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changed as vftea as requested.
That long deferred city rock pile
seems about to materialize. Hoboes
and trailing headed towards Omaha
should take due notice.
With a lynching under the guns of
the United Btatea Naval academy,
Maryland justifies the states rights
' views of both of Its senators.
A strict construction ot the constltu
tlon is the proper thing when It is
construed to accord strictly with ex
act justice and humane civilization.
Reduction in the number of our
charitable institutions might be eaBler
were it not tlrat the number of paid
officials would reduced at the same
The appearance of George W. Perk
Ins before a New York "fjrand Jury
would Indicate that Mr. Jerorna Is will
ing to take chances on the Immunity
Now that the "Grain trust" has been
permanently enjoined, the scarcity of
cars will be the pretext 'which keeps
the price of wheat below the farmers
Under charge of fraud and iniquity
San FranclBco remained silent, but, ac
cused of being provincial, its citizens'
Indignation has reached the denuncia
As "Admiral Kea says turbine en
gines on warships are still In an experi
mental stage, the Dreadnaught'a initial
performance will be as Interesting to
America as to Great Britain.
President Stlckney's plea that ship
pers should .be compelled to unload
cars more rapidly must mean that de
murrage charges are passed along to
the consumer, who asks no questions.
Ratsoult Is In danger of receiving
lead In place of gold In response to his
latest demand. He made the mistake
of trying to become an international
bandit without first acquiring a navy.
The big cattle barons are now sure
that President Roosevelt meant what
he Said when he told them they Would
have to remove their fences fj-om the
public domain or stand the conse
quences. In asking Mr. Harriman to repair
the break In the Colorado river bank
across the Mexican Hue, the president
la evidently prompted by a desire for
American flcauclers ,to make a good
Curtla Jett's conviction following his
confession takes him from the scene
of action, but as an "Informer" who
made testimony to suit the occasion his
record Is unique In Kentucky, where
men are supposed to kill but not to
bear false witness.
One of the Omaha churches is to
issue tickets of admission to its Christ
mas services to make sure that the
regular churchgoers are not crowded
out. There Is no need of any Omaha
rtuirch Issuing tickets for this purpose
to Its ordinary Sunday services.
Not even the members of the county
hoard seem to have realized that we
tire paying out one-fourth of the total
revenues of the county for charities
ana corrections. mat, nowever, la
ouly a small part of what it costs the
taxpayers of Douglas county. If the
outlay for the courts and their con
tribution, to the maintenance of the
state Institutions aie luciudoa. j
PR OPN K O PI'HTAVK RATE
The report of Third Assistant Post
niaater General Madden is a very im
portant document since It deals ex
haustively witlx that portion of the
mall charged with being largely re
sponsible for the great excess of ex
penditures over revenues of the de
partment. But the scheme which he
proposes for revision of postage rates
is in some features so radical that it
will certainly be challenged and should
be thoroughly reviewed and revised
by congress before- enactment Into
iinmendatlon to reduce the
. 1... uors of one ounce weight
lesd li-oiu 2 to 1 cent each looks
a popular and desirable end.
though It would admittedly causa a
considerable loss of revenue. The
oss, however, would hot be propor
tionate to the cut In the rate, because
great deal of matter now car
ried under low class postage rates,
and often below actual tost of the
service, would be sent at the reduced
letter rate. The reduction would be
relief especially to the commercial
community upon whom letter postage
at the present rate operates as a very
material tax. The view heretofore gen
erally held has been that reduction of
letter postage should not be postponed
at furtherest longer than until such a
thorough revision and equalization of
the whole postage rate schedule could
be made to render the department self
sustaining or nearly so.
There Is no assurance that such re
sult would follow if the proposed
changes were made, but It Is certain
that such result, If it should follow,
would cause grave inequity between
Important classes of postage payers.
The sheer advance of 300 per cent In
the rate on newspapers and periodi
cals, which Is now 1 cent a pound,
Ignores the difference In cost of serv
ice between newspapers and maga
zines. The circulation of the great
bulk of newspaper matter is local, av
eraging, it is estimated, not over 150
miles, while that of magazines Is gen
eral. At the time the present rates
were fixed no such situation existed or
could be foreseen, and a revision ought
to take It Into account instead of per
petuating It in the worst form.
Legitimate newspapers certainly will
not object to paying a fair rate for
postal service, but they and other
classes of patrons ought not to bear
the cost of distributing periodicals of
an entirely different character. Neither
has it been shown that the present
newspaper rate is not a fair one, tak
ing into consideration all the postal
business which It stimulates and which
goes along with it.
THE PAX AM A CUXTRACT PROBLEM
The report of the Panama commis
sion, while. covering In detail the oper
atlons during the year and corroborat
ing the optimistic view expressed In
the president's official message to con
gress, necessarily omits the matter of
contracting for the work, which Is now
the most important feature. But there
is otherwise evidence that the govern
ment Is encountering difficulty to In
duce satisfactory contractors to bid,
the time for proposals having again
been extended and the terms materially
i mended for that purpose. The,tfiag
nltude of the work is so immense that
few contractors are In position to un
dertake it andrthe capitalists able to
supply tli?- large funds required are
backward. The suspicion also is grow
ing that many who are able are really
influenced by unfriendliness.
The most serious point, whether in
all cases it Is sincerely raised or not
is the refusal of contractors to assume
the risk baaed on liability to govern
ment Interference. The nature of the
undertaking compels the government
because of Its responsibility, to reserve
a very large measure of control over
the contractors. On the other hand
the system of merely bidding on per
centage of profit on a basis of cost
agreed between them and the govern
ment, ought materially to simplify and
While this big contract problem is
In course of solution the fact remains
that actual canal construction is nev
ertheless going forward at a steadily
increasing rate, and, even if private
contractors should fall to bid satis
factorily, the work will be carried on to
completion by the government Itself
STICKXET OX CAR tHURTAOK.
The statement submitted to the In
terstate Commerce commission by
President Stlckney of the Chicago
Great Western concerning the relative
time consumed by railroads In moving
freight cars and by shippers in load
ing and unloading them, will excite
surprise. Carriers and shippers never
cease to blame each other for the de
lay, but it is difficult to accept Presl
dent Btickney's allegation that while
the roads move each loaded car 2 50
miles a day. the average time con
sumed by shippers and consignees 1
loading and unloading each car la nine
days. Certainly the universal impres
sion Is that it takes a much longer time
to inovo cars and a much shorter time
to load and unloud them, and it will
require more than inferences from rail
road reports to remove that Impres
Moreover, whatever mere averages
on paper covering such a range as the
total freight service of the country may
be, there Is room for vast local an
Individual abuse and failure of service
which would not appear In statistical
generalization and which we know ac
tnally do cause endless recriminations
between the roads and the shippers
I The demurrage controversy belong8 to
j this class and la one of the most vexed
and Inveterate transportation conten
Bui. Pieideut SticUuey's ahovtlu
should dlrent public attention to a fail
ure of transportation adjust nietits and
should aid in the remedy. Jf It takes
railroads and shippers between them
ten days to move a loaded car an av
erage of 2 50 miles and to load and un
load it, whether the former or the lat
ter Is mainly to blame, the time Is too
long, entailing enormous Ions of effi
ciency. And If what appears to be a
serious shortage of rolling stock should
continue or increase from failure of
railroad facilities to keep pace with
growth of tonnage, the whole question
of loading as well as of moving the
cars may have to be taken under
stricter public regulation.
THE LAUD FRAUD CnXVtCTIOXS.
Four more of the big cattlemen have
been convicted in the federal court for
this district for conspiracy to defraud
the government out of large' tracts of
the public domain. This outcome of a
long and tedious trial In which the de
fendants had the advantage of the
ablest lawyers at their command and
sought refuge behind every possible
technicality, is a signal vindication of
the prosecution instituted under orders
of the president.
While they still have the privilege
of applying for a new trial and of an
appeal from the present verdict the
convicted cattlemen, formerly so de
fiant, have, little claim for public sym
pathy. From the evidence adduced
they seem to have acted on the theory
that they were above the law and that
their wealth and position would
guarantee them safe immunity from
being called to account. Not content
1th long years of Illegal occupancy
f thousands upon thousands of acres
of public land without payment for its
use when they saw that this condition
had to cease they bent their energies
to evade and defeat the law with a
deliberate clot. Involving wholesale
perjury of hired confederates.
These cattlemen now convicted are
also chiefly responsible for the failure
of all legislation to relieve the situa
tion, which has eo embarrassed the
grazing interests of northwestern Ne
braska. Instead of trying to solve
the problem they persistently blocked
Its solution, confident that by con
tinuing unchanged the laws which
they were recklessly violating they
would continue to have the use of the
public lands without paying even a
rental to the government, much less
taxes to the state. To their evil ex
ample is to be ascribed the plight In
which the smaller cattlemen, many of
them well intentioned, unfortunately
find themselves. ' With the law vindi
cated by the conviction' of ihe big
malefactors, the public should be will
ing to see the utmost leniency and
mercy extended to the little . fellows,
provided they will step up and plead
guilty without further ado.
An Interesting sidelight Is cast on the
present water works situation by a leaf
let issued two years ago' by the most
blatant member of he Water board
then seeking re-election, in which he
makes the pledge that if given a sec
ond term rv" vould see that the acquisi
tion ot the water, works was completed
at the earliest possible time. The vote
of this Water board patriot along with
those of all his colleagues has now
been recorded against completing, the
acquisition of the water works at any
A detailed exhibit of receipts
expenditures has been issued by the
cltv Dartv of Philadelphia, covering its
operations in the last campaign, which
discloses that over $3,000 was spent
for, advertising, in the newspapers.
Just Imagine, if you can, a political
party In Omaha spending campaign
mnnov with th Ow0nr.Or tr .v.m
........ . . . . . ..v uv uywv, ' 1 MU.V.
Using; Out here the newspapers are
supposed to be perpetual pack horses
without pay and without thanks, for 'j
every political propaganda.
Much gas is being blown off to lay
the foundation for creating the pro
posed new office of city gas commis
sioner. The city had a gas Inspector
when the democratic council" came into
power and he could easily have been
vested with all the duties which are
now contemplated for a new gas com
missioner. The vital question then,
however was that of dislodging a
republican from office and making
room for a democrat.
Senator Millard has a fine program
laid out for additional Improvements
at Fort Omaha. It Is to be hoped he
will get all the needed appropriations
before he goes out of office, or at least
leave them In such shape that, his suc
cessor can get them through without
The city council is engaged in a
friendly dispute as to who shall pay
the expenses of the treasurer's office
Blnce tho merger of the custodianship
of the county and city funds. Which
ever foots the bill, the money will
come out of the pockets of the same
Th presiding officer of the state
Confeience of Charities and Correc
tions should not refer to Nebraska as
an "Insignificant" state. Nebraska is
not insignificant, even by comparison
with the blgseat state in the union. .
Perhaps Ireland might show as great
progress as the United States in agri
culture If more of the men who till the
soil also owned It; but Sir Horace
Plunkett is perhaps doing his best un
der adverse conditions.
Mmlt of Ininprf Inenee.
Boroebody hss been audacious enough to
propos? a measure for the docking of i tem?
bers of congress for absinoe from duty.
How, If lull a cuBium obtained, could our
statesmen, (Jo any tarpon fUMng or look
after the Interests of the corporatl n which
they represent In hgal capacities?
Ladles who have persistently declined to
lake well-meant .newspaper advice and shop
early have an excellent opportunity to
find out how It feels to be center ruah In a
font bull game.
lints Off When We n Rt,
The seriate and house wish It distinctly
understood that In voting down that pro
posed Increase of salary they are not to
be taken as Indicating thereby that the
best In the box Is too good for them.
A Sacrifice that rays.
While the members of the cabinet get
only their board and clothes from the gov
ernment they tumble Into $iV),ono-a-ycur
Jobs when they leave It. Look at Bhaw,
Morton, Oage, Carlisle and a few others.
Heavy 'Drag on Taxpayer.
Rattle ships are such perishable toys.
Unless we build three new ones every year
we can not make up for wear and tear, as
the' milt s a eats through their Iron sides,
or na they fall victims to storm or misad
venture. It is a great thing to have an
adequate navy, but to keep It adequate Is
a nerve-racking problem for the taxpayers.
They Won Id Sot Be Missed.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
A auggestlon In the president's Panama
message of the lack of amusements on
the Isthmus Bhould not be unheeded by
the amusement managers. The Theatrical
trust has a number of attractions on the
road this season which would not be sorely
missed anywhere In the United States If
they should be sent down to fill this long
Rearing; Trouble Patiently.
1'nlversal car shortage, labor shortage
and general difficulty In finding enough of
anything to meet the big demand has been
quite noticeable in this country of late.
Now come the New York Jewelers with a
statement that there la such a demand for
Jewelry that they must take advantage of
it and mark up prices. It Is thus quite
plain that even the purse-proud New York
ers must suffer with the common herd In
a failure to secure what they need, or think
Shivering, Tilth Coal Annndant.
San Francisco Chronicle.
Prof. Monaghan of the Department of
Commerce and Labor says: "At the rate
we are consuming our coal It will last
8,000 years. And now we read that Italy
Is gaining Its lost ground as a manufactur
ing country because they have learned to
harness the rivers and mountains with
electricity. This goes to show that even
If our coal supply ran out we could main
tain ourselves Indefinitely by means of
electricity." Meunwhlle, with an annual
product of nearly 400,000,000 tons of coal,
a good portion of tbe nation is shivering
because the supply la not big enough.
SCANDAL OF THE LAND LAWS.
t ruent Heed of Remedial Legislation
r Chicago Record-Herald.
"It Is a Scandal to retain laws whloh
sound Well, but which make fraud the key
without which the great natural resources
must remain closed."
So writes President Roosevelt In his
special message to congress on the land
These are words which should be remem
bered for their wider meaning, but In their
special' application to the land laws they
should make congressional ears tingle and
congressional cheeks flush,
Over and over again for years past land
office commissioners have urged reform,
secretaries of the Interior have repeated
the advice with emphasis and presidential
messages hav implored congress to act.
National associations of cltlsens Interested,
both from commercial and from public
spirited considerations, in the reform of
the luws have added their Influence. But
all to no end. Congress has dQne next to
nothing at all.
Rll-antlme the frauds accumulated till
they came to light in those wretched con-
ditlons which have oent many men on the
, Pacific coast to the penitentiary and which
' have recentl, k'1 to Indictments In the
xiuuny mountain region.
What la to be' done? Simply act. The
way Is eo clear that congress can have
i yerv "ttie difficulty in deciding what ac
tlon to take. If it will only decide to act
at all1. The president has explained the
measures be has been compelled to takeMo
prevent further frauds tind asks an appro-
I prlatlon to provide the special agents
i necessary for the work. This should be
As for the coal, oil and gas lands, the
country is. behind the president In believing
that they should henceforth be leajred. not
sold, and that, while full opportunities for
development are given, the nation's own
Interest in the deposits should ba pre
ervad. POLITICAL DRIFT.
It Is generally conceded that the White
House stenographers earn their salaries.
In the present congress Kentucky has
two republican members; In the Sixtieth
congress It will have four.
The proposition to dock Idle time from
the salaries of congressmen must be ruled
out. Members fix the pay roll.
Fennsylvanians are vainly seeking an
explanation of the strange conduct of a
native son who fell dead as he was about
to draw his first pension.
Chicago's Hoard of Education, according to
local papers, "has betn completely Kuflew
sklized." Bulletins from the sick room
hold out hopes of recovery.
Several candidates for office In Virginia
are having a repetition of the thrills of
defeat by -a court order requiring them
to show what they did with their campaign
In Missouri In November the democratic
vote tor supreme Judge compared with the
voto for the same omce In 1904 fell off
11,3m.'. The republican vote fell off no less
than 33,491, and consequently the democrats
elected two supreme Judges by pluralities
of H.S7S and ,X4.
Several years ago, by a decisive ma
jority, California voters declared for taxa
tion of mortgages, the tuxes to be paid by
the holder of the mortgage. At the last
election an amendment permitting borrow
ers to contract to pay taxes on mortgages
was carried by a vote of M.894 to 39.S76.
The busiest man In the I'nited States
senate Is Senator Elkins of West Virginia.
This occasioned by the fact that the com
mittee of which he Is chairman, that of
interstate commerce, is now one of the
most Important committees of the senate.
Every movemint originating In uny part
of the country for the extension of ths
power of the federal government ovr
tradi and commerce puts additional work
upon the committee of Interstate coin,
n-erce. E.very petition, memorial and bill
that passes through the senate on this
subject Is referred to Senator Elkins' com
mittee for consideration. Now that nearly
every community In the wh-ilo country
seems to have Its own lilui as t how
thesu questions should be dalt with by
congress, the West Virginian's committee
! fairly stamped every cy with new
111 H Kit I.AMI Til A OtHA.
Political struggles of hlstoty making im
portance Convulse the three leading nations
of Kuri at the present time. Ureal
Rrltsln, Oenrany and Prance are each
striving for a change of existing conditions
by legislative measures representing the
popular will. Religion In France directly
and In Great Hrltaln indirectly, constitute
the basis of the struggle In those nations,
while the Imperial policy of colonial ex
pansion In Africa Is the crux of the strug
gle In Germany. The defeat of govern
ment measures providing for support of
the colonial army resulted In the dissolution
of the Reichstag and the ordering of new
elections for members to be held In Feb
ruary. Increased tax burdens, rendered
necessary by the great cost of colonialism
with no prospect of compennatlng returns,
destroyed party alignment In the Reichstag
and compelled the goernment to test pop
ular sentiment on Increased colonial taxa
tion. The contest between church and
State In Frejice shows signs of Improve
ment. Outwardly the ministry relaxes little
In the enforcement of the separation law,
but the new measures under consideration
touch upon the main objections ot the
church that is, ecclesiastical control of
church property and opens a way for a
satisfactory solution of the crisis. The
Issue In Great Britain centers on the ques
tion of religious education In public schools.
The education bill, twice passed by the
House of Commons and twice rejected by
the House of Lords, excluded religious In
struction from schools supported In whole
or In part with public money. This plan
the peers reversed by amendments making
religious Instruction compulsory. The re
sulting deadlock kills the bill.
If precedents count for much In liberal
party plans. It Is not likely that the Ban
ner an ministry will accede to the wishes
of the peers and appeal to the country.
Other ways are open to secure the results
aimed at In the education bill. In 13 a
similar deadlock arose on a bil repealing
the duty on print paper. The House of
Lords was as defiant then as now, but
Gladstone settled the matter quietly by
making repeal of the duty part of the
general budget for that year, and, as
money bills must be accepted or rejected
by the Lords without amendment, the.
measure went through without challenge.
This latter point may very likely become
of Importance In the contest over the
present education bill. It depends on an
assertion of their privileges by the Com
mons In 1678, which has remained as part
of the law of Britain's constitution for W
years. Curiously enough. Its latest asser
tion was made by Lord Halsbury over the
education bill of 1897. As that bill pro
vided for a grant of half a million to
voluntary schools, various amendments
suggested by liberal lords were held to be
Infringements of the privileges of the
lower house. The bill therefore passed
through unamended. The education bill of
1802 was, on the contrary, considerably
amended In the Lords, but 'since these
amendments were on the whole acceptable
to , the tory party then controlling .the
House of Commons, Mr. Balfour did not
see fit on this occasion to vindicate the
privileges of the latter house.
Some of tho provisions of the Chinese
artl-oplum law are extraordinarily draBtlc.
Not only the cultivation of the poppy, but
the use of opium must cease within ten
years. No new groin, d can be placed under
cultivation, and ground undtr cultivation
must be restricted by one-tenth annually.
If the regulation Is evaded, the ground can
be confiscated. All consumers of opium are
to be registered with the amounts they
consume-. Without being registered no one
can buy the drug. Allowance is to lie
made for opIuTi consumers who are more
than 60 years old. Those under this age
must decrease their use of the drug 20
per cent a year. Magistrates who break
the rule wilt be cashiered, scholars deprived
of their certificates. All opium dens arc
to be closed within six months. All opium
shops are to be registered and closed
gradually. Antidotes to the drug are to he
distributed at cost price, or even grata
ltously in case of need, by specially ap
pointed officials. All high officials, princes
dukes, viceroys and Tartar generals un
der 90 must Inform the throne that they
will abandon the drug within a certain
time. During that time they can have a
substitute. When they are cured they can
resume their duties. All other officials un
der no must abandon the use within six
months. If unable to discontinue the
habit, they can retain their rank, but must
retire from office. ThoBe who continue the
use of opium secretly will be deprived of
both rank and office. All teachers, schol
ars, soldiers and sailors will be allowed
three .months wherein to abandon the habit
Manifestly there Is all the difference In the
world between the Issuance of such an
edict and the enforcement of It.
A beautiful Celtlo cross erected to the
memory of Tom Moore has Just been un
veiled at the grave of the poet In Rroham
churchyard, near Devises, Wiltshire, Eng.
The cross In eighteen feet high, a replica
of that at Monasterbodlce, which was
erected In ths tenth century, and Is of
Balllnasloe limestone rising from a plinth
of Newry granite. This Inscription Is
carved on the cross;
Born 28th May, 1780. Died 2th Feb. VKt.
Dear Harp of my country. In darkness
The cold chain of silence has hung o'er
When proudly my own island harp I un
And gave all thy chords to light, freedom
The town of Broham put on holiday at
tire for the occasion, the Irish flag floated
over the mayor's house, and In welcoming
the Irish visitors he expressed the hope
that Ireland would soon enjoy the liberty
and prosperity It had so long worked for
and hoped for.' The veteran Journalist, Jus
tin McCarthy, In his beautiful address, paid
a high tribute to Moore's patriotism. "Now
Is the time," he said, "if any evidence of
decay In Erin's gruleful memory Is mak
ing itself known In the unveiling of this
Celtic song today Is the time for renewing
our national alb glance to the poet who
sang as none other has done of Krln's
sufferings, struggles and hopes, of Erin's
honor and Erin's pride."
It Is impossible to speak of Moore with
out thinking of Byron, who loved him and
called him "the poet of all circles, the
Idol of his own." Mr. Dillon In his speech
recalled the friendship of the two great
contemporary poets of the two warring
countries. He referred to Moore's great
services 'o his country In gathering Its ft no
old airs and, fluting Immortal words to
them, gave them to the people for the
brightening of their lives and keeping the
fires of patriotism alive forever.
Ths condition of agriculture In ths
United States as presented In the lust re
port of Secretary Wilson is In striking con
trast with the Industry In the I'nited King
dom, where a startling decline is noted
from year to year. The continuing exodus
of Brltbth farm laborers from the fields to
th towns seems to be rapidly hastening
the period when England will be one vast
city. Fifty-five years ago the United King
dom had mors than twice as many agricul
tural laborers as It has today. With
respect to women employed In farmers'
families the decline has been still -more
marked. In ISM there were eight times as
many wnr-rn thus employed as In l'Jfi
The lncrPHf-!:ig dependency of the people
upon fonign countries for food is shown
by the statement that In 145 the wheat
I production of the United Kingdom was
sufficient to supply about N per ceat of
Telephone Douglas 618.
300 Beautiful New Christmas Waists.
Now Being Gotten Ready for Saturday's Selling.
Those waists were received after our reinilnr nd had pone to
press, and they are of such beauty and grandeur that we take thU
method to let you know about them.
For many weeks we have been preparing for the great demand
.,1,;,. .,.,,1 lw. iil !f,il iniiclu fur Viii'ia rrivinir until wn bnVP 811C
ceeded in collecting the cream of
est creations of Europe and America. They are just a little late in
arriving, but still in time for Xmas.
SEE THEM IN
Here are a few of the many
waist department Saturday, second floor.
Handsome Silk Plaid Waists,
Relden & Co.
Beautiful assortment of . Fancy Net Waists at $3.01), $5.j0,
$7.50, $10.00, $10.50 up to $25.00.
Everything that is new and
start at $3.00.
Dainty Chiffon Waists at $12.50 up to $25.00.
Don't miss these pretty waists.
STORE OPEN EVENINGS UNTIL XMAS.
SEIlVIfE rESSIOS BILL.
Provision of the Measure rending In
Senator MoCumber is urging early con
sideration of a service pension bill which
it la estimated would make necessary an
additional appropriation of tlO,714,'XK to
pay tho Increased rate for soldiers of the
civil war now on the rolls.
It Is difficult to give an accurate fore
cast of the total expenditures which wouh!
be necessary If this bill should be passed.
There was a large net loss In the rolls be
tween the fiscal years ending In 1905 and
In IMG, and the expenditures for the latter
year fell below the estimates. They de
creased from $114,862,000 to $13fl.0j0,0n0, the
difference being nearly om,0nO.
The probabilities are that a steady de
cline has set In under existing law and
that for a time It would be offset by the
proposed new legislation If tnat should go
Into effect. I'nder Its provisions every
honorrbly discharged soldier who served
for ninety days in the civil war and who
shall have reached the age of fi2 years
would be entitled to a pension of $12 a
month. At 70 years the penlon would Je
raised to $15 and at 75 to $20. As the laws
now stand, the age of 62 or any creater
age la considered as if It were a specific
disability which entitled a soldier of the
rebellion to a rcnslon The grading is:
At 63 years, $6 per month; after 65 years,
$S: after 68 years, $10, and after 70 yeaM,
"Yes, he got a little fresh and I told him
Plainly that I knew my business and added
that I was proud of the fact that I am, a
'What did he say to that?"
"lie said I made a mistake In not adver
tising for bids." Cleveland Plain lJealer.
"You here again, you lasy vagabond?"
exclaimed the landlady of the hoarding
house. "Did you ever do half a day's work
in vour life?"
"Yes'm," nnswered Ruff on Wratr, geni
ally. "It took me half a day's hard work
to git away wld dat hunk o' cold beefsteik
AN UMBRELLA is a necessity and a
Walking Stick a joy to almost every
in the matter ol silver trimmings we are showing
very artistic and ornate designs.
The prices start at $1.00, or $5 00 or $10.00
may be worthily invested.
Browniiig, King &. Co
R. O. WILCOX, Manager
VrWr "1 KKANK'H & BACH
I'l'di' I . Pianos up
V Pianos, up
H A 1,L10T-IJA VIS
1450 to WW
Plan, s. up
u , , inr cash. Id
caxh if you like.
Remember! you do
fay men I Plao Plane
Llee, Doc. 21. 190C.
models, fashioned after the lat
beautiful styles to be seen in our
made exclusively for Thompson,
stylish in fine Silk aists, prices
ou handed out de last time I wus here."
"They claim that by means ' of modern
surpcry bad boys miiy lie rendered good."
"I'll stick to the old-fashioned kind."
"Skinning em alive." Louisville Courier
Journal. "My man, I'll presi-nl you with a piece of
soap If you'd like It."
'Tanks, leddy. I'd like It well enough,
hut whrn one is leadln' a peripatetic life
one can't Incumber hls.'elf wit' curios."
"Hear about the queer accident at ths
Robinaes' house? UttV 4-year-old Wlllla
took an old shotgun down from tho wall,
poked the muzzle In the baby's face and
pulled the trigger."
"Too bad! S.tme old story didn't know
It was loaded."
"It wasn't loaded!" Judge.
TIIK MISKIXU MKKSAfiB.
One morning not a mesio from the Whits
House hud been flushed;
The senate, ever keen for tips, all won
dered what to do.
No sooner would their hopes arise than
down they would tie .lushed.
From eye to eye. and lip to Up, the anx
lous queries (lew;
Then buzzed a long, portentous ring upon
Quick Fairbanks grubbed the Instrument
and pressed It to his ear;
"'Tis from the president." he cried, all
blithe to muke it known;
"Keep quiet, boys, and I'll cull off the
fatefiil words I hour."
" 'Hello, hello, and is this you. and Is the
scnn'.e there' t
I'm very sorry I was forced to keep yotl
Rut such hard luck I never saw, or seldom,,
I thought I'd better ring you up and let
the senate know.
My shorthand men are tired out, the place
Is dry of Ink.
We have no scrap of paper left, nor pen
cil, pen or pad:
We've used tip all our manifold, and typs
machines, I think.
So for the present moment message mak-.
ing's to the bad.
Rut wo have sent for some supplies, the
clerks have gone to rest.
And as for mere routine, perhaps, there a
naught for you to learn;
Now, don't pet rash or radical, but simply
do vour best
Have prayer, ayid. after roll call, have a
motion to adjourn.' "
man. One or both would make a
most, appropriate Christmas gift.
The natural woods used in their
making are handsomely finished-and
month, up to all
BUY A PIANO NOW
$10 Sends One Home
When you buy from Hospe'e you know your money Is not wst-4.
and you ai not deceived by a commission taker. Tou could send
your own child down to choose the P.ano, because then) Is no de
ception cr schemes of any kind practiced here.
1. OOSPE CO.
1513 Douglas Street.
not bavs to pay wore than for Ui
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