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TIIE OMAHA DAILY BEE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 3. 1907.
Tite Omaha Daily Bee.
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VICTOR ROSE WATER, EDITOR.
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CHARLES C. ROSEWATER,
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(Seal.) M. a HUNQATE, .
WHEN OUT OF TOWS.
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mailed to then. Addreea will b
chanced aa often sa reaeated.
'Weather condition! go far thla win
ter bode trouble for the Ice man next
No apples In the garden of EdenT
Adam's fall can now be more easily
understood by people living In Mis
souri. Delaware must be entering upon a
now era, since a caucus deadlock Is
broken before tho legislature is even
called to order.
Congress starts its final session
today with the probability that Sena
tor Smoot will not go home sooner
than his associates.
Governor Folk is apparently anxious
to glv(e members of the legislature so
much real work that they will have no
time to deal with lobbyists.
Speaker Nettleton has promised to
consult with all the members of the
house, but he has not promised to con
sult with any members of the boodle
The boast that an Iowa man Is most
familiar with Latin-American politics
only shows the advantage of living In
a state where all varieties are to be
Governor Pennypacker of Pennsyl
vania strongly Intimates that the cap
ltol commission was not too busy with
the contracts to forget to prepare the
Some good is suro to come In unex
pected ways out of the little fight over
house organisation. It has forced most
of the goats to separate from the sheep
.before the gavel fell.
It each otate legislature In session
this winter will strive to excel all otta
erp In the matter of soundness and
justice or the laws It enacts, critics
will have few hearers.
Bids for the new Vinton school are
so high that they must be rejected. It
worse comes to worst the school board
could erect this building without the
Intervention of a contractor.
A Tennessee Judge has declared tho
federal employer's liability act uncon-
atltutlonal, proving that some federal
statutes still have difficulty in running
south of Mason and Dixon's line.
Railroad managers of Great Britain
have agreed to abolish all rebates to
shippers; and as Americans have often
seen similar "gentlemen's agreements'
they will watch the result with inter
Now that tho soldier who threw
brick at Fort Leavenworth has been
discovered, Kansas has scored a point
over Texas, which is still looking for
tho man behind the gun at Browns
The discovery that race suicide is
not a crime of tho American Indian
would bo good newa to the reservation
"grafters ' if tho government funds
were sure to continue as well as the
Tho republican state committee has
been particularly unfortunate in tho
treasurers selected as custodian of its
funds. Two treasurers have died
within the year, yet with money In the
bank to the credit of the committee
and with every cent scrupulously ac
t& places ars nils saf s. .
A CUB Alt PROTEST
Actual preparations for drafting a
new election law haye brought to a
head an ominous movement among
native Cabana for an American pro
tectorate. This expression of serious
distrust takes the form of numerous
petitions sent direct to Washington ex
tensively signed by Cuban property
owners and substantial business men,
virtually denying the possibility of es
tablishing safo and stable government
on the basis of Independence under ex
isting conditions. .
The business situation throughout
tho Island appears at th same time
to become steadily more grave,' be
cause tho banks and financial Institu
tions, while they have Industriously
taken advantage of American occupa
tion to collect debts, are quite gen
erally adopting the policy of refusing
to make or renew loans for the coming
year. As the tobacco and sugar crops,
which are tho very foundation of
Cuban business and commerce, are in
tho main produced on a system of ad
vances ahead often even of planting,
to bo repaid only after marketing, It
crn be seen how fatal the industrial
results of such a policy must be.
But it speaks mors emphatically than
any formal showing In words the ap
prehension of the business and con
servative classes that property and
personal rights will bo Insecure the
moment the strong hand of tho
United States is withdrawn and the
Island left at tho mercy of faction and
revolutionary habit That at this
Juncture this should be the attitude
of so many native Cubans, whose pre-
delrctlons should naturally be in favor
of Independent eelf government, but
who have everything to lose and noth
ing to gain from an era of violence
and civil commotion, Is certainly an
The success .of native government
must Jargely depend upon the property-owning.
Industrial and profes
sional classes. With their most earn
est activity, the difficulties in the way
of establishing such a regime aa would
be tolerable, after the withdrawal of
the United States from the Island,
would be formidable, for the revolu
tionary Impulse of, a large portion of
an irresponsible and Ignorant popula
tion Is known to be chronic. The pros
pect lo anything but pleasing when the
restraining and competent elements of
native society are busying themselves
to secure permanent American con
trol, under the euphemism of a pro
tectorate, at the very moment when
their utmost endeavors are necessary
for rehabilitation of the self-government
which tho United States Is striv
ing to lead up to.
GOOD BOADS AND FHKK DKL1TKRY. .
For some time signs have been mul
tiplying of the Postal department's
resolution to Insist upon stricter com
pliance with the requirements for free
mall delivery both in x city and in
country. Tho withdrawal by order of
tho postmaster general of freo delivery
from extensive districts la New Or
leans, because of the city's neglect to
provide sidewalks. Is perhaps the most
striking Instance, but It does not stand
alone. It Is no new departmental reg
ulation which requires local authori
ties to keep city streets and country
highways reasonably passable-and in
good repair as the condition of In
stalling and maintaining free mail de
livery, but the regulation has never
been strictly enforced.
On road Improvement the good effect
of establishment of rural free delivery
has been In tho aggregate very great,
but so rapid was the extension of the
service In response to universal de
mand that many routes were Installed
over defective roads or roads that have
since fallen into neglect. .Tho energies
of the department are certain to be
directed more and more to revision
and correction of the routes with a
view to service efficiency, one of the
most important conditions of which Is
good country highways, and the num
ber of route discontinuances for fail
ure In this respect la already Increas
It cannot, indeed, be gainsaid that
a community which has not the public
spirit and tho concern for mail service
to keep Its streets and highways In
convenient condition is not entitled to
tho benefits of free delivery.
QOVSRKUH HUOHtS' INAUGURAL
The Inaugural address of Governor
Hughes Is In perfect keeping with his
positive character and with the post
tlon taken by him in tho New York
contest While recognising the fact
that no panacea exists In executive or
leg-mauve acuon ror an me ins or so
ciety which spring from the frailties
and defects of tho human nature of Its
members, he sets In bold ' relief the
evils which have their source In the
law itself, in privileges csrelessly
granted, in opportunities for private
aggrandisement at the expense of the
people recklessly created and in fall
ure to safeguard public interests by
providing means tor Jus t regulation of
those enterprises which depend on the
use of public franchises. His deter
mination expressed firmly, but without
vaunting, to devote every , power of
the -executive to curb these evils,
subordinating patronage to this pur-J
pose instead of to partisanship, augurs
well for tho sincerity of the. pledges
on which Governor Hughes was
Such a regime in tho Empire state
In which that class of abuses has ao
long been conspicuous and aggravated
by co-operating bosslsm and machine
rule in party and government. Is
notable example of the healthier public
sentiment now dominant It should
not omy furnish basis ror a solid re
organization of the republican party
'n New York for genuine service on
vital Issues, but also have far-reaching
j may well be. "too. from eos,rsUv.JuV "u hardly oesded tUls'aWaucs lt u coeaaaWtmsiuts. oyostUoa - pa ru-
PUBLIC SAFETT Bt PUBLIC VOXTROL.
The occurrence of the frightful dis
aster on the Baltimore & Ohio within
undoubted exclusive national Jurladte
tlon, In connection with recent fre
quent like railroad accidents, bids fair
to bring thorough official Inquiry into
the character of precautions for the
safety of the traveling public. These
horrors have been happening appar
ently almost as much where the man
ual block system, In whole or in part,
s In use as where it is not. seriously
raising the question of its efficiency or
of the proper use of it by the railroad
companies. An Investigation by con
gress or by the Interstate Commerce
commission that will go to tho bottom
of tho oubject Is imperatively called
for by the facts and by public opinion.
The financial loss to a railroad com
pany In such a disaster as the one at
Terra Cotta, In the District of Colum
bia, is Immense, and would seem to
involve a selfish Interest to provide
every possible preventive device, even
In absence of legal compulsion: Ex
perience, however, has abundantly
shown that corporation self Interest Is
not adequate to tho public safety. The
pressure fpr penny wise and pound
foolish economies which comes down
from greedy financial authority upon
the operating departments of railroads
Is often too great to be resisted and
corrected compatibly with public
safety by anything short of stringent
lit BORK STRAITS.
Our amiable popoc ratio contempo
rary, the World-Herald, is in sore
straits over the public-ownership-of-
rallroads question. Although Its ed
itor has always been in sympathy with
the plutocratic element of the democ
racy represented by Alton B. Parker,
he has tried to maintain a standing as
party organ by catering whenever
necessary to the so-called "allied re
form forces," made up of a fusion of
Bryan democrats and populists. The
fusion crowd is now bent on making
government ownership of railroads the
issue in the next campaign and has
prevailed upon Mr. Bryan to take the
leadership In Its advocacy. Tho World-
Herald has been asked point blank
where it stands on this question and
as usual tries to hedge by saying that
it is opposed to anything looking to
ward the public acquisition of tho
railroads until after the policy of gov
ernment regulation has been fully
tried and found wanting.
To tho question whether the World-
Herald would support Colonel Bryan
as the presidential candidate on a pub-
Uc-ownership-of-rallroads platform an
Levaslve answer is made to the effect
that Bryan will not be nominated on
such a platform until government con
trol has proven a failure. But Mr.
Bryan is on record in several of his
speeches as declaring that government
control cannot in the nature of things
be nucreRHfn.) and tbiU'th) only solu
tion Is government ownership and op
eration. Acting on this cue his follow
ers haye already set out to organise the
government ownership propaganda, as
suming that Mr. Bryan's prediction Is
to be Implicitly relied upon. Naturally
they are disappointed, though not sur
prised, because the World-Herald will
not go in with them. This puts the
popocratlc organ in a very uncomforta
ble position, although perhaps no more
uncomfortable than It has occupied at
various turns of the political road,
when it has had to make sharp corners
to get into line with the preaching of
Its party platforms. That explains its
promise to favor public ownership of
railroads If Bryan is nominated on such
a platform while In the Interval it will
be doing everything it can to head off
such an issue and thus prevent the
nomination of Mr. Bryan.
The police board once set 'out to rid
Omaha's police force of drunkards, but
has evidently reconsidered Its good
resolution. For a while it summarily
dismissed officers for becoming intoxi
cated while on duty, but now subjects
to a fine and reprimand a patrolman
who was found paralyzed on the side
walk and had to be taken to the po
lice station in the patrol wagon. This
s certainly a beautiful example to give
to other members of the force and
must set them to inquiring what sort
of "pull" the favored drunkard has
with the board. What kind of police
protection may we expect from officers
who are liable to be drunk when they
are most needed?
Our people are Justly proud of the
fine record made in the statistical tabu
latlon of business transactions in
Omaha last year passing all previous
achievements in that direction. It
must not be forgotten, however, that
every live city ( and town in Nebraska
and Iowa and other territory more or
less tributary to this city has a similar
record of unparalleled prosperity to ex
hlbit. Every little neighboring town
has been putting up new buildings, in
creasing Its bank deposits and enlarg
Ing Its retail trade, all as a result of
the bountiful crops bringing good
prices. The prosperity of one Is the
prosperity of all.
Omaha voters passed on a proposl
tion for a municipal electric lighting
plant two years ago. when the demo
crats' lined up almost solidly with the
corporation republicans against mu
nicipal ownership, under the pretense
that wo must first acquire the water
works by the proceedings pending for
their purchase. Can It be that the
advocates of the resubmission of the
electric lighting scheme have given up
all expectation of a municipally owned
water works plant? Or are they aim
!ly figuring on tapping another cor
effect upon general
out the nation.
poration barrel for the benefit of the
political wire-pullers and pluggers?
The railroads declare It to be their
purpose to enforce on all their lines,
state as well as Interstate, the anti
pass prohibitions of the new federal
rate law without waiting for the state
legislatures to enact the rule into law.
Whether the railroads do this or not
will in no wayrellev the law-makers
Of their duty to put the promised leg
islation on the statute books and make
it impossible' for the railroads later to
have a relapse and go back to their
old and vicious habits.
The district Judges have not seen fit
to classify and rearrange the salaries
paid the four deputies to the county
attorney. Tho new county attorney
seems to have entered objection be
cause such a change would interfere
with the redemption of promises which
he had out. , The county attorney's
staff should be reorganised, if neces
sary, by legislative mandate.
Omaha can get pretty close to the
00,000 population mark by 1910 if
goes about it in the right way. It
cannot reach that position, however,
by sitting still and relying solely upon
the of the birth rate over the
Having found Secretary of State
Galusha correct In his election re
turns, the legislature has given offi
cial approval to the theory that all
democrats may be populists, but all
popullBts are not democrats.
Possibly that rough rider who has re
fused an office wanted to shew Mr. Roose
velt that there are others who can break
Two of a Kind.
Washington Herald. ' .
Secretary Taft and Mr. Bryan are in per
fect accord concerning the grew a Impro
piety of declining the presidency of the
Hot Air on the Wire.
St Louts Republic.
The United States senator who sent his
speech by telephone rather than disappoint
his audience Is certainly In touch with the
spirit of modern Invention.
Innocent Bystnnder Finish.
An Iowa blacksmith has Invented an
armor for the rubber tirea of automobiles.
The device will enable the chauffeur to cut
his victim In two. If he la permitted to get
a square whack at him on the street
Tonic for Brala Fas
A modern language society In New Eng
land Is to Investigate the fact whether the
rruit wnicn Eve gave to Adam was really
an apple, some suggesting that ahe handed
him a lemon. All are convinced, however,
In view of his subsequent Job, It was not
Oae War to Itealtee.
' Washington Herald.
After all the fuss about the policy hold
er's "rights," his "Interests" and his au
thority to control by his vote, the same old
crowds- are to run the big life companies.
Therefore, " the 'only way you can get
ahead of the companies Is the old way take
a policy and die right off.
"Walts M Aronnd Attain, Willi."
Philadelphia Record (dem).
Mr. Bryan alts calmly on the fence. He
will not say that he la a candidate for
president nor that he la not a candidate.
but he shyly observes: "Such a high
honor aa the presidential 'nomination la
something that no Amerclan dtlsen should
decline." The bearing of this observation
lays In the application on't
Modeat and Fraak,
It Is a very frank statement that IWr.
tary Taft gives out to the DUbllo with in
spect to the frequent association of his
name with the republican nomination tr,r
the presidency. His ambition is not politl.
cai, ana ne aoubta hie advisability aa a
candidate for that hlah office, but in th
event of his selection, improbable as It
seems to him, he would not decline the
honor. That appears to cover all the
points and should relieve him from further
speculation aa to his position.
Parlla of laiilir i
f Cm TT 1 f.
The -assumption that the United
ought, to Interfere in the affairs of the
Congo tree state on the ground that we
lent moral support to Its establishment is
very far fetched. As a matter of fact,
we did not lend moral or any other kind
of support, but distinctly refused to have
anything to do with African colonisation
or land grabbing schemes. Under the cir
cumstances It Is asklna- too much nt thi.
government to butt In, and it would be very
rooiiHn tor us to do an
PROSPERITY FOR WORKERS.
Liberal Additlone to the Payroll of
The workers of the country, wtth the
notable exception of the government's
employes, are eh&rlng to a large degree
In the general prosperity. Figurea com
piled by the New York Sun show that
the railroads and Industrial corporations
have been remarkably generous with their
help during the year just cloaed. Strikes
have been very few. and the advances In
wages have not only been voluntary at
a rule, bu eome of them have been greater
than the employee had reason to expect.
The raise of wagea on the Pennsylvania,
being 10 per cent to employes receiving leas
than f 300, amounts to 112,000,000 annually.
The New Tork Central, Delaware, Lacka
wanna ft Weatern, the Long Island, the
Reading and other rallroade also raised
wages. The United Slates Steel corpora
tion has raised the wages of ordinary la
borers 10 cents a day, the order affecting
70,00 tnen. The corporation has also of
fered preferred stock to employes st leaa
than market price. Last year, it is said,
12,214 employes purchased stock. The 1111.
nols Steel company has arranged to pay
out S&00.000 In Increased wages. Even the
reviled Standard Oil company haa Increased
wages voluntarily from t to 10 per cent,
35,000 men being affected. The Adams and
American Expreaa companlea have In
creased the wages of many of their em
ployee. The fertile worker of New Eng
land are now receiving the highest wage
In the history of the buslneaa. Much of
the lucreaae has been voluntary, while a
part of It was wrung out by threatened
In the west wages have bea rising In
railroading, manufacturing and Industries
generally. The south also haa ahown a ten
dency to glv the laborer a ahare of Its
prosperity. While the worker la at 111 un
derpaid In many branches of toll, his face
la turned In the right direction, and better
conditions are steadily replacing the old.
ROt SI) AflOlT SEW TORK.
Rlooleawa Ike Torrent of I. It I the
"The Bridge Crush" Is one T the Bights
of Greater New Tork, al one of the
abominations. During the evening hours,
aay from 6 to 7 o'clock, a view of the Jam
on Brooklyn bridge Is much pleaaanter than
an experience In It. Although facilities of
travel between the two borough have been
provided, the premure on the old bridge
Is unrelieved. In fact, the crush steadily
grows worse. One of the tubes has been
Jothed under the East river. In a year
trains may b carrying p"ngers
through It. Tet that tunnel connection will
In no way relieve the bridge crushes. This
lack of relief Is easily explained. Each new
avenue of connection opened up between
Manhattan and Brooklyn runs In direct op
poeltlbn to a certain ferry connection.
When a new line Is opened traffic deserts
the ferries. In sdditlon, each new connec
tion develops In Brooklyn a greater growth,
and poon It Is crowded to Its capacity.
The line of the Union company are run
ning empty. The lines of the Brooklyn and
New York Ferry company, at the foot of
Broadway, are also deserted. Their sen-Ice
haa diminished to a minimum. The Wil
liamsburg bridge competes with the Utter,
the Brooklyn bridge with the former.
One of New York's gigantic failures, the
Williamsburg bridge, In which the city In
vested ttCOOO.ono, celebrated . the third an
niversary of Its opening last week. When
It was thrown open for traffic In 190S It was
expected that within s year the new brMsre
would be In full operation. Not a single
elevated train hss gone over the bridge,
though the tracks of the Brooklyn Broad
way elevated run alongside the plasa at
the Brooklyn end. Nothing has been done
to arouse the hope that the elevated tracks
on the bridge will ever do anything but
The World prints statistics showing that
the total Indebtedness of New York street
railway companies to the city Is I23.87D,2t3.
Everybody knew that the debt was well
up In the millions, but Just how many
millions none of the city's thousands of
employes could tell offhand. The city's
claims were a mass of dust and aging
paper; some of them were found "dumped
In a big heap In a corner of a room." They
are of alf sorts claims of taxes, street
car licenses, re pavement charges, percen
tages on gross earnings due under the
franchise. The city has received very lit
tle, according to the World, from the street
railway companies for years. Percentages
on earnings have not been paid In some
cases for a decade, and no city official
seems to know why. There are claims dat
ing back to lffil Street repaying claims
aggregate nearly 23.600,000 In Manhattan
alone. The records of these cases have been
so badly kept that their legal proof In court
It's an 111 wind that blows nobody good,"
remarked a police captain the other after
noon while he waa discussing the many
recent gambling raids. "There Is one man
in Manhattan who will net almost 2S0.0O0
out of the raids, and he Is now hoping
the raids will be continued until after he
has cashed in himself. The men most
pleased with these raids are those closeat
to the proprietors of gaming houses. The
more numerous and successful the raids
the more delighted are these friends of the
gamblers. Why? Well, the men who
manufacturer the gambling paraphernalia
are keeping their ahops working night and
day. That stuff, such as roulette tables,-
poker chips and all the other devices used
In a first class gambling house, you know,
Isn't cheap, and there's big profit In it.
The more smashing and burning the police
do, so much better for the trade,, which
1 in a few hands.
Th famous Martha Washington hotel on
Ftejit Twenty-elnth. built by women, for
women and managed by women, has
succumbed to the blight of warring Tac
tions in the management ana Is to oe
leased on terms to be determined later.
This ' was the conclusion of a meeting of
stockholders. A discussion of the cost of
llvlnn at the hotel disclosed the fact that
prices had gone up all along the line since
the hotel first was opened in 1903. In the
course of the discussion Dr. Huntington of
Grace church declared It must be confessed
that the original plan of the hotel a place
for professional women of moderate means,
and for transients unattended by their men
folk had failed, since. In order to run tho
hotel wtlhout loss it had been necessary to
rala tha Drlces beyond the means of the
class it sought to provide for.
vranv neraons widely known In New yora;
City Joined together to establish this hotel
for women. The Idea was philanthropic
In tha'i It was planned to give a pleasant
hnma and a chance for social lniercoursa
at moderate coat to women who worked
for livelihood. Who. Decause mey nav
no relatives or come from afar, are com
pelled to live In boarding houses. There
wss no idea of making the hotel a charity,
.n,i when the Droiect was again broached
at the meeting it was bitterly fought.
Since the property was bought it nas
in value, and the Martha Wash
ington Is now said to be worth about $1,000,-
000, this fact alone making It impraoiicaoie
to run the hotel according to the original
n.in The economies practiced by some
of the patrons, who ordered half portions
and carried food to their rooms, ueaioea
h.vina- atnvea there for light cooking, re
cently caused the closing of the American
James J. Hill, upon his return to New
York City after the holidays, will take up
his residence in the house which he re
cently acquired there. His friends doubt
i hAvlnv a house of his own here will,
ict some time to come at all events, tempt
him to spend more time nere tnan ne nan
in h. AiL but eventually he is expected
to make New York his home. Mr. Hill Is
beginning to point to his 68 years and says
that he Is entitled to rest from the man
agement of the properties with the devel
opment of which he has been so long
Identified. The fact seems to be that prop
ertlea like the Great Northern, which one
man builds up. In the long run ere more
the master' than the servant of the man
who has developed them. Mr. Hilt, his
friends say, would gladly give up the
management of the Great Northern If the
Great Northern would only let him.
Shadow of the Sew Year.
Terrible famines In China, such ss the
one to which President Roosevelt has
called the attention of the ready givers,
will, never be rendered Impossible until
China is covered with a network of rail
roads. The means of transportation are
still so crude In the greater portion of the
empire that one province may starve
while the adjoining one rejoices In plenty.
In the present ease, the destruction by
floods of crops that usually sustain mil
lions if people has precipitated an acute
crisis, which the Imperial government aa
usual Is unable to meet with the resources
st Us command.
It I to Lab..
The keen and insatiable sense of humor
of the American people never shone forth
with such splendor as It does In the publi
cation from ocean to ocean, of John D.
Rockefeller's infantile attempt at fun when
h said he was not able to afford oysters.
Any person who cannot lie down and laugh
himself Into apoplexy over such a sally of
wit as that la not fit to live In a land of
liberty and of culture.
The only form of food xnado
from wheat that is all nutri
ment is the soda cracker, and
yet the only soda cracker of
which this is really true ia
The I only I soda
The singer whose press agent anys she
carries gems worth half a million Is sus
pected of laying the groundwork for a
spectaoular and convincing theft.
Bailey of Texas seems to be getting his
broken" fences in repair, but If he don't get
to Washington pretty soon Mr. Gaines will
have him erased from the payroll.
Gustnve Fischer of Boston one of the
best known engravers of the country.- has
completed, after four years' work, engrav
ing a sketch of the battle of Bunker Hill
on a meerschaum pipe, which has become
one of the most valuable meerschaum pipes
It Is proposed to erect in Dublin a new
monument to Tom Moore although his
poems, It Is said, "are probably less read
In Dublin at this moment than at any time
during the last fifty years." Mangan, an
other Irish poet to whom a memorial la
to be unveiled, grows more and more pop
ular. A Cleveland boy who had been operated
on for an Indented skull that compressed
his organ of goodness became circumspect
until struck on the same spot with a ham
mer, which renewed the dent and turned
him again Into error's ways. Perhaps the
application of a shingle to some other spot
would be worth trying.
Robert Sliiells, a banker of Neenah, Wis.,
who a few days ago started on his eighty
first year, drove the first survey stake for
the first railroad In Wisconsin. That was
In the- fall of 1849 and the line was the
Milwaukee ft Waukesha, out of which the
Chicago, Milwaukee & 8t. Paul road grew.
Mr. Shiells had been In Wisconsin but a
week following his arrival from Scotland
when he became a lineman on the survey.
Philadelphia has the honor of having a
real man of the revolution. It has long had
a society of the Bone of the American revo
lution, but In the last few years It haa not
had a member whose own father fought
In that great war.. . Nathan Holden of No.
S01S Walnut street, son of Nehemlah Holden.
soldier of the revolutionary war, has filled
the grp. ' The new member was borne In
Farley,. Crange county, Vt, on July 4, 1817.
Nehemlah Holden, his father, enlisted on
April 4, 1781, In the Massachusetts troop,
under Captain Phlneaa Wade and Colonel
Michael Jacldsnn. He served with the
troop until December 18, 17S3.
INCREASE OF WAGES IS 1806.
Material Contribution to the Waa-es
Not the least remarkable Industrial de
velopment of the year has been the advance
In wages by railroads, steel companies,
textile manufacturers and other Incor
porated employers. In October, November
and December the Increase In wages among
railroad' employes alone amounted to $100,
000,000. About all the eastern trunk, lines
have Jumped the rates of pay from J to 10
per cent, while a corresponding advance
ment has been made on a number of the
more important routes in the south and
west. The United States Stoel company,
the Standard Oil company, the Consolidated
Gas company and a number of other much
abused .'trusts have made material con
tributions to the wages of their workmeh.
In a few Instances these advances will
be Interpreted as a placatlon to disaffected
labor on the verge of revolt. But In the
majority of cases no apprehension of strikes
csn be discovered and the Increases must
therefore be attributed to a decent recog
nition of good service faithfully rendered.
One concern, at least the United States
Steel company, not only encourages Its
enployes by enlarging pay envelopes, but
gives to each of them the privilege of sub
scribing for preferred stock at lees than
the market price. In W06 the preferred
stock of the trust was sold to employes
at par, and more than 12,000 availed them
selves of the opportunities to Invest. This
year the stock will be sold again at less
than the market price. That is a cuetom
which Is certain to make the relations of
the steel company to Its employes so pro
fitable that the latter will hesitate long be
fore they precipitate a rupture.
National prosperity Is never so clearly
evidenced ss by a general advance In wages.
No man capable of good work need suffer
today from lack of employment. And good
work was never better paid than It la now.
OLD people need Scoff's Emul
sion bemuse age has enfeebled
their blood, worn out their tissues,
diminished their net-re power, and im
paired their general health.
Scoff's Emulsion enriches the
blood, renew the tissue, restores nerve
power and builds up the general health.
U enables old people to throw off colds
toughs, rheumatism and all winter
Scoff's Emulsion makes thin
babies fat, pale children roty, delicate
mothers strong. It b the most nourish
ing food in the world. ,
ALL DJtUGGUTSi SO. AND $1.00.
cracker ever fresh,
crisp and clean,
cracker good at all
v0 In a dust faht.
moisture proof package
WEALTH OF WESTERS STATES.
Remarkable Story of Development fa
New York Bun.
There hss been a wonderful growth in
property values In the west since the cen
sus of ll00, according to a comprehensive
and useful bulletin Just Issued by the bu
reau of the census. The new figure wer
ascertained during 1904 and cover all kinds
of property, Including real property and
Improvements, live stock, farm Implements
and machinery, gold and silver coin and
bullion, manufacturing machinery, tools
and Implements, railroads and their equip
ment street railways, shipping, water
works, etc. Here Is the story of develop
ment In figures:
State. . 1904. Since im
Iowa 14.048.000,000 $ tfW.onn.nna,
California 4,116.0iiO,onO 897,000,(mo
Minnesota l,M3,000.(niO 8?Ono.OiO
Kansas 2,253,(100,000 Sll.Ono.iXlO
Nebraska S.900,000,000 S3,000,00u
Colorado 1,207.000,000 JOO.OOO.&O
Washington l.Ool.OOO.OnO 270,000.0
Oregon 12,000,000 219,C00,fl(
Montana 74,ooo,ooO 113,000.000
South Dakota 6so.om),ooo liW.OOO.ono,
North Dakota 7a,0on,ooo 194.000.ons
Utah 4xti. 000,000 76.00 . 000
Wyoming 329.0"W,floo 4,ioo,ona
Idaho 842.000.000 67,000,000
New Mexico .ffl.0oo,000 4,Oun,0i
Arizona o,ono,0i)0 43,ono.m
Nevada 221,000.000 81,000,000
Totals 223,058,000,000 $4,647,000,000
It will be noted that California leads the
procession, both In present wealth and pro,
portion of Increase, though the "Golden
State" In 1800 was $150,000,000 behind Iowa.
Minnesota has the next largest increase,
$S30,OO0,000. That state's large and thrifty
Scandinavian population has been a prime
factor In creating the Increase. North Da
kota has passed South Dakota both In in.
crease and total value. Iowa haa the third
largest Increase, $S80,000,000.
Merchant-Bo you want a job as offlo
boy, eh? Any previous experience?
Hoy No, sir. I don't know how to do
anything at an office ' -. .. . 1
Merchant I gueaa you won't do
Boy 1 don't even know how to whistle.
MerchantIIar.g up your hat. Cleveland
"I'm Introducing an automatic machine,"
said the caller, "that will pay for itself in
"I'll take one If It will do that," promptly
said the manufacturer.
"If It will pay for Itself In a year?"
"No; automatically puy for Itself In a
year." Catholic. Standard and Times.
Patient That's a conscientious nureeVhat'
you selected for me, doctor. . i
Physician Do you think soT I am glad
to hear It."
Patient Yes. 8he waked me up three
times last night to take the regular dose of
the aleeplng potion that you ordered.
"I won't marry him, mother. If he Is a
count. All he wants me for Is my money,
and he's a big fool!"
, "Hush, my dear; he'd be a bigger fool to
want you without a cent!" VVashtngtoa
"Going up!" cried Coal.
"Going down!" cried Ice.,
The cars suddenly stopped snd a dead
man was discovered wedged between them.
He waa a consumer. St. Louis Post Dis
patch. "What I want," said the reporter who
had been sent to get an Interview out of
of that deal."
"That Is exactly the kind of story I am
going to give you, young man," guardedly
answered the financial magnate. "You
will have to promise that you won't Use it
on the first page." Chicago Tribune.
Pall Mall Oasette.
This Is the height of our desertsi
A llttlj pity for life's hurts; i
A little rain, a Utile sun,
A little sleep when work Is don.
A little righteous punishment, '
Lea for our deeds than their lntnt '
A ilttl pardon now and then.
Because we are but struggling men.
A little light to show the way, '
A little guidance when we stray
A little love be for w pass
To reat beneath the klrkyard grass.
A little faith In days of change, . '
When life Is strk and bare and strange,
A eolace when our eyes ar wel
With tears of longing and regret '
True It is that we can not claim . . .
t'rmeaaured recompense or blame,
Beraus our way of life I small:
A Uttl is the sum of All,
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