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THE OMAHA DAILY DEE: TUESDAY; MAY ,21, 1907
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STATEMENT OF CIRCULATION.
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Charles C. Risewnter, general manager
Of The Bee Publishing Company, being
duly sworn, says that the actual number
Of full and complete copies of The Dnlly,
Morning. Evening and Sunday Bee printed
during the month of April, 1W7. was as
1 33,70 IT 88,00
'"I 34.090 11 S'?
1 84,110 !.... 34.840
4 84J0 20 J5.010
B 84,330 21 S33B0
34,330 21 38.090
7 31,400 21 8300
34,280 24 3
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10 34.60O 24 o.0
11 84,410 27.... 38,830
12 38,780 21 34,600
12 38,680 29 38,810
14 33,400 20 a 38.850
It 34,690 "
,14 34,830 ' Total 1,038,410
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changed as often as requested.
. Abo Ruef says he wont Into politics
-with high Ideals. Ho appears to have
got good prices for them.
A physician, gays goose eggs are
healthy. The Washington and St.
Louis ball teams seem to be living on
Astronomers insist that Mars is
again trying to signal the earth. It
must want to know about the price of
Mr. Bryan does not care who la the
next democratic candidate for the pres
idency, so long as he Is recognized aa
the present one.
The Jamestown exposition is not yet
completed, but as the country has al
ready waited 300 years for It, a few
weeks more won't count.
One of Sunday's sermons explained
why the minister joined the Eagles.
Why should the joining of a fraternal
order require explanation?
Abe Ruef rays he never took a cent
of money dishonestly. Reports indi
cate that Abe would not take any
thing smaller than a dollar.
Howard Gould and his wife admit
that they have been just as unhappy
in their domestic relations as though
they had lived in Pittsburg.
"If we must have a democratic pres
ident," says the Philadelphia Inquirer,
In opening a long editorial. Somehow
interest ceases after that invocation.
' Scientists who are searching for a
parasite that will destroy the green
bug might do a service by finding one
that will destroy the speculative bug.
, If only a few more public service
corporations dig up our streets at one
nd the same time It will take the
pavement repair plant several years to
It la just possible, of course, that
"Uncle Adlai Stevenson Is - the ; dark
horse Colonel Watterson has In his
mind for the democratic presidential
A woman preacher In Chicago says
ahe Is going "to try to stop smoking
on the streets and all public places."
Good. If she must smoke, she should
jlo it at home. .
'; That Connecticut man who claims
to have seen a redheaded devil fish
which stood on Its tall and hised at
htm should have more respect for the
work of the prohibition crusaders.
An Ohio postmaster has resigned be
cause the pay of ta office la but 10
cents a day. We have come upon
mercenary, times when an Ohio man
gives up an office, pay or no pay.
Governor Sheldon Is disappointing
the chronic office seekers. The people
will manage to pull through providing
be does not disappoint them by back
sliding on his platform principles.
3. Hamflton I-ewls declares that the
democratic nominee next year will be
I man whose, name la not now con
sidered seriously. This sounds like
the formal launching of the J.' Ham.
Lewis boom. .
"A little less vinegar, a little more
all, and Just a drop or two of molas
ies." Is Colonel Watterson's prescrip
tion for the democratic party. The
Mlonel should know that the demo
cratic pau-ty alwajs takes it straight
WHEAT PROSPECTS AHD TRICKS.
The spirit of speculation, once liber
ated. Is wont to run riot without re
gard to facts or reason, and Just now
the energy formerly devoted to the
study and manipulation of the stock
market seems to have been turned
toward the cotton and - wheat fields.
In this country the broadest specula
tion In wheat has been Indulged In
since the famous loiter boom of 1898
and the exchanges of the old world
have caught the fever. The dollar line
has been crossed several times In the
movement in each direction and little
flurries of clouds or sunshine have
caused fluctuations that marked the
making or losing of fortunes. The
&ame Is a merry one and the excite
ment of it causes the players to lose
sight of some Indisputable facts that
must have their bearings, not only on
the prospects for the coming crop, but
on the prices that It will command.
Both bulls and bears on the grain
exchanges of the world have facts to
urge In support of their operations.
In this country, while tho government
crop bulletin Issued May 2 indicated
an Injured and retarded crop, later
reports show that spring wheat Is be
ing replanted in many sections and
the acreage promises to be larger than
before. Winter wheat is exhibiting Its
characteristic disposition to "pull up"
under favorable weather conditions,
and there Is a possibility that the total
crop for the year may equal that of
last year's record . breaker. On the
other hand, the European crop pros
pects are most discouraging. Russia,
the Balkans, France, Germany and
Austria all tell the same story of late
seeding on account of excessive rains
and cool weather, with Indications that
the European production will be many
hundreds of millions of bushels short
of normal. This assures a higher level
of prices for export wheat than was
secured last year and Indicates a strong
demand for every bushel of wheat
Amerjca can spare from domestic de
The export factor Is important in es
timating wheat prices. Europe has
been increasing its demands for Amer
ican wheat since last August. Since
August 1, 1906, Europe has taken
114,404,000 .bushels of American
wheat, as compared with only 76,000,
000 In the twelve months preceding.
Broomhall estimates that the United
Kingdom now has a surplus stock of
about 20,000,000 above hnmedlate re
quirements. The exports of wheat
have decreased for a number of years,
as the domestic demand has Increased
at a remarkable rate. In 1902 the
United States exported 235,000,000
bushels of wheat, as compared with
97.000,000 bushels in 1906. The do
mestic consumption of wheat has In
creased from 467,000,000 bushels in
1903 to 595,000,000 bushels In 1906.
With an average crop for the present
yean about 660,000,000 bushels
and an average consumption of 510,
000,000 bushels, the country could
figure upon about 140,000,000 for ex
port, in response to the certain In
creased demands from foreign coun
tries. With the present prices of spot
wheat about 11 cents above the aver
age of a year ago, tho wheat grower
has nothing to worry' about, however
much tho speculators may be disturbed.
THE SPURNED WKCDINQ GIFT.
JuBt to help the rest of the country
forget the Corey-GIlman farce or was
it a tragedy? Pittsburg has another
story that has the distinction at least
of being different from the usual run
of tales from that town. It appears
that Charles M. Schwab has a brother
living in Cleveland who is going to be
married in June. When a sister mar
ried a few weeks ago, Mr. Schwab pre
sented her with a check certified
for $2,000,000 as a wedding present,
and he announced a few days ago that
he would give, his brother and slster-in-law-to-be
a similar gift on their wed
ding, day. Now comes the story that
the brother and his bride-to-be have
spurned the offer and express their de
termination to lead the simple life and
be free from the care and temptations
that would beset them if charged with
the chaperonage of $2,000,000.
It is a little difficult to understand
why Brother Schwab and his flnancee
should adopt such a course. This
theoretical simple life business is all
right, tut a couple of million dollars
would come mighty handy around the
house with the new furniture to buy
and all that expense that counts up
like everything In the first days. Their
refusal Is tho more puzzling In view of
the fact that they are to make their
homo in Cleveland. Tho bride natu
rally might object to a $2,000,000
husband If she had to live in Pittsburg,
but as no condition of that kind Is at
tached to tho proffered gift, she ought
to Teconslder her refusal of it.
THE C O. D. PACKAGE-
The supreme court of the United
States has come to the relief of the
parched throats In Kansas and other
states which have prohibition laws, as
well as the thirsty dwellers In cities
and towns that have gone "dry" under
local option laws. The highest Judicial
authority In the land has decided that
express companies cannot be prevented
by state laws from delivering and col
lecting for Intoxicating liquors shipped
to consumers In "dry" .localities from
The decision was made' on a case
from Kentucky In which the authorities
of a prohibition county sought to re
strain an exprebs company from de
livering a,"C. O. D." package contain
ing Intoxicants that had been shipped
from Louisville. The Kentucky au
thorities contended that the act of col
lecting for the goods made the express
company a vendor of liquor and sub
ject to a ytate. law prohibiting such
traffic. The exYresa company argued
that It was a common carrier and
bound by contract to make collections
on C. O. D. packages and that the ef
fort of the Kentucky authorities was
an Interference with laws governing
interstate commerce. The supreme
court sustained the contention of the
express companies, deciding that Its
transaction was one of Interstate com
merce and therefore not subject to
This derision will , doubtless have
some effect upon the enforcement of
the law enacted by the late Nebraska
legislature to cover this point. In fact,
the attention of the lawmakers was at
the time directed to the Impracticabil
ity of any regulation restricting ship
ment of liquor packages between Intra
state points that would not prevent
similar shipments from points outside
the state, and the probability that the
only effect would be to fore all the
business In C. O. D. packages Into In
terstate shipments. In view of the
position taken by the court, pressure
for federal legislation to make these
state laws effective may be expected to
be redoubled In tho forthcoming congress.
S1APDARV OIL METHOD.
Commissioner Herbert Knox Smith
of the bureau of corporations of the
Department of Commerce and Labor,
has furnished a most Illuminating re
port to the president on the relation
of the Standard Oil company to the
petroleum industry of the nation. This
report Is a summary of tho findings
made by a corps of special agents of
the government who spent more than
a year Investigating the oil Interests
of the country, In all branches. Whllo
much of the evidence securedhas been
withheld, on account of pending litiga
tion, enough Is published to more than
Justify tho exaggerated suspicions the
public has held concerning Standard
Oil methods in perfecting and perpet
uating Its hold on the oil business of
Contrary, to tho general impression,
tho Standard does not produce the
bulk of tho oil. Less than one-sixth
of the 135,000,0dO barrels of crude oil
produced in 1905 came from wells
owned or operated by the trust. The
Standard's ascendancy la not based on
production, but on the absolute own
ership of practically all tho refineries
of the country and its complete dom
ination by ownership or control of
all pipe lines, through which 9C per
cent of the crude oil produced Is trans
ported. This pipe line control Is as
effective for Its purposes as direct
ownership of the wells would be and
less expensive. Having thus secured
the monopoly of refining, tho Stan
dard completes its grasp by doing its
own marketing.- The tank wagon sys
tem enables the . trust to deal direct
with the consumer, eliminating ' the
jobber and placing the Standard in
position to adjust Its prices to suit
conditions in different localities and
to wipe out effectually attempted com
petition. "Only by unfair practices has the
Standard been able," reads the re
port, "to maintain its monopoly while
charging prices averaging much ebove
the competitive level. These unfair
practices may be broadly grouped
under three heads railroad discrimin
ations, abuse of control of pipe lines
and unfair methods of selling prod
ucts." The federal authorities are al
ready making great progress In their
efforts to nut an end to the railroad
discriminations, and a determined
fight is to be made to break up the
other combinations, Injurious to the
public, which have been used by the
Standard to secure Its monopoly.
The officials of tho Standard were
among the first to raise the cry that
the "small investors, the widows and
orphans," were being wronped and in
jured by tho government's attempt to
bring tho trust to terms. Commis
sioner1' Smith's report shows that tho
"widows and orphans" who own ?46,
000,000 worth of the $75,000,000 cap
ital stock of the trust are John D.
Rockefeller, Henry M. Flagler, Charles
Pratt, O. H. Payne, William Rockefel
low, J. A. Bostwlck. W, G. Warden,
John D. Archbold and Benjamin Brew
ster. At the present time these poor
widows and orphans ar drawing only
$45,000,000 a year In dividends.
SAME TJilXQ UEUE.
The grand Jury, which has Just re
ported on conditions existing In the
Lancaster county court house, calls at
tention to a graft which is perpetrated
not only there, but here In Douglas
oounty as well, and probably in , other
counties in this state. The report
In this connection, we wish to state that
evidence has been brought before this body
that the sheriff has been negligent in the
mutter of paying- over fees which he has
collected from the county to the persons
for whom such fees were collected. -Our In
vestigation was especially directed to the
matter of fees claimed and received by the
sheriff from the county for the aervlcea of
attendants la conveying Insane persons to
the state asylum, such fees in some cases
running beck for a period of two or three
years; also that In at least one Instance the
sheriff has put la a claim for the services
of an attendant where no attendant was
employed, the driver of the conveyance
having been reported as an attendant, but
paid only for the use of the conveyance.
The sheriff's office in Douglas county
has for years been worked to the limit
In all directions to line the pockets of
successive Incumbents. The Bee last
winter thoroughly exposed the game
as It was worked through claims filed
with the legislature for reimbursement
of alleged cost of conveying prisoners
to the penitentiary. We are In posi
tion to assert and to prove that the
same species of graft has been perpe
trated on the Douglas county treasury
through bills rendered by the sheriff
for conveying Insane persons to the
State asylum; that these bills include
Items for mileage traveled on free
pauses, for carriage rides, for trips
made In street cars, for meals never,
eaten and for attendants who never
received any pay.
If such expense accounts were
handed Into the federal government by
a United States marshal his official
head would be decapitated forthwith
and in all probability he would In ad
dition be presented to the grand Jury
for Indictment, while his bondsmen
would be called upon to return the
Is thero any good reason why the
office of sheriff cannot be conducted
honestly and on the square with the
A Burlington official Is said to have
written a letter to explain why the
road. has gone back on Its promise of
a new depot at York, In which ho pre
dicts that the revenues of the company
will next year show a falling off of
$7,000,000 as a consequence of "hos
tile" legislation. Railroad bookkeep
ing has always been wonderfully made
and if the bookkeepers are so In
structed sufficiently in advance they
should have no difficulty in producing
the desired deficit.
The Indictment of the members of
a well known law firm at the stato cap
ital for being implicated in a scheme
to wtyhdraw protests against liquor
license applications for a caBh consid
eration suggests that some of this kind
of work has also been going on in
Omaha under various thin disguises.
If the whole truth were disclosed it
would bo found that the berated sa
loon keeper is often as much sinned
against as sinning.
"When the cardinal rays of the set
ting sun flood the forests, fields and
Bplrea of earth with golden glory, the
soul soars into the fading light and
revels in a dream of immortality,"
says the Baltimore American. It may
affect them that way in Baltimore, but
out here, "when the cardinal rays of
tho setting sun, etc.," the Omaha soul
hikes for the homebound car and
revels in a dream of dinner.
The democratic World-Herald ls
aghast at the reflections of the Lan
caster county grand Jury upon Lancas
ter county officials, among them the
Lancaster county shorlff. When tho
same charges were made and proved
by The Bee against the present repub
lican Douglas county sheriff and his
democratic predecessor the World
Herald remained dumb as an oyster.
Some patriotic people In Council
Bluffs are threatening to enjoin the
sale of liquor at Lake Manawa be
cause the street railway company has
not seen fit to provide them with a site
for a club house. Over on this side
of the river such a proceeding would
come dangerously near subjecting the
participants to prosecution under the
Nebraska law against blackmail.
The court has taken under advise
ment the case brought to compel
specific performance of tho water
works purchase contract Whichever
way the decision goes will make no
difference with' the regularity with
which the do-nothing water commis
sioners draw their salaries.
Tho new volume of Nebraska ses
sion laws is supposed to be ready, for
distribution within sixty,, days after
legislative adjournment, but more us
ually makes Its appearance about
sixty days late. Wonder If this year
will be any exception to. the rule?
It Is announced by the local demo
cratic organ that the Lancaster county
grand jury Is to be made the basis of
a reform movement designed to land a
few democrats in office. When a dem
ocrat goes in for reform a berth on the
public payroll Is tho goal.
Thoma3 Fortune . Ryan, the Wall
street magnate, cays he has no desire
to represent the state of Virginia In
the United States senate. Even a
Wall street man occasionally gets on
the popular sldo of a great question.
Slender Eienae for Mirth.
Senator Piatt again hands out the old
Joke about Mr. Hoosevelt "stealing the ten
commandments." It Is absolutely certain,
however, that he didn't steal them from the
Provocation for Discontent.
Chicago Inter Ocean.
The plague in India has killed half a
million people In six weeks, and yet that
part of the empire which is remote from
the famine wonders why the natives are
discontented with British rule.
Word comes from China that the relief
sent from the United Btates for the starving
Chinese has broken the back of the boy
cott. The heatehen Is not without due appre
ciation of Christian treatment.
Knock for C lean Money,
For the richest nation In the world
country which has surplus revenues
amounting to 170.000,000 or more a year the
United States of America permits a sad lot
of dirty and disreputable paper money to
remain In circulation.
Startlatt a Gaesalna; Contest.
New York Tribune.
Colonel Wattoraon may merely have
wanted to start a gurtaliis; control when
he said he had a winning democratic presi
dential candidate in mind, other than Mr.
Bryan, who lived "west of the Alleghanles
and north of the Potomac and Ohio." But
thla Is treating a solemn situation with un
W netting- Coyhood Ambitions.
Not every American boy has made the
presidency of tho United Btates tho goal
of his ambition, but tho .exceptions will be
fewer now that the president has had a
solid gold free pass conferred upon til in
admitting him to all the games played by
the National Association of Professional
Baao Bali Leagues,
ARMT GOSSIP 1 WASHINGTON.
Current Events Gleaned from tho
Army and Ksry Register.
The War department has received com
munication from Fort Crook, Neb., sotting
forth that the Thirtieth Infantry ! under
orders to sail for tho rhillpplno Islands,
and aa the families of the officers and en
llsted men of that command are practically
required to travel on the same trains with
troops. It was asked that the War depart
ment render a decision whether the rail,
roads could carry members of the families)
of officers and enlisted men at the same
rate charged for troops. The quartermas
ter general, who received the letter, sent
It to the acting judge advocate general,
asking for an optnio.i as to the legality
of railroads making a reduced rata for a
party of ten or more made up of members
of the families of the officers and enlisted
men. Major J. B. Porter, the acting Judge
advocate general, recommended that tho
War department send the request to tho
Interstate Commerce commission for a de
cision In the matter.
An unexpected obstacle has been en
countered by the army quartermasters In
their effort to provide out of existing funds
for roadways and walks at Fort Mackenzie,
Wyo. It appears that construction of this
kind hns never been done In that locality.
Thla accounts for tho fact that when the
bids were opened for the work the other
day they were found to be 38 per cent
higher In amount than for similar work
anywhere else In the United States. Thero
was nothing for the army quartermasters
to do except to reject all the bids, and this
action has been taken. The plans and
specifications yrill have to bo entirely re
vised In ojer to bring the construction
within th amount available for this pur
pose. It dons not seem possible to Interest
people In other parts of tho country In
this work at Fort Mackenzie and those In
the neighborhood have .not reduced the cost
of labor and material to a figure which
makes It possible to award the contracts
on the basis of the proposals recently re
ceived. The Army Signal corns Is in the market
for nearly l.ono telephones. This supply
of Instruments Is expected to complete the
equipment of the post telephone system
which has been under way for the last
three years. The 'phones will be sent to
the Signal corps depots for distribution In
localities where they may be needed. The
post telephone system Is a. valuable ac
quisition and the service has been Installed
aa rapidly as possible at permanent army
Much comment has been excited by two
decisions which were rendered last week
by the comptroller of the treasury. One
was In the case of an army paymaster's
clerk, who lost personal property In the
fire of San Francisco, and the other was
that In an Identical case of a quarter
master's clerk, who lost personal property
lr a fire at Seattle. The comptroller de
cides that in the former case the claimant
may be reimbursed under the act of March
8, 1S85, because the paymaster's clerk Is,
within the Intention of that law, an officer
of tho army. He has also decided that the
quartermaster's clerk Is not entitled to re
imbursement, as his status is that of a
civilian In the military service, there being
no provision for his trial by mllitsry court
and no law that recognizes such an em
ploye as a part of the military force. Tho
favorable action on the claim of the pay
master's clerk Is based on tho Hendeo de
cision of the supreme court. It has al
ways been understood that the clerks of
paymasters and quartermasters were Iden
tical Vn the relations to the service, and
the comptroller in the two decisions does
not clearly, point out why the quarter
master's clerk should not receive the re
imbursement under ' the circumstances
quite as much as the clerk of tho pay
master. ' . .
The Second Field battery at Fort Riley,
Kan., has been conducting some experi
ments, under direction of tho field artillery
board, with the knapsack under service
conditions. The experiments were con
ducted with a view of ascertaining if the
army kit "wagon could conveniently hold
ninety knapsacks, with the same number
of shelter tents, and all members of the
battery, Including the extra, and special
duty men. were called upon to prepare
a field pack to be used In the experiments.
It was found that each of tho two battery
kit wagons could carry only seventy-five
The quartermaster general of the army
will shortly award one of the largest con
tracts, estimated to amount to more than
$20n,ooo. for 5,000 tons of oats and S.500 tons
of timothy hay. The bids are to be opened
by the depot quartermasters stationed In
the vicinity of the large grain markets
and the mnterial Is intended for shipment
to the Philippines.
THE I RIFFLED WEST.
Characteristics of the Old Days
Crowded Off the Landscape.
Tho great west the golden, glorious west
Is fast drifting away from the picturesque
days of the forty-niner, the hostile red
skin, and the swashbuckling: cowboy.
j Tamed, subdued and willing to give ear
to the apostles of more peaceful ways,
this great section has entered a new period
of calm and unruffled content.
The old-time gambler alone dies hard.
Nowhere In all this land has the gambler
ever flourished more magnificently than In
the west. There he has been a king
among men. Reckless, prodigal and quick
of trigger, he pursued a way strewn with
dead men's bones and decorated with the
wrecked hopes of thousands. But go he
must, and going he Is. Steadily, but
surely, he Is being crowded out, and he will
soon be nothing more than a memory and
It is pleasant to note, however, that
while he is sulkily slinking away from the
west proper, he Is leaving the great stato
of Texas and we usually Include Texas
when we speak of the west with some
thing of a smile and much of captivating
nonchalance. From a Lone Star contem.
porary wo cull the following poetic gem
from the pen of a departing light of tho
"The Rambler looked at his deck of cards,
On the table, scattered loose,
And he said. 'It's up with us, old pards,
Fur the legislature's played the deuce!'
"He gazed on the pretty picture spots.
On the ace and the nine and the ten.
And he said, 'We've opened many jackpots.
But the legislature's opened the pen.'
"He bade farewell to his favorite ace,
lie kissed the queen of spadea,
And murmured, aa he hung hia sorrowful
The legislature's sure played hades!' "
Perhaps that "poem" may bo a few chips
shy as the real thing In soul-stirring versi
fication, but It hits the present Texas sit
uation between the eyes.
Having taken due and deliberate note of
the legislature's grim determination to
pound the prohibitive keyboard all the way
from the deuce to hadea and back again,
and viewing unwelcome prospects of a
yawning "pen" a few short laps ahead. It
la to this bard's credit that he selsea time
by the fprelock and determines to sever
diplomatic relations with the queen of
spades end that with a kiss Instead of a
slap. It la much better for him to face the
Inevitable with poetic fortitude than to
growl about It. He Is down and out and
he appears to know It.
We commend his methods to other gentry
of the same persuasion, . U cot tho same
A Cream of Tartar Powder
free from alum or phoo
altos Homo Baking Easy
Dr. James M. Green, principal of tho
New Jersey Normal school, haa refused to
allow tho girls to wear caps and gowns,
which he says are wholly wrong In schools
below the college rank.
The two "Abes" Hummel of New York
and Ruef of San FYancisco will now have
plenty of leisure and solitude In which to
reflect on the truth of that old saying
about tho way of tho transgressor.
A southern man has been sent to the
chain gang for six months for having
beaten his son, who persisted In playing
Sunday base ball. It Is suspected the
youth may take advantage of the old man's
W. E. Corey's 19-year-old son Is said to
have told a schoolmate recently that his
father offered to give him JBOO.000 and take
him Into the steel company If he would
live with his father and the new wife, but
ho choose to remain with his mother.
Omaha courts have attempted to do some
wonderful things by Injunction, but their
best efforts look amateurish when com
pared with the attempt of a court in
Carthage, Mo., to compel the local herd
of Elks to stick to the water wagon dur
ing a "social session."
Franz Emanuel Kevakos, a native of
Finland, haa reached Pittsburg on his walk
around the world which he undertook to
win a bet made by two wealthy men of
San Francisco three years ago. He left
that city m February, 1304, and since that
time has crossed Asia and Europe on foot,
wearing out thirty-six pairs of shoes.
In all Lord Wolseley's campaigns he mnde
It a rule, where possible, to allow each
soldier one pound of tobacco a month,
which he considered a fair allowance. . In
Italy the military authorities recognize the
wnfd as one of the comforts essential to
tho troops and cigars are served out to
them with their dally rations.
FATE OF THE TRANSGRESSOR.
Grafter RneTs Confession as Vtewei
Ban Frarioisco Chronicle.
Abraham Ruef should have thought of
his family before ho entered upon his
career of orlrne. They are Innocent and
tho public need not, aa Indeed It cannot.
Withhold Its sympathy from them. The
most terrible punishment which Is Inflicted
on such criminals Is the distress whioh
their crimes brings upon Innocent persons
who have been accustomed to respect and
honor them. But It Is tho inexorable doom
which crime brings upon Itself.
For Ruef himself tho only sympathy pos
sible Is that which one might feel for' a
wolf which, having dovasted the sheep fold,
has been pursued, brought to bay' and,
after a long fight, finally disposed of, It
Is not a case In which the safety of so
ciety permits leniency to be shown. Ruef
haa corrupted every branch of the city
government which he could get hold of
and brought the city almost to the verge
of ruin. Seldom haa a man occupying an
unofficial station in lifo been able to achieve
so much evil. It will be many a year be
fore Sun Francisco can outlive the shame
which the man Ruef has brought upon It.
He has not been Ingenious even In his
confession tor while pleading guilty as
charged ho professes to be not guilty of
this particular crime meaning merely by
that that he did not extort the money by
threats within the meaning of the law.
Witnesses, however, would have sworn that
ho did so. It Is unthinkable that such
sums should have been paid blm volun
tarily by the restaurant keepers. All that
Ruef can mean by his profession of "Inno
cence" while pleading guilty Is a claim
that he succeeded In terrifying the restaur
ant men Into submitting to blackmail with
out the use of words which the law would
construe as a threat. There Is no moral
difference between what Ruef would claim
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has been everywhere recognized. The next obligation
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that ho did and the crime to which bo haa
Ruef also shows his dlslngenuousness by
attributing his situation to "the asMUtts
of tho press." Doubtless he haa been as
saulted by the press. But the proas haa
accused him of nothing but what he has
confessed and Intimated. What fault haa
ho to find with that? Shalt tho press re
main silent while thieves plunder a dls-
I trensed city and rob It of Us good name?
Ruef fought the forces of decency until he
could fight no longer. No man to strong
enough to stand up against the wrath of an
' outrnged community. His physical collapse
; wns Inevitable and the" only mantle which
' charity can throw over him. Is that his
i physlcai weakness broke down his mental
fnm.HU. mnA A.ll.nlt th. a! f.Mnf Wd if-t Innfl
In what is a virtual confession of all that
he has been charged with.
"O! You're cooked for this robbery, all
right," said the detective, "you left a
htmn.T clue b'rlilnd you."
"JJat's a lie," cried the prisoner. "Do
on'y strong tool I had wid mo wuz a
Jimmy an' I tok dat away wid me." Phila
delphia Press. '
"These are the days when the young di
vinity student has a mental struggle."
"As to what?"
"Whether to preach or pitch." Louisville
f i'tu yipii trvt'r yuur vuioi imto iiiv
, Impertinent friend.
"Never," answered Senator Sorghum. "A
single vote is of no consequence these days.
"You've got to contract to deliver them In
' hnnrhe " Wtiflhlnirtnn Star.
"She Is very wealthy?"
"Money left to her?"
"No; she Is the author of a book entitled
'Hints to Beautiful Women.' "
"I presume all the beautiful women In the
country purchased it?"
"No; but all Uio homely women dld."-
"Say, It must be a great Joke for tho fish
that gets away when he hears himself do
crlhed as the biggest that ever was."
"No. it's all lost on him." .
"How do you know?"
"Scientific experiments prove that fish dd)
not hear." Cleveland pallndealor.
wny am i gloomy r aemanaea xno nn
desirable suitor whom she had hoarueasrs
la-nornd. "Isn't it enogh to make a man!
gloomy to be cut by tho On he loves)
"The Idea!" exclaimed the heartless gtrL
."I didn't even know that you shaved your
self." Philadelphia Press.
A VILLAGE EPITAPH.
New York Times.
Sort o' Jollied along
In th' friendliest way,
With a smile or a sons;
And a kind thing to say
Never had a harsh word
It a fellow went wrong,
All th' good in you stirred
Aa he jollied along,
Sort o' easy and free
WKh a word o' good choan
Kind o' helpful to me
And liitiplrln' to hear;
Didn't take It to heart
If a thing should go wrong,
Said he made It an art
Just to Jolly along.
Put a flea In your ear
As he chanced to go by
With a voice full o' cheer
And a wink of his eye;
If he reckoned you went '
At a. pace quite too strong.
But you know what he meant
As he jollied along.
And th' clouds might be drear
Or th' sky might be gray.
But he brought you good cheer
If he happened your way;
For he gave you a laugh
Or a snatch of a song.
And your woes went Ilka ohaff
As he Jollied along.
And I've missed him today-
Bomethln' friendly an' sweet
Like a flower gone away
From our side of th' street;
And they told me his smile
Was so sweet and a. song"
On his lips all th' whllo
When he jollied along.
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