuable portions of the people's
heritage hav.j been alienated ought to
stir the national legislature to action.
The purpose of the homestead law
and of the timber, stone and desert
land acts was beneficent, but It is for
that very reason only the more intol
erable that these laws should be longer
permitted to be prostituted to robbery
of the intended beneficiaries and to
criminal enrichment of powerful rail
road, mining and cattle corporations.
. The . penalties ot the criminal code
are, Indeed, being inflicted on some
of the conspirators, but, after all, only
comparatively few will be reached, and
while some of the stolen land is be
ing restored to the public domain, it
Is at best only a small part of the
whole. What the stenchful and disas
trous situation requires is thorough
recasting of the land laws, and it can
not be done too carefully.
THK STANDARD UlL PRUSECVTWSS.
The government does not attempt
to conceal Its anxiety over the point
Interposed by attorneys on behalf of
the Standard Oil company In the crim
inal prosecutions for rebate violations,
fpr, if sustained by the federal court.
It would cut the ground froin under
the cases and also from under prose
cution of Standard Oil or any other
offender for violations committed be
fore the new rate law went Into effect
and" which was not pending In court
at that time. As no prosecutions Were
then pending against the Standard Oil
and very few against other corpora
tions of like character,-- the issue is
vital so far as the penal sanctions of
the old law are concerned.
The point la one of abstruse and
purely technical construction and
grows out of a clause In the new rate
law obviously Intended solely to pre
veat embarrassment to the govern
ment In rebate prosecutions actually
pending in court at the time of the
enactment of the new law, Its pur
pose being to strengthen It aud by no
means to repeal the old law touching
all past offenses, like those of the
Standard Oil, for which prosecutlous
had not yet been Instituted. But by
reason of unavoidable circumstances
In signing the act, in connection with
certain decisions of the supreme court,
a basis was laid on which the defense
has constructed a strong appeal for a
ruling that would have this sweeping
result.
A serious phase of the matter Is
precisely the on which proved fatal
to the government In tho famous Beef
trust casts, namely 'hat the govern
ment would havo no appeal If the
lower court hold3 for the Standard Oil
I contention, although tha decision
might In fact be error and might be
t- found ly tl'e isi;rre.no turt If the
pui..t could bo icticwed oa the ptosc-
cution's appeal. The failure of con
gress In the previous session and so
far In the present one may thus be
decisive of the Issue.
Though the government hopes for a
favorable ruling, the public will not
fall to be profoundly impressed by a
contrary result with the fact that the
Oil trust has placed its chief reliance
for escape from Justice upon the
merest technicality, which has no
legitimate bearing whatever upon the
question of actunl guilt. It will not
in such contingency pass unheeded
that a trivial technical flaw In the
manner of passing the law, either In
fact or In the Imagination of a trial
judge, should at one fell swoop be con
strued to wipe out the whole criminal
past of renowned corporation offend
ers, although the paramount purpose
of congress was exactly the reverse.
ft anything were needed to bring on a
day of reckoning such a colossal fiasco
would supply It.
THE LIFE iSSUHASCE STRUGGLE-
The struggle lor control of the New
York Life and the Mutual Life Insur
ance company under the new law pro
viding for election of directors by the
policy holders baa been the most ex
traordinary in the history of the great
life Insurance companies. Two par
ties, representing the old management
on the one hand and Interests striv
ing to oust' It on the other, have In
their canvass for the votes of the
policy holders maintained organiza
tions which confessedly required ex
penditure of huge sums of money
which policy holders themselves cer
tainly did not furnish. It has been
widely surmised that in the back
ground were powerful antagonistic
financial interests, apart from the
legitimate purposes of life insurance,
contending for mastery over the vast
trust funds and resources, although tho
ostensible representatives of both par
ties have vehemently protested that
such was not the case.
The contest has been waged with
such Intense bitterness that a declara
tion of the majority of the policy
holders, no matter for which side,
seems now not likely to end it, since
both have laid foundatloji for contest
and continuing the struggle in other
ways, and it 1b believed by competent
observers that fresh investigations,
judicial and legislative, are to follow.
The essence of the whole effort for
feform in the big life insurance com
panies has been to prevent abuse Of
their trust funds, and it was for this
purpose that the law was passed pro
viding safeguards for election of di
rector 8 by the policy holders t'o whom
those funds belong, and in whose in
terest alone they should be adminis
tered. It is therefore a disappointing
and unpleasant impression that has
been created of dominant Interposition
by other interests hostile to stock
holders in the very Bret election held
under the reform law. It Is, however.
absolutely certain that public senti
ment, has reached a point at which
perversion ot these great trust funds
to the behests ot "high finance" after
the manner exposed in the Armstrong
investigation will not be tolerated, and
Buch a result. If It has happened in
the election, will be only a signal for
more drastic remedial measures.
. If the railroad lawyers thought they
were playing a smart trick by select
ing for argument ot the railway tax
cases the same day on which the Ne
braska legislature will ballot for
United States senator with a view to
embarrassing Attorney General
Brown, they will doubtless find that
they have fooled themselves again
No member of the legislature, who
would take advantage of Mr. Brown's
absence to repudiate the state con
vention nomination and the popular
Instruction at the polls, would stand
hitched any tighter If Mr. Brown were
on the ground.
The Nebraska State Fair board is
going to ask the legislature to put Its
appropriation on the basis of a per
centage mill levy on the grand as
sessment roll of the state. If the leg
islature is wise It will do nothing- of
the kind, and it it Is foolish enough to
accede, we will have a repetition of
the' old fable of tho camel sticking Its
nose under the Arab's tent only to
push in further and further until he
was In, hump and all. If the board
wants an appropriation let it say how
much it thinks Is needed and then let
the legislature say how much it will
lve. , , ,
Out of some $28,uuo belonging to
the members of the Third Nebraska
regiment collected from the federal
government, a legal intermediary who
acted as claim agent will pocket
$5, GOO hs his alleged commission.
This Is an outrage upon the patriotic
volunteers who enlisted in this regi
ment. Nebraska maintains two sen
ators and six representatives at Wash
ington drawing regular salaries, who
ought to be able to collect all the
money due the state of Nebraska with
out hiring outside assistants.
Congressman Norris ventures the
opinion that there Is no difference be
tween any of the Nebraska senators
or representatives aa to the principle
of dividing Nebraska Into two federal
Judicial districts so as to provide more
Jobs for another set of court officers.
If Judge Norris is correct, the more's
the pity, for there Is about as much
need tf the llurkett bill as there Is
for a fifth wheel to a wagon.
The charge lb made by one ot our
r'fcTOOcratic city councilman that the
men cn ti e street force are simp!
loitering and receiving even more pay
than their work Justifies. Inasmuch
aa nil of the city men arc selected
from lists made up by the counrllmen.
It ought not to be hard to locate the
responsibility for this state of affairs,
If It eslsts. Why not hsve a few able-
bodied, vigorous men employed on the ,
street force who can give full value
for money received?
Japanese remembrance of the Maine
does uot show that high regr.rd for
the United States with which the in
sular kingdom has been credited.
'Twould be better for all concerned if
they would think only of the Yankee
Who "lifted the lid" a generation ago, I
The new office of gas commissioner
which the democratic city council pro
poses to establish Is to be maintained
on strictly civil service lines. we
are sure, however, that we violate no
confidence In announcing that none
but democrats reed Apply.
Connie In and More.
Chicago News.
Anv mllronil mirnnU 1 1 h omntv hnr
care concealed about hia person will please
hurry them to the northwest loaded with
coal.
Japan's Mllltnrr Load.
8t. lo'ils Olobe-Dcmocrnt.
It may be true thnt Jnpntt has decided to
maintain an nrmy 750,000 strong, but such
a tate seems expensive In a country where
straw overcoats are common.
A True Bine.
Springfield Republican.
Secretary Bonaparte's anti-trust views
enrne late In life, no doubt, or since the
year 1W, hut he Is now true blue and can
be depended upon as an attorney general.
The president Would never put Into that
office a man who had cold feet, when the
corporations were mentioned.
Where Silence la Becoming;.
Rroo'-'yn Eagle.
"Tho Chief Juf ;lce of Pennsylvania"
could better have replied to Ellhu Root's
plea for national supremacy, had Penn
sylvania been ene of the states in which
commonwealth and local government had
been vindicated by Its results. Pennsyl
vania has not furnished, and Is not Itself,
such a vindication.
Knocks for tha "Yahoo."
San Francisco Chronicle.
The United States expends on an average
for military purposes nearly 3fX),000,000 an
nually. If there is opposition to disburs
ing so large an amount for the mainte
nance of our army and navy, it receives
scant attention, but when It ia proposed
to spend 150.000,000 or $00,000,000 a year on
the Improvement of our rivers and harbors,
every "yahoo" in the country begins to
denounce the extravagance of congress.
Amaalnar Losses by Fire.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
In the last five years the United States
hhs been more than a bllllon-dollar coun
try In conflagrations. ' The largest Items
were J292,0OO,0OO In Ban Francisco In April,
last, and $90,000,000 ia Baltimore In Febru
ary, 1901. A billion dollars, according to
the engineers' estimate, would build five
Panama canals. Most of the fire loss In
this country could be prevented if the
people would Insist on reforms In building
and Inspection.
Inheritance Tax Laws.
Bprlngflald Republican. .
About half the atates of the union have
Inheritance tax laws, ao the federal census
bureau finds, but only half a doaen of them
extend the tax to direct Inheritances, and
then at a very moderate rate. Neverthe
less these taxes are now sufficient to yield
$10,0CO,O00 or more of revenue. It would
not be rash to conclude from this that if i
these taxes were extended to all the states
and graduated to the extent suggested In
the Perkins bill before congress, an ag
gregate yearly revenue of $100,000,000 or ao
would result. But calculations of this na
ture, however much they may excite the
cupidity of the national government, will
also the more strongly array the several
atates In opposition to a surrender of the
tax to the Washington authority.
FAMOIS IX NAVAL ANNALS.
Death of the Builder of the Confeder
ate Ironclad Merrlmac.
Springfield Itepubllcan.
The maker of the celebrated confederate
Ironclad Merrlmac, Colonel John Mercer
Brooke, has just dlfd at Lexington, Va.,
42 years after he and Ericsson revolution
ized naval warfare. Brooke had been a
young officer In the United 8tates navy
when the civil war began, and was note!
for his Ingenuity. Following Virginia, his
native state, out of the union he Imme
diately devoted himself to devising a new
type of Ironclad warship for the con
federacy. France and England had al
ready produced Ironclads, but they were
simply old-fashioned steam frigates
sheathed over with Iron. Brooke In his
design cut away the high free beard and
masts and Introduced the novel ironclad
ateam ram. It was a wonderful success,
as the Merrlmac's easy destruction of the
wooden squadron of the federals at Hamp
ton Roads fully demonstrated. Only the
sudden appearance of the unique Iron 'ad
Monitor, designed and built by Ericsson at
the saire time that Brooke was working,
cheeked the Merrlmac'a conquering course.
Colonel Brooke has never received, prhapa,
enough credit for his performance In I ro
duolng that crude Ironclad, considering It
merely In Its relation to the deel pment
of naval warfare.
IXUERPAID POSTOFKICH CLRRK8
Faithful Servants Kntltled to a
Hqanrr Deal.
Minneapolis Journal.
The postofflce clerk is not getting a square
deal. After he has prepared himself for a
civil service examination and hits secured
his appointment, lu? usually commences
wi rk us a substitute with the p.osiKCt of
occasional though not regulir employ mint.
Even when he gets a regular pos.tlon, ho
begins at a sulury of $y) a year. Advance.!
in pay of $Uu a year are made, but do nut
come regularly. A postal Clerk m.iy worn
several years at !'- without an increute
or he may huvc an inrrtutv annua. ly unll
his wuges amount tJ l,00 or $l 10) u year
There Is no certainty or regularity, hi ,
ever, about the increase and comparatively
few reach the l.0OO or Jl.lio lgi:e. A great
majority recoivu I'joo or Via aid the ad
vance to Km) or more only coiue aftjr
years of service and when the clerk have
be mo advance J in years and often tiav
several peisous dependent upon them tor
their living.
That this is very meager compens.itl m
fcr skilled woik and years of txi.enencj
will conceded ar.d the InJ'jullee and
l.areislilp which tt Involves tire made the
nioro conspicuous by the fat thut there hia
been practically no increase in the c.i
of the jostofflce clerks fcr twenty yea a
Tho present n'. lod e'f hljjh prices and great
ly increased expor.f for all the necer.tj
of life finds lhe postal clerk no better pre
pared to meet them fian he wa twe.ty
years ago.
Th.;- result cf this lollcy Is to deprlva tha
government of many of Its most 'Ul;n'
n. en In the postal service. They can't i ff tl
to work for "t'ncle' Sum" beciuse he is not
willing to puy them m-arly as much as they
can gut lu vutalde position
ROIKD AROIT KRW YORK.
Ripples aa tha erreat at l ife la the
Metrnaella.
A few weeka back New York critics
p"lnted the ftnaer of acorn at the build re
of the Pennsylvania atate Capitol, and wnn
virtuous wrath denounced them aa shame-
leaa a rafter The Keyatone atate tribe
merely reached Into an overflowing tre.is
tiry fur f9,uoo,i0 In exchange f.tr a brand
of fixtures, furnishings and emblematic
decorations, Including bmse Ottilias aold
by the pound, furniture Bold by the foot
and atalned bay wood tor fnaho.any. Now
those same critics ate spieling In a different
key. They have discovered a brand uf
architectural s"'' at home that nar.non-
I ies oeauuiuuy wmi mo graue ik-vbhijith
In Tennf ylvanla. Critical Insjectlan of the
new hall of Records revel p:ilntd
plastor substituted for marble, artificially
molded cement In place of sculpt'ited
Parian, and other marked departuies from
the plans. All these cheap imitations of
the real thing are high ab:ve tho floors
and readily deceive all but the eyes of
experts.
The Hall of Records was begun almost
ten years ago. The land on which It stands
Cost ll.S41.B53. The building itself, includ
ing decorations, furniture and maintenance,
has cost so far $G, 144,61 3. 73. Tho interest
on the gums and the rent of qunrtera for
the offices now housed In the building (a
rent to be calculated at abnormal expense
during the last five yeirs, approximates
a grand total of $!0.0MO0O, according to
the comptroller. The Capitol at Wa-ihlng-ton
cost $1S,OCO,IXXI. The Congresloml li
brary at Washington, covering acres of
ground and regarded as one of the finest
buildings In America, cost only $5,74,,X).
The Boston Public library, with Its wealth
of decoration, coat $3.9W,0IX). The Broad
Exchange building, the langest office build
ing In the World, cost $5,SO0,0O0. The Park
Row bulldltiK, the tallest office building In
the world, thirty-two stories high, with its
WO offices, was ready' for occupancy In one
year from the laying of Its foundations,
at a coat of $i,750,000. The Trinity building,
twenty-one stories In height, with Its BOO
rooms, was ready for occupancy In a year,
at a cost of $2,760,000. The St. Regis hotel,
the most magnificent hotel In the world,
waa completed. Including nenrly a year lost
In strikes, decorated and equipped In four
years, at a cost of $5,000,000. The Waldorf
Astoria, with Its 1,500 rooms. Its magnificent
decorations and its elaborate devices, cost
$5,000,000.
The flow of American cash from New
York to Europe for Christmas reached the
top record last Saturday. The Celtic, which
sailed on December 12, carried the largest
mall ever sent from New York. This con
slated of 4,083 sacks of mall, containing 80,5.14
registered articles and 4,197 articles In the
parcela post. On December 20 of lost year
the Majestic carried the largest mall of the
year, with 1,227 sacks aboard, while the
Cedrlc, sailing December 6, carried the
largest registered mail, or 61,227 pieces.
In the Celtic's mall on Wednesday were
money orders that reached the total of
$905,048.8, In 58,853 orders, or an average of
$15.50 for each. The largest amount went to
Great Britain. This was $27S,S38. To Italy
went $143,973, while Sweden came third with
$,eO0. Austria received $s!.of and Hun
gary $80,000. The Hermans In America for
warded to the Fatherland $RB,000, while the
Norwegians sent home JM.OOI. Denmark re
ceived $13,000 from her sdns In this country,
while Switzerland was sent $10,000. French
residents of America contributed $9,000 to
the homegolng Christmas fund, Belgian res
idents $5,000, while to Holland went only
$2,000. The smallest sum, $136, went to Lux
emburg. Other small Bums went to Egypt
and Portugal.
Following the Celtic on Wednesday waa
the Auguste Victoria, which sailed a day
or two later. It carried $422,12!. Saturday
tha New York sailed, enrrylng $529.4:3. Of
the sum carried by the Auguste Victoria
$181,744 went to Italy. $SS,0OJ to England.
$31,000 to Sweden, while Egypt received $9.76
and Portugal came last with $5. Of the
money sent on the New York $163 937 went
to Great Britain, $76,558 to Italy, $46.00 to
Austria. $32,000 to Sweden, $29,0TO to Russia.
$52,000 to Hungary, $44,000 to Germany, $2.C0O
to Norway and smaller amounts to other
countries. The total amount of the money
carried by the three ships sailing last week
was $1,858,614.27.
. The "telephone game" Is being worked
In the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.
The game consists In the operator betting
somo cheerful "come-on" that he has a
friend, a professor, "Who can read any card
In the pack over a telephone. The swindle
Is carried out by. means of a code, every
card In the pack being designated by some
common name of a man. When It comes
to deciding the bet the operator simply
calls up a confederate on the telephone,
and he tells the card selected. By way
of example, take the ten of diamonds, the
codo name for whteh Is "Marvin."
"Is Prof. Marvin there?" Inquires the
operator. After some delay "Prof. Mar
vin." the confederate, begins a series of
small talk over the 'phone, which finally
winds up byt the "professor" Informing the
dupe that the car he holds In his hand Is
the ten of diamonds.
The game la generally carried on In sa
loons, tobacco stores, barber shops and
other such places.
Some of the medical fledglings at Belle
vue hospital menace to find amusement
even In the Ills of the people who flock to
the Institution for treatment. An old negro
woman entered the reception room on
morning last week nni stld she felt
"mighty sick, indredy." When the docfr
who was summoned examined her he could
find nothing the matter with her. "What
seems to bo the trouble" he asked. "I's?
sure I has gastritis, doctor, 'cause l's
got an awful pain In ma stimack," re
plied the woman "Do you live near a gis
houfc?" he Inquired. "Yes. I live rlpht
across the street from one nnd dat's what
makes me think I'se got gistrltls." an
swered the old woman. "Welt, take this
bottle of medicine heme with you." suld
the doctor, "und If that gastritis is not
gorfo In a week come back here again and
I'll amputate your stomnfh." The old
woman thanked him profusely and took
the medicine alone with her.
t
A coffee wajron hns been added to the
equipment of the fire department. The
vehicle will r!pond to all third alarms,
with a crew of three men, one of whom
will mate indw!"h'.'s and brow coffee.
Tho wason Is the result of a sug'testto'i
made by the firenieu the:ris-lvcs, who td'
Commissioner Ijintiy that on freer'ng il.tvs
i f winter, when they were obliged to ftlit
emir big blate. they would Ilk? to have
method of warming the In.ier man.
The comniisslo.isr thought It was a good
I dm, had a wagon ir.adc ,ind has assigned
three llremen to do duty With it.
It !.aa eften been the custom of gener
ously disposed poiaons to take Lot coffen
to the llremen, and In fact a temperance
oraniiatlon has hud a eoffee wagon fol
low the tlre'nen around on occasions. Tbo
mcmlMrs of the depinment sny they do
not care to be the objects of charity.
Smile Thut Wouldn't uie Off,
Chicago Record-Herald.
At the recent Ciridtri.n club dinner In
Wuahington K. 11. Harrlman bud Ktuy
veftnt Msh were compelled to flee ea h
oUier while Jocular remarks were made
fcv tbo other guests concerning the recent
eon Hit for control of the llllnolt Central.
It Is said that Mr. Harrlmaa smiled. lik
the Cheshire ck
Thin
you too thin in
lo look pluftipef'--root
it you Eive mod
pounda of good
now do this without
Faces ( -v Plump
ond i-V'r'v arid"1
Figures sPleasing
Are
Won d
lOtoAJ
You caa
failure. A
WOOiicTt lot
food hat bee produced that it aocomjilaaing
lesa pcple. lu name is
7T
as A FOOD-NOT A MCOIOINB
Not a cure all, l-ut a flnh maker. It is a concentrated vegetable
fat and March, rr-Jy to be taken quickly into the tyitem. It is
the iliorteat and iinerf rout to Beth. W are aMoiuieiy coo
Meat that PEPTOL will iacrease your weight. We oannot
Uy ,uit how many pound yoa will $ia the nrst aiontn,
but we do positively guaiaotee that yoa will gaia in flesh.
II you do not your money
word aloae tulhce. Sign
frptol
It far sal
k letdisf
drag tores.
Pretest the
ceoaoa belew
! the draffijt.
Name-
Address.
TO THE DRUGGIST.
Afore 1 hare signed my
nrwiu) is one dollar lor
of rsptol. It is asrwd
Peotol rerularlr for ons
and do not train in weight.
K report th cirtwirtianci
full to the Peptol Co.,
they will authorise you
to ruund my money.
PERSONAL NOTKS.
Mr. Harrlman has plastered his estate
with "Keep Off" signs. As he alms to own
the whole country, this exclusive spirit
may be embarrassing In time.
William E. Sanderson, tho new republican
mayor of Bprlngtleld, Mass., Is a "boss"
In the yards of the Waeon company, car
manufacturers, and haa worked for day
wages all his life.
The New Orleans Picayune loving cup,
an annual award to the cltiien who has
done the most meritorious service for the
city of New Orleans In the preceding
year, was presented to Charles Janvier
last week.
Every man who could present nt the
box office a certificate from his wife that
he had never told her a He waa to be
presented with a free seat at a flrJt per
formance In a New York theater. The
house was crowded and every scat was
paid for. 'Nuff sed.
Representative Malcolm R. Patterson- Of
Tennessee, who was last month elected
governor of hla state, haa resigned as a
member of the house, In which capacity
he gave hla state little service. He was
absent all of the last session, conducting
his campaign, and has actually served only
about two weeks of his present term In
the house.
Closely following President Roosevelt's
advocacy of honest criticism of Judges
comes the Bar association of Allegheny
oounty, Pennsylvania, with the public dec
laration that the Judges of that section
are laxy positively and irredetunably laxy.
In formulating the charge tho luwyrra dis
creetly omitted the customary salutation,
"May it please the court.
The new president of Bolivia, Colonel
Ismael Montes, Is a young, progressive,
energetic, patriotic man and takes an en
thusiastic interest in enterprise that are
now Inaugurated for the development of
the country. His father waa one of the
ablest generals of Bolivia, and he himself
has quite a record as a soldier. Before
entering politics several years ago he prac
ticed law.
INCOME TAX TALK.
Boat Powerful Snpporters of
tht
Proposition Heard From.
Indianapolis News.
The Income tax ie llndlng soma powerful
friends. Adolf Busch, the St. Louis mll
llonahe. Is o,t In an Inttrvlew favoring
it, und he makes a strong aigument. He
thinks that wc ought to reduce the tariff,
and, though the Income tax, make the
rich pay their proper share of the co ;l
of administering tho government. "Any
man," he says, "with money ahould b :
ashamed to oppoec such a rearoiv.ble and
Ju:'t obligation." Tho whole s.tuit.on
would, in his opinicn, greatly imprcve If
"tho masses . were convinced that the
moneyed Interests were not evading u.
single -debt they owed to their govern
ment." W'-t think that the Income tii Is emi
nently fair, and that until cne Is Impose
the rich will not pay their proi er pro
portion f the taxes. Federal taxes are
practically all cn consumption. And the
poor rruin with a family pays vastly mora
Into the treasury than Is paid by a
wealthy bachelor. Men are taxed on their
needs rather thun on their properly. And
this, of course, Is most unfair. .Taxation
sluuld have some reference to the ability
of men to py. We do not favor the tax
ing of a man simply b cause he U rich.
But neither do we favor dlacrimlnation In
favor of the rich such as we now have.
But there Is one point that has been
overlooked, and that Is ths needs f fie
troasuiy. Taxation ought to be tlm.ily
for the purpose cf rilslng rcverue for
the support of the governme nt. At t'ie
present tlm? the government ne--ds no mora
revenue. 8o there Is no proper or scientific
basis for niiy new taxes. To Imtui'i an In
c rv- mi1 an Inheritance fix t the prrs:it
tltiie would be simply to Increase th s'tr-
nam btkS J gL. '
month M
3 Convalescent need a large amount of a
g nourithment ia easily digested form. O
O Scott'jr Emulsion is powerful 55
Cm nourishment hirrMv rnnniM.j V
o j
t It make Hnnrv Usw,4
s , w.vmai
, oui putting any tax on the dlges'.ion.
A ALL DRUGGISTS. BOo. AND ino
Made
face or form Do vnu
attractive, hesllhirr)
sn thine if vou could add
ubusnti.ti firth to vour frame
rvltira ore cent in cje of
will be returned ana your
the coupon and suit loosy.
Tag
Feptel C.,
First Natwaal
Stall Baildiai.
Ckicsge, lU.
Laboratory,
Battle Creek, Mick,
plus, and thus to take money out of th
ordinary channels of trade. Plainly, there
fore, the first thing to do Is to reduce Soma
of the present tuxes and to abolish
others, and then look to those new tax a,
both of which are Just and fair, to make
good the deficiency. A needless tax Is as
bad as an unjust tax. .We ought to be able
to show, not only that an Income tax Is
fair which Is easy to do but that It Is a
necessity. It will be Impossible to make
much hendway while the government has
more money than it can use. The peipla
Will ask why there should be any new Lixee
while, the government has a large surplus.
And the question can not be answered.
SMILING LINKS.
"I notice you are an enthusiastic advo
cate of the rato bill, Mrs. 8p-irer,b."
"What do you mean, Mr. Jokem?"
"I pe'ccivc you ara already cutting dowa
the fare," Baltimore American.
'Are you In favor of government owner- i
fahlr. ,'ulloriVH?"
"No," answered Parmer Cnrntnee, "l
ain't lothei In' much one way nor the other.
I have had claims atiln the railroad -an
claims anln the government, an' It was a
stand-otT which got settled first." Wash
ington Star.
The plutccrat What are you crying for,
boy? Haven't you everything for Christ
mas that you thought of?
The bov Yes. but tboohoo) I wanted some
things 1 didn't think of. Brooklyn Life.
"They arc talking of reforming the dip
lomatic service," .
"In what way?"
"Filling the places of the married dip
lomats with bachelors. Cleveland Plain
Dealer.
Tyre (yswning Oh, let's go horned
Klubb What, and establish a dangerous
precedent ?
Tyre How do you mean?
Klubb Why, it's only 11' o'clock. Phila
delphia Press.
"The typewriter nt our office," Mr.
Sharp was explaining to the caller, who
waa thinking of buying a machine, "is what
they cull the visible kind."
" 'Visible:' " snapped Mrs. Sharpe, enter
ing Just In time to hear the cloning remark,
"She's conspicuous!" Chicago Tribune.
"Have you any family Influence you can
bring to bear In getting your son this elec
trical position?"
"Do you think that Is really necessary?"
"Of course It Is; to succeed In the elec
tric it business, a iiihii must lie able to com
mand good connections." Baltimore Amer
ican. "Why don't you get somebody to indorse
your policy?" asked the polltlcallly.
"My friend," answered Senator Sorghum,
"so long us you can get Ml the licl mo
ments you want on your notes polities don't
make such a lot of difference." Washing
ton Star.
SI(jS OP TllK TIMF.S.
Chrlstmua is cumin. How do 1 know It?
ICv'rvtlilng round me seems fer to show It;
Ma goes n shoppln' 'meet ev'ry day.
Oets lots u v birguns; gee, I .should sayl
1 ackages large an' packages xmall,
rieems they keep comln' uh' don't stop at
nil.
Plster Is sweet to her on'rlest benu, '
8;iys lie's a dear, but we know It ain't so;
Ma's tnkln lesson In holdln' her tongue.
Pa steps so Jaunty an' tries to look young;
Brother Ted gave Ills old skates to the
nmir
That'll h dead cinch he is schemln" fer
more.
Fv'ry one works, even father, these days;
Long abo-.it Chrlsmus we find that It pays;
Mary Livlna, while don' the dishes,
r'tops to write down on paper her wishes:
An' I If ( 'lirixmiis don't runic purly soon,
1 11 ernand with hot air like a circus
balluan.
"Now, ma, can't I pet y.m n bucket of crtal?
Is the wash boiler leakln'? Ixt me fix the
hole;
An1, dear Auntie May, can't I mall that
letter?
Well, grandma, how are vou, I hope you
feel letter;
Say. father,' can't 1 help you saw up that
wood?"
I simply can't stand It I'm i-ettln' so good.
C"lir!!"fr i!" If cumin' how d. I know It?
Kv'rytHn- round me sccui fer to show It;
If It dnon't make h ii', 1 11 pro up purty
soon.
lrcr I'm filled with hot air, like a circua
hulloon
BAYOLL, NIC TltKLJS.
Or aha. December, i:.0tj.
wiiuaicu, a, 1
ojiu muscie wun 1
two lQ"n-lri 'fr' I