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Ti ie Omaha Daily Bee.
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State of Nebraska, Douglas County. a:
Charles C Roaewater, general manager
nf The Bee Publishing company, being dulr
sworn says that theactunl number of full
ind complete copies of The Pnilv, Morning.
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ohaaged aa oftea aa requested.
Another reason Secretary Tatt
should run for president Is that be
needs the ezercUe.
It won't hurt the Omaha Commer
cial club to be stirred up from center
to rim once In a while.
Aflalra in Russia are resuming nor
mal conditions. At least, Odessa is
again In a state of selge.
Now let the fusion members of the
legislature help redeem a few repub
lican platform promises. !
Senator Emoot declares that he has
never had but one wife. How Sena
tor Piatt must envy him.
" Three generals have been killed In
a battle between Hondurans and Nl
caraguans. The private la each army
It has been demonstrated that pure
whisky makes a good fuel for automo
biles. Perhaps, but It makes mighty
poor fuel for the chauffeur.
The Boston anti-imperialists may as
well give it uu as a hopeless task.
Agulnaldo has opened an account in
one of the American banks at Manila.
That threatened street car strike
appears to have vanished Into thin air
It is to bo hoped that Omaha may
have no more serious strikes confront
ing it this year, .
The legislative bill hopper at Lin
coln is likely to be Closed with the" end
of this week. ' It Is not the bills in
troduced, however, but the bills that
become law, that count.
Senator Depew's first speech In the
present congress Is in favor of more
forebt reserves. Probably he does not
want to be embarrassed, a little later,
by the scarcity of tall timber.
"Is the world In danger of becom
ing overpopulatedT", asks the New
York Commercial. Not unless some
scheme shall be devised for lessening
Um number of railway wrecks.
The British army estimates for the
coming year have been reduced by
$10,000,000, indicating that England
still has some arrangement for having
its possible fighting done by proxy, as
A member of Parliament visiting in
New Vork says he has difficulty in
understanding English a spoken by
Americans. He has made tne too
common error of mistaking New York
ers for Americans.
Senator Bailey Is probably out of
the running for the presidential nomi
nation, but he has shown qualifica
tions which should land him at the
head of the finance committee of the
campaign without a struggle.
Now if the good people of Omaha
will only treat the Hon. Pat Crowe to
a dose of the same kind of medicine as
administered to the clerical co
respondent forced to go on the stage
facing nothing but empty seats, the
reputation of the community will be
still further heightened.
Whether the free use of the execu
tive mansion is a perquisite of the gov
ernor's office or not, the constitution
of Nebraska ought to be changed, so
as to enable the people to pay their
chief executive a decent living salary
commensurate with the dignity and
prestige of the position. '
I .-. 30,900
THE HA ILROA r. MVST PA I l'f
The decision of the United ; States
supreme court in the Nebraska rail
way tax raaps insy be summed up In
a sentence, "The railroads must pay
The victory of the state Is a proper
subject of self-congratulation by every
taxpaylng citizen of Nebraska, who is
thus reaasured that these great rail
road corporations have been repulsed
by the courts In their perslBtent ef
forts to beat down their taxes and
unload onto the shoulders of Indi
vidual property owners part of the
taxes assessed against the railroads.
From start to finish the railroads
involved in these tax cases could have
pursued no more (llsastroxis course
than they adopted. They wilfully de
fled public opinion and invited resent
ment and retaliation from an otit
is Red people.
At every stage of the proceedings
The Bee remonstrated with the rail
road managers against their suicidal
policy and advised them to drou their
lawsuits and pay their taxes like other
people. The ill-advised railroads,
however, preferred to travel to the end
of the roaik which could terminate
only in their signal defeat, thus piling
up over their heads not only pecuniary
penalties, but penalties of popular
odium as well.
From the very merits of the case
the railroad attorneys appear to have
been at disadvantage all the time as
contrasted with the state's legal rep
resentatives. Senator Norrls Brown
and his successor. Attorney General
AV. T. Thompson, who fought these
cases to a successful finish, are en
titled to well-earned credit. The only
consolation left to the: startling array
of professional talent on the railroad
side consists in the dissent of two of
the eight Judges who participated in
Whether the Nebraska railroads will
profit by their expensive leBson ro
mains to be seen.
KA TlOti ALBAKKUHO WTli'
The report of the comptroller of the
currency on the condition of the na
tional banks as disclosed by state
ments made pursuant to his call of
January 26 falls to bear out. In any
degree, the claim of some of the Wall
street financiers. Their assertion is that
the country is In Imperative need Of
legislation to strengthen the banking
system, affording relief as required by
the Institutions operating under the
federal law so they may have resort to
more flexible methods in meeting
emergency demands Tor funds.
The comptroller's figures show that
the resources of the national banks
have increased more than 40 per cent
in the last five years, and the loans
and discounts for the same period
have Increased to the tune of $1,334,
640,535, or a little more than 42 per
cent. The capital, surplus and un
divided profits have Increased In ex
cess of another ballon dollars and the
individual deposits have increased by
$1,133,610,949, or about 38 per cent.
The 1 most striking comparison
offered by the statistics, however, is in
the amount of bonds and securities,
other than government debentures,
fow held by the banks. The net In
crease in this direction in the five-year
period Is in excess of $200,000,000,
which has a direct bearing on the
etrength of the banks. vFive ' years
ago the average bank had no recourse
when faced by an urgent demand for
money, but to callJn loans with the
result of frequently working hardships
and losses upon its customers. At
present the vast amount of securities
held furnish a means of raising large
sums of money without disturbing the
call loans of the bank. This, coupled
with the fact that the banks hold 25
per cent more specie than they did five
years ago, furnishing a striking illus
tration of the strength of the national
banks of the country today.
war over peace vlaks.
Nations that have agreed to partici
pate in the peace conference at The
Hague during the coming summer are
filing statements of topics which they
will urge for discussion by the dele
gates. The program already outlined
covers a wide range and furnishes
evidence of -a conflict Vetweed nations
as to subjects to be considered.
Germany, for example, has made it
rather plain that the kaiser is not yet
ready to discuss the question of dis
armament or even to consider propo
sitions looking to a universal reduction
of expenditure for military and naval
purposes. England, on the other
hand, is making an effort to have
these topics Included in the list of
subjects for discussion and considera
tion. Sir Edward Grey, the British
secretary for foreign affairs, having
expressed his intention of using every
influence to have them included in the
program. Russia has tiled its list,
which does not include either disarm
ament or decrease of expenditures for
war purposes, but asks for an expres
sion from the conference on numer
ous subjects of International law, re
lating to contraband of war, the rights
of neutrals, use of wireless telegraphy
and a number of questions promi
nently forced upon its attention by its
recent war with Japan.
The program for the conference has
been outlined sufficiently to show that
there will be toyics for much debate
and discussion, enough to occupy the
delegates for a lung session, even
after the subjects are divided and ap
portioned to different sections for
simultaneous consideration. It is
also clear that peace, like Mr. Han
cock's definition of the tariff, is a locnl
Issue, each nation being, moat enthusi
astic over plans formed from Its own
viewpoint, however conflicting with
the wishes and desires of other na
tions. England Is satisfied with the
present naval status and, while per
haps not ready for disarmament, is
willing to abandon future enlargement
6f Its sea fighting equipment. Ger
many is not prepared to agree to such
a program, in face of the kaiser's al
ready adopted plans for increased
naval expenditures, nor would the
United States become enthusiastic
over anything that would stop the
construction of the two Dreadnaughts
Just authorised by congress.
Under the rules governing the peace
conference a single objection is suf
ficient to postpone discussion of any
topic proposed, and it is a safe predic
tion that the German emperor will be
ready with his protest when England
offers disarmament and the limitation
of naval expenditures for discussion at
lfoisr by iheir on n tetahd.
In the matter of the 2-cent passen
ger fare the railroads of Nebraska are
hoist by their own petard. To all
practical intents and purposes they
have estopped themselves from mak
ing any effective opposition to reduc
tion of passenger rates to the 2-cent
The Bee, as Is well known, started
out wiih the idea that a fiat 2-cent
rate applied alike to branches and
small roads as well as to main lines
without elasticity of any kind would
be endangered in the courts If at
tacked on the ground of being non
compensatory. The railroads have,
however, themselves ordered the Bale
of Interchangeable 2,000-mile books at
2 cents a mile, good or every mile of
road in the state of Nebraska. In
other words, they have voluntarily
said that 2 cents is enoush for
branches and small roads as well as
big roads, providing a 2,000-inIle book
is bought in advance.
Having offered to carry one set of I
passengers at 2 cents, the railroads
cannot go into court and prove that to
compel them to carry at 2 'cents an
other set of passengers occupying the
same cars and perhaps the same seats
would be confiscatory. It is theoret
ically possible for every paesenger in
every car on every mile of road In the
state to equip himself with mileage
books and ride for 2 cents now as
Boon as the new books are on sale, in
which event the 2-cent maximum
would have been put in force by the
action of the railroads themselves.
Under such circumstances, whatever
differences of opinion may have ex
isted as to the exact method of legis
lating for reduced, passenger fares,
seem to have been entirely eliminated
and the problem brought down to a
slmple-truestion of fixing by law and
opening up to every one without dis
crimination the v 2-cent maximum
which the railroads have established
for mileage book travelers.
CLUSIXO WEEK OF vOfiGRESS.
Tne Fifty-ninth congress, which, will
expire by constitutional limitation at
noon next Monday, has accomplished,
or has in way of accomplishment,
about all that those familiar' with the
work at short sessions expected of it.
Seven of the clsht big appropriation
bills carrying money for the mainte
nance of the different departments of
the government have parsed the
house, although, five of thoin are Btlll
pending in the senate. This occasions
no alarm'or fear of an extra session,
as the sejaate has frequently demon
strated Its ability to arouse itself from
the state of being "the most deliber
ate legislative body on earth" and
dispose of business . with a speed
amounting almost to recklessness. So
far as the senate is concerned, tile
money-carrying measures will be
passed, enrolled, engrossed and ready
for the president's signature in ample
time for the singing and hand-shaking
half hour that always marks the clos
ing of a session of the congress.
' Aside from the appropriation bills,
little may be looked for In the way
of additional legislation. The ship
subsidy advocates are pressing for con
sideration of the subsidy bill in the
house, It having already passed the
senate, although the prospects of its
passage are small. The measure haa
been either killed or mangled in the
house at each session of the last three
congresses, and the opposition to it
Is still strong enough to prevent its
adoption in a form acceptable to its
supporters in the senate. The Aldrlch
currency bill will be urged in the
senate, and. if passed, he will make
a strong effort to secure favorable
consideration by the house. This
seems hardly probable, however, In
view of the limited time remaining,
and indications all are that but little
will be done In the way of new meas
ures, except the passage of private
bills for which unanimous consent are
obtained In both houses.
Congressman Tawney, chairman of
the house committee on appropria
tions, has Issued the regular annual
scare about an enormous deficit at
the end of the ensuing fiscal year If
appropriation bills now pending are
not materially pruned. Mr. Tawney
estimates that pending bills carry ap
propriations in excess of $900,000,
000, while the estimated revenues of
the nation for the coming fiscal year
re but $800,000,000. The treasury
now has a surplus of about $36,000,
000. Mr. Tawney's estimate of the
amount carried In the appropriations
Is liberally high, while experts of the
Treasury department state that his es
timate of the receipts for the next
year are ridiculously low, Judging
from the growing business -in Imports
and the rapidly increasing revenue
receipts. It Is a rcrognlted part of
the duty of the appropriations com
mittee chairman, however, to Issue
this annual note of warning. The
country long since ceased to be fright
ened by It.
It turns out that the clerical co
respondent In the notorious divorce
suit now on the bonrda of our district
court was unable to lure 100 people
Into dropping a sliver quarter Into the
slot to hear him recite his tale of w,oe
publicly on a Sabbath afternoon. This
ie a sad commentary on the drawirig
powers of a big type advertisement on
the front pace of our Junior Yellow
a commentary which our business mPn
and merchants should not overlook.
Dr. Albert U. Lawbon of Colgate
university told the alumni of that In
stitution that Baptist colleges would
not get a dollar of the Rockefeller gilt
of $32,000,000, but said he could not
now give reasons for the statement.
The reason 1b found in the constitu
tion of the General Education board,
to which the money was donated,
which provides that Its fund shall not
be used in extending aid to sectarian
institutions. . ,
Efforts are being made to prevent
the question of universal disarmament
or the redaction of appropriations for
army and navy maintenance from be
ing discussed at the next peace confer
ence at The Hague, it is feared that
trouble will follow if the peace con
ference tackles any subjects more
weighty than the weather, the sun
spots or the price of egg3.
The realization of the Greater
Omaha of 200,000 people by 1910 de
pends on several things, none of which
can be safely omitted. Not only must
the corporate limits be made to In
clude all the people here who consti
tute really one community, but we
must also get more people besides by
attracting new comers from abroad.
The lid at South Omaha seems to be
more unsteady than at Omaha if the
comparative numuur of arrests for
violating the Sunday section of the
Slocumb law is any criterion. With
the termination of Its ofllcial tenure in
sight, the South Omaha police board
must have reached the "don't care"
Senator Depew has offered a resolu
tion of Inquiry regarding the scarcity
and inelasticity of our currency. Hav
ing resigned from the board of direc
tors of some, seventy corporations,
ts but natural that the senator should
notice a tightening in the money mar
ket. If Sheriff McDonald is willing, as
b3 professes to be. to have the Jail
feeding done by contract, why is ho so
busy trying to head off legislation" at
Lincoln designed to put an end to this
graft by requiring competitive bids for
furnishing prisoners' meals?
Frederick T. Gates explains that
Mr. , Rockcfeller'3 fortune cannot ex
ceed $300,000,000, and that his In
come is not more than $20,000,000.
At that, he need not worry so long as
"e '"i'uu-s ' live economically.
Places on tho South Omaha School
board must be worth bavins if the
board is Justified in eloping the public
schools and forcing the whole corps
of Bc hool teachers to go to Lincoln to
help out against consolidation.
IIowIh of Kilse Prophets.
The railroads howled calamity when con
gress was considering- the rate bill. The
bill passed and the roads had the moat
prosperous year In their history.
Hack to llnsli-esa.
Chicago Inter Ocean.
Here and there the Impression Is gaining
ground that If some of our great railroad
men would give more time to their rail
roads and less to tho interviewers It woulj j
be all the better for their iatrons.
It Is perhaps well for the feelinga of old I
man Croesua that he arranged to lie burn t
In another day and time than this.
another day and time than this. His :
little bunch of money would not have com
manded a directorship In a third-rate life
Insurance company these days.'
larls Sam aa n I'nddlnir.
' Cincinnati Enquirer.
Congress has not only tneraaaed It sal
ary 50 per cent, but It la putting up luxuri
ous office buildings for Itself at public ex
pense. If the clerks, now. exceedingly well
paid, get the Increase they are clamoring
for, they will probubly want mahogany
desks and stuffed swing chairs. The pre
vailing Idea in Washington is that the gov
ernment 1 a "clnch" or a "pudding."
World 1'iie rrlnit Costs Money.
A naval appropriation of IKO.IOO.OTO looks
'to remain in the world-power bus'.ners, and
it look a If we were. There la no middle
course In such matter. A nation must
either prepare Itself to maintain Its rights
against any other power or it must pro
claim itself a noncombatunt. In the pres
ent case the $100.0ou.0(4 appropriation may
reasonably be held to mean that thla nation
will not hereafter take orders from either
an Asiatic or a European power.
t nbaa Temper Kenls a I'addle.
' Chicago Chronicle.
Tha threat of certain Cuban. patriot to
wage war against the United Stat' la not j
a mere Joka, because It signifies the temper
of a oonlderable element In the Cubon i
population. Theae arsons hate tha Fn'ted j
Statea a badly aa they hated Spain and (
they hate any Cuban government s badly ,
aa they hata the t'ulted States. The ami
American movement is a phase of a senti
ment which Is against all government.
This sentiment will hav to b dealt with
ARMT KO'MP n Wlinc,TO,
Nattera of Interest Uleaaed from tho
trmr and ar Realater.
Rrlgadlcr Oonrr.il T. J. Wlnt. I'. 8. A.,
who hna be' n In command of the army of
Cuban piciflratlon. baa asked to be re
lieved from that duty on account of III
heilth. Ilia request hia been approved, to
gether with authority for an extended
leave of aba' nee, covering; probably a
period of three montha. Ocneral Wlnt will
be aucecded In command at Havana b
Brigadier General Thomas If. Harry, aa
aiKlant to tne chief of staff of the army.
General Harry will have Wnalilnstoii for
Havana aa aoon aa poaallilc.
There will be distributed ahortly to the
principal army poets, and wherever elan
there may be target ranges, aome 1'J tuw
anemometers. Thla Ik a new Instrument
and has ndvantagea over the old system
of Indicating the velocity of the wind on
the target range. The old type waa criti
cised as being bulky and as coming spurt
too easily. The new type la Just being de
livered under contract to the army signal
office for distribution.
The largest riding hall In the army will
be bleated at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., tha
contract for the construction of which haa
Just been awarded by the quartermaster
general to Fred Tarry,' In the sum of $TS.
350. This riding hall will' be constructed
according to the type plans adopted by
General Humphrey, and which contempluld
a building In nl respects of modern con
venience and creditable appearance. Tho
hall .at Leavenworth will be 330 feet long
by Kw feet wide.
The chief of urtlllery of the army Is In
receipt of numerous applications from lieu
tenants of cavalry and Infantry, Including
some fir.t lieutenants of thore arms, for
tlv privilege of taking the competitive ex
amination, with a view to the appointment
to the forty-three vacancies In the grade
of first llmilenunt In the artillery branch.
Fifteen of those vacancies will be In tha
fluid artillery and twenty-eight In tre
coast artillery. The examination for the
former will take place nt Fort Riley and
that fur the latter at Fort Monroe. It is
gratifying to the authorities to observe tho
derlre of the Infantry and cavalry lieuten
ants to avail theniFclves of this oppor
tunity of transfer to the artillery arm.
The abandonment of aome of the smaller
army posts has rendered It necessary to
transfer to the larger posts certain staff
noncommissioned officers, lth the result
that at some of these larger po-t there
are several noncommissioned staff of Heirs
of the same staff branch. This makes It
difficult to cimjly with the demand for
quarters, especially where the noncom
missioned officers happen to be married.
At most places the quarters provided will
accommodate only one staff noncommis
sioned officer and his family. Others of
the same branch who are married will
have to put up with one room, that belng
the allowance, and the family will have
to Ami a residence outside the military
post. This condition, of course, will ad
just Itself In time by the decrease In tho
number of staff noncommissioned officers,
accomplished by not filling vacancies when
An army officer recently received at tho
pay table the money which was due an
enlisted man of his command, and so In
formed the soldier to whom the monoy
waa dtfe and who had authorised the offi
cer to receive it for him. The soldier was
Informed that a part of the money would
be paid to the post exchange to liquidate
the indebtedness there of the enlisted man,
and the remainder would be turned over
n 1 I ... IJ 4 1. 1 nn, 1 i V. ,
itlthe Boldler ,ncurred a furtner debt nt tne
post exchange and deserted without calling
for the mqney which . had been drawn Jn
his name. The question submitted to the
War department by the officer who re
tained the money was whether it would
be possible to pay tho second debt incurred
at the post exchange by the soldier Just
before his desertion, and, further, what
disposition ehould be made of the re
mainder of the money. It waa held by the
War department that the officer who had
the soldier's pay In hit) possession should
turn ft over to the paymaster, by whom
It would be carried on his accounts 03 un
drawn forfeited pay. The debt at the
post exchange could not be settled out of
tills sum of money.
t'OMIXG II 4 It HIM A 3 QIIZ.
and Other Thlnita
Chicago- Record-Herald. (
When the Harrlman Investigation Is re
fimiHil before the Interstate Commetce
Onmtrlsf-lon In New York next Monday, tho
gi vernment attorneys are said to be pre
pared to show an astounding seiks of
financial transactions in connection with the
I'nlon Pacific group of railways.
C. A. Severance, who, with Attorney Kcl
lo.Kjr, is In active charge of the Inve.'tlgntlcn,
was in Chicago. He said Edward II. Hir
riman and Jacob Schift would be among thn
first witnesses called by the .commission,
and that the rumor that Mr. Harrlman
would not be a witness was unfounded.
It is expected to show nil of the stock
and bond transactions which Mr. Harrlman
has engineered since he firtt became identi
fied with the I'Di m Paclftc. and It In possi
ble the refinnnrlnc of the Alton roid. dur
ing which its capital stock waa trebled, will
he gone Into. The acquisition by tho
Union Puclfic of !0,00f),0?0 of Alton stock
will be pnradej, and some of the deals
whereby Mr. Harrlman Is said to have pur
chased stocks or bonds from one of his
companies and sold them to another will
hn ,,,..,.lreA ln,0
n ,8 cven i,inted that the bnsls of M-.
Harrlmun's' private fortune may be ols-
,,i,mert to the commission. At lo-nst some of
the vi'.nesres will be asked regarding trans
action In which certain Harrlman railroad
bonds were purchased by Individuals and
then sold at a higher figure to other com
"I cannot tell you Just what our plan
will be." ald Attorney Severance, "until I i
get tc New York and corajlt with Mr. Kel
lcfrg, who is there working up the case. In
general we intend to go deeply Into tho
financing of the Harrlman properties, to aea
if ih.v win nil stand the llh of dav. Homa i
Interesting testimony la expected. I pre
sume the Investigation will last almost
through the week and will conclude at
Attorneys Severance and Kellogg are alsi
said to have been preparing for the coming
Investigation Into the Hill merger, which
will follow that of the Hairlmfln merger.
' Mr. Severance refused to state what facts
had been marshaled or what line the In
vestigation would pursue.
Pollnnlnv the l.earter.
The discouraging newa reache the rail
way comivuileB that tjie prealdent haa
started out to reform them and will keep
up his campaign till death. When his
p-e.l.lontlal career shall end there will
le the senate in ahlch he can continue hi
warfare. The railroad might a well come
down and be good. Their officers assure
the pnMic that they have come ifown and
are g(Kyl ,n(1 tiley are beseeching the
rregdpt to put away bla gun. but they
are reputed to have fulled In their efforta.
an1 ne ij to be waiting merely for a
i n m, H,,n nf c.igreaa so that he can
hae time to accomplish something. And
then, too, all the leirlalaturts are taking
their fi'ng at the railroads. We are as
sured of an Interesting presidential cam
paign next year.
Makes delicious hot biscuit,
griddle cakes, rolls and muffins.
An absolutely pure, cream of tartar powder.
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Till It M I M TtKATIOft.
Fremont Tribune: The railroad argument
against terminal taiall in, that It will take
nway Ins rnrelpla from I lie country dis
tricts and lowna and give It to tho Inrgcr
rlllea where Idem la terminal property,
looks good on tta face, but If It were really
truejtliH ritllMMila wouldn't care. What
lines 'l matter to Ihem where they pay
their tea, provided the tniea remain the
same aa heretofore? Terminal taxation
mentis they will pay a greuter tax, because
they will then pay for the advantages they
rnjoy In the cities where their valuable
terminals are. This Is the null of the thing.
Bchuyler Free tmce- There, Is no reason
why the railroad rompnnlea should not pay
cltv taes on their property located within
corporate limits, Just the same as any other
property owner docs. All property owners
pay their state and county taxes, Just the
same as an owner living outBld the city
does, and then pay the additional city taxes
as well. Tho railroad companies should do
the same, and have the msessment Just
the same as to valuation iih if they did not
pay the city tax. The bill before the legis
lature now to permit of cities like Omaha
taxing terminals should pan, and It should
also permit of nil cltlfs and villages Retting
the benefit of that t:ix on all niilroad prop
erty located within any corporate limits.
And tho Idea that because they pay city
taes shou'd hrtver their state and county
taxes Is buiKomb. Toe It lower any man's
state and county taxes any because he
piy city taxes? Well, we guess not. and
neither should It lower thnt of railroads. A
man In the county assessed at J4,C0 valua-
tlon Is assessed on that for stale and
county taxes at the regular levy and the
man In the city with an nsseaned valuation
of tl.COO pays the same os does his country
brother, and In addition pays his cltjr tax,
but liecause he pays the latter his state
and county tax Is not lowered nnd neither
should It be.
H!alr Courier: What taxpayer would not
like to move his city property out Into one
of the townships In the country that has
the lowest tax rate Just Ion? enough to
have It assessed, and then move it back
again where It has Increased value and
the advantages of tnnll, city water for fire
protection, police or survetllnnce, etc? That
Is Just what the railroads have been doing
with their tracks and depots for years, and
now they are kicking like bay steers when
they are asked to pay city taxes for what
property they have In the city. Just as
other people must "do. That la what Is
meant by "terminal taxation" you have
been hearing so much about. Is there any
thing unfair about it? Railroad papers try
to make people believe It moans taking
taxes away from the townships through
which tho roads run, simply because the
roads arc asked to pay more taxes in the
cities. Even Representative gchoettgor
seems to have been thrown off the track
by this argument, to our great surprise.
There can be little doubt but that he sees
'ere this that the railroads would not op
pose the measure If it'almply meant chang
ing the method of paying the same amount
of taxes. They fight It because It means
paying In more taxes, paying Just as much
taxes on the dollar In the cities aa other
property owners pay. This Is not hard to
understand and It Is more than likely that
the fellows who can't ace It don't want to,
being tarred With the railroad stick.
That Mr. Rockefeller has a scant $300,000,
OtO and an Income of barely ja,CX),00) Is
shocking news Indeed. The country re
garded him aa rich.
Even New York City papera speak almost
respectfully of Depew Just now. He Is en
gaged In the effort to get an appropriation
for a postoffice there.
Secretary Wilson of the Department of
Agriculture Is the Nestor of the cabinet
and is the only member who was one of
the original group at the beginning of Mr.
The house In Leydin In which Rem
brandt, tho preut artist, was born 309 years
ago, was dehtroyed by fire last week. Tha
house has been used for a long time as a
pluce of pilgrimage for lovers of art.
New York has discovered a woman resi
dent who Is 101 years old and has been
a vtobacco smoker for uixty-cight years.
Pictures of her In. the act of hitting tho
pipe may be had from thn Tobacco trust
Frederick C. Stevens, the newly appointed
superintendent of public works In New
York state, Is president of a hank in
Washington, owns a street car line ,thero,
and runs a big stock farm near Attica,
N. Y. He has many millions.
A candidate for a county office who lives
at Wech, I. T., announces himself In tho
following unusually frank manner: "Owing
to the earnest solicitation of those to
whom I owe money I have consented to be
come a candidate for the office of county
treasurer, subject to the usual disclosure
' Chris Von Der Ahe of Bt Louis, in years
i gone by known to the base bull world as
I "Der boss president," has developed politl
' cal ambition and is a candidate for th
I city qouncil. Mr. Von Der Ahe owned the
I St. Louis Browns In the '8C'a. when they
won the American association champion
ship four successive season.,
Judge Graham of the San Francisco supe
nor court gets as much fun aa possible out
of life, even extracting an occasional luutfh
from trial over which he presides. Not
(long ago he Indulged in his favorite pro
pensity ana came on seeona oesi. An ap
plicant for naturalisation waa before him,
the French chef of a big hotel. Satisfied
with the answers to the formal questions,
Judge Graham auddenly and unamillngly
put a final poeer: "You ay you are a
chef? ' What la the difference between a
teal. duck and a pheasant?" Just aa quickly
and fully as seriously came the answer:
"Forty centa, your honor."
V All ! 1 V tZLU new"
m jots) not sjvnin or rassm
Jf tl. ctf'or eft) ha; :
CLEANLINESS IS W0R.TH ALL IT COSTS. ISNT IT?
IS THE CLEANEST Or THEM ALL AND VERY HOT
VICTOR WHITE COAL CO.. 1E05 Famam-Tel Osoj. 127
RRMRDY TIIF. HXF.a.
Dimple Remedy for the Hostility Ratla
road Mnnaa-era In meat.
New York Tribune.
Almost dally the newspaper quote some
railroad president as deploring the public
hostility to railways. On Turs,ia;r presi
dent Truesdnle of the IVIaw.ire, r.acka
wnnna A Western and Freslilont stlckney
of the Oreat Western railroad pointed, out
the peril ahead for railroads In what Mr.
fitlekney called "railroad rtaltlnn. Mr.
Btlrkney said It was bound to brlno; on
dlsarter to the country at lan?e, nn, rr,
Trucsdale predicted that It would "work
great wrong and Injustice to the rsilnrnd
Interests of the country, and In so doing
Injure Its general business Interests." Mr.
Truesdnle confessed that "no doubt thera
Is some Justification for this feeling" of
hostility. Aa If to give force to this
acknowledgment, the same dny"s papers
print the news of the Indictment of an
other railroad for rebating.
There la unquestionably some truth In
what these various railroad managers say
regarding the existence of a hostile senti
ment toward railroads. It Is more fully
developed In the western states than It Is
here In the east, for In the western statea
ngitation against certain of the evils of
railroad management, now generally ad
milted even by railroad men, has been car
ried on longer than In the east. A num
ber of primaries In states In the middle
west last fall were carried on the antl-
rallroad Issue, and again the same Issue
arose and proved a winning one in the
flections of those state, rtut It does not
seem to US that the feeling Is by any
means so great as some railroad presidents
would have us believe nor Is It so crys
tallised as to be full of danger either to
the railroads or to the Industrial prosper
ity of the country. Most of the so-called
anti-railroad legislation In various states
proceeds not from a spirit of hostility to
ward the railroads but from an honest ef
fort. If not always a wise one, to do Justice,
between the conflicting Interest of tha
railroads and the public. It Is the same
effort at Justice that Inspired the interstate
commerce legislation, of a year ago.
The real danger Is In the growth of hos
tility toward railroads. It Is easily con
ceivable that the sentiment existing now
might be Inflamed to a perilous degree by
demagoguFB on the one hand and by Ill
considered action of the railroads on the
other. We have examples In Chicago and
Cleveland within the last two years of the
destructive effects on public service cor
porations of a thoroughly aroused hostilo
public opinion. If the railroads recognize,
aa their presidents say they do, any Justi
fication for public antipathy they should
make all haste to end the Justifying causa.
Merely to deplore In annual reports, In
speeches and In public. Interview the an
tagonistic sentiment and to point out Its
dangers can do no good,. It is attempting
to aweep back the aea. To say, as Mr.
Truesdale doea, that much of it Is unjust,
exaggerated, unreasonable, will , not cure
the trouble; for though that statement is
perfectly true It la perfectly commonplace.
Whenever Just hostility exists, prejudice
and unreason inevitably multiply It. Tha
railroads should do their utmost to remove
this justification for the hostility whose
existence Mr. Truesdale confesses.
fellHTHriX HUM ARKS.
Daughter (tentatively) Father, William
is coming today to see you about me, and
please don't forget that it will cost hi
feelinKs a good deal to approach you ou
Father (grimly) Oh, let him come along
with the cost to his. feeling. I'll foot tha
Bill. Baltimore American.
"Rink Is very exact abrut matters of
etiquette and form, I am told."
"Rigidly so. Whenever he went on a
I spree while he was in mourning for hi
rich uncle, he insisted that he saw nothing
but blncK snaKes. tiultlmore American.
Knox Why don't you cut
Tone your talk down a bit.
Kundor What' wrong? It's
to call a snude a apade, ln't It?
Knox Well, Instead of calling it you
might whisper it occasionally, Philadel
phia Press. j
"How Wllllkina "must love his wife."
"Why do you think he does?"
"Siie weighs at least Pj pounds and he
merely calls her plump." Washington
"Doctor," said the patient, after the great
specialist had sounded and acrutlnlxed and
catechised him, "what makes me ao' ner
"You've lost your nerve," responded tha
specialist, demonstrating, however, by tha
size of his fee that he retained hi own.
"Our present social Ufa is so monoton
"A man goes to court before he's mar
ried, and goes to court after, just tha
same." Baltimore American.
"You cannot fully explain sun spot or
earthquakes, can you?"
"ForlunHtely, no," answered the profes
sor. "If thou - things were fully and satis
factorily 'xplalmd, there would be no fur
ther demiiini for magazine articles about
the n."-r Washington Star.
HER TltllMIMI OVKIt TIME.
She Isn't as young as she used to be.
But her luughter was never lighter;
Her hair Is blanching, as you may see.
But the pieaKurea of youth delight her;
She hna kept the heirt of a girl sho wear
A look that frightens away the carea
Which like to come plniruing ua unaware,
She is helping the world grow brighter.
What doea it matter about her years
Since the grates of youth attend her?
She adda to our glee and lessens our teur
What a service thnt Is to render!
She smiles Hnd trouble at onee depart.
She gives new courage to doubting heart)
Ah. hers la the highest of all the art
That udd to the world gay splendor.
How cheated are they who think or' say
That years are the only measure!
She never has foolirhly put away
The youth she whs born to treasure,
Her hair is blanching, but her eyea
The giory of hope serenely lies;
She sees no skies but the bluest skies, '
Her world 1 a world of pleasure,
Aytr s hair Vigor was good, toe bes.V
that vsi made. But Aver's Hair Vleor. a
Improved formula, is better. It U
one crcat specific ior tailing Daw. a
nrenrtinn Inevrvviv. Atk vonr
111 1)1 druggist to show it to you, tho new kind.
nnt ItA 1 of UM J. O. AMT
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