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HIE OMAHA DAILY DEE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1900.
Tiie Omaha Daily Dee
FOUNDED BT EDWARD ROBEWATER.
VICTOR ROBEWATER, EDITOR.
Entered it Omaha postofnce as second
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STATEMENT OP CIRCULATION.
Stata f Nebraska, Douglas County ,aa:
Charlea C. Knsewater, general manager
of The Bee Publishing company, being djly
worn, ears that the actual number of full
and complete copies of The Dally, Morning,
Evening and Sunday Be printed during the
month of November, 1904, waa aa follows:
11 : 80,60
Lose unsold copies 8,878
Nat total sales 843,033
bally average 81,401
CHARLES C. ROSEWATER.
Subscribed in my presence and sworn to
before me this 1st day of December, 1906.
(Beat ) M. B. Hl'NGATE,
WHEN OUT Or TOWN,
afcerrlbera leavta the ely tem
porarily should hare The Bee
sailed to thesa. Address will ba
skaagts as attest as raaasted.
Servla seems more anxious to keep
in the news bead lines than to gain a
reputation (or Btable government.
With the Yaquls on the war path,
Mexico may temporarily Iobb interest
in the outbreak of tine Colorado river.
The railroad lobbyists giro it out
that they propose to work under cover
at Lincoln this winter. The lid, how
ever, may not stay on.
Mayor Schmltx of San Francisco
does not seem to have the same high
opinion ot his attorney that he held
before he went to Europe.
America has apparently enriched the
language of Great Britain by the word
billiard and the winter storms of the
Island must be fiercer because of their
Judging by the record made by Gov
ernor Mickey few convicts are staying
in the penitentiary who are subject to
parole or commutation except of their
When the statistics come to be com
piled for the fast closing year it will
be found that Omaha hae broken a
whole lot of records In the line of pros
perity and expansion.
Every one is remarking on how leni
ent the weather man has been up to
this time. It should ' be remembered
that there are three months yet In
which he can get in his winter's work.
It la said that some of the city hall
Inmates failed to ante up to the Christ
mas pot for the silver service presented
to His Honor, Mayor Jim. A second
offense will put these folks on the
Those Japs who persist in violating
our immigration laws are placing a
strong argument in the hands of their
enemies, who want to class them with
the Chinese and subject them to like
The opinion of Governor Gooding
of Idaho that railroads are operated
for dividends rather than for the in
terest of patrons, euggesta that the
far east and far west have at least one
complaint In common.
Somebody wants to know it Chan
cellor Andrews maintains a press
agent. Why should he? The chan
cellor seema to be getting all the pub
licity he can reasonably desire through
his own unaided efforts.
The proposed consolidation of
Omaha and South Omaha into one mu
nicipal government Is drawing out con
stant discussion. This Is really the
best way to get at the best solution of
the problem because the arguments for
Oreater Omaha are overwhelmingly in
Some ot Omaha's postofflce clerks
worked from fifteen to eighteen hours
continuously and without extra pay In
order to prevent congestion during the
holiday rush, wihlle the carriers are
kept down to the eight-hour day. The
postofflce clerks are entitled to better
hours or better pay. or perhaps both.
Memory ot the litigation he con
ducted to secure an entrance into
Omaha over the Union Pacific bridge
'or the Chicago Great Western, cannot
expected to dampen the ardor of
the prosecution when Attorney Kel
logg begins the Interstate Commerce
commission's examination X the liar
rlmaa railroad ayetem,
HOJT CANDIDA TEH FOR BTEA KKHSTA ND
Now that the speakership candi
dates have presumably all shied their
castors Into the ring the public as well
as the members ot the legislature are
entitled to know Just where each
stands on the vital issues involved In
the last election.
All of these candidates, with two
exceptions, came out unequivocally for
the platform pledges previous to the
election and their signatures will be
found attached to the platform synop
sis printed in The Bee at the time. To
the two who failed to respond to In
quiries during the campaign, namely,
Ed P. Brown ot Lancaster and Adam
McMullen of Gage, the editor of
The Bee addressed the following let
ter: During the recent campaign, with a view
to strengthening public confidence in the
republican party as the party of reform,
I Invited all the republican legislative
candidates In the various districts through
the state to plant themselves squarely on
the pledges made In the state platform.
Tou were among the few who fulled to
respond. Tour candidacy for speaker now
Involves these Issues to an even greater
degree than did your candidacy for the
house. Wishing to be perfectly fair with
you, I Inclose another copy of the state
ment previously sent and would be glad
to hear from you as to your position on
these very vital questions.
Replies to this request are now at
hand from both of the candidates re
ferred to. The one from E. P. Brown
covers the ground thoroughly and Is
LINCOLN, ' Dec. 26, 1306. -To the Editor
of The Bee: Tour letter has been received.
In reply thereto I wish to say that prior
to the recent election I have frequently
declared my position with reference to the
platform pledges of my party, not only In
my own county, but elsewhere In the state.
I have stood, and now stand, for such
measures and such actions as will fully
redeem all these pledges. I have publicly
and over my signature In the press stated
my belief that the Instructions of the
party platform are binding upon me as a
representative and that I will vote to carry
them out. This has been and Is my posi
tion with reference to all the planks of the
republican platform; not only those men
tioned In your present letter, but also
those as to which your letter is silent,
namely, the election of the party's nomi
nee for United States senator. I consider
It of the first Importance that these pledges
should be redeemed of more Importance
than the selection of any one man as
speaker and In whatever capacity I may
act I shall' endeavor to bring this to pass.
E. P. BROWN.
The answer from Adam McMullen
is not as clear cut as it should be. To
give him the benefit of his own lan
guage it Is herewith reproduced:
WYMORE. Neb., Dec. 24, 1906.-TO the
Editor of The Bee: I am in receipt of
your favor of the 18th Inst., wherein you
forward a synopsis of the republican state
platform with an Invitation to sign the
same as a token of my belief In and sup
port of the principle therein set forth.
Once or twice during the recent campaign
I received a similar communication. I did
not sign aa requested then, and do not
care to sign now, for the reason that I re
fused to be pledged in connection with
other matters presented to me and there
fore could not ignore said refusals by sign
ing In this Instance and be fair to all. I
might, however, give a specific reason for
not signing this synopsis, . You may recall.
because I conferred with you In relation
thereto, that I Introduced a direct primary
measure that did not Include the nomina
tion of the state officers under that sys
tem. I did not believe such a sweeping law
would bring the results desired. I do not
believe so now. Yet the republican state
platform provided for a primary law that
covers "all state, county and district offi
cers." Hence, if I had signed such synop
sis I would be pledging my support to a
policy I do not think will be the best. I
may be mistaken In my position, but do
not think so. In case I should be defeated
for the speakership, I intend to Introduce
the same measure and contend for Its en
actment. Generally speaking, however, I
stand squarely on the platform, and while
I may hold a different opinion from others
regarding the make-up of certain meas
ures pledged to the people, yet I believe
all of Its pledges should be redeemed.
' ADAM M MULLEN.
We believe the members of the leg
islature have a right to have this In
formation about the candidates who
are soliciting their support for speaker
so that they may understand their at
titude and the Influences back of them.
NEW STOCK ISSUES IN MINNESOTA.
The action brought by the attorney
general of Minnesota to enjoin the
$60,000,000 stock issue recently au
thorized by the Great Northern board
of directors is an effort to enforce the
state law requiring stock increases to
be submitted to and approved by the
State Railroad commission. The action
does not necessarily imply that the
purposes ot this particular issue are
wrongful or that It may not, Indeed,
be beneficial to the public, but the ob
ject of the law was to provide guar
antees against the manifold abuses of
Stock watering abuses under uncon
trolled capital Inflation go to the very
root of an evil with which national
and state authority must deal con
clusively before long. Public attention
has been for some time mainly con
centrated upon the Intolerable class of
wrongs which grow out of unequal
transportation charges, and It is justly
believed that very marked advance has
been made toward removing them.
But the next great question, after un
just discrimination in rates, is aa to
their reasonableness, and this question
is directly dependent on that ot capi
talization. It U notorious that jugglery
and Jobbing have Inflated corporate
capitalization enormously beyond real
Investment value, so that rates pay
ing a customary percentage on out
standing stocks and bonds yield an ex
travagant and illegitimate percentage
on the real investment. That this dan
gerous process which has been in
operation since railroads began to be
built should be arrested Is being more
and more generally realized.
, The Minnesota law, though far from
sufficiently drastic and specific, only
requiring in a general way submission
of the legitimacy of stock increases to
the state railroad authorities for re
view, if observed by Ihe carrier com
panies would provide at least some
check to gross abuse, bnt it has been
recklessly defied up to this time. Like
the proposed issues of many other
companies, the present $60,000,000 ot
Oreat Northern Is to be offered to old
stockholders at par pro rata, although
the stock is selling in the market at
more than double par. In Massachu
setts and at least one or two other
states any arrangement for issuing the
stock for less than an approximation
to market value In cash or Its equiva
lent would be absolutely illegal. Yet
the Great Northern plan, in addition
to swelling the capitalization aa a per
manent basis for charges for service,
Is thus to be the means of distributing
to subscribing stockholders virtually
as an additional dividend the differ
ence between the par and market
values of the new stock.
The result in the Minnesota case,
too, Is to be regarded aa a striking test
of state authority. The Great North
ern system penetrates a dozen great
states, which would suffer equally in
rates adjusted on a basis of excessive
capitalization, but which are largely
dependent for protection against such
abuses upon the incorporating state
alone, until the stronger and longer
arm of national authority shall be ef
fectively outstretched, as it is sure to
be in the not distant future.
THE APPEAL FUR CHINA.
Detailed information following on
the heels of President Roosevelt's
proclamation calling for relief for the
famine stricken Chinese emphasizes
the seriousness of the emergency and
cannot too much stimulate organized
effort for the quickest and most ef
fective results. The (hunger peril is
shown by indubitable evidence to be
menacing a population of 15,000,000,
equal to that of a dozen states like
Nebraska, and hundreds have already
perished of sheer starvation. Famine
Is so unknown In the experience of our
own people, and the afflicted region is
so remote that only with difficulty can
we realize the horror of the situation.
Yet in the midst of prosperity and
superabundance of the means of sub
sistence, and ot all times during the
holiday season, notching could appeal
more directly for instant and liberal
response than this call on behalf of
famine-stricken humanity. To be of
avail it must be quick. Moreover, in
this case Interest in a broad view runs
even-footed with human impulse, for
as our commercial relations with the
orientals are becoming more intimate
and important it would be wise policy,
even if it were not moral duty, now
to extend a helping hand.
POSTAGE AND TRANSPORTATION
The showing of excessive charges
tor transportation ot the malls made
by the representatives of the United
Typothetae and American Weekly
Publishers' association, wtille it may-be
regarded as a reply to Assistant .Post
master General Madden'a recommenda
tion of a 300 per cent Increase of the
postage rate on newspapers and peri
odicals, pertinently challenges public
attention to a vital phase of postal re
form to which Mr. Madden'a report
does not give the consideration it de
serves. According to the estimates
of Postmaster General Cortelyou, the
total payments to the railroads during
the present fiscal year will be $46,
825,993.89, and the rates are notori
ously in excess of those required for
like service from other patrons than
the government This situation, which
has become chronic, should alone be
enough to turn reform effort at the
start in the direction of the compensa
tion allowed by congress for carrying
the mails by rail.
The publishers' organization al
leges that on the basis of an elaborate
statistical compilation the government
is paying the railroads three times as
much, on the average, for the trans
portation of mail matter as the ex
press companies are paying for like
services, so that the amount paid by
the government this year will be over
131,000,000 more than it should be,
or several times the deficiency of the
department revenue. Even if great
allowances are made from the conclu
sion, the fact indisputably remains
that the railroad overcharge for haul
ing mall M enormous. It is also dem
onstrable that the compensation is
vastly greater than that which 1b made
by tine governments of other countries.
Equity and common sense require
that before the postal revenue deficit
problem ta solved by abrnptly raUIng
postage on printed matter, which is
so great a proportion of the mall
transported by the railroads, their
transportation charges shall be re
duced to a reasonable basis.
The Nebraska State Teachers' asso
ciation is holding Its annual convention
at Lincoln, with promise of attendance
even better than last year. These
meetings have come to be a great
clearing house for the exchange of
ideas on new and up-to-date educa
tional methods, and they have unques
tionably had much to do with the im
proved efficiency of our public schools
throughout the state. Every effort ot
the school teachers to make themselves
better prepared for their work should
The contention ot the attorney gen
eral of Minnesota against permitting
a railroad to increase its fixed charges
without first showing the act to be
necessary, strikes directly at the great
est evil of the present system of ma
nipulating railway finances as well aa
at control of the charges for service.
Out ot a grand total of more than
f 14,000,000. embezzled in the United
Stated In 1906 less than 123,000 was
taken by postal employes. .and when
the number of these employes handling
fnnda la rnnatdArArt fha tAttrnmant Is
to be congratulated upon tie high
cnaracter or the men who serve it in
The greatest objection to the en
forcement of the obsolete statute re
quiring congressmen to forfeit salaries
for time not spent in congress is that
if the absent ones were compelled to
return they would only add a few
more pages to the Congressional
That North Dakota verdict finding
that a "knocked out" prize fighter
who , never recovered consciousness
died of pneumonia, is entitled to a
place beside that North Carolina ver
dict finding that a negro who had been
lynched, had committed suicide.
It is to be noted that those demo
cratic members-elect to the legislature
who object now to being classed with
the populists were very careful not to
do anything to alienate populist votes
while the campaign was still on.
Pretty Near the Mark.
There are people mho suspect that Sena
tor For&ker does not love, the negro more,
but Theodore less.
Brought Riant Home.
Nebraska cattlemen are confronted with
the growing heresy In high places that
stealing publlo land constitutes theft.
Value of a Jolly.
In connection with the nlnnsnnt thine
Japan's representative has to say about
our meat-packing plants, one would infer
that the Yankees in the east have also
become convinced that a Jolly Is worth all
it costs you.
Hicks, the miner who was entombed for
fifteen days at Bakersfleld, Cal., says there
were some momenta when he enjoyed his
Imprisonment. He was no bothered by
book agents or Insurance solicitors and It
didn't cost him a cent for coal or groceries.
Messages Better Than Gossip.
Never mind, Mr. Roosevelt. Go on writ
ing messages. The discussions caused by
them are wholesome. The people of Amer
ica ought to talk about their national af
fairs more than they do, and about mur
ders, divorces and all. sorts of dirt less
than they do.
Imprints of Leaden Foot.
Millionaire land grabbers In the west
have been convicted of conspiracy, a Penn
sylvania receiver Is asking permission to
sue the Sugar trust, the Oil and Ice trusts
are facing a sea of trouble, and trouble
la looming darkly in the distance for coal.
Truly, the leaden foot of Justice Is work
ing overtime. "
Doing; the. Canute Act.
Fanciful people will, of course, see a
parallel between tha .case of King Canute
ordering the tide to turn back and that of
the president commanding the Colorado
river to be kept within bounds. The com
parison Is Iruwrurarte, . however. Canute
did not. have n, Harrjjnan, handy to
carry out bis orders. " Tho modern instance
Is consequently' a oT akin ' to the ancient
Cuba Must Pay the Piper.
New York Tribune.
The item of $2,000,000 or thereabouts in
the army budget on account of Intervention
in Cuba Is to be commended to the con
sideration of Cuban patriots rather than
to that of Americans. This country can
easily afford to advance the money. But
it will not be so easy for Cuba to repay
it. Yet it is only lust that it should do
so. It it will dance it must expect to pay
Great Light for Tax Gatherers.
It the state of Minnesota carries out its
reported purpose of assessing the Hill ore
lands at the value claimed for them by Mr.
Hill himself In the transaction with the
United States Steel corporation, the hold
ers of the Oreat Northern ore certificates
will have to modify' their calculations of
profit materially. Mr. Hill's minimum esti
mate of the value of the lands Is ttoO.ooo.OOO,
while they have hitherto been assessed for
taxation at only $30,000,000. It is not only
proposed by the Minnesota tax authorities
to assess the lands at $400,000,000 hereafter,
but to sue for taxes on that valuation back
six years, which Is the legal limitation.
As the United State Steel corporation as
sumed no liability for taxes, the loss resulting-
would fall wholly upon the holders
of the Oreat Northern ore certificates; and
it will be no small loss, either.
LATEST IMMUNITY BATH.
Standard Oil . 8 1 riving to Squeese
Throajrh a t notholc.
The Inventor of the Immunity bath, hav
ing been retained by the Standard Oil com
pany to combat the government's prosecu
tion at Chicago, has sprang another theory
that makes the famous coup that discom
fited General Moody seem almost trivial.
Ths Is no more or leas than that the
passage of the new rate bill amounted to
a proclamation of amnesty, for all offenses
under the old Elklns act, which It repealed.
It will be recalled that the new law was
passed on June 2S and became effective at
once, but that on the following day a Joint
resolution waa passed postponing Its opera
tion until August 28. The new law repealed
all conflicting laws, but provided that pend
ing causes should not be prejudiced. At
torney Miller contends that the going Into
effect of the new law for the one day re
pealed the EJlkins law and, while the sus
pension of the new law revived the Elklns
act until August 28, It could not be retro
active In re-establlshtng the ofTenses com
mitted under the old laws which were
wiped out by the passage of the new. The
Chicago indictments were returned under
the revived Elklns law on August 27. the
day before the new law became efTectlve
for the second time.
Should this contention be sustained It
would affect most of the prosecutions now
pending, embracing thousands of counts.
The government's attorney, of course, takes
Issue with this amnesty theory, holding
that the suspension of the new law revived
the Elklns law In full force for the sixty
days, and that when the new law again
became effective the Indictments were
pending causes specifically continued. Fur
ther, he quoted fhe statute that unless con
gress specifically granted amnesty It could
not be established.
The common sense view would declare
the amnesty ridiculous, but with the prrs
tlge of inventing the immunity bath be
hind him Mr. Miller's novel theory may
cause uneasiness. Until the court sustains
him, however, there wUJ be a general belief
that his newest attempt will not repeat the
success of his first, and that it. will be a
case of the pitcher goiug tw the wail once
too of tou.
BITS OK WASHISGTO LIFK.
Minor Scenes and Incidents flketrhed
on the Snot.
Advance notices of a change In congres
sional temrer on the matter of railroad
pay for earning United States malls are
becoming notably frequent In Washington
dispatches. Cynical scribes predict there
will he something doing after the first of
the year. Officials, high and low, have
resolved to refuse the cutomnry free pass
fnvors, so that they can approach the
question of the railroad long haul on the
treasury with minds untouched by the
silent Influence of the pssteboard. Con
gressman Victor Murdock of Kansas Is al
ready Investigating the subject for his
own satisfaction. As a result of his In
quiry, outlined by the Roston Transcript
the Knnsnn Insists thnt the practices and
methods now followed In fixing the pres
ent compensation of the railroads for carry'
Ing the mall should he changed. This he
urges should occur before February 1 next.
when tinder existing law the mails will be
weighed in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michl
gan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Mis
sourl. The basis of most of the govern
ment's enormous outlay for carrying the
mail, which amounts this year to $45.0no.oon,
Is the average dally weight. Mr. Murdock
not only finds fault with this system of
pay. but he charges that the average daily
weight, according to the present system.
Is a false average. "That the average !?
mathematically false I believe." ho de-
dared, "and an accountant would show that
this government In the last ten years has
paid something In the region of Ito.onn.ooo
for the carriage of the mail more than It
should have paid on a true average." In
explaining how this false average was
struck Mr. Murdock asserts that the malls
for a certain territory are weighed for 115
days, Sundnys and nil. and this Is all to
taled. Then to secure the average dally
weight the total is not divided by 106, but by
ninety days, the Sundays being excluded.
Reducing the system to a basis of a week
Mr. Murdock asserts that seven days'
weighing are aggregated and the result is
divided by six. Of course this Increases
the average. Nearly all the heavy averages
come from routes which have Sunday
malls, and Mr. Murdock's Inquiry leads him
to believe that the resultant loss to the
government Is enormous. The statements
of Mr. Murdock have made an Impression
on members of congress and an Inquiry Into
the matter Is regarded as certain.
Speaker Cannon and Representative
Longworth, the president's son-in-law,
were In the senate chamber during most
of Senator Foraker's severe arraignment
of the president In the matter of the dis
charge of the negro soldiers. EaclT listened
attentively to the speech. They left tha
senate together and Were met in the hall
way by a mutual friend.
"What do you think of Foraker's
speech?" Inquired the friend of "Uncle
"That question hasn't reached the house
yet, and for that reason I must not ex
press an opinion upon its merits or upon
speeches dealing with It," answered the
foxy "Uncle Joe."
"What do you think of It, 'Nick'?" per
sisted the friendly Interloper.
Clearing his throat, the president's son-in-law
replied: "The Speaker has ex
pressed my views exactly, accurately."
President Roosevelt has transmitted to
congress, with his approval, the report of
the committee which he appointed several
months ago to examine the conditions un
der which supplies are purchased for the
various executive departments. The ' com
mittee learned many interesting things
while poking around the bureaus. For In
stance) ' "One department pays $1.70 per
docen .quarts for a particular ink, while
another.4epartment pays as high as $3 per
dozen quarts for ink of the same kind.
The price of a certain mucilage, runs from
$1.84 per doien quarts In one department
to $3 per dozen quarts in another. There Is
also a marked difference In the prices paid
for lead pencils by the departments; for a
certain pencil one department pays $3.3t!
per gross, while $2.27 per gross is paid for
the same pencil by another department."
Assistant Secretary of State Adee prob
ably owns more shoes than any other mail
rn Washington, excluding dealers. lie
keeps about a dozen pairs in his office at
the state department and as many more at
his home. Mr. Adee has not accumulated
his shoes because of any fad but merely
for the comfort that he has learned can
only be obtained by having constantly on
hand a multiplicity of shoes. It appears
that when he arrives at his office In the
morning after a brisk walk from his home
he Immediately changes his shoes and that
through the day he makes several other
changes, whenever his pedal extremities be
gin to feel uncomfortable. For the most
part the shoes are all of the same general
The shopping of Baroness Hengelmuller,
wife of the Austro-Hungarlau ambassador,
is alhiiet an affair of state and other social
lights of ihe American capital are follow
ing her methods. Mine. Hengelmuiier al
ways drives down in her most pretentious
equipage, with a liveried coachman and
footman and the trappings gay, with the
colors of a dual empire. Before madam
alights a trim elderly maid descends and
proceeding to the counter which is to be
visited she Informs the clerk what to have
In readiness. When she has prepared the
way the madam proceeds to Inspect. The
maid first solemnly hands the gold-mounted
lorgnette and, when necessary, her purse
or list of purchases contemplated.
Senator Piles of Wabhlngton said he
wanted to introduce an amendment to the
child labor bill. He thought the bill was
"Is it not a fact," he asked, "that under
to bill as It now stands I would not be
permitted to employ my own son in my
law office U he were under 14 years of
"Would you," Senator Beveridge inter
rupted quickly, "put a son under 14 years
of age to work In your office if you de
sired to train him to be a lawyer?"
"I went into my father's office," said
Senator Piles with dignity, "at the age of
"Did It help?" queried the Indiana sena-.
And there wasn't any answer.
Tho ceremony of the United States su
preme court Judges marching from their
robing room across the corridor to take
their stats on the bench, which occurs at
high noon every week day while the court
Is hoi. ling session, is always a matter of
Interest to the average visitor at the capi
tal. Every day there la a small crowd
waiting to see the stately procession. The
other day Justice Moody, as the youngest
member of the august body, brought up
the rear. A flirkvr of a smile appeared on
his face as he noted the black-robed fig
ures ahoad of IiIti, but it passed away In
stantly and he became as solemn and
grave as the others.
Wo Work, Wo Pay.
Kansas City Journal.
The proposal to enact a law docking the
pay of cungreusn.en for every day they ab
sent themselves from the house develops
tha fact that there Is already suoh a law,
adopted fifty years ago but never enforced.
It la with laws as with kldewalks. Every
now acd then one is found down under the
mud a hose existence waa wholly forgotten.
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Under the new automobile language In
Germany the emperor's chief chauffeur
must motor through life under the Imposing
title of "oberhofwagonfuehrer."
A certain eastern railroad, whose officials
enjoyed until recently a celebrated assort
ment of fat tips from favored shippers, an
nounces that the usual Christmas offering
will be dispensed with this year. Those
who Insist on doing the right thing will
have to look up the .homo nddresa
The busiest class of men to be found off
tho reservation Just now are holders of
railroad annuals. The task of wearing out
the dainty morsels of cardboard before the
new year ends their joy Is wearisome, but
tney are bearing up bravely. After mid.
night, December 31, they will be at home
Governor Harris of Ohio Is the oldest
chief cxeculive of any state In the union,
but la a very lively and poKnt Integer In
the politics of the Buckeye state. He Is 71
years old and has the distinction of having
twice been lieutenant governor before being
elevated to h(s present position by the
death of Governor Paulson.
Interesting comparisons are supplied by a
clipping bureau regarding the article?
printed In the newspapers about the deaths
of prominent men. No other man In Amer
ica had so much printed about his death
In the newspapers as McKlnley. Carl
Schurs has received thus far 12,000 obituary
notices, more than any other man since
McKlnley. John Hay and Joseph Jefferson
had 10,000 each and Mark Hanna. 8,000.
"Carl Bchurz memorial professorship"
is to be established at the University of
Wlsoonsln as a result of the movement re
cently started In Milwaukee by a number
of prominent Germany-Americans. The
plan Is to raise an endowment of tS0,000,
the Income of which will be used for the
establishment of an annual course of lec
tures to be given by prominent professors
of German universities.
Hugh H. Hanna of Indianapolis, widely
known as a publicist, has been elected
president of the council of twenty-ono
members of the Presbyterian Brotherhood
of America at a meeting held In Chicago.
The council, which consists of a number
of the moat influential laymen of the Pres
byterian church, also adopted a constitu
tion for the brotherhood, which will be pub
lished after the holidays.
Cardinal Richard, prince of the Roman
Catholic church and archbishop of Paris,
who was compelled to vacate his episcopal
residence In Paris, belongs to one of the
noblest of the families of France and is
considered a man of great learning and
remarkably strong character. At the ex
treme age of 86 the celebrated French
eccleslastlo possesses a mind almost as
alert and healthy as It was twenty-five
TOO MICH OF A GOOD TIlINti.
Proportion of Public Rxprnses De
voted to Past and Future Wars.
Senator Hale's statement In the senate on
Tuesday, that of the revenues of the gov
ernment two-thirds are expended either In
payment of the burdens of past wars or In
providing for the possibilities of future
wars, is calculated to provoke reflection.
An examination of the figures attainable
shows the senator's statement to be within
We have not at hand the els ssi fled re
ceipts and expenditures for the last fiscal
year. Those for the fiscal year ended June
SO, 1SK6, showed the total revenue of th
government to have been $543. i'-, Wo, and
the Utal expenditures JDt37.tll.O0O. These
figures leave the postal receipts and ex
penses out of the account, except for the
deficiency of $14.000,OnO. The expenditures
for army, navy, pension and Interest on
war debt were 39",0fi').iioi, or In exe. es of
the two-thirds predicated by Senator Hale.
That the country should provide Adequate
means of defense and care for dlsabl. d vet
erans Is beyond controversy. But when we
consider this remarkable ratio and perceive
thst the greatest share of the Increase In
expenditure during the past few years hns
been In the martial line the question be
comes acute whether the real strength of
the nation would not be enhanced by
economlxlng on militarism and devot!og
some share of the public funds to Internal
improvements that would Increase our
To Belated Christmas Givers
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It is not too lata to make the loved ones happy. The piano Is
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To you it is economy of lime and money and a certainty of
satisfaction. Our prices are known to be the lowest in the United
States, quality for quality.
New Pianos. $135. $175. $190, $210. etc.
New Kimball Pianos. $355.
New Knabe Pianos, $450.
And a score of others of moat reliable, best known makes.
Come now and see what a splendid piano can be secured for
a small sum.
Ten dollars will send a good piano home and you may pay
$6, $8 or 10 a month. .
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FLASHES OF FI K. '
"I have just found nut that the hand
some actor you luive admired so much la
lending a double life."
"Oh, you Unn't tell tiie!"
"Ves; he plays two characters right
along." Baltimore American.
A Joke came into an editorial sanctum,
wliero It was 111 received.
"t'ormidcred as a more Jest," It admitted.
"I may. not rx without defects. Neverthe
less, there Is due lo hrk such respect aa
should guarantee me civil treatment."
This view, indeed, seemed so reasonable
that in the end it prevailed. Philadelphia
Ledger. ... J ; ' i '
"Right here." said the architect, who was
showing him the plans for an ornameni&l
fount, tin. " would lie h pood place to put
on ,i gargoyle as a finish."
"That would do for the lnid woodwork
of a houw, all right," suld Mr. Gasrwell,
With decision, "but for an out of door finish
I prefer paint." Chicago Tribune. . y
"Mr. Nervcy," said tho girl's fnther, 'It
seems to me that you sit up entirely too
late with my daughter. Now"
"Don't worry, lr," Interrupted Jack
Nervey, "I never require much sleep,"'
Ardley Keap If you've got two- free din
ner engagements fur Chrls'mus, an' they're
both about the same time, wi the matter
wnn uiy eatin one oi em rur ye? ...
rxMtui jiouuey 1 iihl s juhi uks ye n sni
to lit ko tne oreaa nuten a p
mouth, ye blamed hawg! Chlci
une. - . . .. :
. ". . ;
"I wonder what the poet meant wtinn tie
said 'blessings brighten aa they take their
filght?' " remarked the curious man.
"Perhaps he meant single blessedness,"
replied the man who 'was unhappily uior-v
ricd. Philadelphia Press. . . ... I,
"A man should always have the courage
pf his .tunviUiuiLSt'i ,, .- r3 -5; tr-ft.,w..-
"Yes." answered the member of congress,
plooinlly, ''but when It comes to voting tm
increase your own salary, even the stoutest '
heart is liable to forget Its high sense of
Justice and moral duty." Washlngtoa Star.
Mrs. Knicker How did you persuade your
cook to stay?
Mrs. Boiker We hung some mistletoe
over the stove. New York Sun.
"You worked for my election because you
thought I wns the better man, didn t you?"
said the official.
"Nope," answered Farmer Oorn'tc ssel;
"the leas of two evils." Washington Ht&r.
"You are charged with carrying a re
volver. What do you sayT"
It is true.
"Where do you oarry It?'
"In my vallHe."
'And where is your valise?"
"1 always leave 11 at home." Cleveland
Rhe Am I the first girl you ever mad
Ha The very first, darling.
She Good heavens! you don't want me
to believe you learned all you know about
love-making in a correspondence course?
"What is the reform most needed In Rus
sia?" asked the student.
"I don t know for wire," answered the
man with a lexicon, "but I should say It
was spelling reform." Washington Star.
OIIITLAKY OF A YELLOW DOG.
Toor Gyp Is dead, our yellow dog,
No more we'll see him here;
He wore a gash across his face
That itajjiieU from ear to ear.
His mm th was open as the day.
His wisdom ran to smell;
He used to curl his crooked tall
To cut a canine swell.
Whene'er he, heard the voice of kids
His lovo for sport prevailed;
He had a shape that took the prize,
Though oft his use cur-tailed.
Kind words he ever took from all;
H had few bane designs;
He worn a cuat of golden hue.
And many were his whines.
He lived In pence with most mankind
Would rather love enhan-.
He'd run and play the livelong dajr.
But ne'er wore out his pants.
Hut poor Gyp is now st rest.
Cares not If fortune frowned;
His paws were very large and strong,
liu dug caves In the ground.
His knowledge, hid from public gas
(Ills mouth he could not hide);
His eyes were alwavs very moist
When he was hi inly tied.
He kept his neighbors all disturbed.
And thrmiKh the gardens tore;
He always brought his muddy paws
And wiped them on the floor.
But we will miss his constant bark.
And listen for his noise;
H used to follow after girls
And chase the wicked boys.
Bo, let us now. with rev'rent head,
Kxtol his better acts;
He dwells In peace and rest and bllSfc
And where there Is no tax.
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