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changed as often as requested.
The announcement that soup ia go
ing out of fashion may lead some men
to let their mustaches grow again.
Are you on the subscription list of
the Young Woman's Christian asso
ciation building fund? If not, why
No signs are visible of any Omaha
letter carrier going on a strike out of
sympathy for their fellow carriers at
Omaha's Missouri river barge , line
should take advantage of the high
water created by these early spring
Those British suffragettes have at
least shown that they could not be
easily acared away by an election day
row at the polls.
One more week only for the Intro
duction of bills at Lincoln. It docs
not necessarily follow, however, that
the last will be least.
Ministers who are preaching on the
moral of the Thaw trial are luckier
than the rest of us if they have found
anything moral in it.
The manager of Monte Carlo says
roulette Is not a game of chance. So
far as the house is concerned, It is not
a chance, but a cinch.
Mayor Schmlt of San Francisco Is
being dined and feted by about every
one in Washington except Baron Aokl,
the Japanese ambassador.
William R. Hearst says he Is going
to demand recognition in the next
democratic national convention. We
thought they all knew him.
''Look out for lower prices In Wall
treet," sayg a New York financial pa
per. Lower prices at the grocery
store would suit more people.
Omaha la entertaining the Presby
terian Intersynodlcal Foreign Mission
ary convention. Notwithstanding all
that, a cordial welcome is extended.
"Hell la full of people who use to
bacco," says a Connecticut pastor.
Many men who wanted to borrow a
chew have been advised to go there.
Democratic senators have about de
cided to let each senator be Ma own
leader. The plan has been tried by
private soldiers In the Latin republics.
Havana Is to have a stock exchange,
modeled after the Wall street pattern.
Tbe Cuban mania for gambling cannot
be overcome by putting the ban on
Chicago wants to know why passen
ger trains leaving that city are run
m . j i m . 1
j lasier man muse neaueu lor uuago.
Perhaps because the railroads try to
suit tne wisnes or me passengers.
The right thing for the Omaha Com
mercial club to do would be to get to
gether and rescind the resolutions pre
pared at railroad headquarters and
surreptitiously ornamented with the
The democratic World-Herald la
frantic to have n law passed com
pelling the railroads in Nebraska to
haul passengers for "2 cents a mile
no more, no leis." Why should they
not be permitted to haul for less if
they want to, providing only they
treat all alike
K'Ml Ulrrrubt Ut vortd Unttf A
PAY OF LETTER CARRIERS.
The letter carriers at Butte, Mon
tana, who have resigned because thev
believe they can rot afford to work
for the 1825 a year allowed them by
the government are, unfortunately for
them, attempting to win their case by
overturning the whole system under
which the Postofflce department Is con
ducted because It does not take local
conditions into account. In notifying
the department at Washington that
the twenty-nine carriers In his office
hud tendered their resignations. Post
master Irvln of Butte declares "Butte
Is the highest-priced city in the"
United States as well as the strongest
labor union town. The scale here for
common labor Is $3 a day and the roat
of living Is so high that the salary now
paid the carriers will not afford them
more than a decent living."
The pay of letter carriers, under
the laws of congress, Is based upon
the earnings of the postofflce to which
they are attached. The higiiest salary
that can be paid a carrier in an office
where the annual receipts are less than
$50,000 ls$825 per annum, although
the postofflce appropriation bill now
pending proposes to increase this pay
to $900 per annum. First Assistant
Postmaster General Hitchcock has
recommended that the department be
allowed to use discretion In the adjust
ment of pay of clerks and carriers In
second class offices, In order to meet
emergencies. . But the department has
no such authority now and it is doubt
ful If Mr. Hitchcock's request will be
granted by congress.
The postofflce has become such a
gigantic institution, expending more
than $200,000,000 annually in man
aging the nation's postal affairs, that
It would be well nigh impossible to
change the system to allow an adjust
ment of salaries to meet local condi
tions at any postofflce. Such a change
would 'result natually in a flood of
claims that would swamp the depart
ment. High rents, due to a local boom,
a scarcity of coal due to a car short
age, fancy prices for ice, and a thous
and and one things affecting the cost
of living in different localities would
at once be urged as cause for a read
justment of salaries. Just as soon as
one town had secured Increased al
lowance for carriers, every other town
of similar size In the country would
demand similar treatment or dlscrim
iratlon. Conceding the claim of the Butte
carriers that they can not secure more
than a decent living on their present
pay, there is little danger that the mall
service will long be hampered ser
iously by their resignations. The ser
vice offers attractions that assure
plenty of applications for all vacan
cies. The hours are short, the work
demanded reasonable and the pay suf
ficient to prevent any large number of
carriers from surrendering their posi
tions on account, of the more lucrative
pay offered for common labor In Butte
or elsewhere. It Is even possible cit
izens of Butte may have to go to the
postofflce for their mall if the carriers
really strike, although such an out
come Is hardly probable.'
KEW TRKATY WITH SANTO DOMISQO
President Roosevelt has sent to the
senate a new treaty with Santo Do
mingo free from several features of
the old treaty so objectionable to the
democrats and a few of the repub
licans of the senate for which ratifica
tion has been withheld for nearly two
years. The new treaty Is much sim
pler than the old and does not bind
the United States so closely, although
It still places upon the United States
the work of collecting the revenues
for the payment of the' Dominican
When the old treaty was presented
to the senate. In the early days of the
present congress, the president ex
pected that It would meet prompt rati
fication and he started out to. enforce
its terms at once. The senate refused
favorable consideration of the meas
ure, contending that the United States
had no right or call to go into the
business of. collecting bad debts for
Impoverished countries in the western
hemisphere. The president, however,
maintained that the Monroe doctrine
held Justification for preventing for
eign countries from collecting debts
by force. While the senate held up
the treaty, the president allowed, un
der a modus Vivendi, American repre
sentatives to take charge of the Do
minican customs, reserving 65 per ceut
of the collections to so into a trust
fund for the payment of the country's
debts to foreign countries. Under
this plan more than $2,300,000 have
been placed In the trust fund and the
Dominicans and their creditors are
wholly pleased with the plan and de
sire its continuance. This Is proposed
and provided for In the new treat.
Tho new treaty provides that $20,
000,000 Dominican bonds shall be is
sued and the United States simply
guarantees tp maintain order In the
islands and supervise the collections of
the customs until the required re
demption fund has been raised. Op
ponents of the treaty obj.ect that its
adoption would mean the American
occupation of Santo Domingo's cus
toms houses for fifty years, although
tbe bonds coataln a clause giving
Santo Domingo the right to retire
them at the end of twelve years. The
foreign debt of the country is now
about $17,000,000. Senator Bacon,
who Is leading the democratic opposi
tion to the treaty, argues that Ameri
can occupation of the island for fifty
years would mean eventual annexa
tion, to which proposition he and a
majority of the democrats are unalter
ably opposed. Advocates of the treaty
reply that the United States does not
On. Ltnti, 7m MwiUU Thirtieth, dwelling,
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attempt force to collect Its debts from
foreign powers and that the occupa
tion of Santo Domingo for an Indefi
nite term will give Europeans to un
derstand that t their dealings with
American republics can not be fol
lowed by the use of force for the col
lection of debts.
Prospects for the ratification of the
treaty at the present session are, nev
ertheless. Improving. A canvass
shows but two democratic votes re
quired to carry and it Is now believed
that these will be forthcoming.
, OUR KOPE-TIIROnrXQ MAYOR.
If anyone in Omaha were In danger
of forgetting that we have a cowboy
mayor In the city hall a forceful re
minder would be found in the whoop
Just Issued by Mayor "Jim," presuma
bly to help the Young Women's Chris
tian association along In Its campaign
for contributions to Its building fund.
Mayor "Jim" has wound his lariat
up into a coil and hung it from the
pommel of his saddle and gone in for
peaceful pursuits. "This is a grand
work," he says. "Thousands of peo
ple haven't given a red cent, hundreds
have been seen, others written to, but
no response. Loosen up!"
As if this elegant. If not forceful,
language were In danger of missing
the bull's eye, Mayor "Jim" continues:
"Why not get your chips In the center
of the table. Lots of you will shake
dice for either of those amounts, spend
that much over the bar or do some
other fool thing to burn up your
money. The game closes next Tues
day night. Why not help on this?
You will never miss it, and when you
see the building and tbe good It Is
doing you will always feel happy that
you helped Just a little. Jar loose!"
If this prayerful appeal does not
touch those who are accustomed to
"see the mayor" and go him one bet
ter, the proverbial generosity of this
class of citizens must have been
greatly exaggerated. If some of them
thoughtlessly drop red or blue chips
Into the box Instead of real money,
Mayor "Jim" will doubtless be able to
tell where they can be cashed In.
In the Interval, what do self-respecting
people anxious to have Omaha
stand high at home and abroad think
of such performances by the chief ex
ecutive of their city?
MOSEY IS WEEDS.
Experts of the Agricultural depart
ment at Washington have been con
ducting some very interesting investi
gations which indicate thajt the Amer
ican farmers a,re throwing away mil
lions of dollars each year by destroy
ing weeds that have a high commercial
value. Secretary Wilson expresses
surprise that ' wide-awake and re
sourceful farmers have not gone in
for drug plant cultivation, making use
of many of the common weeds now
considered pests which hold sources
of great revenue. The United States
Inst year bought $64,000,000 worth
of drugs and dyes from foreign coun
tries and Secretary Wilson insists that
every dollar's worth of this material
could have been secured' from plants
and weeds grown at home.
Accepting the findings of the ex
perts as truo, the average American
farmer has riches lying unnoticed
about his fields In the shape of noxious
weeds now destroyed or allowed to
ii'ipove rish the soil. 1 ..a profit from
this source may be considered as
sured from year to year, for the weed
ciop, immune from the ravages of
pests and of the blight of drouth, is
never a failure. Belladonna, fo'r in
stance,' is a standard drug, always in
demand at a good price. Experiments
conducted at. the agricultural depart
ment at Washington show that the
plant will grow luxuriantly In any soil
that will yield wheat or corn. Last
year the United States imported $3,
500,000 pounds of paprika, valued at
$4,000,000. It Is, prepared from the
pods of a slender plant grown almost
exclusively in Hungary. One man in
Souili Carolina last year raised 3,600
pounds of this pepper on three acres
of ground and marketed it at nearly
$1 a pound.
The department furnishes a long list
of weeds commonly regarded as nuis
ances and worthless that may bo cul
tivated to commercial advantage.
The despised aid lowly Jimson weed
supplies drug dealers with both leaves
and seeds and its cultivation, accord
ing to the experts, will pay better than
wheat or other staple crops. Phyto
lacca Americana sounds expensive
enough on the druggist's shelf and
proves so whon served on prescription,
bin In only the medical alias of plain
poke root, the war for whose extermi
nation has caused many a farmer's boy
to leave home. Burdock and yellow
dock are now imported becauso
American farmers do not take the
trouble to dig them and send them to
r.iarket. Wnn.iseed Is worth about $1
t pound and. In fact, most of the
weedi tiU'ns the fence corners and
fallow land of the ordinary American
farm r-osscrs commercial value when
Mary possibilities of profit at little
outlay cf tiruo end 'labor are opened
up by the diiMrtment's report, even
If It changes renditions by relieving
the fanner li fails to cut his weeds
from tbe rcorn and contempt of his
The consolidation of the offices of
city and county treasurer and of the
city tax commissioner with that of
county assessor effected by the last
legislature has proved mineatly sat
isfactory as a step toward the merger
of our city and county governments.
These consolidations should be fol
lowed up by tbe present legislature
1 pnoeleM value to U xiectaJit auoUurs.
XU gr4flli Rmltoft C. AttuU.
by merging the city and county au
diting departments and providing for
a consolidated tax receipt. A com
plete merger of city and county gov
ernments Is sure to come In time, al
though we may have to take It on the
The first reform In our divorce laws
should be a provision making It .Im
possible for outsiders to come to Ne
braska for the express purpose of pro
curing marital separation. Before
we hav9 any change In the law, how
ever, the Judges should take it upon
themselves to throw out of court all
rapes which are palpably and notori
ously imported. There is no good
reason why the people of Nebraska
should be saddled with the expense of
maintaining costly court machinery
for the benefit of outsiders afraid to
submit their claims to courts that
have rightful Jurisdiction.
The sentiment for Greater Omaha
Is practically unanimous in both
Omaha and South Omaha, with the
exception of a few office seekers pres
ent and prospective in the last named
city. The kickers may make a loud
noise, but Investigation of them will
disclose a personal interest in nine
cases out of ten.
The paid lobbyists of the railroads
are working at Lincoln all the time,
night and day, week days and Sun
days. Members of the two houses of
the legislature who are there to rep
resent the people will have to keep
their eyes open to avoid the pitfalls.
While the fuslonists have less than
a fourth of the representation in the
present Nebraska legislature, they
seem to take up about three-fourths
of the legislative time with their
speeches. Here is room for a reappor
The town of Avery is again on the
postofflce map for Nebraska. It will
take a diagram to show what was ac
complished by the postofflce authori
ties depriving the people there of
postal facilities for more than six
Senator Beverldge is determined to
have the coBt of meat inspection paid
by the packers instead of by the gov
ernment. In that case, the consumers
would pay the cost directly instead of
using the government as a middleman.
If the story be true that Postmaster
General Cortelyou has a series of po
litical scrap books, Indexed as "Truth,"
"Nearly Truth," "Almost Lies" and
"Just Lies," it is easy to guess which
requires the most shelf room.
The Arkansas legislature ,-os passed
a law providing for a fin- -om $5
to $500 for any person v ;s on a
horse race. The enforcement of the
law will give the Arkansas Hot
Springs a chance to cool off,
A full-blood Creek Indian Is a can
didate for the United States senate
from Oklahoma. If he gets to Wash
ington he will discover scalping meth
ods that would have been the envy of
Reports from different states Indi
cate that the Standard Oil company.
In addition to monopolizing the oil of
the country, is apparently monopoliz
ing the time of the grand Juries and
Rabbi Hirsch of Chicago says there
will be an end to the war spirit when
suffrage Is extended to women. The
rabbi must have overlooked the re
ports of the doings of the English suf
fragettes. Caruso has signed for another
season with Conrled and Joe Dolan
has signed with Pa Rourke, so we
have a first tenor and a first base
ready for the festivities.
A RUkr Ocrnpntlon.
Kouropatkln has explained why Russia
was defeated by Japan. We may expect
very soon to learn whether it pays in Rus.
sla to tell the truth.
o Donht of It.
If the Inter-State Commerce Commission
cannot accept Mr. Harrlman's proffered
services it will at least be glad of an op
portunity to have him tell It what he
Worklnx the Wrong: Lead.
Several excitable people are boring for
oil in the vicinity of Lincoln. Neb. It
would be a sufer business proposition to
spend the money ripping the ice from the
top of a few lakes and laying It by.
No Competition In His l.lne.
The advocates of exclusion will have to
get up early in the morning In order to
explain away the case of the Chinaman
who raised a check for IS to a check for
Jii.ono and cashed it. There is no danger
thut talent of this kind will ever come Int-i
competition with the honest American
Pride .I'rorokes a Fall.
History is continually repeating Itself.
The storv of the Athenian who voted for
the ostracism of Aristldes because he was
tired of hearing him called "the Just" has
his modern parallel In a Michigan police
man who shot his superior because he
was tired of "seeing the latter strut about."
After all, the dlBllke to having some one
else' the whole show is as old as the In
vention of human nature.
For Club Women Only.
Charity and Children.
One of the most eloquent .speeches that
have been delivered before any of the leg
islative committees was by Mrs. Johnson
of Alabama, In behalf of the reformatory.
This is the only thing in this agitation that
we deplore. It has developed a lot of
female speakers who fed it their duty to
leave their husbands at home and spellbind
the brethren. If the establishment of this
much needed institution will give us worn n
speakers we would be better off without it.
TIPS FOR TIIR l.F.niSLATt RE.
Crete Vldette-Herald: The legislature la
forging to the front In a scnlsble and busi
nesslike manner. There seems to be an
honest effort to save both time and money,
and this Is something novel and worthy of
Ord Quli: One thing- the present legis
lature ought to do is to pnss a law pro
hibiting municipalities from grunting fran
chises to any one for anything without
taking three full sessions of the board for
the work. The practice of passing ft-.nh
ordinances under the suspension of the
rules all In one session without giving the
public a chance to protest or make nhy
effort ngalnst the mode Is dangerous In tho
extreme, and should be prevented.
Walthlll Times: The Burlington railroad
transported a delegation of Its employees
to Lincoln, one day this week, to protest
ngalnst the passage of the employees'
liability bill now pending In both houses
of the legislature. The delegation started
In to do mime tali protesting all right
enough, but upon being Invited to explain
why It was opposed to the bill It was com
pelled to climb a tree. It didn't know.
The railroad company had forgotten to
properly conch It's protestors. This was a
sad oversight on the part of the railroad
Ixiup City Northwestern: In answer to
the query of the Aurora Sun of last week,
"What does the editor of the Northwest
ern, a republican newspaper, think of this
reform legislature?" our answer is that a
majority are all right, while a few, like
some of the fusion members, need a good
deal of "flxin." But do not think, dear
Sun. that the buckers against the remedial
matters favored by tho last state repub
lican platform will succeed in their alms,
but rather that the anti-pass, state-wide
primary and other needed measures will
become laws In spite of the insane desire
of the opposition that they may not, be
cause of their republican parentage.
Friend Telegraph: A very large and well
remunerative railroad lobby Is reported to
have taken up Its quarters down at Lin
coln. Notwithstanding all this the party
Is expecting the members of the legislature
to redeem every one of Its party pledge.?.
In addition to these there are said to be
several personal pledges out by members
of the legislature which must be redeemed
or a groat row will be raised at home.
When the railroads doing business in this
state sent their big lobby down to Lincoln
we doubt if they fully understood the
facts as they exist In the home towns and
counties of a great majority of the mem
bers of the legislature. Let us have both
party and personal pledges redeemed, even
If there Is not a train run over any line
In Nebraska afterwards.
Grand Island Independent: It Is an
nounced by the forces that have been try
ing to secure prohibition on the sly, through
the agency of the county option bill, that
they will, in another campaign, bring out
their cause in an open contest. That will,
certainly, be bettor. However one mny
differ with the practicability cf the principle
at all points, and whutever conditions one
might regard as carrying with them greater
or lessee evils, the demands of the ad
vocates of such a cause ore entitled to
respectful consideration when they under
take a fair and square open contest, and
the majority of the people Of the state will
be glad to give them that, even though
they may not. In the end, he convinced
of the desirability of going from a regu
lative system to one that might be nomi
nally prohibitive but in actual results worse
than a regulative system.
Tekamab Journal: Under a state wide
primary law the only candidates in this
Judicial district who will have a chance of
winning a nomination will be such as Doug
las county republicans dictate. This will
make It possible that no outside candidate
can win a nomination. Heretofore Douglas
county republicans have wisely conceded
one Judge to Burt county because of Burt
county's staunch republican majority. Sit
uated as Douglas county is at present
politically, with the majority so smalt for
the republicans that it can not be termed
a certain one, republican candidates of
Douglas county will have to depend for
their success at the polls almost wholly
upon Burt county's staunch republicans.
Under those conditions It behooves the
republican leaders In Douglas county not
to be selfish when it comes to the point of
distributing Judicial honors.
Friend Telegraph: The appeal of the rail
roads against the nass.aire cf n !!.Kni m'l.
road fare bill was, to say the least, horder-
mjr on the "pathetic." In years past and
gone with pnssenger rates at S cents per
mile the railroads were able-to coin money
and water their stock with from one-half
to two-thirds of the passengers riding on
passes. The general public is at this time
demanding nn elimination of railroad passes
and likewise a proportionate lowering of
the fares to be paid the railroads of this
state. This they evidently have nr rlsrht to
do. On the rther hand It Is mildly in
timated that a l-cent fare would cause the
railroads to take off their through Denver
trains. Such a move would not affect many
Nebraska towns for the reason that these
trains stop nt but few of these towns, end
of course the railroads would bo compelled
to surrender their remunerative amounts
received for carrying the malls.
There are 18.000 practising lawyers In
Greater New York. Perhaps a hundred of
them are known outside the city.
"I had a letter a few days ago," said Con
gressman Hale ' of Tennessee, "from a
constitutent who asked me to send him the
rules and regulation of oongresa." "Did
you do It?" "Yes; I sent him a photo
graph of Joe Cannon."
Six presidents Washington, Madison,
Jackson, Polk, Buchanan (a bachelor) and
McKlnley left no children. Two Jefferson
and Monroe left daughters only. Presi
dent Johnson had two sons, Jut both died
before he was president.
Speaker Cannon was talking of the pro
posal to increase the salarl s for members
of congress. "I have spent twice my sal
ary of fs,000 a year," he said, "since I have
held my present Job, but I am not anxious
to give it up. The fact Is, I like it."
A commission, of which Secretary Taft Is
president, has selected a site at Connecti
cut avenue and N streft. one of the best
in Washington, for the statue to the poet
Ixmgfellnw. Congress haB appropriated
14,000 for the pedestal for this statue.
A resolution to exclude railroad lobbyists
from the Kansas legislature was mutly
stranglvd by Senator Bailie Waggoner. For
years past Mr. Waggoner has been 1 gal
udvlser for the Missouri Pacific, nnd" could
not stand by unmoved when the branding
iron was brought In.
Rockefeller's genius for combining busi
ness with educational phllathropy Is deep
and abiding. Observe how quickly the price
of ell was pushed up a notch when he an
nounced his last donation. Thus do con
sumers of standard products enable "Rocke,
old boy" to get a reputation.
Chicago's reputation for generous under
pinning is well established, but that af
fords no warrant for an observing
preacher's declaration that "the coming
generation will have feet as big as hams."
No good end is subserved by rerterlng at
tention on a community's extremities.
Pennsylvania's republican governor has
Invited two democratic lawyers J. A.
Stranahan of Hurrisburg and J. A. Scarlett
of Danville to appear for the state at the
legislative Investigation of that remarkable
expenditure of millions of dollars on the
furnishings and adornments of the new
pure grape cream of tartar, and
'absolutely free from lime,
alum and ammonia.
ROYAL BAKINQ POWDER CO. NfcW YORK. '
ROISn ABOIT NEW YORK.
Ripples on the Current of Life In the
The directors of the Standard Oil com
pany came together quietly last Friday and
solemnly carved a "Melon." it was the
time for the quarterly dividend and $!5 a
nhare was considered Just rlsht. Tho last
quarterly dividend was only $in. The divi
dend will take $15,000,000 outfof tho treasury.
Capitalisation of the company amounts to
$100,000,000, of which John P. Rockefeller Is
said to own 40 per cent, or $40,000,000 worth.
Of the $15,000,0W to be disbursed this quarter
Mr. Rockefeller will receive $ij,O0u,00O as his
share of the profits.
Since the year 1S98 the company has paid
out $330,000,000 In dividends, and by the end
of the present year the total will reach
$400,000,000. or four times the total capital
In nine years. During this period Mr.
Rockefeller has received in all about $160,
000,000. Four years ago the New York legislature
Imposed a tax on mortgages coupled with a
stringent provision requiring the mnni-y
lender to pay the tax. A year's experience
with the law demonstrated that tho bor
rower paid the tax, usually In the form of
higher Interest. The law was repealed and
a tax on mortgage recording substituted.
Reports received by the New York Heal
Kstate exchange show that Interest rates
In the country districts have fallen from
6 to 6 per cent, .as a result of the law. Rates
In New York City range from 4V4 to 5 per
cent, but money Is much more abundant
than during the mortgage tax law. "The
new law," says the New York Sun, "warded
off a serious shortage of mortgage loan
capital In this town during the latter half
of last year. It will no doubt react before
long on the rates of Interest, bringing them
back to the normal level of 4 per cent and
4'4 per cent, and perhaps establishing them
eventually at so low a rate as 2 to 4 per
cent. ' '
"The recording tax has proved to he a
better revenue producer than the burden
some annual tax, which provoked extensive
evasion. During the first six months of the
present law the receipts of the state from
mortarage taxation rose more than 300 per
A New Yorker who has. evidently suffered
In many sm-" "Mngs, has announced him
self as a ct- "nte for mayor In th next
election, subject to the suffrages of bis
fellow sufferers. His platform Is brief and
contains three planks. The Immediate
asphyxiation of nil persons who, run pho
nographs In apartment hou-s. All persons
who keen dogs In amrtment. houses are to
be sent to the dog pound, "where they be
long." The fumigation before thev eter
the subway of oil persons who carry with
them the odors of musk.
Arrangements are now mnltlnsr for what
Is to be called an "Kxblblt of Homes" at
the Grand Central nolaee In Manhattan
during the eomlng May. The Long Islnnd
Real Estate exchonge will have lnrpe space
In the general exploitation and propones
to show "every raw nnd manufactured
product that enters Into the const ru"t!ve
fabric o? the modern dwelling. Its con
tents, adjuncts and surroundings." This
will no doubt be Interesting to the home
builders, who are usually ynunp people
with dreams, but whatever hopeful sug
gestions they may receive from the ex
hibit are likely to be somewhat dampened
by the object lessnns on tilde which nre
more suggestive still. During tho nrxt
year or two, we are told, more than
$00,80,000 worth of palaces will be erected
In upper Fifth avenue, facing Central park.
Plans have been drawn for the SVflOO.non
mansion to be built by Henry C. Frlck In
the same neighborhood as those of Henry
Phlpps and Andrew Carnegie, which cost
about the same, and netr that of Senator
Clark, which cost $7.00.000. William F.
Corey has paid $500,000 for a ste and will
place on It a $2,500,000 residence. William
B. Ieeds of the Rock Island railway syn
dicate will build a $2,010,000 residence two
blocks from Mr. Carnegie, and Benjamin
Guggenheim of the Colorado smelter fam
ily will erect one at the snie fltrure a
few blocks' lower down, while William
Starr Miller and Howard Gould will con
tent themselves with modest million-dollar
dwellings. Still the "Exhibit of Homes"
will doubtless give hints for the "house
beautiful" or the "house comfortable" at
figures which are considerably below those
If Washington Irvlng's old home, at Sev
enteenth street and Irving place, Is torn
down to make room for the new court
house, which will front on Union square
and extend back to Irving place, about tho
laet historic mansion In this neighborhood
will dlsuppear. The old William K. Kvartu
mansion, at Second avenue and Fourteenth
street, was removed some time ago ti
make way for a large apartment hou'
which bears 'the famous senator's name,
and the gigantic maternity hospital pre
sented to the city by J. Pierpont Morgan
now occupies the site of tho old Hamilton
Fish homestead at Seventeenth street and
Second avenue. The fllsbandmeiit of the
club which was forced . to preserve the
Roosevelt house (the birthplace of th3
president), In EiBt Twentieth street,
means the disappearance of another land
mark In a ehlrt time, as tie block Is now
practically filled with modern business
buildings. The home of Tilden, In Oram,
mercy park, is probably about the last
historic house In this section of town,
though it Is modern compared wl'.h the
others. It Is a house of considerable slic
and Is now occupied by the National Arts
The Iegal Aid society of New York City
is one of the most admirable institutions.
It began slenderly thirty years apo, with
the purpose of securing Justice for the poor
and Ignorant, and has done no end of good
in that way. it employs eighteen lawyers
and In a year has dealt with 2).i0 cases
and regained $72,Ou0, much of It in small
sums, from cheating eorsons.
WE KNOW WHAT YOU WANT AND WE HAVE IT
CLEAN AND HOT-BEST Of ALL WYOMING COALS
VICTOR WHITE COAL CO., 1605 Farnam-Tel. Doug. 127
EASY M A It K 9 1 CITIES.
How People With n Repntntlnn for
Business Aentrness tilvr p,
Is there any limit to the gullibility of
men who pride themselves upon their busi
ness acuteness? Why should the guld
brick operator wuste his time In the rural
districts when the cities present a harvest
ripe for the sickle? '
Mrs. Cassle Chadwlck, temporarily In ro
tirement, already Is classed as antiquated
in her methods. Keely of motor fame was
bungling as compared with the contem
porary exponents of the gentle art of ef
fecting a separation between business men
and their money.
A Phllodelphla banker hands over $iu0,tn)
In exchange for a tin box supposed to con
tain the formula for purifying large bodies
of water Instantcr. The box upon being
opened reveals nothingness, vacuity.. Two
retired capitalists of New York, who have
now retired again, pay $40,000 In cash and
as much more In negotiable securities for
an Inexhaustible storage battery, which,'
once charged, Is to go on forever. The
sample battery, being dissected upon th
dlsappoo ranee of the seller, proves to be
an ordinary dry cell.
An energetic but unoriginal person re
vives the historic scheme for extracting,
gold from sea water and gvts money for.
It from divers Massachusetts yankees.
The "Spanish priest." with his letters toll
ing or burled treasure, la doing businesj
in California. No returns are at hand from
Chicago, probably because when the Chi
cago man "picks up a hot one" ho takes
his medicine instead of going to the polite
and advertising himself. No recent sales
of the Masonic temple to Indiana visitors
But It Is a significant fact that In all the
current swindles the cruder ones !iuv
achieved the greatest success. It Is more
significant that the victims In every case
cited have been not bucolics nor villagers
but the very sophisticated of the cities.
The meaning of It all may be that our
money captains -are losing their shrewd
ness, but the more likely reason Is that tho
prevailing greed for easy money hn:
blinded otherwise astute m n to the obvi
ous considerations of common sense.
IHtKallT AMI IIHKEZY.
"What can really be toVi by the lines In
a mill's hand?"
"Th? way he drives a horse." Cleveland
Professor We can't do anything with your
son, Mr. Smith. He doesn't seem able to
master any sort of special knowledge.
I Father (hopefully) Then couldn't you
make him an Insanity expert ? Baltimore
"How are you gutting along with your
new motor car?" asked the visitor.
"First rate," replied Mrs. Goldrocks with
enthusiasm. "We're getting to be regular
autocrats." Milwaukee Sentinel.
Blbllphilo (aghast) I beg your pardon,
niadani, but that book your little girl Is
playing with l an old and exceedingly
rare first edition."
Caller O, that's all right, Mr. Vlbbert
It will amuse her just as much as If It
were nice and m w. Chicago Tribune.
I.irs. Wylde Mr. Winkley Is quite an
unusual mah. Isn't he?
Mr. Wylde O. I don't know.
Mrs. Wylde O, but lie Is. Why, I saw
him leaving Mrs. winkley nt a street cor
ner the oth r day, and he took off his hat
and was Just as polite to her as if they
hadn't been married. Homervllln Journul.
"The Uncle Tom's Cabin show nt tho
op'ry house last night was considerable
bettor than when It was here u year ago,"
grimly said the landlord of the Pruntytown
"How so?" inqulrtd the picture enlarger.
"O, they had one more dog ami three
less actors." Puck.
Man of the House (suddenly awakened by
nn unannounced visit I feel mnrtiil,t i r
Burglar, that you found nothing In' my
pockets to recompense you for your trmiMr
Burglar (pollt' ly) Don't n-entlon If t'-i
a married man myself. Baltimore A -!: i
If you want all folks to like you and to
greet you with a smile,
Don't butt in.
If 'tis pleasant to hear people cry, "Don't
go, but Etav awhile,"
Don't butt In.
If 'tis nice to hear them say of you, "He's
square unto the bone;
And when you see him coming, you don't
have to rive a groan:
lie Just minds his own business and lets
your affairs alone,"
Don't butt In.
If you're craving to be popular and nsked
Don't halt In.
If you'd like to feel io dia l's complete of
pleasure, you not tho-c.
Don't butt In.
If you'd like to know you are a man whom
every one will trust,
And nil be plad la lend u hand If now and
flcej vou'rt? "bust,"
And If. In short, you would be "It," with
sinners and the lust.
Don't butt In.
But If you'd li):e to be the man whom
every one will slum.
Just butt In.
If you want to go ihrouuh life and never
have a bit of fun,
Ju:'t butt In.
Tell evervhodv how to do If they don't
want to fall:
Into all the private business of tho folks
vou meet, just sail;
If jiiu wunt to raise a wild dlre to ride
you on a rail.
Just butt In.
Orchard & VVilhelm
414-16-18 Sooth Sixteenth
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