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STATEMENT OF CIRCULATION.
State of Nebraska, Douglas County, as:
cnanea i Koaewater. e-eneral manager
9f Tha Baa Publishing company, being- duly
warn, say a that the actual number or run
and complete copies of The Dally. Morning,
Evening nnd Sunday Bea printed during tha
mouth of December, 19(4, was a follows:
1 81,870 '17 38,870
I. ........ O.tSO II 81.T80
......... 31,810 It 31,780
4 31,710 20 33,870
... 31,700 21 31,630
6 31,890 22 31,800
7 81,880 23 30,880
33,080 24 31,710
1 30,830 25 31,800
18... ...... 31,780 24 33,130
M ........ . 33,180 27 81,770
12 33,050 ' 21 31,610
IS 81480 it 31,830
14 31,880 10 30,300
i5. ........ 33,170 II 31,310
Net total 873,149
Dally average 81,391
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(Seal.) M. B. HUNOATE,
WHEN OUT Or TOWK.
afcaerlbora leavlaa; tha city tern,
rerarllf efcaald Kara Tha Bea
mailed ta them. Addreaa will ha
ehaaged aftea as requested.
' If friends of Dennis Kearney are In
control the "tie up" of all Harriman
linen will rarely occur before that con
Bignment of grain reaches China.
Omaha was once a port for a brisk
steamboat traffic on the Missouri river.
A barge line from Omaha to the gulf
.Would, therefore, be no great novelty
to the old-timers.
Uncle Joe Cannon's "boom for the
presidency" has apparently taken the
place of changes In the president's cab
inet as dull day matters for Washing
Legislators In other states will
hardly be placated until "Jim" Hill de
cides io put his North Dakota pass
plan into effect along all the lines in
which he Is Interested.
Mayor McClellan has again defied
Tammany hall. Perhaps he Is Invok
ing the luck that attended Grover
Cleveland as a presidential candidate
after he had twisted the tiger's tall.
If we are to have a legislative In
vestigation into the official conduct of
Attorney General Brown some one may
take a notion to put Senator Millard
In It, too, and make It redly Interest
ing. In taking his prisoners to his strong
bold Ralaoull evidently believes the
rule in the Perdlcarls case will apply
at present, but he may find his present
captlvea more of a liability than an
The balance sheet of county finances
shows that since the republicans have
taken control of the court house a big
red Ink deficit has been turned Into a
nug surplus. No need to point the
Secretary Wilson U apparently per
suaded that merchants who deceive
consumers with false labels will have
difficulty In working the same game on
his experts; but the law Is yet to be
It did not require a formal state
ment by Governor Mickey to prove his
approval of the parole law. The pub
lic may be more realy to agree with
him after seeing It "discreetly" admin
istered. It will be noted that the request to
the Nebraska legislature for additional
; powers and duties was made by the
governor leaving the office and not by
the governor facing the present work
People Inclined to fear the growth
ot the. "military spirit" ahould be re
assured from the fact that the War de
partment has difficulty. In securing the
minimum number of soldiers neces
sary for Its purpose.
The Water board has held another
meeting to register approval ot the
minutes and vote another installment
ot salaries to Its own members. How
much longer will the taxpayers stand
for this expensive farce?
Two East Omaha milkmen have
been fined la the Omaha police court
for selling adulterated mik. The fact
that East Omaha extends over the
Iowa Une might some day give us a
case of milk adulteration In Interstate
commerce In violation, of tha federal
pure food law, In which event the cul
prit would be np against something
stronger than a Mite vourt fin
. I ni,n.a mm mmAtk aafa.
Tiro governors' msSaqes.
The messages of the outgoing and
Incoming governors, delivered to the
members of the legislature in Joint
session, furnish interesting reading for
the citizens of Nebraska. Governor
Mickey gives a comprehensive Teview
of the present condition of the state,
with special emphasis upon Its finances
and incidental recommendations based
upon his experience in the perfor
mance of his duties. Governor Shel
don outlines In a broad way the policy
which he proposes to pursue and the
general features of legislation which
he hopes to see enacted and put into
In several particulars Governor
Mickey's message is an agreeable sur
prise. He calls attention to the evils
from which the people of Nebraska
have been suffering at the hands of the
railroads, their pernicious influence
with legislation, their inexcusable re
fusal to pay their taxes, their .excessive
and discriminating exactions from
shippers and passengers, the corrupt
ing Influence of their Insidious free
passes, and urges laws to prevent con
tinuation of such abuses. He handles
without gloves the shortage in the
permanent school fund created by the
stealings of ex-Treasurer Bartley and
the failure of the state to get any re
dress or recoupment from Senator Mil
lard's bank, through which $200,000
of the money was cleared; or from the
bondsmen, who had voluntarily gone
surety for Bartley's honesty and Integ
Uty. Governor Mickey has reached the
conclusion that the state has exhausted
its remedies and that nothing remains
now except to make good the deficit
of $325,687.50 in the school fund
either by direct appropriation or by
the levying of a special tax. With an
extra 1-mill levy now In force to sink
the state's floating debt. It Is a ques
tion whether a special levy would be
Justified. The chances are that the
legislature will prefer to continue the
present extra levy indefinitely until it
sinks not only the floating debt, but
the Bartley embezzlement as well.
The outgoing governor is careful
not to endorse all the demands of the
different state Institutions, whose esti
mates added up far exceed the possible
revenues. The pruning knife will
surely have to be used vigorously by
those who are to count out the money.
As was to have been expected, Gov
ernor Mickey strenuously defends his
prolific exercise of the pardoning
powerj which has turned bo many des
perate convicts loose upon the com
munity, and Indignantly resents all
criticism, charging It to "prejudiced
Individuals." The humorous part of
this display of injured innocence Is to
be found In connection with another
section of his message preaching law
enforcement and asking for .greater
power to enforce criminal 'prosecution,
presumably so that he might pardon
or parole more prisoners after they are
convicted. ' ... I .;. " , , ,
Governor Sheldon in his salutatory
does not go into such detail as does
his predecessor. Aside from the plea
he makes for revenue law revision
with a view to abating certain flagrant
Instances of double taxation, he con
fines himself chiefly to the Issues upon
which he made his campaign before
the people. On these questions he Is
clear-cut and unequivocal. He wants
a direct primary law, strict control of
railroad rates, taxation of railroad
property in cities on a more just basis,
complete abolition of free pass brib
ery, full, powers to the new state rail
way commission, a law for direct pri
mary, nominations and economy and
efficiency all along the line. Governor
Sheldon will doubtless follow up bis
suggestions as occasion requires. He
has said enough to prove that he U
thoroughly In harmony with the re
form program, which the legislature
is expected to spread npon the statute
JUDGE EVAX8' DECISION.
The decision of Judge Evans, whose
reputation and ability is very high
among the federal Judiciary, in the
Kentucky case annulling he employ
er's liability act passed at the last ses
sion of congress, challenges the valid
ity of a long list ot important laws
under the constitutional grant ot
power to congress to regulate com
merce between the states and with for
eign nations. In this case it is held
that the law la not "a regulation of
commerce between the states" at all,
but merely an attempt to Impose upon
common carriers who are engaged in
interstate commerce a liability con
cerning their relations to their em
ployes, for which there Is no constitu
tional authority.' - And the basis of the
decision sweeplngly denies to congress
power to .legislate for purely local con
ditions and relations, even though they
bear incidentally upon Interstate com
merce, and that constitutional "regu
lation" relates directly to' ('commerce"
only, any local effect being puiijly 'inci
dental. This principle of interpretation ob
viously cuts the ground from under
the pure food law, much of the meat
Inspection law and the law tor arbitra
tion between railroads and their em
ployes already on the national statute
books, as well as proposed legislation
regarding child labor and numerous
other subjects. The primary and sole
purpose of the national pure food and
meat inspection laws Is to regular ex
clusively local conditions within the
polk and other powers of the states,
which, under Judge Evans' construc
tion are totally outside, of the mean
ing of "commerce between the states,"
lave only as they might be collaterally
affected by regulation of commerce
under provisions like those ot the In
terstate commerce and rate laws.
This principle, too, today stands as
the rules of the Kentucky court, and
will stand until overturned by the su
I cluijve bvu-flt. .... . .
8. r. No. 9-Br Lett ot Burt. Amending
I .nsTwell be.' too.' troia conservative line." It Hardly needed UH asruranee j it is a rommermp wm-
preme court of the United States. Un
der it the whole cycle of new national
legislation under guise of the Inter
state commerce grant may be violated
there with Impunity. The fact that
the meat packers and many manufac
turers of foods are content with such
national Interference, finding them
really beneficial to trade, so that they
hav not yet In the courts resisted en
forcement, of course does not one whit
alter the legal situation.
It is inevitable that existing legisla
tion, even though none of the many
proposed measures of like tenor should
be enacted, must speedily result In
final explicit definition of the interstate
commerce clause of the constitution by
the supreme court, either opening wide
the door to a vast new series of laws
under a liberal Interpretation, or upon
Judge Evans' rule annihilating the
laws already passed under such Inter
pretation and strait-Jacketing congress
for the future.
8VB8T1TVE FOB TREE SEED ABUSE.
Secretary Wilson's proposal seems
to open the way to riddance of the an
nual free seed distribution by con
gress, although it would restore and
amplify the useful purpose out ot
which that notorious abuse has grown.
The appropriation originally was aimed
to make rare and valuable seeds avail
able to agriculture generally, and
through the painstaking pf congress
men It accomplished incalculable good
for decades and until it degenerated
Into a mere routine largesse of com
mon and often worthless seeds sent
out for electioneering rather than ag
The plan of Secretary Wilson pro
vides a positive remedy in the shape
of a rational substitute, whereby the
quarter of a million dollars now an
nually wasted would be employed, un
der direction of the Agricultural de
partment and not as at present, under
a congressman's clerk, in the develop
ment of the most perfect seed and ita
apportionment to person and locali
ties where it would accomplish the
maximum of good, all under a system
ot strict supervision and responsibility.
Heretofore for many years we have
had an annual exposure in congress
and in the public press of the absurdi
ties of the existing practice, followed
invariably by provision In the appro
priation bills for Its perpetuation. The
lntejligent arid feasible scheme
wrought out by the secretary of agri
culture leaves congress without even
the excuse of its own Inability to de
vise a substitute.
COMMISSIONER LARE S CAR REPORT.
The report of Commissioner Lane
of the hearings held by a section of the
Interstate Commerce commission ex
plains clearly that coal shortage In
North Dakota was due to the railroads'
preference In car service to grain and
other freight paying high rates over
coal paying a low rate. " Back of that
undoubtedly coal dealers and the con
sumers were dilatory In providing the
winter supplies which they ought to
have accumulated earlier. In order to
facilitate grain movement if for no
other reason, but in spite of that the
roads could have prevented the fuel
famine In most localities, though at
an expense In part unjust to them, as
In fact they have relieved it under the
stimulus of official investigation.
. The coal dearth In some parts of the
north grain country, however, is
shown to be a local matter, while the
most Important point of the report Is
the general inadequacy of transporta
tion facilities and especially the un
economical use of rolling stock. The
inquiry was necessarily hurried be
cause of Its immediate purpose, but It
went far enough to demonstrate that
the causes of the trouble are complex
plex and deep-seated, and to suggest
legal remedies. '
One result will be to Impart a pro
nounced ImfmlBe to consideration ot a
compulsory car demurrage system,
supplemented by official regulation ot
car exchange between the roads. Ob
viously the obligations and penaltlas
in the supply of cars and In their load
ing and unloading by shippers ought to
be mutual, instead of arbitrary and
one-sided, as they always have been.
But the report does conclusively
place on public record the serious fact
that inadequacy of car service is ap
proaching a point at which interven
tion of public authority becomes im
perative, however the precise appor
tionment of blame ought to be made
and upon whomsoever, carrier or ship
per, legal compulsion may be found
to bear most severely.
No part of the country seems to be
free from the misfortune of railroad
wrecks, nor has any one railroad sys
tem immunity from collisions and ac
cidents. People are almost forced to
believe that something is radically
wrong with the operating methods of
American railroads as compared with
those In European countries. The
slaughter on the railroads should be
stopped, no matter what the cost.
The suggestion In a Keal Estate ex
change meeting that the bar against
the erection of wooden buildings in the
business district be removed will not
strike a popular chord. Public senti
ment in Omaha favors the gradual ex
pansion of the fire limits with a view
to compelling the erection of better
and more substantial structures and
reducing the fire risk instead of in
The Jacksontan club will confine its
post-prandial oratory this year to
merely local personages and content
Itself with reading a letter from
Colonel Bryan paying tribute to the
memory of St. Jackson. The time
was when the Jacksonlans commanded
talent ot the first rank and attracted
attentiou all over (he country, but the
Club seems to have fallen on decadent
Mayor Dahlman expresses confi
dence in his ability to make the money
In the general fund go further this
year than It did last year. The may
or's task Is' not impossible, but the
first pre-requlslte will be to get rid of
some of the Incompetent time-servers
he has sppolnted and put men on the
city payroll able and willing to earn
Chancellor von Bnelow's endeavor
to steer between the -rocks of revolu
tion and the shoals ot reaction may so
strain the German ship of state as to
make the cholco ot another pilot im
perative. Yet he should have credit
for the courage of hie convictions.
Speaker Nettleton promises to fur
nish plenty of material for the carica
turists and the practical Jokers, but he
also promises to furnish some of the
material needed to fulfill the promises
made In the last republican state plat
Congressman Livingston has under
taken a. stupendous task In endeavor
ing to prove that the New, York cotton
exchange is a fraudulent concern. His
trouble may not be so much with the
facts as with the difficulty of proving
Fruit jobbers who complain that
they do not receive as good treatment
from the railroads as do packing
houses should remember that they
have not reached the dignity of gov
Governor . Sheldon's , opinion that
nonresidents should possess no privi
leges not granted residents is one that
will appeal to' every Nebraskan even
though his Ideas of state's rights may
Pressing- the Right Bottom.
It is beginning- to look as If the safety
of the country depended more on the men
who attend to the railway signals than on
('written Law' la-nored.
There ought to ba soma way of com
pelling railroads to recognise "unwritten
law" against two trains trying to pass
each other on the same track.
Am Overworked Task.
It Is claimed that an Income tax would
promote lying. Nothing remarkable about
that. The regular taxation on money and
property has led to a great deal of hypothe
sis, to speak within the bounds of polite
ness. Look I'p and Cheer l.
Relating your grievances and misfortunes
to even your intimate friends is a foolish
proceeding, for every time we present
troubles to people then depart f rom our
presence with alacrity; n "
Railroads Loalasj 'Thelr Grip.
. Kansas City Times. '
At least eight western' states; whose
teg-lsUtures are soon to assemble, contem
plate the enactment of. anti-pass and' 2-
cent-fare laws. This - comes, too, at an
unfortunate time, when the railroads are
so busily engaged in electing United States
One Scorch Enooah.
Reports of strained relations between the
president and the senate are more abundant
than ever. These strained relations have
gone on for a long time; but Innocent by
standers have been the only sufferers.
However, It Is safe to predict that William
B. Chandler will steer clear of the trouble
Hibii Adjaataneat to Flata.
Scientists are basing . calculations on a
skull discovered In Nebraska to show that
the average height of man on this continent
200,000 years ago was seven feet. This Is
Interesting. If people continue to shrink
St the rate of a foot and somenches every
200,000 years, In tha course of time tha
average fiat will be abundantly roomy.
MCRDER Olf RAILROADS.
A Proper Designation for Preventable
Fifty-three people were killed in the Bal
timore A Ohio train wreck at Terra Cotta,
D. C. Sixty were Injured, and several of
these will die.
It may ba that this death list can prop
erly be said to ba tha. result of an acci
dent. But present information makes it
look much more like murder.
Suppose what seems most probable that
the block signals were properly sat and
that tha engineer of tha rear train ran by
them, either because ha did not take the
trouble to look at them or deliberately In
order to gain time.
Ought such an offense not to ba made
murder In tha first degree, with death as
But there are other alternatives with re
gard to the engineer, supposing the fault
to have been his. Perhaps he was color
blind. Perhaps ha had been working such
long hours that ha Was- physically ex
hausted. Perhaps he .was under Instruc
tions from tha railroad, or at least knew
his superiors wished him, to run by block
signals whenever ha thought ha could do
so safely to save time.
In such cases as these ought not. the
penalty for murder to be Imposed on the
persons responsible for employing a color
blind man, for overworking tha man or
for giving Instructions which were apt to
result In such terrible loss of life?
Or the fault may have been tha oper
ator's. If he was carelessly amusing him
self Instead of doing his proper work he
should be held personally accountable for
tha fifty and more deaths. If he had been
overworked until stupid from loss of sleep,
or If ha was a mere boy at low wages,
Intrusted with this responsible duty, the
punishment should ba Inflicted on his su
periors. The time has coma In this country to stop
trifling with crime of this kind and make
the punishment adequate.
Tha block system Is coming in for much
blame, because of tha many accidents that
have recently occurred where It Is In use.
The blame Is wrongly attributed. It should
ba driven home not -to tha system, but to
tha employes or officials who have abused
Tha railroad which has recently adopted
rules forbidding high speeds and substitu
ting Intelligent methods for making good
tlma without frantic spurts has taken one
step In tha proper direction, which other
roa4 will do wU to imitate.
BITS OF WASHl.tGTOX LIFK.
on the Spot.
"Not the least interesting feature prom
ised In the coming ruction In the senate
over the discharge of the negro soldiers,"
says the Washington Herold, "la that Sen
ators Spooner and Tillman will ba on tha
same side of tha controverty. They have
enlivened many a exnion of tha somnolent
senate with tilts over the negro. They are
warm friends, and like each other In tha
genuine sort of way, but on numerous oc
casions they have had clashes over tha
negro question that seemed seriously to
threaten a severance of their friendly rela
tions. It Is suspected that Senator Spooner,
as former Senator Chandler used to do, has
more than once baited the fiery South Car
olinian, Just for the fun of a rumpus with
him. Persons who know of their personal
relations nd former 'spats over the race
Issue are not prepared to believe that they
will dwell In harmony on the question long,
even If both of them do take up tha
cudgels for the president against Benator
Foraker. It Is the Impression around the
senate that before tha debate has pro
ceeded very far both Messrs. Spooner and
TlUman will forget all about the Interest
of the president Involved, and go at ona an
other hammer and tongs over the black
man. There Is a considerable negro vote In
Wisconsin, and Benator Spooner's troubles
there with his colleague, Mr. LaFollette,
may give him about all tha load he cares
to carry In his forthcoming campaign for
re-election, so that he probably will not
want to ba placed In the attltura of hostil
ity to the blacks, as might ba done If he
should get along too harmoniously with
Senator Tillman In the debate of the Twen-ty-nfth
While ha was secretary of war Ellhu
Root was not a supporter of the movement
for Increasing tha salaries of government
officials and employes, especially of army
officers. A delegation of army women
waited on him onca to urge him to recom
mend In his annual report an Increase of
the salaries of army officers. They pre
sented the usual arguments that tha cost
of living had greatly Increased since the
pay of officers was fixed forty years ago;
that they had a terribly hard tlma to
"make both ends meet;" that their social
obligations were such that they had to buy
mora clothes than women whose husbands
earned less; that they had to keep more
Mr. Root listened with great courtesy
and patlenoe, and when the army women
had finally finished the presentation of
their case ha calmly Inquired how many
children each had. One had three, an
other two, another one, and another none.
"My father," said Mr. Root, "reared a
family of eight, and he never earned more
than $1,500 a year as a professor at Hamil
ton college. Ha educated all of us, and
then gave us a start In the world. I know
that the salary drawn by the husband of
each of you ladles Is a great deal more
than was earned by my father, and I can't
see why you can't get along on It quite
as well as my parents did, even though
the cost of living is heavier now than
when my father and mother reared a
family of eight children on only $1,500 a
Internal Revenue Commissioner John W.
Yerkes objects to the title ot colonel. Tha
fact that ha halls from Kentucky and Is
almost invariably addressed by the time
honored handle gives him great distress ot
"Evry time a man calls me colonel,"
said Mr. Yerkes, "I turn around and ad
dress him as general or admiral. The city
of Washington is just about the worst
place I was ever In for titles. You can't
find , any plain American cltlsens here. It
is general, admiral, colonel, captain, or Mr.
Secretary. Mr. Commissioner,' Mr.-' Door
keeper, Mr. Attorney General. Why, even
tha colored help around the Treasury de
partment addrea each other as Mr. Mes
senger or Mr. Elevator Conductor.
"One day, soon after I reached Washing
ton, I was in my office talking with a
crowd of congressmen and In walks old
Admiral Watson. As he opened the door he
shouted: 'Hello, John, how are youf I
leaped up frcm my chair and rushed for
ward to greet him. 'Adimral,' I cried, 'I
could Just hug you for calling me that.
Please do It apaln. I'm so dead tick of
being called colonel that my given name Is
music to my ears.' "
It Is generally agreed among occupants
of the galleries at the capltol that tha
most polite and accommodating member of
the senate Is Mr. Pettus of Alabama, aged
85. Ona bf the most rigid rules regarding
elevators In the senate wing Is that they
must be run to accommodate senators, no
matter who the other passengers may be.
Mr. Pettus never allows this rule to be
enforced In his case, always Instructing
the man to let other passengers off wher
ever they wish to alight.
"Walts Ma . Around Again, Willie." has
been changed to "Run Me Around Again,
Johnnie," as the result of a bloodless and
ludicrous affray between Representative
John Wesley Gaines of Tennessee arid a
man In Washington who Is known as a
publicity agent. .
As the story goes, Oalnes and the pub
licity agent engaged In an altercation In
the rotunda of a leading hotel, which con
cluded In an Invitation to Oalnes to "step
out on tha sidewalk and take a licking."
The alacrity with which the Invitation was
accepted somewhat discouraged Oalnes'
would-be antagonist, who led the way
toward the street
When a big, revolving door, leading Into
Pennsylvania avenue, was reached the pub
licity agent's courage shrunk completely.
Instead of passing Into the street he calmly
followed the door around in a circle, the
irate Oalnes at his heels. Around and
around went the pursued and pursuer, with
ever-increasing velocity, each In his sep
arate compartment, dragging his heels from
under the door, following relentlessly upon
As the compartments flew by tha open
space leading Into the hotel and Into tha
street, loud words resounded, only to be
muffled a moment later as tha compart
ment sped Into the "tunnel" on either side
of the doorway. Finally. Oalnes Is reported
to have become exhausted from the chase,
the publicity agent vanished, and when
the police arrived Gaines was found alone
on the field of battle with a smoking re
volving dtfbr In both hands.
Governor-elect Comer of Alabama visited
the house of representatives In Washington
a few days before the recess and was re
ceived so cordially that the resulting noisa
disturbed Speaker Cannon. On learning
who the stranger was "Uncle Joe" waited
until he had departed end then reminded
Clerk Hlnes that under the rules grtvernore
elcct should not be admitted while the
house Is In session. "But, then," he added,
"those boys from Alabama don't know
much about my rules and wouldn't believe
in them If they did know."
Thomas C. Dawson, the United States
minister to Santo Domingo, walked Into
the offlre of Assistant Secretary of State
Bacon to confer about matters relating to
the island republic' "I wish to congratu
late you on your promotion," said Mr.
Bacon to the minister. "What promotion?"
saked Mr. Dawson. "You were today pro
moted to be minister to Colombia," replied
AsnUtant PocreUry Bacon. "Great Scott!"
exclaimed the surprised diplomat, who U
ona of tha few officials promoted without
lug rolling te bring it about.
Over 60 Pianos Too Many to Invoice at Hospa'B.
Just eight days In which you can enjoy cnt j of prices
on Just fifty Pianos, which we do not propow to Inclu U a
our invoice January 10. Therefore, you will be able to buy
' Pianos at reckless reductions.
This Includes New Pianos. Used Planoe, Grand Pianos,
Upright Pianos. Square Pianos and about JO organs, a few
good Piano Players, as well as Inside Player Pianos.
Think of buying the highest grades, the medium
grades, the cheaper ones. The kind you ar. pairing $J60
for, we will Bell a number of these for $146. Yes, anion
$6 per month. This will pay for them In less than one-half
the time you can possibly pay for the eame grade of Piano
We Include Knabes, Kranlch ft Bach, Klmballe, Hallei
Davis. Krells, Whltneys, Hospea, Cramers, Wesers, Gilbert.
Hlnses and a score of other makes.
We will sell them cheap. W will offer terms ihat will
appeal to the buyer (even though he needs no Piano for a
year.) We will give such a guarantee (one y6u will not
outlive), and furnish with each Piano a stool and searf and
then save you enough money to buy a good musical educa
tion. And. as usual, this house has the reputation of keeping
up Ita record of S3 years of already furnishing a safe bar
gain for the Piano buyer.
Just look at the astonishing prices the Pianos have
been marked down to:
Then be sure and watch the terms. Remember, the
prices are made on New Pianos, on Used Pianos, on Grand
Pianos, on the highest grades, the most reliable Pianos ever
'Mark the time, January 10.
You have just eight days to buy big bargains that will .
not reach around by one-third the demand. .
Seeing is believing. ' ,
A. HOSPE CO.
1513 DOUGLAS STREET.
FROPHKT OF KV1L.
Sfcallow-Pavteel Vaporises Attract e
Almost every community possesses some
individual, possibly not in all respects a
fool, who poses as a prophet. Throwing
himself Into a fine fit, or otherwise seek
ing intimate relation with the unknown, he
emerges to tell what he has seen of the
future. He predlots dire . disaster always.
He has had a glimpse of tottering cities
and starving peoples, of ships going down
in tha deep. There has been vouchsafed
to him the certainty of pestilence, famine
The serious aspect of this sort ef folly
la that it may tend to disturb the timid.
To exploit it is a grave mistake. Of
course. Intelligence knows that the man
who pretends to read the unborn years,
more than can be done by reasonable de
ductions from the cause to effect, Is a lun
atlo or a knave. Tha story of the universe
unfolds from day to day, and there Is no
reading of the hidden scroll.
To be a "prophet" Is not difficult. It
does not require knowledge except of the
most superficial kind. - Tha "death of a
monarch" against whom millions are plotting-
la not a prophecy, but a tolerably
safe guess. The prediction of earthquake
and International disturbance means noth
ing but that the events In which a frail
humanity must participate, passively or
actively, ara likely to follow the ordinary
course. When a conjecture proveo to have
been somewhere near the mark, lo! a
prophet has arisen. Of the thousand con
jectures that do not fit circumstance there
Is not another thought.
Percy H. Johnson of Lebannon, Ky., who
has just been appointed a national bank
examiner. Is about 27 years of aga, and
the youngest man ever appointed an ex
aminer. Congressman Thomas H. Dale of Scran
ton, Pa., Is an enthusiastic whist player
and has twice held tha national champion
ship of the United States. He Is a regu
lar attendant at tha national whist con
grass. The youngest professor in the eastern
states Is William T. Foster, professor of
English at Bowdoln collage. He supported
himself from a very small child and at
the age of 17 had saved enough money to
take a college course.
Several years ago, after ha had made a
visit to Aiisona and New Mexico, Senator
Bevertdge was sent $5,000 worth of stock
In a mine in that section. Tha senator
promptly returned tha certificates, stat
ing that he felt it would ba Improper for
him to accept anything of the sort. That
H.OOO worth of stock Is now said to ba
valued at $1,600,000.
John Horns has bean connected with the
Mount Washington railway for thirty-two
years, and tha last twelve as Its superin
tendent. When tha road Is not In opera
tion he works In tha Boston aV Maine ma
chine shopa at Dakeport. Ha is a native
of Yorkshire, England, and Is a man of re- '
markable mechanical ability. He Is tha
oldest official of the road.
WE have just
them all on a table
urday we will sell them for
These shirts sold as high as $2.00 and come in all
styles negligee, pleated and stiff bosoms. .We have all
sizes from 14 to 18, and in some we have extra length
sleeves. These are all our regular stock shirts and every
one a big bargain.
SEE OUE WINDOWS.
Browning, Ming & Coi
R. S. WILCOX, Manager.
"Mr. Gotrox says very bitter things about
those lazy sons of his, but his wife Is al
ways making excuses for them."
"Yes, she makes excuses, but he has to
make allowances fur them. That's why
he's so sore." Philadelphia "Press.
Mrs. Chugwater Josiah, this paper says
"municipal ownership is an ignis fatuus."
What Is an Ignis fatuus ?
Mr. Chugwater That's So plain that any
body ought to know what It means at flmt
sight, "ignis'' means Mre. "Fatuus" Is fat.
The fat's in the lire. Chicago' Tribune.
"Do you men with great railway Interests
have any fears of gove -nment ownership?''
"No. feais whalevtr," answered Mr.
Dustln Stax. "If the government wants to
buy, we'll take a chance on selling. The
government was never a very good hand
at a bargain." Washington Star.
"Awfully bulging forehead, hasn't' he?
Must be very brainy."
"Brainy! Why, that man can take up a
problem In brldxe and analyse It and give
you his deductions, and then show you
Just how the cards should fall for rtx deals
ahead. He's brainy, all right." Cleveland
"The kind of, men who don't know when
they're whipped; ure very much like postage
"In what respect?" '
"They stick the. better for. a Ilcklng.'S-,
Baltimore American. ' ' '
Peck-SnifT (with a benevolent smile) I
trust, my young friend you swore off from
some of your bad . habits on New Year's
morning. ' '
His Young Friend I did, sir. I hava
sworn off from the bad habit of thinking I
ara better than other people are. Chicago
"There's Jenkins, for instance: now, he
knows something about whisky."
"Nonsense! He never drank a drop in
"That's what I mean." Cathollo Stand
ard and Times.
"Well. Bal, I'm fired." :
"Serves you right, you fool. You had no
business to go to the office loaded." Balti
Richard Watson Glider in Putnam's.
In youth he braved a monarch's Ire
To set the people's poet free;
Then gave his life, his fame, his fire .
To the long praise of liberty.
His life, his fame, his all ha gave
That not on earth should live ona slave!
True freedom of tha soul ha sought
And In that battle well ha fought.
He fought, and yet ha loved not war.
But looked and labored for tha day
When the loud cannon silent ara
And holy peace alone ha-th sway1.
Ah, what a life! From youth to age,
niiin( i no iatin, in nooie rage.
Ah. m; ha t m Html BSnm knl-Vlu w
Servant and champion of' tha truth. .
Not onca in all his length ef days
That falchion flashed for .paltry ends;
So wise, so pure, his words and ways,
Even those he conquered rose his friandA
For went no ranoor with the. bow: '
The wrong, and not tha man, his foe.
He amota not meanly, not In wrath;
That truth might spaed ba cleaved a path.
The lure ef place he weU could seern
Who knew a mightier, Jay and fate
Tha passion of tha hope forlorn.
" luxury or. Doing great
The deep content of souls serene
Who gain or lose with equal mien I
Defeat his spirit not subdued.
Nor victory marred his nubia mood.
finished our inven
tory and find w have a lot
of odds and ends in our shirt
stock and we have Dlaced
and Friday and Sat
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