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TIIE OMAIIA DAILY BEE: TUESDAY, JANUAIIY 15, 5 1907.
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8eal.) M. B. HUNGATE,
WHEN Ol'T OF TOWN.
Subscribers leavlag the city tern,
porarlly ahoald bar The See
mailed to them. Address will be
changed ba often as reqaeated.
It is up to the weather man to take
away the Ice man's excuse for exact
ing famine prices next summer.
President Koosevelt evidently puts
confidence In the bullets of the men
behind the gun. whether as evidence
or as' offense.
All : the Nebraska pioneers of the
vintage ofl857. are in line this year
for felicitations" on having lived for
fifty years in this great and growing
la all the Invitations to Secretary
Shaw there seems to be none from
Wall street, which has heretofore' been
anxious to secure former United States
treasury officials. ','.
When Ralsoull remembers how
much Perdicarls was worth ttf him he
must regret his Inability to capture
the men who are making his strong
hold open ground.
Ross Hammond's refusal to deny the
allegation that he holds stock In an
elevator company shows his wisdom
in retiring from the senatorial contest
before It really began.'
With an estimated consumption of
6,000,000 tons of anthracite less than
last year, nature seems to have taken
a hand In the contest between the
people and the "trusts."
History of Nebraska shows that
much time has been saved for legist
tion by naming candidates for United
States senate in convention If no other
advantage has been gained.
That Iowa legislator who says he
has learned not to advocate innova
tions until the public is ready for
them must have taken to heart the
decrease in the republican rote last
Chief of Police Donahue occupies a
difficult position. He is appointed by
the Police board, but gets hts orders
from the mayor. The only thing for
a police officer to do, however, is to
obey orders like a soldier. !
Lincoln hotel keepers are, all against
popular choice of United States sena
te. ' They would much prefer the
old-fashioned deadlock that kept the
candidates and their followers quar
tered as their guests for weeks and
The predicted retirement of John
8harp Williams as leader of the dem
ocratlc forces of the house will be re
gretted by those who admire the
Fabian policy la politics, and
"Champ" Clark succeeds him fire
works may be expected to take the
place of diplomacy.
The complaint of Illinois that the
Illinois Central has unjustly favored
branch lines at the expense of the
"charter line" sounds strange to Ne-
fcraskans, who have seen branch lines
loaded with charges and bereft of ac
count book income for years; but in
Illinois the charter line pays taxes in
proportion to receipts.
The Union Paclflo during the past
year has raised enough money la ad
ditto to a. surplus , approximating
$60,000,000 to buy stocks In I other
companies to the extent of 1110,000
00OV It la unable, however, to dig up
enough to pay its taxes ta Nebraska,
but. Is asking the supreme court to let
It scale then down by 30 per cent.
2t. ........ 30,860
TUB LIEUTENANT GENERAL' RANK-
The grade of lieutenant general of
the United States army ought to hare
been abolished before, and at latest
when the army reorganization law was
passed. Under that law the chief of
Btaff, who mar be only a brigadier gen
eral, la the real commander-in-chief
of the army. -t
The practical effect of the lieutenant
general's grade has thus latterly been
merely to add from 13.500 to $3,000
to the annual retiring pay of those
who reached It by seniority, and the
spectacle of half a doten officers not
specially distinguished passing through
it In rapid succession detracted In no
small degree from the honor which
had previously been associated with it.
The rare bestowal of the rank dur
ing the first century of national his
tory upon such great military charac
ters as Washington, Grant, Sherman
and Sheridan did not comport with the
routine results which have been so
common the last decade, although the
people would bare been content with
them If confined to distinguished com
manders of the civil war.
It Is hardly necessary, therefore, to
disclaim with such emphasis Invidious
intention In abolishing the rank to
ward the eilBtlng line or any particu
lar officers. If In the course of duty
they shall match or approximate the
services for which the lieutenant gen
eralship was originally In large meas
ure a reward, as well as an oppor
tunity, the country will not fall In the
future any more than it has In the past
to bestow commensurate honor.
COAL MIXERS AND LABOR CONDITIONS.
The annual convention of the United
Mine Workers of America meets under
circumstances in marked contrast with
those of a year ago, when the miners
in many of the most extensive districts
in both the hard and soft coal regions
were either on strike or making de
mands which, If unsettled, Involved a
general strike. The coal labor situa
tion was, indeed, the one cloud then
on the ' horizon of general Industry,
otherwise never so prosperous and
promising, but after protracted contro
versy - it was composed by the early
spring. How. effectual the settlement
was is certified by the fact not only
that coal production went steadily for
ward adequate for the unparalleled
fuel requirements of last year, but also
that at the opening of a new and ap
parently even more expansive Indus
trial year .no serious differences be
tween miners and employers exist.
In the labor field, too, the situation
In the coal mines Is regarded as signifi
cant of general conditions, unrest and
dissatisfaction In the mass of the min
ers being almost invariably followed
by, labor troub!es.,4n -other great in
dustries. Following the immense divi
dend declarations by the great corpora
tions last year there were material
wage increases by the chief railroad.
Iron k and steel and other industrial
ofnpanles. which with reasonable
satisfaction among the coal workers,
has helped to a distinctly auspicious
labor status, in spite of the increase in
cost of living. -j
But hardly less Important than the
generally reasonable ruling wages is
the regularity of employment produced
by the remarkable universal activity
of industry and tride, affording oppor
tunlty to every willing man to be at
work all the time. While the effect of
this situation may be more Immediately
felt by mine workers. It permeates
every . ramification of industry and
TKDERAL FtHiAL LAW REVISION
The revision of the penal laws of
the United States, though not much
of the work has come to public knowl
edge, has been In progress for several
years, and. the first Installment. in the
form of a bill covering the preliminary
features is now before congress. The
undertaking is nothing less than to
reduce to consistency and clarity the
national criminal provisions new scat
tered through 9,000 sections of the
statutes, many of them antiquated, in
definite or conflicting, or so involved
by amendment repeal and re-enact
ment that the true effect of the law is
often dubious and its enforcement a
matter of extreme difficulty.
Revision and codification, however,
la obviously as delicate a task as It Is
a 'necessary one, for the commission
has found In compiling the various
statutes that many changes by way
of addition or subtraction are indis
pensable. It is imperative for congress
to scrutinize every line microscopically,
because very slight changes, the effect
of which might not be apparent, would
In many cases have consequences of
the most far-reaching Importance.
Particularly is this true In regard to
that extensive class of penal provisions
relating to corporations which has
come latterly into such prominence
It Is a wise plan, accordingly, which
provides for consideration of the re
vision by congress in successive dl
visions and not in .mass.
One of the greatest opportunities
for reform will thus be opened when
the subject of criminal procedure Is
reached. The practice in the federal
courts la far more archaic than In moBt
of the state courts, the forms and
methods of the common law having
been perpetuated in many respects
long after the reason for them has
ceased to exist, and often even after
reason for contrary forms and methods
has arisen. Secretary Taft In his ad
dress 'at Omaha last fall referred to
some of these anomalies In the fed
eral practice, like the lack of right
for the government to appeal, which
have so seriously blocked the way of
Justice, and the necessity of thoroughly
recasting the system has been lately
increasingly Insisted upon by com pen
teat thinkers and Jurist; generally.
Aa extraordinary sesaloa of coa-
gress Is a costly and unwelcome alter
native, but Its expense would be well
bestowed to hasten the genuine mod
ernization of the criminal laws and
practice, if there Is no other satisfac
A VINDICATION IN F0PRKS.
The payment Into the city treasury
by the Omaha Gas company of $11,
076.17 as the royalty due for the year
1908 under the terms of its franchise
is another reminder in vindication of
the fight put up by The Bee with the
backing of a few public-spirited citi
zens against the fifty-year gas fran
chise grab In 1893.
For the benefit of newcomers among
us and of those who may have forgot
ten the Incident, It is not out of order
to recall the attempt then made to rail
road a fifty-year gas franchise ordi
nance through the council and over the
veto of Mayor Bemis without any ade
quate returns to the people. The
Bee promptly sounded the alarm
against this outrage and organized
public sentiment until the scheme was
As a result the period of the fran
chise was cut In two, making it twenty
five years Instead of fifty years. The
price of gas to private consumers was
regulated by a self-reducing sliding
scale and a royalty was required of
6 cents on every thousand cubic feet
of gas sold.
When it was suggested that the roy
alty would eventually bring in nearly
half a million dollars the idea was
scouted as preposterous. The first
year's royalty was almost $6,000 and
the year just finished, which Is the
half-way year of the twenty-five,
proves to be as stated, in excess of
21,000. On the most conservative
assumption that the half-way year will
represent the average for the whole
twenty-five, the aggregate royalties
paid are bound to exceed $500,000 be
fore the franchise expires.
Had Omaha been as wise in. fixing
the terms of Its other franchise grants
the municipal treasury would be even
now receiving the benefit of a hand
some annual revenue from this source
entirely separate and distinct from the
taxes paid by them.
A man attempting the role of AJax
defying the lightning in this modern
day when there are no miracles would
be called foolhardy. No other term
will more aptly describe the action ot
the Omaha liquor dealers who insist
on raising the lid at -this particular
time when the lightning is playing all
The Bee will not be accused of fa
naticism on the liquor question. It
has always been In accord with the
sentiment of the majority of the peo
ple in this city and state who believe
In reasonable enforcement ot such
sumptuary laws Jjy whjch, .regulation
can 1 be Gad' without producing "worse
evils f than those sought to be cured.
At the same time it must be recognised
that the sentiment of a good minority
favors the enforcement of the letter
of the law up to the hilt and .that any
unnecessary baiting of this minority
only lnvitea reprisals.
It must be remembered, too, that
half a dozen bills are pending in the
legislature now sitting at Lincoln de
signed to make the liquor laws of Ne
braska still more onerous U the liquor
dealers and to take the state several
steps further in the direction of prohi
bition: The liquor dealers cannot
help their case before the legislature
by assuming their present attitude,
especially when the temper of the leg
islature is at best none too friendly to
Omaha and Its business Interests.
The wise man who has made a. mis
take corrects It at the first oppor
The overcrowded condition of the
county Jail Is responsible for a scheme
to put up a temporary addition to the
building. Such an addition would be
an eyesore, with no telling when we
would get rid of It. There ought to
be enough room In the front part of
the present Jail building now occupied
by the Jailer's family to provide the
necessary relief, especially as Douglas
county Is under uo obligation to keep
the Jailer's family under roof at the
The Nebraska delegation in con
gress is devoting more time to the Ju
dicial division bill Intended merely to
create a few fat Jobs for favored place
hunter, than to all the other leg!.,.-
tlon of special importance to Nebraska
awaiting congressional action. There
are a lot of things' in which the people
of Nebraska are much more interested
than in doubling up the judges, court
clerks, marshals and district attor
neys. Persons Interested In fair trade In
necessaries of life will find little pleas
ure In the report that Attorney Je
rome Is beginning to investigate the
alleged "theatrical trust." As a rule
people will bear without complaint ex
actions upon luxuries, and such inves
tigations necessarily interrupt work
which will do the greatest good to the
When Iowa has paid $500 apiece for
the men Implicated in the Charles
City lynching and Floyd county has
paid twice as much for trying them,
the taxpayers may decldo that after
all legal methods for dealing with
criminals are not only less startling,
bnt more economical.
Our old friend, M. F. Harrington In
dignantly resents the Imputation con
tained in the report that he was pres
ent at the late Jacksonlan club feast.
Realising that, he would be out of har
mony la such aa aggregation of demo
cratic plutocrats, he declined a press-
Ing Invitation without even sending a
polite letter of regrets. Mr. Harring
ton Is entitled to publicity for his ex
planation that will keep ' his skirts
clear. - -
The fnslontsts In the house are said
to be satisfied with the consideration
accorded them by Speaker Nettleton,
but nettled at the treatment given
them by some of the republican floor
leaders. So long as they are not net
tled by Nettleton . they should be
Persons Interested In extending the
foreign commerce of the United States
may discover that the real question to
be decided Is whether they are willing
to fight with foreigners for the Amer
ican market In order to fight with the
same foreigners for those of the world.
The appointment of an attorney
general In Pennsylvania, who is
"skilled in law, but a novice in poli
tics." is hailed with delight by the
public, which Is no doubt surprised at
the discovery of such . a man In the
The rumor that the Pennsylvania
road is acquiring the Santa Fe in an
effort to get a "coast-to-coast" line
Indicates that Mr.' Harrlman and Mr.
Hill are not the only aspiring railway
managers but their plans are now
Another Time tor Prayer.
Chicago News. .
Members of that Iowa lynching mob who
prayed -for forgiveness for their victim
ought to have been -seeking forgiveness
for their own prospective crime:
Shuffle the Carda.
But what will the action of the Nebraska
senate in barring all persons from the
floor, exoept those, provided with cards
from members, avail 7, Cards are cheap.
What, Sampling Toart
New York , World.
Now the government Is going to Investi
gate the distillers. If average drinkers are
compelled to drink, straight whisky tho
strangeness of the taste may drive some
of them to reform. -
Plenanre Beyond Reach.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
If It were possible to give the anarchist
a hypnqtlo .suggestion to retire to some
quiet, lonely place he -the spirit moves
him to drop a bomb under himself, he
might become a most useful member of
Another Means of Retreat.
The big men who are wanted as wit
nesses by the Interstate ' Commerce com
mission and who are' to be served with a
writ of na exeat to keeji them from skip
ping away to Europe might try the lira
escape. '' .'"'
Catting" Passenger Fares.
' ' Springfield Republican.
' The, governor of Michigan recommends
the enforcement of a' maximum 8cent pas
senger rata In that states So does the gov
ernor of Missouri' and the governor of In
diana for those-' states." vThe governor of
North Carolina urges a'SVi-cent rata for
that, state, and igovorsters who . are , not
urging lower . railroad , rates ; are --urging
higher., railroad taxation or closer restric
tion in . other way, .it will not ba long.
at this rate, ere, the -private owners of
railroads will be begging that the govern
ment buy then out. -
i i it.
. Competition and Mergers.
Chicago 1 Chronicle. -J.
C. Stubbs, traffic director of the Harrl
man lines, puzzled tha Interstate Commerce
commissioners by Insisting that competition
Is not throttled by railway mergers until,
with a smile, he let i out the secret that
there waa not much competition before the
mergers were effected. But that did not
make it entirely clear why mergers wer
desired. If there is practically no .compe
tition anyway it may - be auspected that
mergers promote the Interests of those who
engineer them rather" than of the railroad
companies concerned.' '
Organisation Necessary to Seenre
8t. Louis Globe-Democrat.
It is plain that the tldd-water country,
including the gulf caaat aa wall as the
Atlantic, retains Its confidence in ita ability
to get the vote of Mississippi valley con
gressmen for all, that the tide-water see
Uons and lake region want, In exchange
for a few hundred of" thousands of dollars
In cash, half a dosen enagboats, a few
derricks and a string of lights strung along
our river banks. The attitude of Chairman
Burton of the rivers and harbors committee
would be evidence enough of thte were
other evidence lacking. The chairman, who
Is from the lake region, has a vast scheme
of hla own for lake improvement, and it
Is plain that ho has made, or Is expecting
to make, his trading; af rangements with the
tidewater lar.de. and to get the votea from
the valley of the great rivers on the old
plan of swapping thousands of millions and
trading pennies for dollars. Thla genera
tion In the great valley ha been, In the
rivers and harbors committee, like an un
tutored savage In an Indian trading post.
giving away untold wealth in exohango for
i we snail uivp wu - -
nur war nalnt. but it is very easy to
that the rest of the country is not expect
Ing us to do It now.
What we mar doi when we put oer
blankets off and our war paint .on,-and
cease giving something for nothing,, would
ba worth their thinking about down east
if only they could be brought to thinking
of dolpg it A compaot body of votes, or
ranized on the line of forcing appropria.
lions for a ship channel from the lakes to
the gulf, and tor systeniatio. Improvements
of lateral streams, could, by trading Its
votes with Interests seeking pthor legitimate
legislation, defeat the river and harbor bill
at this short session. And if the great
rivers of the great 'alley are to continue
getting nothing out of the river and harbor
appropriations, why should the representa
tives of the valley region continue voting
for the river and harbor appropriation? If
wa are to have nothing, let us be generous
enough to divide It with the rest of the
country. There would, of course, be protest
from those who have designs upon landa
lying between shores and Islands; from con
tracting and navigating companie which
like the status quo: from light-keepers
along the shores, from sand suckers and
nag rooters. These would cry out, aa with
one voice, that to dtteat Us river and har
bor appropriation aft thla session would be
treason, stratagem and spoils. We waive
the argument to say that freight blockade,
prohibitive railroad tolls, coal famines,
mergers and other Ilka afflictions and ca
lamities, ar arousing a public opinion
which will soon fores organised and con
centrated action among all of the repre
sentatives of a people long robbed of their
birthright aa cltisena of a fertile and a fruit
ful land tying between two of the greatest
watersheds In the world.
: ' TvlB MCGISLATTRtC.
Springfield Monitor: From the way both
houses of the legislature are going after
the lobbyists great reforms may be looked
for, unless all this furore is but a grand
Madison Chornlcle! Tho lobbyist will
have a hard row to hoe In Nebraska this
winter unless the present sentiment among
legislators undergoes a change before the
close of the session.
North Platte Tribune: The republican
legislators down at Lincoln start out as
though they intended to keep the plat
form pledge of the party. That's what
the people expect them to do, and nothing
less will satisfy the people.
Central City Republican: The "conser
vative" and the "safe and sane" legislators
have been making their presence noticeable
In the halls of the legislature, but they will
have a hard Job heading off the reforms
promised by Sheldon and his loyal sup
porters in both houses.
Valley Enterprise: The state legislature
seema to be heading for deep water and
are taking no chances by appointing com
mittees that are favorable to railroads. We
certainly should get some railroad reg
ulation during this session. Keep your
eyes on the sign boards.
Friend Telegraph: The men who have
been sent to the legislature this winter
are not seeking for railroad passes, and
the railroad lobby might as well go horn
and get ready for a 3-cent fare rate and
lower freight rates. They are bound to
come and the corporations might as well
get ready for them. '
Clay Center San: There will be a thou
sand and ona things that It will seem good
for the Nebraska legislature to enaet Into
law. Better cut everything else out until
the promises to the people are redeemed.
The opposition and the railroads will be
right glad to see the time taken up with
these outside measures to the end that the
republican party muy fail to enact all the
Schuyler Free Lance: The Nebraska leg
islature starts out well, anyway. If they
keep up the way they start and carry out
their platform pledges the state will surely
be solidly republican for some years. The
state never was otherwise, except as a
protest against the bad official work of that
party when In power. The state never was
democratic; it waa simply anti-republican.
Then the antls put up Just about as bad a
record and the state swung back.
Wood River Sunbeam: The members of
the house of the Nebraska state legislature
who voted In favor of keeping the railroad
lobbyist in the house, caught It from some
of their constituents when they' spent Sun
day at home. One of the representatives
said he was fooled by the old trick that
there was another bill coming, and so
voted against the resolution. This is the
way he explained It to one of his con
stituents, but it looked like a thin excuse
to the voter.
Columbus Journal:' The legislature of
Nebraska was promptly organised by elect
ing a republican speaker of the house and
a republican president of the senate. It
Is to be hoped the legislature will promptly
elect Norrls Brown United States senator,
enact ' promptly all necessary legislation
and adjourn. It is not necessary for every
legislature, to tinker with all our laws and
introduce bills for the sake of putting in
time. In law making. Just as In business,
let well enough alone. , .
Nebraaka City Tribune: Experts on "leg
islative situations", predict that the big
contest in tfia present session will arise
over the municipal , taxation of railway
terminals. It, la a knotty question in some
of it phases and It may be confidently
predicted that to secure the support of
country memberi the showing will, have to
be conclusively made that . the new law
will not reduce the proportion of taxes
now received from the railroads by the
outlying districts throughout the state
which will receive little or no benefit from
the terminal law if enacted.
Rushvllle Recorder: We believe the leg
Islature should leave no stone unturned
until It has compelled the railroads to
pay their taxes Just like the common peo
ple. Corporations have no souls, but the
individuals who make them up have, and
we are in favor of sending every mother's
son of -them to prison when they fall to
dlvy up their share of the- public burden.
The ancient Romans used to punish aa a
capital crime those who sought to pre
varicate or elude their taxes. Sheldon was
right when he said the railroads were not
patriotic when they refused to pay their
Oakland Independent: It looks as though
Representative Byram was starting out
wrong in hia legislative career. He re
corded his vote for McMullen, the corpora
tion candidate for speaker; he voted against
shutting out the lobbyist. We could forget
that in the state convention last fall he
voted for Millard in preference for United
States senator, because he signed the agree
ment to abide by the choice of the conven
tion. The people are watching the legisla
ture this time and the interests of the re
publican party at tha next' presidential
election are tied up with ita record this
year. We are waiting for an explanation.
Columbus Telegram: Tha legislature
starts out well. The members evidently
mean business. They know the specific
purposes for which they were elected. They
recognise In Governor Sheldon an able and
worthy leader. They know he enjoys the
confidence of the people and they are In
clined to follow his counsel. They know
that tha railroad lobby has' won many a
batte by scattering the forces of the re
former through securing the Introduction
of Innumerable reform bills. Henca they
are Inclined to consult together and agree
in. advance on some strong measure which
they can pass. Indeed It would look at
this time as if the only real danger to be
feared In tha matter of reform railroad
legislation Is the rock of unconstitutionality.
The Railroad commission will be clothed
with ample power. But the question is,
Will wo have any commission at all when
the supreme court gets through with It?
And If tha commission Is annulled, is there
not some means of passing a bill to take
effect at once reducing freight rates?
Arcadia Champion: We see that Thomas
Darnell, the legislative lobbyist of tha
anti-saloon league, is already on the legis
lative scenes In the interests of tha county
option law. If those who believe in tem
perance would drop such fanaticisms as
this proposed measure they might hope to
gain more practical results. It Is such
measures as this which make thinking
people doubt the sincerity of tha leaders
and to a certain extent nullifies their ef
forts in other lines. Thla proposed law is
; not only unfair, but we believe a wider de
parture from the Intent of the constitution
of the United States than Is the dlsenfran
chlsement of the negro of the south. The
intent of tha laws of our country, tha cor.
! nerstone on which the structure ot our na
tionality rests, Is the theory that each man
has a vote and that each man's vote shall
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; proposed to count each dry vote twice and
iv ww. ,w.b tu. uin-o. t IU roauic IS
reached In a round-about way, but it la
tha real result. If Valley county went dry
there could be no saloon In Valley county.
If Valley county went wet there could be
no saloon In Valley county except by the
present method of procuring It. That Is in
effect a counting of dry votes twice, inso
much aa a county going wet means noth
ing. If this law la passed and become a
law, ita operation will prove a burden to
Its promoters and throw their entire efforts
Into ill repute.
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because a well-nourished body
has greater productive capacity.
Thus you will also be able to
because for value received there
is no food so economical as
Unooda Biscuit -
0 In a
NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY
8TIBB9 OS COMPETITION.
Picture of Railroad Rivalry Calcu
lated to Draw Tears.
New Tork Evening Post.
If the Harrlman railroad inquiry does
nothing el-e it will add to the dictionary
some interesting definitions of monopoly,
communlty-of-lnterest and similar terms.
Taking the hearing In Chicago, Mr. Stubbs,
traffic director of the Union and Southern
Pacific lines, maintained that the great
railway combinations had been beneficial
to all concerned; that a mononoply. In
deed, was a long step toward the millen
nium. But when Commissioner Lane asked
him whether a combination of all the rail
road systems In the country would not in
crease the benefits now derived from the
Joint ownership of tho Northern Paclflo
and Great Northern, that Instantly be
came "too large a question" for Mr. Stubbs
to talk about offhand. Still more interest
ing was the witnesses' assertion that own
ership of parallel lines does not mean the
destruction Of competition. Mr. Hill, snid
Mr. Stubbs, "cannot. If he would, destroy
competition between the Great Northern
and the Northern Pacific. He must em
ploy vice presidents and general managers.
These men have their reputations to up
hold or to construct. They will work for
their own line against the other line and
competition would be Inevitable." This pic
ture of some of Hill's employes trying t'
put other Hill employes serous the street
out of business would bring tears to a
A plumbers' combine ha been Indicted In
Ohio. Now we are getting after the real
' Philadelphia surgeons are experimenting
with artificial backbones. Bomb throwing
has taken the starch out of the natural
' Reports give assurance that in a few
d4ys Mr. Ifarrlman will be able to sit-up
and take a few railroad systems for nour
ishment. A New York man who demonstrated that
he could live on 35 cents a day died of
fatigue and left a fortune of J210.000. To
the heir his memory ia a treasure only
equalled by the divvy.
A woman principal of a 'public school in
Pennsylvania has Introduced the custom of
allowing her pupils ten minutes' sleep dur
ing school hours. She declares that It
enabld them to make better progress In
The highly praised versatility of our cap
tains of Industry' Isn't much after all.
Their talents are Insignificant beelde the
Nebraskan whose intellectual breadth em
braces the professions of minister, doctor,
undertaker and tombstone dealer. As the
darkey remarked, "He catches 'em a-comln'
William Alden Smith, who will succeed
Russell A. Alger as United States senator
from Michigan, has set J seven terms In
oongress and Is a lawyer. He received a
common school education, was appointed a
page In the Michigan house of representa
tives In 1871, studied law and was admitted
to tha bar in 1883. He received the degree
of master of arts from Dartmouth in 1901.
The chief hostess of the British embassy
at Washington will command admiration
by her vlvaolty, charm and high intelli
gence. Mrs. Bryce dislikes publllcty and
has not coveted distinction as one of the
"smartest" entertainers whose doings are
chronicled by the paragraphers of the so
ciety papers, but she has the old-fashioned
habit of making her guests feel at home
and the faculty of drawing them out by
means ot her tact and consideration.
E are making extensive alterations
in our store to beautify and make
it more pleasant for the public,
and are taking advantage of this
occasion to offer all our broken
lines of men's boys and children's
suits and overcoats at big reductions ranging
from S to 50 discount. These suits
and overcoats are all this season's goods and
are perfect in fit workmanship and style. '
We are also making big reductions in our
furnishing and hat departments. : '
All this week we will sell all our men's
hats and caps (except Stetson's) at 15
SEE OUR WINDOWS '
Browning, Ming & Co
R. S. WILCOX, Manager.
moisture proof packagi.
"Dar's a heap o' colleges started," said
Uncle Eben, "but I'd fel safer If mo' of
'em was glvln' special lesaons In how to
run a railroad wlfout hurtin' nobody,
"Down with the police and their clubs,"
shouted the anarchist.
The Idea was partially carried out. The
clubs went down. That there waa an an
archist under each as It fell a mere
detail. Philadelphia Ledger.
"Aro you related to the bride or groom
elect?" Inquired the busy usher.
"Then what Interest have you in the cere
mony?" "I'm the defeated candidate." Louisville
"Yes, my son."
"Why do people travel In cog.?"
"To show that they have 'wheels,' I .sup
pose, my boy." Youker Statesman. .
Grace Why did she break the engage
Myrtle He told her that she waa the only
girl he had ever kissed.
Grace What of It?
Myrtle Why, she naturally reasoned that
he was cither untruthful or absurdly fool
ish, and he was hardly worth having In
either case. Purk.
"My friend," snld the man who had been
making a long and tiresome speech, "there
Is little more that 1 can say on thla sub
ject." "Why 'more?' " asked an Impertinent ono
who had Just finished yawning. Chicago
Confidential Adviser Senator, how much
did your campaign cost you?
Senator Ixtsmun it was pretty expensive
this time, Ringgold. It cost me one day's
Income and two or three nights' sleep Chl
i'a a n Trll.xnA
"Alexander flirts so much that sometimes
I believe he doesn't want people to know
we aro engaged."
"That's because he's a smart Aleck, dear
est." "Oh! By the way, has Guy proposed to
you yet?" ...
"Not yet, but" - .
"Ah, that's because he's a wise Guy,
darling." Baltimore American.
S. E. Klaer in the Reoord-Herald.' - -His
name Is in the headlines on the front
page every day;
The magazines are busy telling how he
won his way;
They show us pictures of him as a babe
and as a boy; ,
They are laying bare the methods It has
pleased him to employ;
For the moment he Is casting all the others
In the shade.
And the world Is busy grasping at the
progress lie has made.
The commissioners aro beginning to in
vestigate his case;
They have shown us how his projects wind
and cross and Interlace:
He Is greater than Was Caesar at the
height of his career;
lie eclipses Alexander, so, at least, it
As a child may play at puppets, so with
other men he plays,
And each day , extends his powers in a
thousand subtle ways.
He Juggles millions lightly and he bosses
As if they were but trifles where they
touch In his affairs;
The Vanderbllts and Mongans linger In his
And the Uoulds In mild submission yield
where he is pleased to rule;
When be orders Hills and Rlpleys meekly
hasten, to obey; ,
Looming like a new Colossus, he la domi
Yes, his name Is In the headline and the
magasines are filled
With the stories of his progress) he la
praised and he la grilled;
For the moment he la casting all hla rival
In the shade
And the world Is busy gasping at the part
he has played;
But tomorrow some new wonder will be
mighty for an hour,
Leaving Harrlman to ponder on the brev
ity of power.
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