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HIE OMAHA DAILY BEEi TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 1907.
Tiie Omaha Daily Dee
FOUNDED BT EDWARD HOSE WATER.
VICTOR ROSEWATBR. EDITOR.
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THE BEB PUBLISHING COMPANY.
STATEMENT OF CIRCULATION.
State of Nebraska. Douglas County. :
Charlc C. Rosewater. general manager
of The Bet, Publishing company, be I -ig "u,7
worn, says that the actual number or iuii
and complete coplea of The Dally. Morning,
Evening and Sunday Pe printed during tn
month of December, 1H06. waa a follow.
1 31,870 IT 88,870
1 30,950 '.II 8lTe
1 31.610 II 'Te0
11 . 31.680
Lea unsold and returned coplea.. 8,841
Net total.... 873,149
Dally averag 31,391
CHARLES C ROSE WATER,
Subscribed In my presence and sworn to
before m this Sat day of December, 1906,
(Seal.) M. B. HUNQATE,
WHK!I Ol'T OF TOWM.
Ssbscrlbcr Irarlnar the city leas,
porarlly should have lb Be
mailed to tbeaa. Address will be
changed as often' aa requested.
If It la true that Governor Swetten
lam has resigned, the rest ot the
country will be.
' The vote In Germany strengthens
the conviction that the civilized world
la not yet ready for the red flag. .
Dorothy Russell, daughter of Lillian
Russell, is exhibiting hereditary traits.
Bhe has secured her first divorce.
Morocco authorities are making
every effort to trap Bandit Raisuli.
They might try baiting the. trap with
a missionary. It worked once with
Christian scientists may cure j
faith, but they are taking no chances
on curing the legislature of its an
tagonistic hallucinations by the faith
Chicago ia said to "be harboring
20,000 tramps this winter. Chicago
ought to explain whether it la prepar
ing for a municipal census or a city
Unexpected results were shown by
the elections in many districts In Ger
many. It la evident that Germany
has no General Grosvenor to forecast
Theodore Shonts is still chairman of
the Panama Canal commission, but it
will be noticed that another Theodore
1b issuing the orders and awarding the
It Is asserted that 1,473 more Phil
ippine islands have emerged from the
ocean. If so, that will reduce the per
Island proportion of that $20,000,000
Minnesota would not oppose Uncle
Jim Hill's proposition to build 5,000
miles of new railroads if he would
agree to locate the terminals of some
Of them at producing coal mines.
Nothing contained In the report and
recommendations of the postal com
mission will prevent congressmen
from continuing to frank their laun
dry and household effects through the
mails. ' ' -
The fistic'' contests with which
Omaha has been celebrating the ad
vent of a cowboy mayor are now to be
followed by wrestling tournaments.
Isn't It pretty near time for another
buii fight : ' -
It Is doubtful if James McCrea, the
new president of . the Pennsylvania
railroad, will achieve any great suc
cess. ' None of his biographers clalma
that be started in the business as a
- The' local democratic organ la al
most hUarloua; over , what . It thinks
foreshadows; a break between Gov
ernor Sheldon and the officers of the
republican state organization. Drown
ing men grasp at straws.
The Omaha grain market haa man
aged to get apace In the congressional
record, Admission to that staid old
Journal' should entitle It to recogni
tion by" all the other newspapers when
ever the occasion demands.
John Sharp Williams denies that he
is opposed to Colonel Bryan, but says
he waott h I a) laminated on a" plat
form' that .wljl insure hU election.. It
e difficult' to Tbow 'VilllaniYca'.i'
figure out that ho la supporting Br an.
The Joint postal commission, au
thorized by congress to Investigate
and report ita conclusions on the oper
ation of the existing law relative to
second-class mail matter and what
changes. If aay, should be made, has
submitted its report with a number of
recommendations that 11 adopted by the
congress, will cause at least a radical
revision of methods by many of the
publications and periodicals that now
enjoy the second-class mail privileges.
The abuse of this privilege has long
been little short 'of a Bcandal In the
Postofflce department, but the pres
sure brought to bear by publishers of
the offending class has thus far pre
vented remedial action. The purpose
of the commission was to probe these
abuses and offer suggestions for leg
islation to correct them.
Some of the recommendations ot
the commission promise relief In this
respect, while others appear to be
rather far-fetched, or at least based
upon an Imperfect understanding ot
the methods employed In the modern
dally newspaper, that furnishes the
bulk of second-class mall. The com
mission's recommendation that no
newspaper shall print any section or
part of its Issue on flaper of a different
weight than that used In the main
sheet would affect' nearly every daily
paper of the nation. Nearly, all news
papers, particularly those with Sun
day Issues', use a finer quality of paper
for their magazine and half-tone sec
tions than ia used for the news sheets.
This is In response to a mechanical de
mand, and the attempt to change It
would be as unsatisfactory to the
newspaper aa to Ita readers. The
recommendation that all inserts of
postal cards, cut out pictures and
features not Identifiable as a compo
nent and necessary part of the paper
be prohibited will meet the general
approval of publishers who do not
need nor desire to resort to such .clap
trap methods to secure circulation.
The magazines are clearly aimed at
in the recommendation of the commis
sion that no newspaper or other peri
odical shall carry advertisements that
occupy more than 50 per cent of the
superficial area of any Issue of. such
publication. The enactment of the
recommendation into law would bar
most of the magazines of the day, that
carry two or three times as many
pages of advertising as of reading
matter, from participation In second
class mall privileges. It would also
reject frcm such privileges many
weekly and monthly publications that
now use the guise of a news publica
tion to circulate advertising matter ot
a certain class. In the main, the com
mission has apparently aimed to re
store the second-class mall privilege
to Its original purpose," that of fur
nishing a means for disseminating In
formation at the lowest possible cost.
In order that the people' of the conn
try,' through the newspapers and other
publications, might be the best ln-
formed In the world. Apparently the
commission has no desire to restrict
the operation of the law except In pre
venting abuses that have grown up un
der lax enforcement of it. The com
mission has made a wise provision,
also, In recommending the creation of
a postal appeals commission . In the
Postofflce department, one of whom
must be an experienced publisher and
one a lawyer, with final authority to
pass upon disputes between the pub
lisher and the Postofflce. department.
Recommendations are also made for
a radical revision of the syBtem of
weighing the malls and fixing the
compensation of railways for carrying
them. These contracts have been a
source of trouble for years and re
sponsible. In the opinion of many ex
perts on the subject, for the heavy de
ficits in the postal aervlce. The recom
mendations of the commission are, for
the most part, in accord with the best
opinion of publishers and those enti
tled to the benefit of the second-class
mall privileges. Thejr enactment,
with certain modifications. Into law
would, It Is believed, result In a large
Increase In the postal revenues by the
rejection of publications that should,
by their very nature-, be required to
pay a higher rate of postage.
ALQlll AltD il'KIXLEY.
It is unfortunate that a Milwaukee
editor, the associate and Intimate
friend ot the late- -General Alger,
should publish a long-suppressed in
terview reflecting bitterly upon Presi
dent Mckinley's part In the. general's
resignation as secretary of war. The
reasons, which were ample, for sup
pression since- 190C of. such an obvi
ously colored and unfair, version, .are
tenfold stronger now that the author
is dead. General Alger In hU history
of the war with Spain gained some
commendation for at least an effort to
be fair toward McKJnley, and he cer
tainly excluded therefrom the depre
ciatory and personal .matter, which
now appears in the belated interview.!
It would have been incomparably
better for the general's memory to
have left the subject there, because
the attack on McKinley Is a challenge
to his friends to set forth emphatically
the truth, and the fall truth will, not
redound to the credit of his secretary
ot war. It is well oQwn that, what
the latter stigmatizes in. the post-humous
interview as "lack of backbone"
waa really McKlnley's excessive kind-,
ness. He showed: back none enough In
protecting Alger and bf resisting pub
lic clamor and tbj' l4altence of Closest
friends that he sfcoUld, be ousted from
the cabinet. McKinley woufd' have
been Justified to refuse, and most presi
dents would haw Refused to- smooth
so patiently to his own hurt the way
for t h secretar $'-. , reU rement , bef ore
inr ui in ui nuuiii. , maul.
' The general verdict la sow, as the
informed opinion waa then, that the
calling of Alger to the head of the
War department waa a mistake. He
waa not equal to the place. It there
had been no outbreak of war at a
time when the department had fallen
into notorious inefficiency and dis
organization, Alger might have gone
out as a mere perfunctory secretary.
In all the formidable difficulties that
developed from utter unpreparedness
for an International war a really great
executive chief like Ellhu Root would
have found only opportunity. The
emergency brought humiliation to Al
ger and harm to the national Interest,
though corruption or evil motive Is
not seriously laid to his charge.
General Alger had an enviable rec
ord aa a fighter In a small cavalry com
mand during the civil war; and he la
ter achieved notable success In busi
ness. The public would now at hla death
have been disposed to forget the fiasco
of his connection with the War de
partment with the same kindness with
which McKinley treated him. If this
untimely publicity sdoes not prevent
this it will be because McKlnley's
friends are as forbearing aa Alger's
have been indiscreet.
THE PUBLIC AbD THE "SALARY ORAB-"
While the public press generally ex
presses only one opinion of the evasive
and underhand methods by which
congress has brought about the In
crease of the salary of its members
from $6,000 to $7,500, and that opin
ion is strongly uncomplimentary,
there is no sign of such revulsion of
sentiment as followed the famous
"salary grab" a generation ago. Its
especially offensive feature waa the
"back pay," the law being retroactive
as to more than half the term already
expired of the congress which passed
it, as well as applying to the future.
Public clamor was so great that most
of those who voted negatively and
even some who voted affirmatively re
turned the back pay to the treasury.
A great number of the latter were de
feated either for renomlnation or re
election, and the act was hastily re
pealed nine months after Its passage.
In the present case the increase ia
at least free of this obnoxious pro
vision. Public feeling is perhaps also
somewhat affected by the higher scale
of salaries now in force in private oc
cupations, and undoubtedly the cost of
living and the expenses customary and
in a sense unavoidable for a congress
man at Washington and elsewhere
by reason of his office are greater now
than they were then. But when all
possible is said on this side ot the
question, there ia manifest a distinct
public disappointment and disgust
that congress should refuse in such a
matter- to take the country into its
confidence and trickily contrive to
cover the truth of the record. The lose
ot dignity and Impairment ot public
faith through, such .unworthy methods
are greater than the dollar gain to
to the authors, even though they hon
estly believed themselves entitled to It.
DIVKRTIXQ THE SCHOOL FUNDS.
The discussion at the last meeting
of the Board of Education ot the ap
proaching need of another wing to the
new high school, for which bonds
would have to be voted, serves to call
attention to the methods of the board
with respect to the erection of school
buildings, which are decidedly ques
tionable to say the least.
The board recently advertised for
proposals for the erection of a new
Vinton Bchool and rejected all bids be
cause the lowest approximated
$90,000 and exceeded all the esti
mates. The purpose plainly is to un
dertake to construct a new school
house costing at the lowest $75,000
to $80,000 without submitting a bond
proposition to the vote of the people.
No such expenditure of school funds
is contemplated by the law, which in
so many . words prohibits the use of
more than $25,000 out of current rev
enues for permanent Improvements in
any one calendar year. The School
board, however, haa repeatedly ex
ceeded this limit of $2 5,000 a year In
construction work and has also at
tempted to whip the devil around the
stump by spreading the expenditures
for constructing a building costing
more than $25,000 over two or more
The intention of those who framed
the law must have been simply to per
mit the school board, when It had
available funds, to Invest its surplus
not over $25,000 In a school Bite and
buildings, while buildings costing
more than $2 5,000 should be paid tor
by the proceeds of bonds on which the
people of the school district should
have an opportunity to vote "Yes" or
"No." The erection ot a $75,000 or
$80,000 building piecemeal, paying
$25,000 out of funds available in sep
arate years, works out in practice to
be the expenditure by one school
board of money cot yet tn hand or in
sight, and the obligation of the suc
ceeding board by' its predecessor to
carry out plans which it might not ap
prove. The Bee does not want to be under
stood as opposing the erection of the
new Vinton school or ot any school
building which may be required to
meet the growing demand for school
facilities. But it believes that these
buildings should be authorized and
paid for by the voting of school bonds
in the amount required and not by the
Illegal diversion of school funds that
should be devoted to other purposes.
Another hole in the Nebraska in
heritance tax law, which ought to be
plugged up, relates to the time when
the tax becomes due. Under the pro
visions of the law the tax ,1s delin
quent six months after the death ot
the deceased, while the time for filing
claims against his estate extends six
months after the probate of the will,
which is always at least a few days
longer. In.6lher words, the inherl-.
tance tax Is payable before It Is possi
ble to find out definitely how much
must be paid.. Either the time before
tax delinquency should be extended or
the time for filing claims against es
The Civic Federation in Its rejoinder
to the answer of the chief of police to
the charges filed against htm makes
some remarks with reference to the
lawless example Bet by the members
of the police board, themselves, which
border close upon lese majeste. If a
lpyer filed a document like that in a
case triable before Judge Sutton we
would expect contempt proceedings,
it not a disbarment commission. a
All three of the political parties In
Nebraska republicans, democrats
and populists alike made platform
pledges last year to abolish free
passes, to enact statewide primary
nominations and to give the people
relief from oppressive passenger and
freight rates. Under such conditions
there is no possible excuse for draw
ing party lines in the legislature on
any of these measures.
An Indiana man has secured a di
vorce, with the provision that he may
not marry anyone but his former wife
until thirty years from the date of the
decree. Rulings of that kind would
have a tendency to check the divorce
evil almost aa materially as a decree
preventing a divorced man from mar
rying anyone younger than his first
The Young". Woman's Christian as
sociation Is starting out to complete
its building fund for the new home it
is about to erect in this city. There
are hundreds of people in Omaha well
able to contribute to this worthy ob
ject who have not yet done bo and
who should respond voluntarily with
out further -urging! '
No mayor and council should have
the power to issue bonds and use the
proceeds for current expenses. The
issuing of bonds, except to renew ma
ture obligations, should not be author
ized unless by vote of the people, and
then only for permanent improve
ments not properly paid for out of
current revenues. ,;.
Iowa Bblons are up against the same
proposition . which ' besets our Ne
braska law-makers, namely, requisi
tions from state institutions far in ex
cess of all possible state revenues.
The only thing to do in such cases la
to use the pruning knife, and to use it
Sir William Crpokes promises . to
cheapen food by tmrrrse of nitrates ex
traeted-frorn the 3Jr. ' ' That- sounds
good, but the consumer will probably
have to spend his savings In getting
air from which the nitrates have not
Young Mr. Rockefeller has told his
Bible class that the country will be all
right If the young men will only look
out for the pennies,' He still has'con
fldence, apparently, that Father Rock
efeller will be able to look out for the
A Legal Necessity. ,
Some lawyers are opposed to the elimina
tion of technicalities aa a basis of appeal
in criminal cases. Of , course. What would
the legal profession amount to without Its
dearly beloved technicalities?
Material for Defensive Purposes. .
New York Tribune.
The United States, according- to the War
department's figures has 13,CO0,COO men
available for military service. But let us
hope that we shall always have better uses
for them than turning them Into soldier.
Vn warranted Indlarnatlon.
After all, the senate need not b so In
dignant at being called a minstrel show.
It can be said for the latter shows that
they are always popular, and that as a
rule they glv the people their money's
Meanwhile It Is still true that not In our
day have we had In th White House a man
who, single-handed and a,lone, could fight
I quite as gallantly and, with as unvarying
! success against great odds aa Theodore
Gotham's Tribute to Art.
New York Evening Post.
In time past we allowed our musicians,
philosophers and inventors to starve and
die unrecognized. Last night thousands of
dollars were raised for a public benefactor
who has fallen on evil ways. Hut he was
a prize fighter!
So Different, , t'o-a Kaow.
Evidently the German have a good deal
to learn about higher civilisation and po
litical freedom. They have Just had a gen
eral election with no policemen on duty at
the polls and not a shooting affray or a
stabbing case anywhere.
Hard Crack at the Croakers.
The current prosperity has deprived the
professional pessimists of many . of their
favorite themes for walling, but the fact
that congress has declined to give an ap
propriation to the new Industry of raising
frogs ought to supply some material for
Use it twice-a-daj and you will
have white teeth, hard gumr
clean mouth, pure breath, good
digestion and good health. Just
-k your dentist about it. '
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BITS OF -WAlllttTO LIFE
Mlanr treses and Incidents Sketched
osi the Spot.
Tresident Roosevelt's messages to con
gress. In number and variety, leaves all
former records away -on the back benches.
The total for this session to date, regular
and special, Is twenty-six. Bo far results
of presidential recommendations have not
been In proportion to the energy and In
dustry of the president. Individuals move
quickly, grent bodies hesitate and feel their
way. A correspondent of the Boston
Transcript says the house of representa
tives "gets along more with the president
than does the senate. It still has greater
respect for his recommendations, and
through Its committees will continue to
give them due consideration. Speaker Can.
non and the president do not always agree
as to whnt should be done, but the speaker
still shows a disposition to listen attenta
tlvely to every suggestion from the White
"Apparently the senate does not Intend
to pay the slightest attention to the numer
ous messages the president has sent to It
since this session began. It has listened to
their reading respectfully, has properly re
ferred them, and that ends It. It means to
rely on Its own Judgment from this time
on, senators say privately. Every observer
of the trend of events about congress must
realize that If the president were not so
strong with the people the senate would
undertake to 'teach him a lesson.' The
quiet talk about 'clipping his wings' has
been going on for years, but when an op
portunity comes to do the clipping senators
remember how strong the president Is with
their constituents and decide to put oft the
clipping business until another day. Long
ago there would have been a fight between
the senate and the president If the chief
executive had not had the support of the
"The president, of course, has been ac
quainted all the while with the attitude of
the senate toward him, and yet he has
gone right ahead as If he believed he had
the loyal co-operation of the body. He has
never shown any coldness toward those
republican senators who were plotting to
embarrass him. When they call at the
White House he tells them frankly what
he thinks should be done, and If they show
a disposition to argue with him he goes In
for argument. Unquestionably there are
members of the senate who hoped and ex
pected that constant nagging would cause
him to lose his temper, but he has disap
pointed them on this snore. While the
senate Is looking for a way to discredit
htm he continues to insist that certain
legislation shall be enacted. He will not
relax his fight for the passage of the bill
lowering the duties on Philippine products
entering the United States; he still Insists
that the senate shall pass the bill confer
ring citizenship on the Inhabitants of Porto
Rico; ha tells senators dally he cannot
understand why the body does not pass his
bill giving the government the right to ap- j
peal on questions of law In criminal cases,
and he Is Insistent that the government
shall continue to build battleships and big
ones at that. The Benate has abundant
cloak room courage, but It dodges a fight
in the open with the president."
Nicholas Longworth, an honorable law
maker from the state of Ohio, and Sher
man Boutell, an honorable law-giver from
the state of Illinois, were discussing the
origin of the expression, "He handed me
It was a very learned discussion. Bou.
tell insisted that it came from the song
about the fruit In the garden of love. In
which one of th men drew a lemon. Long
worth was more cautious. It was evident
that what he most desired was to draw
out the Illinois man-And get his Ideas with
out Imparting many of his own. At first
Boutell was enthusiastic In the discussion
and gave out ideas as fast as William Jen
nings Bryan ever produced words. Finally
he noted the fact that he was not getting
anything In return. That made him sus
picious, "Say, Nick," said the Illlnolsan, "have
you been commissioned by the White House
to find out where It originated, op Is It
merely your own curiosity T"
Longworth protested that he waa doing
it for himself alone and that, notwith
standing the black battalion episode, he
would talk to Foraker and George B. Cox
about the expression before he made an end
of his Inquiry.
Frogs are responsible for the abolition
of the biological survey of the Agricul
tural department, which spends annually
about J6RO.00O. When the appropriation for
It waa reached In the agricultural bill the
committee wanted to know exactly what
the biological survey was.
"It Is now engaged In establishing a new
Industry," one member of the committee
"What Is this new Industry that has been
going on at $50,000 a year?" Representative
Lamb of Virginia asked.
"It is studying the zones In which frogs
are most prolific, in what kind of water
they prefer to live, and how they can be
raised," Representative Brooks told him.
"It doesn't take any $60,000 8 year for
me to tell where frogs live and In what
kind of water," Mr. Lamb said. "What
does this government care whether frogs
should be kept Indoors in cold weather and
fed from a silo or left to run loos and
"But the frog Industry bids fair to be an
Important one," Representative Brook In
sisted. "Frogs' legs are a delicacy served
"Only Frenchmen eat frog legs," In
sisted South Trimble of Kentucky, "and
I'm opposed to raiding frogs for our French
population. If they must have frogs let
'em bring 'em with 'em. It's clas dis
'I've eaten frog legs and found them
mighty good," Chairman Wads worth said.
"Well, I wouldn't tell It," Scott Field of
"Frog legs are articles of commerce,"
Representative Hasklns of Vermont said.
"They ar taxed tn the Dingley bill as
dressed poultry at I cents a pound."
"If that's all the tax there Is on them
th frog industry should be (topped," Mr.
Lamb said. "W can raise all th frog
the people can eat la the Dismal swamp In
A majority of the committee agreed with
Mr. Lamb and the appropriation was not
It Is said with authority that Congress
man Wadsworth, who for twenty years ha
been a member of the house from the
Oeneseo district In New York, has defi
nitely mad up his mind to retire from all
active participation In politics with the
expiration of his present term next March.
Apparently this veteran legislator's defeat
by Peter Porter has crushed his ambition
longer to serve his district in Washington
and it Is said that h Is anxious to step
aside and make room for his promising
son. James W. Wadsworth, Jr., who Is now
speaker of the house at Albany and whos
wife Is a daughter of th lata John Hay.
Young Wadsworth Inherlta much of his
father' taste, and temperament.
Th Kspirt Slat. '
New York World.
One good reaaon why New York Is n-
tltled to be called the Bmplre Stat Is found
In th report of the commissioner of edu
cation just transmitted to the legislature. It
shows that ilS.tJU,0J0 was expended on ele
mentary schools, li.Uiu.Wju In teachers' sal
aries, lu.is i In school libraries. There ar
1.812,114 children in attendance at th pub
lic schools, and It costs on an avra IK.S0
a year to cducat Uieio. ,
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Nebraska rnmn commkst.
Schuyler Free Lance: If Mickey would
look over our exchanges and see the edl
torlal opinions expressed as to hltn he
would not think he was such a wonderful
governor after all.
Grand Island Independent: Ex-Governor
Mickey is quoted as saying that If the Ixird
will only forgive him, he will never run for
office again. . It Is fclated In but We hesi
tate to quote the. scriptures to Mr. Mickey,
Pierce Call: The first thing Judge Boyd
should do after donning his congressional
suit is to pry off the lid In Thurston county
and see what's rotten on the Winnebago
reservation. Those high minded reform
ers (?) down there at Pender certainly
wouldn't object to A little house-cleaning.
Kearney Hub: -At the recent meeting of
the Formers' Co-operative Grain and IJve
Stock association at Lincoln it was charged
that the Omaha grain market Is dlscrlml
nateil against in favor of other markets by
means of false gradlngs, and It is proposed
to investigate the matter with a view to
Improving the Nebraska home market.
Omaha is growing as a grain center and,
with an equal show In the matter com
plained of, would undoubtedly within a few
years become the leading grain market In
the west, with a vast Increase of elevator
facilities and the creation of an Important
Fremont Tribune: The Nebraska supreme
court has Just rendered a decision that
may prove valuable for those who are In
sisting on Mr. Roosevelt standing for
another term. The statutes of this state
provide that no county treasurer shall hold
his office more than two consecutive terms.
In Saline county Treasurer Bowlby was
first appointed to the office. He has been
twice elected since and his contestant for
the place In bringing suit maintained that
he was on his third term. The court held
that he Is serving on his second term and
that the term for which he was appointed
was not a legal term. There Is no law ex
cept the unwritten law with respect to pres
idents. In the light of the Nebraska decis
ion it can only be claimed that Mr. Roose
velt has had one term. This precedent may
come handy and should not be overlooked.
PERSONAL, AND OTHERWISE.
Newspaper paragraphers cheerfully turn
from Swettenham to the uplift of art In
Another uprising Is threatened In Cuba.
A distinguished general has been fined for
promoting a cock fight. . , - -
A member of the Missouri legislature
makes a strong bid for a hero medal by
persistently refraining from Introducing
One of the conundrums now perplexing
inquisitive minds is why Washington
weather Is not dried UP by the hot air so
abundantly on tap.
Governor Vardaman of Mississippi Inti
mates that a man of his size and vocal
capacity would cut a large swath on the
tall of the Bryan ticket In 1908.
New York undertakers, following the
example of the Ice men, propose to raise
the price of tholr goods to discourage con
sumption. Surely this should make life
worth living in, the metropolis.
Justice takes a spurt In Ohio occasion
ally and soaks a sinner enthusiastically.
A life sentence tor a man who stole a
side of bacon Is the latest proof of what
Buckeye courts can do to a crook without
As a means of reducing th mortality
record in Massachusetts a bill has been
Introduced In the state legislature requir
ing hotel and lodging house keepers to
equip their establishments with automatic
It is reported in knowing quarters that
the warmth of the gulf stream now lapping
the Atlantic coast has been increased sev
eral degrees by the exclamations tossed
overboard by Admiral Evans when he
heard from Swettenham.
States are ungrateful. Ther is Minne
sota, for Instance. Magnate Hill desired
to Irrigate bis stock with som of the
surplus waters of the state, but the state
objected, fearful lest the precious fluid
would be piped Into th dividend tank of
The senate of Massachusetts resolved to
exclude lobbyists from the floor of the
senate and also from the cloak room, read
ing room and corridor. There are many
places in Boston outside of the capitol
where business may be transacted without
batting the eye of the sacred codfish.
In the Name of Sense.
that good common sense
of which all of us have a
share how can you continue
to buy ordinary soda crackers
stale and dusty as they must
be when for 50 you can get
fresh from the oven, protected
from dirt by a package the
very beauty of which makes
NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY
0F CAISE OF CAR SHOHTAC1B.
Tricks of the Trade Is the orthr4
Hrouaht I nder the l.laht.
Testimony In the Harrlman merger hear
ing at Seattle discloses the Northwestern
equivalent for the eastern system of dis
tributing cars to those concerns which knew
where to distribute their stork to thn best
advantage. Charles K. Pstton, president of
a lumber company, was testifying tn cases'
ot discrimination that had come under his
notice. Asked by Commissioner Lane to
account for the discrimination, he replied
that he supposed somebody was "buying
cars." Further examination brought out
that the common salutation among lumber
men was "What Is the price of cars to
day?" the price running from tl to IS a
car paid to railroad employes. Mr. Pat to a
said that when he Issued orders that no
more cars should be bought by his com
pany they did not get the cars.
Thus the northwest, In Its direct, blunt
way, has reduced the eastern rlroumlocu
tlon to dollars and cents. Instead of In
teresting railroad men in seeing that car
were supplied to companies In which they
had received stock the northwest cuts out
all subterfuge and buys what It wants.
The principle Is, of course, exactly th
same, but the effete east Insists upon cov
ering the transaction with th veneer ot
stock transfers where th bluff west eomos
down to business at the Jump. In each
case the man or company who refuse to
be held up has to suffer, the stockholders
lose In order that their employes may profit,
and the public pays the freight through
the power of monopoly thus established.
WHITTLED TO A POINT.
"I would dearly love to be married
secretly," said the romantic girl.
"Hut you know the divorce couldn't be
kept secret," resronded the man, being of
common clay, and, albeit, having- cut his
eyeteeth. Philadelphia Ledger.
"Miss Bright refused to marry me last
' Too bad, old man!" '
"Oh, I don't care. I wouldn't want to
marry a girl with such a lack of good sens,
anyway.' Denver Poat-
"It Is deplorable to see the way Ameri
can millionaires are buying our works at
art," said one European dealer.
"Yes," answered the other, "and the worst
of It Is that we are occasionally so careless
ss to let one get away that Is genuine,"
"Be sure you're ahead
"Then Jump the gam." Louisville Courier-Journal.
Languid Launcelot (with a grievance
against society) You get a great deal
more out of life than I do.
Btrenuous Stephen I ought to. I put
a great deal mor Into It. Chicago Trib
une. Correspondont How much do you want
about the erection of a pillar in the new
Editor It ought to make a rood column
story. Baltimore American.
Rtlnlnv fnlnvlnr hnit "rwll
. - " J. 1 ......... 11VW,
what do you think of that cigar?"
...".... . . " n r .i a.nn
length): "Well r-in't you first send
ur who nui vi Tne room on soma pre
text or other? " Catholic Standard and
THE RAILROAD FIREMAN.
8. El Klser In th Record-Herald.
With tireless hands he' feeds th coal In the
thundering monster's maw.
And hour by hour he trust his soul to th
God whom he never saw.
And hour by hour his life depends on th
care of the other man
Who, scanning the track where It slopes or
bends, keeps vigil as best he can.
Swiftly the miles go flitting away as th
tireless monster speeds,
And bravely he labor" - s best he may, giv
ing the food It needs.
And if dangers rise wo..e his eyes are dim
as he looks In the llery glsre,
H must trust to the skill and the car of
him who watches beside him there.
He may not alt with his arms at rest and
watch for the danger sign,
He may only hope that they do their beat
who are guarding along th line;
Hour by hour hi work Is don and hour by
hour hla fat
Deends on the care and the call of on
who may glv him th word too lata.
The hiss of steam Is the sweetest song that
ever he hears or knows.
And In every throb as they rush along th
worth of hi tolling shows;
With tireless hands he feeds the coal In th
thundering munster'a maw.
And hour by hour he truts his soul to th
God whom ha never saw.
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