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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: FETWUARY
' EDWARD PRAISES AMERICANS
King Extol. Hospitality of Hoiteue.
from Thi Side Water.
COLMEKDS EXAMPLE TO ENGLISH
Duchess of Marlborough Aids in Philanthropic Work
Tltlen Damn of F.mlrr Inclined I
Shirk Datr mm Wlal Reafvaa-
Willy Keonomr Their
'Watchword.
IN'POX, Feb. 1, Spcclal.)-It was com
monly !! lam summer tiiat it wst King
Kdmsrd and the Amnlcarn who kept tht?
London season going; In short. If it had
not been for the Yankees we would have
Bad no it anon at all. His majesty has
been aa angry a he can he when he likes
with om of his mont Important British
subjects for the manner bi which thrjr
have backed out of doing anV- hospitalities
on a large- scale for several seasons past.
He gave the due hens of Portland a pteca
of his mind because she does nothing In
the role of a Ijondon hostess. This lady
hates society and lives the simple life,
drinks only sour milk anl exists on patent
. "foods." This summer, however, she will
be forced Into the social arena, as she has
a young daughter to present who has al
ready made her debut at the great ball
for the king and queen of Spain at' Wel
beck Abbey.
When discussing with the duchess her
duty toward society the king said "Just
aee what Americans do to keep things
lively during the season. Look at the
Whltelaw Kejds, the Astora. Mrs. Potter
Palmer, the Dreiels and tho Beattys.
"Why, were It not for them there would
practically be no season worth counting.
Great titles and positions Involve social
obligations and It Is wrong to shirk them."
Young Mrs. Astor Is to do a great deal
for her sister. She will have to take a
town house on her own account, as Astor
pero likes to feel that the Astor mansion
In Carlton House Terrace Is still his own
and will only allow his daughter, -"Mrs.
Bpencer Clay, to act as hostess there.
Great efforts will be made by young As
tor's wife to marry her sister brilliantly.
She has expressed herself determined to
accomplish It.
Mrs. Palmer Xnt Eaclnslre.
Mrs. Potter') Palmer will make another
great bid for popularity and the presence
of royalties at her parties next season.
The summit of her social ambition is to
entertain the king, but she has not yet
bcen able to catch him. Many of her own
countrywomen here are very Jealous of
Mrs. Potter Palmer. This is one of the
reasons why she has not niade all the
headway with society that she should have
done Again she Is not as exclusive as
she might be.
The Whltelaw Relds intend to make
things livelier than ever at the American
embaasy. There la talk of a great deal of
dancing.. Jean Reid Is one of the best
dancers In the American set and the men
don't dare to loaf or make pillars of them
selves as wall supports at the embassy
balls.
All eyes will be centered on Warwick
House, which will be out of the hands of
the decorators In good time Tor tho fray, j
The wildest stories are going about in j
society as to what Miss Dodge means to
do. Those who know her best say she will
tagger the town.
Aa everyone knows. Mrs. Klrkpatrjck de
Closeburn Is a leader of the American
colony In Paris. Her parties are unjoue
and consequently famous. It Is a matter
of sheer delight to us to learn that she
is likely to pitch her tent In Mayfalr for
the season of thla year. Long have we
been hearing from our friends who have
had the pleasure of visiting Mrs. Klrk
patrlck de Closeburn on the other side of
the channel of the rare fun to be found
at her gatherings. It appears sh makes
a point of inviting the most amusing and
quaint creatures she can find from all sorts
and conditions. Isn't it a lovely Idea?
Daring does not qualify it one little bit.
No party can be dull with freaks.
Entertainer at Kreaks.
A. few years ago a renowned garden
party used to take place annually in Lon
don In July. Every one who had the luck
to be asked trooped to it and many who
were not. It used to be called the too
logical garden party, and for sheer fun
there was nothing to touch It the whole
year round.
In this case the hostess, now alas, dead,
did not know she was entertaining freaks,
but Mrs. Kirkpatrtck de Closeburn is a
woman with a big s?nio of humor and de-
llberately hunts for them. She will travel
" from one end of Paris to the other to get
hold of a good specimen. In London she
should find a great field for the gratifica
tion of her hobby and there Is no doubt
whatever her salon here will be a grand
' success'. London society Is satiated with
lavish entertainment. What It really wants
Is something novel to arouse Its Interest.
The "freak party" bids well to be the party
of the nearest future. This American host
. ess will unquestionably find many imita
tors here.
Lady Paget is making up for her long
absence from social doings through ill
ncss. Just now she Is more to the fore
than she has ever been. One of the most
successful parlje of the winter season
was her "fancy head" show the other
right, which was expressly organised for
the Russian ambassador. An artist came
from Paris to arrange the hostess's head.
Some of the guests knowing he was com
ing look the opportunity to engage his
services. He is extraordinarily auccessiul
at this kind of thing and charge about
JJS for a design and fixing it up im the
Individual. The great thing to be ac
quired in connection with "fancy heads"
Is qtiaintness, if not positive ugliness, and
above all, originality. Men. of course,
wear "fancy heads" as well as women.
There la quite a fortune In , store for a
clever artist who can "do" heads In ln
don. aa this fad for parties is to be one
of the great notions during this year.
Mrs. Halvh Panel 111.
By the way. talking of Ijdy Paget re
mind me that her daughter, Mrs. Ralph
Paget, is very sick of Bangkok and Is pining
to come back to England. This la some
what rough on her husband, who likes his
post there. He Is now seeking something
else to do in Kngland, If possible. As his
American mother-in-law has such groat
Influence In high places there Is likely to
be little difficulty In providing hint with
a fresh appointment, though he is bound
to stay on at Bangkok until the spring
when he brings his wife home.
Miss Padelford, who will have changed
her nam to that of the Hon. Mrs. Robert
Urosvenor by the time this reaches y.u
considers she has been very badly treated
by her own countrywomen, three of wiom
had promised to be of the bevy of girls.
mostly American, hvlio will be attending
her at the altar. Jean Reid was to have
been one, but a week or two ago site
wrote explaining that she could no get
back In lime lir the wedding. Msrgarrtta
Diesel Uo gave her word of honor to
stand by the bride on the momentous oc
casion snd so did Miss Carter. The latter
two have also expressed their Inability to
sea Miss Padelford married. Thla meant
that at the last moment the bride-to-be had
la go hunting up fresh girls to act in the
capacity.
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1 kept th psrty at bay with a fusillade of
stones. Finally, however, one of the be
sieiters crept In under cover of darknes
and Anderson was captured and turned
over to the police. The next day the mag
istrate accommodated him with free lodg
ines for a month.
Kveryone kn'ows thht Ireland wss a cen
ter of learning In the dark ages, but It Is
riot generally known that even today .the
classic tradition Is preserved In the most
unexpected places In the Island. At a re
cent meeting of the classical association in
Dublin, Dr. Butcher, member of Parlia
ment, said that in the days of Queen Ells
alieth to declare that a scholar spoke Greek
was equivalent to saying that he was Irish,
and then he made the astonishing- an
nouncement that In certain parts of Ire
land the knowledge of Latin and Greek
was handed down In many peasant families
as a precious heritage from father to son.
Ho himself knew of families of peasants
on the shores of Dingle bay, the members
of which spoke classic Iatln among them
selves, when they did not wish other tier-
sons to understand what they were talking
about.
From Iatln to wild beasts Is a far cry,
but It has recently been stated on the au
thority of an eminent naturalist that Ire
lnnd iias not only preserved the classic
tradition, but that It hRS afforded a sanctu
ary for several species of wild beasts which
have been exterminated In other parts of
Europe. The Arctic fox has been seen in
Connemara, and In the wilds of Connaught
It Is alleged Individual African wild cats
) can still be found occasionally. The theory
Is. of course, that thes beasts were driven
westward by the march of cultlvntion and
town building, and that they have now
sought sanctuary on the shores of tho
Atlantic, wher they must make their last
fight for life. F. X. Cl'LLF-V.
WAR TO DEATH AGAINST RAT
Learned Scientists Start Society for
This End in London.
CHIEF SOURCE OF THE PLAGUE
Their Fleas Really I All Mis.
chief, hat la to the Kleaa
Rats Mast Re Kstrrral
waled.
DCCHESS OF MARLBOROUGH REVIEWING MEMBERS OF A LONDON TRAMWAY MEN'S BROTHERHOOD.
LONDON, Feb. 1. (Special.) In this
country there is no better evidence of
personal popularity than frequent Invita
tions to declare various new Institutions
"open." And after the members of the
royal family, there probably Is no person
in England who Is asked to perform thla
service oftener than the American duchess
of Marlborough.
Since the duchess got back from America,
her numerous philanthropic enterprises, not
to mention country house hunting, and ar
rangements In connection with the edu
cation of her two boys, have kept her 'un
commonly busy, but She found , time this
week to perform yet another "opening"
ceremony this time at the Invitation of a
society of tramway (or street car) men. The
"Tramway .Brotherhood,',' as it is called,
which exists In connection with Pt. Mark's
church. In tho Kennington district of Lon
don, recently was provided with a r.ew
Assembly hall by the vicar of the diocese.
Dr. Darlington, and it was this hall which
the duchess of Marlborough opened on
Monday, using a specially made silver key.
First, however, her f,race Inspected the
members of the brotherhood, all of whom
wore their uniforms, and later she made
them a little speech In which she thanki d
them for the "honor" they had done her,
and expressed grat pleasure in being with
them. They responded by giving three
lusty cheers for the American peeress.
CANUCKS RISE UP IN ARMS
After the ceremony I managed to get a
word with the duchess, who told me that Lieutenant Governor Dnnaninlr II
she Is not going to Biarrlts as she origin- ' Roosed Ire of People of Brit
ally had planned. Sunderland houee, her l.-rh. Colombia
London residence, is being redecorated VANCOUVER. B. C, Feb. l.lmport:int
throughout, and while thla work Is In pro- I steps will be taken within the next few
gross, a matter of two months or more, the days In an effort to cause the removal from
duchess wiM reside at Lord Wimhorne's office of Lieutenant Governor Dunsmulr.
house at Roehampton, which she has The liberals have Joined the socialists In
rented, its noble owner being abroad. With the provincial legislature and Monday will
her, the ducheas will have her boys, the ask the house, now sitting aT Victoria, to
Marquis of Blandford and Lord Ivor petition the Dominion to remove him. The
Fpencor Churchill, but In the spring the victoria Colonist, the oldest newspaper In
Sent tO a Preparatory Ttrlfi.h r'nlnmt.ln rnrmnrlv r.nJ n m.
mulr, is demanding that the lieutenant
latter are to be
school near Brighton. The duchess declared
that her recent visit to the United States
had done her a world of good.
are like In America; but In London they
are no Joke. Indeed, I have known brides
so utterly worn out with the preparations
for their nuptials as to look positively ten
years older than they were when the great
day came round. A smart wedding is
really one of the greatest sources of worry
to all concerned. Bridesmaids Invariably
cause much trouble over the selection of
frocks. This Is a foregone conoluslon,
when it Is remembered from ten to twelve
young women have all to agree about
the color of a sash or the shape of a
chapeau.
The reception1 will be a sumptuous affair
and Is taking place at Mrs. Ernest Cun
ard's house In Portman square. The flow
ers alone will cost $o.QiX. most of them
coming by special train from the continent.
LADY MARY.
GREATEST BORE OF ENGLAND
And that Is Saying Great Deal for
Algernon Aahtoa of Merry
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LONDON. Feb. 1. (Special.) in Ger
many the name of Ashton is honored as
that of a brilliant musical composer; In
England, his own country, it is more Or
less derided. Algernon Ashton, In fact, has
been called "England's greatest bore." He
has been the butt of humorists, of the
press, and, unquestionably, has added much
to the gaity of the nation.
The one and only Algjs in England Is
Algernon Ashton. Hi-re he Is best known
as the man who writes letters to the
papers. To do this Is part of the birthright
of every true Englishman. Not so many
years ago it was the direst threat one could
make to the exorbitant cabman, the im
pertinent wa!ter or 'bus conductor or to
the railway official when one's train was
late, that one would write and complain
to the Times.
Mr. Ashton began with the Times in 1M3.
He agreed with the poet who wrote " 'lis
pleasant sure to see one's name, in print,"
for In four years he had f letters printed
in the leading papers of the country. These
letters gave him the name of "Corrector
of the Press," for the writer called atten
tion to mistakes in the various editorial!
and other serious articles published or else
called public attention to errors of inscrip
tions on famous tombs and monuments
Listening at last to the entreaties of his
friends, particularly Sir Edward Elgar,
England's foremost musician, Algernon
Ashton has renounced his hobby of letter
writing and in ah Impassioned declaration,
just published by 105 papers throughout the
country, he has announced his final retire
ment." Mr. Ashton has retired, like a
famous prima donna, twice before. Once
he remained in retirement for a year, the
second time for two years. Now It Is for
all time. I am assured of this fact; first,
pianiste. She was the pioneer in America
of the large crop of child wonders. Diana
married Louis Staab of New York and
some years ago died and was buried in that
city.
Nearly a quarter of a century ago the
Royal College of Music of England chose
Algernon Ashton as its professor of the
pianoforte. He has held the same post -ever
since. His musical compositions during that
time consist of 145 volumes and 1,100 single
pieces. Of these nearly 300 are songs, the
words of which were supplied by his
mother. There are sonatas and pieces for
half a doien different Instruments. Mr.
Ashton's works are very popular In Ger
many and have also a vogue in the United
States, yet strange to say England will
have nothing to do with them.
F1SH.NG INDUSTRY RUINED
Travelers Permitted to Enter Three
Mile Limit All Injure Nets.
"SOFTEST SNAP" IN ENGLAND
Lord Great Chamberlain Receives
$22, BOO 1 early for Dolna
"othln at All. ,
LONDON. Feb. 1. (Siecial. When Par
liament reassembled, the marquis of C'.iol
mondeley emerged from the comparative
obscurity of a nobleman who possesses no
Intrinsic claims to emlnenwe to perform
some of the stunts for which 'he draws from
the public 'treasury the magnificent salary
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governor step down.
In a speech In the house. Representative
Hawthornthwaite (socialist) cVclared that
if the legislature of the Dominion govern
ment does not exclude the Orientals,
laborers will arm themselves as the Japa
nese have done at Vancouver, and that a
great conflict may be expected. Haw
thornthwaite now has a bill drafted provid
ing that no mill, mine or factory In the
provinces shall hire an Oriental unless
they pass an educational test similar to
LONDON, Feb. 1. (Special.) Science has
pronounced sentence of death against rats.
They have been declared a menace to
mankind so formidable, that nothing short
of their complete extermination can sat
isfy the requirements of human progress.
Their creation, it seems, was a mistake.
Their continued survival has only multi
plied the proof of their unfitness for ex
istence In the modern world. Thev have
got to go every last one of thotn. And
the Society for the Extermination of Ver
min has been duly formed, organised, con
stituted .and all the rest of It, to rid these
Islands of them.
Doubtless the cables have already flaahed
to America the bald story of tho forma
tion of the society and its full purpose.
It was aY" tho Hotel Metrofole the other
night, while pleasure-loving Londoners,
unwitting of tho dire disease that threat
ened them from the myriads of rats In the
Sewers beneath their fe(et, were flocking to
the theaters and music halls, that the de
cree of extermination against the rats was
pronounced. 8lr James Crlchton Browne,
an eminent physician wh has little faith
In the efficacy of drugs, but great faith
In the value of preventive measures, pre
sided. Enthusiastic anti-ratters cheered
his periods as he Indli't.'d the rat at the
bar of civilization! He described the fa
miliar rodent as an awful thing, wilier and
more poisonous than the serpent the dln
scminator of plagues and all their unholy
terrors "a ghoulish garbarger whose fe
cundity was something terrible to contem
plate." One pair of rats, he said, under
favorable conditions, would product! 8(0,
each one of which might become a vehicle
of the most awful scourge that could af
flict humanity. J
ltat Responsible for Plague.
The rat, he told his audience, had been
proven to be mainly responsible for the
propagation of the plague In India and
had there caused the death of 5.250,000 peo
ple since 1X96. The rat was the great res
ervoir of discuses, and the flea was the
channel for its carriage, and if plague was
to bo got rid of they must fill uui the res
ervoirstamp out the rat.
Sir James called upon the assemblage to
adopt the role of the modern Pied Piper.
lie advised all earnest rat-exterminators
to avail themselves of the discovery of
Man Fein Stamp Has Hemarkablo
Vale and Much Hevenne Re
sults Irish Tramp Has
Geld.
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because he lias made public declaration
on oath. and. secondly, txcau-je, of his
manner when he It: formed me of it.
Algernon was the twelfth child and the
youngest of a remarkable family. Hla
mother waa Plana Valentina West, a poet,
who wrote both In German and English,
and translated some 400 German poins. His
father waa Charles Ashton, the noted tenor.
The present generation knows potbing of
him, lor he dd-d during the American civil
war. He Bang in New York, making his
debut at the old Academy of Music a
couple of years before Patti appeared. It
waa In New York that one of Algernon's
sister. Florence, was born. She la now
the wife of Prof. Hans Wolfgang of Drea-
MARQUI9 OF CHOI. MON DELE Y.
of $:!Z5I a vear. For the marquis of I'hol
nmnd. I v !. t'ie present lord great chiim
bTlaln of Fnvlai.d. and when the kii'K
starts t'ie legislative mills grinding. Hie
lord great chamlicrlain steps into the liine
lnht Jis the monarch' master of ceremon
ies. Nobody in admitted to the show who
does not present a liiket hearing his signa
ture. When it Is oven he lias practically
nothing to do until the time comes mum".
to summon Parliament to busi'iess nsain.
It it, iily on l hose rare oc anions when
then; 1.) a coronation that the lord great
chamberlain has any oilier work to di.
Tin n he becomes the most dignified, gor
geous and glorified of all the titled rit:nke.vs
that dance attendance on the sovereign.
hOn the eoronatioii day It is his high priv
ilege to carr to ti e king his state raiment.
But for tills U,is allowed extra compensa
tion. He is entitled to claim the roal
nightgown and nightcap, the bedstead and
all the rest of the furniture of his majesty's
bedi hamper. It is one of his exalted hered
itary privileges, too. to serve the king with
water befor.- and after the coronation ban
quet. For p i forming this arduous dut.
he is allowed to retain the basin and towels
as hla perquisites, and custom prescribes
that the basin should he a gold vessel
worth something like $l.o0t. He isn't par
ticular built I lie towels, but he always
Wtks off with the basin. Instead of cart
lug off the king's bedroom furniture, ihow
ever, he compounds his claim for a tip of
11,0k. In addition to this the king out of
his own purse has to provide the lord great
chamberlain . with forty ells, (fifty yardnl
of crimson velvet for his coronation robe.
Of course li doesn't take anything bke
that quantity of stuff to make the gar
ment, but precedent demands it, and prece
dent miut be obeyed in such matters or
something-awful might happen.
Thent are many functionaries In the
fnlted Kingdom who have what in Amer
ica are called "soft snaps." but none of
them get such big pay and doe so little
for it a the lord great chamberlain. It is
dea. In the I'nlted Blatea also another I Impossible to conceive of a billet that Is
DUBLEV. Feb. 1. (Special.) Northern
Ireland's entire fishing industry hna been
destroyed by a word, by the Judicial cdru-
mlttee of the privy council, sitting In
Dublin, and has been handed over lock.
stock and barrel to the owners of the
English and Norwegian steam trawlers.
The hardy fishermen of the Antrim,
Derfy and Donegal coasts used to make a
decent living by fishing comparatively near
the shore in their rude corraghs, hut some
year ago the trawlers made their appear
ance. These are great steam vessels with
an Immense sweep of nets and they gath
ered In not only all the fish In the waters
which they Invaded, but the lines and nets
of the shore fishermen as well. Repeated
complaints by the fishermen caused the
Fisheries board to make an investigation
and after exhaustive inquiries the InspeC'
tors framed a set of rules excluding the
trawlers, nearly all of which come from
Liverpool and other British ports although
some of them sail under the Norwegian
flag from fishing within the three-mile
limit. The owner of the trawlers appealed
and a few days ago the judicial committee
of the privy council overruled the regula
tions of the Fisheries board and threw
open the northern waters to all comers
With cruel Irony one of the members of
the committee told a fisherman who was
giving evidence and who said that all his
gear had been swept away by a trawler
that if such a thing happened again he
could telegraph to the admiralty in London
to send a cruiser to drive the trawler away
Slany Stamps "old.
Last week I announced the issue of a
Sinn Fein stamp, the proceeds of the sale
of which are to be devoted to the establish
ment of a Sinn Fein dally newspaper. I
am Inforrm-d that the idea has caught on
like wildfire all over Ireland and that dur
ing the first week more than 54.000 stamps
were sold and that more would have been
sold had not the supply run short. The
idea has been endorsed by many leaders
of Irish public! opinion and Sir Thomas
Esmonde has announced that any one who
writes to him and wishes to get a reply
must put a Sinn Fein stamp on the en
velope as well aa an English one Incl
dentally Sinn Fein, the weekly organ of
the movement, referred recently to the
really deplorable condition of the Irish na
tional press. Instead of giving news of
Ireland and of Interest to Irish people, the
columns of the Irish newspapers are filled
with reports of English divorce cases, Eng
lish scandals, English criminal trials and !
other matter which is not only uninterest
ing, but harmful. Column after column is
devoted to chronicling the doings of the
English court and of memoirs of the
English aristocracy, many of whom have
never set foot in Ireland in their lives, and
who can be of no possible Interest to Irish
, eople. What is left is filled with colorlets
political disquisitions "lilted" from the
English newspapers of the day before.
The Splendid" Trailing '
The "splendid tramp" has turned up in.
the shape of Patrick Halloran at the Mid
dleton woikhouse. Halloran marched into
the workhouse, wheeling an old whe-l-barrow,
e.nd demanded lodging. He was
accommodated, and after lie had been in
the house for several days he was per
suaded to change his clothing. It was
then discovered that sewed in the lining
of ids various and numerous garments ho
had gold sovereigns and half sovereigns
to the value or nure than ll.otO. He was
reported to the guardians,, who at first
wanted to turn him out. but he pleaded
that If he weie to go out he might be
robbed, and the soft hearted guardians de
cided to let him stay, while they gave lib,
cate further consideration. They directed
that the mom y be placed in a bank for him
and he was taken back to the workhouse,
here he declares lie is quite comfortable
and intends to remain.
Another good tramp story come from
Duugannon. William Anderson presented
himself at the workhouse after midnight,
and as it was so late he waa refused ad
mittance. 11c started on a tour of explor
ation round the outhouses, and finally de
cided that the ' roomy pigsty offered Int.
most comfortable lodging for the night
Accordingly, he evktud the fourteen lawfu
occupants; but they resisted ao vigorousl
and loudly that the master was roused an.
sumo out to aee what was the matter. Hi
waa accompanied by several attendants,
and Anderson waa finally located In the
that provided in the Natal act; so that In
any event the mission to tho province would ur. Dansyz. This distinguished Frenohman
do them no good. 1 i,aj evolved a deadly virus, harmless to
other animals, wbich when spread on bread
and butter or toasted cheese forms a
dainty dish for the rapscallion rodent. But
after he had partaken of It It made him
ill very 111 Indeed. And after a certain
time it afflicted him with a feverish de
sire for fresh air and open spaces. Then
the poor rat crawled forth from his hole
to die with his tail In knots and his little
pink eyes abulge with agony. Meanwhile
he had spread the disease (rodentiosis) to
all the neighboring families, and pres
ently they became obsessed with the crav
ing for frbsh air, arid out they came gasp
ing to die the dreadful death. It waa war
JAPS JUST KEEPING BEADY
M I n l I e r of War Declares This Is
Only Reason for Military
Activity.
TOKIO, Feb. 1. At a Bectlonal committee
meeting of the diet today, M. Olshl asked
against whom were Japan' military pre
parations directed. " N
Minister of War Terauchi replied, saying
that they were not directed against any
ingle nation, but against eventualities on
the Pacific, where Japan has a long coast
line from Saghalien to Formosa.
war without mercy and no qusrtrr that
Sir James wanted wsged against the rat.
Therefore he would not depend on tho
deadly virus alone. Cats, terriers, ferrets.
traps anything and everything that woald
reduce their numbers should lie ruthlessly
employed against them. Aa a motto for
the society he suggested thl quotation
from "Hamlet:" "How, now.. A rat? lVnd,
for a ducat.."
London a Hat Crater.
One enthusiastic anti-ratter declared that
Ijondon waa the greatest rat center in the
world. He said there were .ono,ono of them
in the city. Just how he had managed to
take a census of them he did not explain,
but nobody ventured to dispute his figures,
nor his assertion that the existence of
such a vast army of rats constituted a dis
grace to the metropolis of the world which
should bring the blush of shame to every
public-spirited citixen who lived in it. But
noliody blushed.
Commissioner Nlcoll of the Salvation
Army put in a good word for the cat. The,
Army, he said, had started two cat farms
In India and were breeding cats as rapidly
as possible recruited by such sHtimens
of stray pussies as they could Import from
England. Given time and chance he
thought tho Salvation Army cats, by kill
ing off the rats, would accomplish a great
deal In combatting the plague In India.
"Breeding cats to get rid of rats is Just
time and money wasted." sniffed a skeptic.
"I reckon we've got two or three hundred
thousand cat In London and we've JnH
been told we have ,.0ii,0n0 rsts here, too.
If that don't prove you can't fluht ruts
with cats I don't know anything aUmt
logic. Cats ain't going to do any better in
India than they do in Ixndon. I'm for
giving 'em the French poison, and I don't
care how much it hurt 'em."
One Protest Against Crnelty. '
Sir Lauder Brunt on. another (earned phy
sician whose specialty Is tho digestive or
gans, formally moved tho resolution by
which the National Society of Extermina
tion of Vermin was ushered Into existence.
It was carried with only one dissentient
vote. That came from a woman In red
red hat, red cloak anil red cheeks and tho
courage of her convictions. She mounted
tho platform and made a little speech.
She protested against the fiendish cruelty
involved In the killing of rata by the
Dansys virus. She didn't pretend to know
much about science, but she would back
the Creator against all the learned scien
tists present. The cVeator never made a
mistake and when He created rats Ho had
created them for some wise purpose. What
it was the scientists might find out to
their cost if ever they succeeded In killing
off all the rats. Besides, she) urged, ac
cording to the scientists themselves the
rats were not responsible for the spreud
of tho plague. It was the fleas and it waa
wrong to visit the sins of the fleas upon
the rats. Science should devise some means
of killing the fleas without killing the rats.
One movement always begets another,
and In due time, no doubt, there will bo
formed a rat protection association. Mean
while the ltat Exterminating league holds
the field with ir Lauder Brunton as
president and jcxA Avebury.better known
as Sir John Lubbock, the judge, philoso
pher and friend of tl)C ant, as treasurer.
When enough money has lieen raised to
make a fair start operations will be begun
on a large scale In London By that time
probably some similar association will be
formed to wage war on rats In America.
But the extermination of the rat is a
pretty large order.
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