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ekaaT4 bus eftea aa raeet.
The naval appropriation and the
Japanese war scare go band In band.
' It cost Castro $10,000 to be op
erated liipon in' Berlin. That's hardly
,' ,hat you'd call a cut in cut prices.
The United States consulate at Mes
sina bag ben abolished. The act ap
pears to be Justified by the ruins in
the case.
1 Tbe New York Sun bas but about
thirty-five days In which to work up
a grouch Of some kind against the next
preeUMat.ris-'M -... ' - ;
New York merchants are protesting
against excessive express rates. They
might throw their influence in favor of
parcels post. . ,
y Chicsgo Is to have a Greek theater,
which Is proof that the fruit stands
and tho shoe shine parlors have been
doing a good business.
That Nebraska earthquake turns
out to be only a meteor. It is re
assuring to know that the earthquake
was not wholly Imaginary.
, Persons desiring to have themselves
mentioned as cabinet possibilities may
claim to have a wireless from Mr. Taft
while on his way to Panama.
Mr. Taft may run some risks on the
Panama trip, but he has the consoling
thought that he will not have 'possum
on the bill of fare every day.
Governor Shallenberger has now ap
pointed five members of the supreme
court to fill four places. This makes
him even with Governor Sheldon.
Senator Bailey aays some of the
members Of congress spend too much
In dressing up. ; Some of them also
spend soma time in being dressed
The warm weather Is said to be
threatening to the wheat crop. Ap
parently any kind of weather between
November and June is "threatening to
tb wheat crop."
, Senator Bailey ia making a fight
against automobiles. The Standard
Oil eompany should write another let
ter to tell Mr. Bailey where the auto
mobiles get their gasoline.
The Republic had on board food to
replace that given by our battleships
to relieve the famine at Messina. Let
it be hoped that Europe will not let
the American tars go hungry.
The senate insists that Mr. Taft
roust use horses Instead of automo
biles. The Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals ought to have
something to ssy In the case.
It Is surprising that Governor Haak
ell has not arrested the government
agents Investigating the land frauds
In Oklahoma. He Is usually quick to
cent a "conspiracy" against him.
Those protesting against the in
crease of the American navy may be
reminded, that Great Britain has built
mora than half of the new ships that
, var4) been constructed In the last Ave
' The president has been presented
by a Boston friend with a dosen ten
Inch skinning knives. It Is under
stood that he will not attempt to us
tfcem until after tb adjournment of
The report that the special session
of congress will not be confined to
the consideration of tariff legislation,
hut will be called by a proclamation
so broad that matters of general leg
islation may be taken up, may or may
not have Mr. Taft's warrant, but the
need for early legislation on topics
other than that of tariff appears lo
be admitted by the party leaders. The
present congress will expire by limit
ation on March 4 and will leave un
done many things that the public has
demanded and conditions seem to
make necessary. Among these are
additional legislation on railway rate
matters, enlarging the powers of tht
Interstate Commerce commission, the
postal savings bank system and possi
bly a general revision of the currency
In addition to these matters of
domestic importance, a deep convic
tion exists that our relations with
Japan may reach an acute stage be
fore the time for the meeting of con
gress in regular session next Decem
ber. Just what the occasion for this
acute condition may be is not clear
to anyone, although all of the authori
ties agree that the present situation
is far from satisfactory. The agita
tion over the local troubles between
Japanese and the citizens of Califor
nia, the sudden clamor for the loca
tion of a fleet in the Pacific and the
energetic efforts for speedy Increase
and improvements of the fortifications
at San Francisco and Honolulu all
tend to strengthen the growing sus
picion that the relations between this
country and Japan are not as peace
ful as surface indications suggest.
Whether the Japanese-American ques
tion Is really approaching a crisis may
not be determined for an indefinite
time, but the possibility of it may fur
nish reason for the organization of all
the committees of the two houses at
the special session, inBtead of requir
ing only the formation of the finance
committee of the senate and the ways
and means committee of the house,
which alone would be necessary in
case only tariff legislation were to be
considered. Even if no other business
than the tariff were to be transacted
the appointment of these committees
would pave the way for active work
at the regular session, instead of hav
ing the month of December spent, as
is usually the case, in the making up
of the house committees.
Objection may be made that the at
tempt to transact general business at
the special session would open the
way for a long session at which other
subjects might be injected into . tbe
congress with the result of accom
plishing but little in the way of tariff
revision. The history of tariff legis
lation shows that moBt of the work
Is done by the committees and there
appears to be no good reason why the
whole membership of congress' tnay
not .loe engaged,' during th$. consldera-1
tlon of the tariff bill, in at least fram
ing and considering matters for final
disposition at either the special ses
sion or at the regular session to fol
After devoting several weeks to
resolutions and speeches denouncing
the president, charging him with at
tempting to usurp the privileges of the
legislative branch of the government,
with Insulting the dignity of the sen
ate and impugning the motives of
members of the house, both branches
of congress have more or less grace
fully climbed down from their high
horses and admitted that the president
has bleu entirely within his rights and
that the congress was mistaken in its
The first step iu the backward move
ment of congress was taken by the
senate committee on Judiciary in de
ciding that the senate exceeded Its au
thority when it demanded that tbe
attorney general and the president
supply congress with all the data con
cerning the merger of the Tennessee
Coal and Iron company with the
United States Steel corporation, and
particularly with reasons why the at
torney general did not commence suit
under the Sherman law to prevent
such combination. The president In
structed Attorney General Bonaparte
not to respond to the demand of the
senate and sent a message curtly in
forming the senate that be did not
concede the right of the senate to call
upou a cabinet officer for such Infor
mation. Nearly all of the democratic
senators and the republican reaction
aries promptly attacked the president
for his course and a resolution of in
quiry was proposed, but referred to
the Judiciary committee. That com
mittee now admits that the president
has the law to support him in with
holding such information from con
gress as he may choose.
Following the senate's lead, the
house has suddenly discovered that It
has been violating the law, precedent,
and the rules of common courtesy in
allowing Its members free rein to
heap abuse upon the chief executive.
Members of the house had been busy
for weeks criticising the president's
conduct in connection with the secret
service administration and finding
fault with him on practically every
matter pending in congress. It had
refused to accept a message from the
president, alleging that it contained an
attack upon the "dignity" of tbe
house. The era of abuse and recrim
ination culminated in the tirade re
leased by Congressman Willett of New
York, in which he exhausted the dic
tionary of epithet and billingsgate in
a personal attack upon the preaident
and his motives. A motion to have
the Wiilett speech expunged from the
permanent record of the house has
been adopted by an almoat unanimous
vote, the committee's report finding:
t That his remarks concerning tha preai-
dfnt are not Justified by any considerations
of the constitutions! duties or powers of
the house; that they tranacend proper
llnilte of criticism In debate; lhat they are
destructive of that courteey, respect and
dlglnty which ought to be preserved, and
that they ought not to remain In tha per
manent official record of the proceeding cf
the house.
This disposition of two chief causes
of contention that have made the pres
ent session one of unseemly wrangle
leaves congreos In the unenviable at
titude of confessing the error of its
ways and asking the public to forget
It. The reactionaries have accom
plished their purpose of retarding leg
islation demanded by the people and
pledged by all parties and they are
now willing to close the session with
harmony restored between the legisla
tive and executive departments of the
Rejecting the proposals for primary
law revision, the World-Herald comes
out in advocacy of what Is substan
tially the Illinois primary, combining
the direct vote on candidates with
conventions to choose where no candi
date polls an absolute majority. With
out crediting this plan of primary to
the republicans of Illinois, who have
worked it out and put It into effect,
the World-Herald proceeds as If it
were Its own patented device:
An expression of opinion from leading
democrata and democratic editors is cordi
ally invited, mora especially alnce tha ques
tion Is one of concededly great Importance
and Involving no llttla difficulty In ita aat
isfactory settlement.
Opinions are wanted only from dem
ocrata and democratic papers, as if the
proposed primary law were to be en
acted only for making democratic
nominations and all other political
parties were unconcerned In It. The
fact Is that no primary law can be
made that does not apply equally to
all political parties and which will not
govern republicans and populists, and
prohibitionists and socialists, Just as
much as It will govern democrats.
Put it down that no primary law
will prove satisfactory unless it ena
bles the members of each political
party to make their will effective In
the selection of party candidates and
in the promulgation of party princi
ples, and also prevent members of
other political parties from manipu
lating party action from tbe outside.
If the democrats proceed on the theory
that none but democrats are to be con
sidered in the makeup of a new pri
mary law for Nebraska they will dis
cover their mistake later.
The senate has passed a bill in
creasing the pay of the Judges of the
federal circuit court from 17,000 to
$9,000 per annum and that of the dis
trict judges from $6,000 to $8,000.
The measure as originally offered
placed the salaries of the circuit
judges, at $10,000 and of the district
Judges at $9,000. The bill was passed
by the senate only after a long de
bate in which Senators Bailey, Tlll
mau. Borah and others fought against
the proposed increase, asserting that
the condition of the federal revenues
would not warrant the proposed in
creases. The bill now goes to the
house, with fair prospects of passage,
although some of the economists of
that body are determined to oppose
all propositions looking to any in
crease in the expenses of the govern
ment. According to the advocates of the
measure, the work of the federal
judges has increased greatly in the
last few years and bas become of high
Importance because of tbe economic
problems raised by our legislation and
by the activities of the government
against violators of the anti-trust and
interstate commerce laws. One effect
of this increase of work has been to
cause the circuit judges to do a great
deal of traveling sitting aa courts of
appeal. Tbe judges have to pay their
own traveling expenses, even while on
official business, although travel al
lowances are made to federal attor
neys, marshals, clerks and other court
officials. Members of the Interstate
Commerce commission, a quasi-Judicial
body, are paid $10,000 a year
and traveling expenses, and govern
ment appraisers, whose work must be
passed upon by the judges, get $9,000
a year.
In arguing in aupport of the bill,
Senator Hale called attention to the
fact that all of the Increases proposed
In the federal payroll in all of the bills
offered for consideration of congress
would total less than $500,000 an
nually, or about one-tenth the cost of
one modest battleship. As the final
enforcement of the reform legislation
enacted by congress In the last few
yeara must fall upon the federal
judges, better salaries would not be
begrudged federal judges, who really
earn them, although the present psy
U more than some of them are en
titled to.
The University of Nebraaka bas ac
cepted a valuable collection of museum
specimens presented from time to time
by Charles H. Morrill, formerly presi
dent of the Board of Regents. Is this
a contaminating gift that comes under
the Bryanite ban, or will the demo
cratic legislature wink tbe other eye
and let the university keep it?
Of course, Mr. Bryan will address
the Nebraska legislature. He bas
been addressing legislatures at every
opportunity. Last year he addressed
the democratic legislature of Kentucky
and pleaded that It elect Beckham to
the United Statea senate, but Beckham
was not elected.
The Wisconsin legislature has prac
tically decided not to investigate the
charge that United . States Senator
Stephenson won his primary election
by the expenditure of something like
$200,000. Senstor Stephenson is one
of the richest men in Wisconsin and
can afford luxuries.
Judge Oldham will accept an ap
pointment to the supreme bench by
Governor Shallenberger, which is
equivalent to accepting the privilege
of starting a law suit. Judge Oldhsm
has never been known to refuse an In
vitation to accept.
The democratic majority of the Ne
braska legislature cannot be very con
fident that the next legislature will
have a democratic majority. Other
wise why the Oregon scheme for sens
orial elections?
Please take note that the election
of Mr. Harrlman to be director of the
New York Central Is now an accom
plished fact. That Mr. Harrlman will
be a director who does not direct is
It is clnlmed thst 2,227 cars were
sold during the New York automobile
show, their total valuation being
$6,763,000. Promises to be a busy
and profitable season for the repair
The army and naval establishments
call for an annual appropriation of
about $400,000,000. The taxpayer
would doubtless be glad to second a
motion for universal disarmament.
I.argre 9 apply ceded.
Brooklyn Eagle.
It will be safe to reduce the tariff on
lemons when Preaident Taft begins to
give them out to office seekers. Until
then even stricken Italy must wait.
Hat Air Vanity.
Chicago News.
These are the daya when the public
official la dead aure that he Is not being
paid nearly as much as he la worth, to
some private concern, even though he
never found a private concern that held
like opinion.
Edward Ooght to Know.
Washington Herald1.
Harrlman says that the boy who enters
tlia railroad business must not expect an
easy life. Aa Mr. Harrlman la rapidly be
coming tha sole employer of railroad men
In the country he ought to know what ha
Is talking about.
Old Habits Hard to Change.
Chicago Record-Herald.
Among the first laws that the Cuban
congress Is likely to pass will be one to
legalize cock fighting and another provid
ing for the establishment of a national lot
tery. It appears that there Is still con
slderable room for improvement in Cuba.
Roosevelt mt Hla Best.
Washington Star.
In his appeal for the square deal for the
Japanese in California, the president is at
his best. He states the case like a patriot
and statesman. His advice should be
taken. The people In California cannot
in this matter, or in any other matter.
fford to fly in the face of tho national
interesta and obligations. Should any action
of theirs injure the country they, too.
would suffer. In business of such moment
aa they, now have In hand they ahould be
glad to be advised of national opinion and
ahould be guided by it.
Tha Art of Land Grabbing.
Philadelphia Record.
Assuredly work has been cut out In ad
vance for the Taft administration by the
discovery of astounding land frauds In the
western atatea which will require the cor
rective action of the executive and the
courts. Secretary Garfield submits Informa
tion acquired through special agents of
32,006 case of alleged land frauds, mainly
In states west of the Mississippi. Wyoming
takea the lead with 21,155 caaes; Colorado
follows with 8.624, and South Dakota with
3.394. The value of government landa fraud
ulently acquired la said to approximate
3110,000,000. These swindling operationa on
tha frontier do not speak well for the re
public. Considering the sparatty of popula
tion to tha square mile and the compara
tively lessened opportunity of plunder, the
good people of Wyoming can give points to
Wall street in tha art of grab.
The Japanese Problem aa It Appears
la California.
San Francisco Chronicle.
It would be good fortune, we suppose wa
muat aay unexpected good fortune. If cer
tain of the uneaay among us would coma
to underatand that no'hlng can be gained
for this atate, and much may be lost, by
continuous attempts to enact pin pricking
legislation directed against orientals. Tin
pricka simply Irritate, but do nothing more.
Without attempting to pose as an author
ity on legal questions, tha "Chronicle"
ventures to aay that it will bs found that
early In the history of the republlo the
supreme court of tha United Statea held
that tha matter of ownership of land by
aliena within this country was within the
Jurisdiction of the treaty making power.
That may be good law or bad law, but If
it la tha law, we must aubmit to it or re
bel, which, we presume, ia not content
plated. Where the treaty making power
haa not acted, the atatea are free to act.
A atate law forbidding the acquirement of
ownerahip by aliena would doubtleaa be
valid as agalnat citizens or subjects of
countries with which tha United Statea haa
not granted such privileges by treaty, but
probably would not be valid as agalnat the
oltlsena or subjecta of countrlea with which
our treaties contain tha most favored na
tion clause, If directed excluaively agalnat
But whether it would or not, it is unnec
essary, imprudent and grotesquely unwise
to pass any auch law, or propose to pass
it at thla time. Japan could make no com
plaint of a law excluding all aliena from
ownership of real estate, for that Is Jap
anesa law. But the Japanese government
could, and would, consider It an unfriendly
act to pass a law especially directed agalnat
Japanese, and the enactment of auch a law,
whether valid or not, would certainly not
tend to make tha Japanese government
mora active in restraining emigration to
thia country, and would unquestionably
excite fiery Indignation against us through
out tha eaat, without whoae aid we are
abaolutely powerless In tha matter. What
wa desire la to prevent the Immigration of
Oriental laborers. It la being prevented,
and if they do not coma here, they will not
buy any land. That being tha caae, tha
sensible thing Is to let well enough alone.
Since peaceably, and without friction, we
are getting all that wa ask far. It la tba
height of folly to atir up wrath. Tha
classes among us who ara moat particularly
concerned In maintaining friendly rela
tions with Japan ara thoaa who work with
their hands to produce tha commodities
wblch Japan buys from ua, and if tha com
petition of Oriental laborers can be pre
vented without Injury to friendly relatione.
It will be better for all of ua.
not n aboi t r.w iork.
Ripples on the (arrest of Life In tha
The only society In New York City that
hasn't t l"t one Irishman on Its roster
Is the Holland society. One might search
Its roll rail from Hotterdam to Amster
dam and not find an O' In action or rcp"se
nywhere along the line. That la not tho
society's fauit, for the Hollanders are look
ing for one who can trace descent from
Tom I.fwI, a broth rf a b'y who helped
Plet Stuyvesant and the rest of the husky
burghers run tutch New- York. The need
of an Irishman to enliven the affairs of the
society is of prlm Importance, but only a
Lwle by descent can hope to get In and
participate In the coming celebration of
Helnrkk Hudon'a discovery of the river
that bears his name. A rousing gast-maat
and other edibles and honors await the
Identification of Tom's kin. We move that
the question be referred to a committee of
the whole, with Oom Dtarmld of South
Cmaha and Lincoln in the chair. That will
fetch "em.
On the day after the Ice storm, a great
ocean ateamshlp came up the river as com
pletely encased In Ice as though It were
Just emerging from the Arctic regions. As
It lay In Ita dock it attracted attention
from the commuters of a railroad line,
whose ferry slip adjoined. Tha vessel pre
sented. In truth, a magnificent picture,
but nevertheless, In spite of the admiring
throng gating at it from the atreet, the
crew were set to work with axea to clear
away the Ice. A curloua spectator, meeting
an officer of the company, asked him tha
reason for thla apparent sacrifice of a
good advertisement. He received this
"Yts. It is good from an advertising
standpoint, but we have an example In the
case of the Germanic, upon which Ice was
left apparently for this purpose a few yeara
ago. It listed at Its pier and sank.
Since then steamship companies have got
rid of all Ice at the first pocstble moment."
The New York assessors have been sus
tained by the courta In assessing Million
aire William A. Clark's marble mansion on
Fifth avenue at 32.100,000, notwithstanding
the admitted fact that the house Is still
unfinished and, therefore, unoccupied. "Ia
this the way to encourage the building of
palaces to the glory and renown of the
great center of opulence in thia country?"
asks the copper Croesus from Montana.
Hardly, but the building of these several
million-dollar residences in Gotham will
doubtless go on Just the same.
"If you're looking for live ones, fellers
who never miss a trick. New York is as
good a place to find 'em as any," declared
a West One-hundred and Twenty-fifth
street saloon keeper aa a small, lama man
hobbled out of hla place. "There goea a
man that'a a cripple, but he makes 350 a
week and he don't have to work very hard
at that."
When the lame man cam back hla odd
business was discovered. He contracts to
aupply new mantela on the gas jet and
keep the globes polished for 10 centa a week
a light at the bualnesa houses In Harlem,
and he never takea a contract that nets
him less than 31 a week. Some places pay
him twice that. Ha ruba up the globe
once in two weeka and puts on a new man
tel about once In alx or seven weeks.
His sido line Is to take the old mantela
that have been broken or burned out and
carefully pack the crumbly texture in a
small tin can. Thla he sells to Jewelers,
aa it Is the beat polish for fine jewelry that
can be found.
"My last lot netted me 3tt." said the
lame man. "It waa the result of three
month of mantel saving."
After making a defense for President
Roosevelt In his current events class at
the Calvary Baptist church last Sunday,
Rev. Dr. MacArthur called on Captain
Jack Crawford, "the poet scout," for a
corroboration. Captain Crawford did It
eloquently, and gave Senator Tillman a rap
bealdes. Dr. MacArthur then read a poem
written by Captain Crawford, the last
verse of which ran thus:
God be near Taft, who always laughed,
And God please keep him laughing,
With lots of wit and Teddy-grit
To keep the grafters chafing.
And while he buata dishonest trusts,
God keep him firm and steady.
In rain or shine in Nineteen-Nine,
To trust In you and Teddy.
Yours for God, Home and Old Glory.
Captain Crawford modestly acknowledged
the compliment paid to his poetic muse.
Battling down Fourth avenue came a de
livery wagon. The dog on thia wagon was
not on the scat beside the driver, nor waa
he at the tall-board snapping at aneak
thieves. Perched jauntily on the horse
fore shoulder, his clawa clutching tightly
to the horse's collar, rode a little Boston
terrier barking mightily to clear the way.
The team made a record crossing of Four
teenth s'reet. People hastened to get out
of reach of his Jaw and then turned to
look; even the policeman at the crossing
was staggered at the sight and forgot to
hold up hia hand.
The receiver of one of the traction com
pa n lea in New York City is leading a move
ment against the so-called "ambulance
chasers." or lawyers who make a business
of promoting damage suits against rail
road a and atreet railwaya on the baaia of
contingent feea which run from 30 to M per
cent of the amount of damagea sought to
be recovered. The plsn la to have a law
enacted making the attorney In such cases
liable for the costs of the suit In case It
goes agalnat hla client.
Can the Falrvlew Pole Draw the Sen
atorial Lightning'
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The introduction Into the Nebraska legis
lature of a meaaure for the establishment
of the Oregon plan of ' choosing United
Statea senators virtually by direct popular
vote ia generally characterised aa an effort
in behalf of Mr. Bryan. The legislature,
being democratic and disposed to be friendly
towsrd the sage of Lincoln, is expected to
enact the bill. The result. If the prophets
judge wisely, will be that Mr. Bryan, thrice
defeated for the presidency, may be elected
to the senate In 1910. to succeed Senator
Burkett, republican. The new law would
permit Mr. Bryan to canvass the state aa a
candidate for the senate and tq reap the
benefit of the popular will regarding him,
regardless of tha complexion of the legisla
ture chosen.
Mr. Bryan has been proverbially unfoi lu
nate if that la the word in hla political
career in never being in a position to git
tha benefit of hia occasional partial victo
ries. Thus In and 1908, when he won
the vote of Ma own atate and carried tha
legislature with him to victory', neither
of the Nebraaka aenatorshlps were due to
expire, while In 1900, when he failed In his
own state and hia legialatlv ticket like
wise waa loat, a aenatorahlp waa at atake.
Had ha won then and carried the legisla
tive ticket with him ha would In all proba
bility have been choaen aenator in placa of
C. H. Dietrich. Or. had tha legislature
elected In I8M or 1903 been empowered to
elect a aenator, tha chance are that the
Lincoln man would have been given tha
toga. Will Mr. Bryan's luck change under
tna Oregon law, or will ha remain th on
eminent figure In American political his
tory which the lightning alaaye manage
lo avoid striking?
Glims for Those Who Persist In (Iron
lag la the Iarh.
Charleston (B. C.) New and Courier idem.)
After the election Mr. Bryan Invited con
trlbutlona for The Commoner as to the
cause of th democratic defeat at the last
election. He called this symposium "Solv
ing the Mystery of 1W and he has been
printing from week to week the views of
his correspondent. The fifth Installment
of th symposium contains expression of
opinion from twenty-eight of the faithful,
not on of whom waa ever heard of in this
part of the country befot.
All aorta of reasons are given. Qeorg
K. Cheater of City Tolnt, Fla'., attributes
tha railing off In the vote at his precinct
"to an Increasing demand by business In
terest for a protective tariff." Probably
the people In that part of Florida have
gone into cultivation of camphor trees.
H. Xys of Enon Valley, Pa., I ome
what mixed In Ma views. He thinks "the
trust did it." but h declares that "the
Catholic church hd every reason to be
against us," and declare further that "tb
sum It up lit two word, political prejudice
did it."
A. R. James of Elbert, Colo., Is sure lhat
a majority of the republicans approved the
democratic platform, but voted against the
democratic ticket because "they thought
the protectlvs tariff of more Importance,"
and George C Geyer of La Fontaine. Ind..
explain that the democratic defeat was
due to "a auccessful pulling of the woo)
over the eyes of the nonthinking Indi
vidual." In the opinion of George L. Blttlnger of
Kokomo, Ind.. "we lost by the unre
strained use of the federsl officeholders
under the leadership of Theodore Roose
velt," and C. H. Creed of Columbia, 8.
D., haa abandoned all hope because of the
corrupt use of money by the enemy and
haa reached the conclusion that "the demo
cratic party can never hope to again gain
control of the federal government."
There Is one ray of light, however. In the
wo pages of stuff printed in this fifth
Installment of the symposium In the declar
ation of F. A. Partlow, of Clear Lake,
Wis., who Is "convinced" that "tha repub
lican party can be dislodged only by the
combination of Bryan-democrata and pro
gressive republicans." Just exactly how
these two elements are to work together
we do not understand, but evidently there
I something In this view.
lit the state of Maine, as Mr. M. W.
Grinnelle of Penobscot says, "the cause
of our defeat was rum and the trusts,"
and F. R. Day of Seattle, Washington,
elucidated the "mystery" In five words:
"Perjudice, Ignorance (misunderstanding
perhaps a better word), fear, Romanism,
Indifference "
George H. Leonhart of Warren, Pa., thinks
that "tariff reduction means death to any
party, " and Henry Heaton of Belfleld, N.
D., explains that ."fear of hard time pre
vented a' democratic landslide In the wes
tern atatea." Thla la the first time we have
heard anything about the landslide alnce
last October, and we understand now how
It was lost In the scuffle.
"The Mytery of 1908," is not a mystery
at all. Mr. Brysn never had any chance
of election from th beginning to the end
of tha campaign. He forced himself upon
the democratic party, and the democratic
party did not want him and would not have
him. He carried most of the southern
state and he carried nothing else. He In
tends to force himself upon the democratic
party again if he can. That I what his
constant advertisement of himself meana,
and If he shall be placed at the head of
the party not even the aouth will be left
to fight hla battle ny more. We do not
not mean to be misunderstood, however.
W have nominated Mr. Bryan, aa it will
be remembered, for 1912 and 1918 and 19:0.
Our record upon thla point la clear, but wa
do not think he ought to be nominated, and
w ar sure that he can never be elected.
Mr. Bryan himself is "the mystery of 1908"
and no other explanation ia needed of the
last and moat fatal defeat of the party.
The husband of the Philadelphia bride
who received a million as a wedding present
from her father, must be glad he muatercd
up enough courage to ask papa for his
precious daughter.
A bunch of Jeraey City people with noth
ing else to do recently had a beefsteak
dinner in a compartment made to represent
a refrigerator. Nothing could have been
more delightful, unless perhaps a ham
breakfast In a amokehouse.
Gifford Plnchot. chief of th bureau of
forestry, has left Mexico City for Albu
qutrque, N. M., with the assurance of
Preaident Dial of Mexico that three com
mtielonera will be aent to the conference
to be held In Washington In February, on
conservation of forests.
Emperor William haa conferred the
decoration of the Order Pour Le Merite on
J. 8. 8argent, th American artist, In
recognition of hi pre-eminence a a por
trait painter, and a similar decoration haa
been conferred upon Jamea Bryc, British
ambassador to th United State.
Jack Blnna, th wireless operator on the
loat Republic, who atuck to hla keys till
"the last galoot' aahore," or a stretch of
thirty hours, ia but 25 yeara of age, an
Englishman, ar.d a joyful servitor of th
Marconia miracle. He proved the uaaaen
htto of th wreck. While passenger
poured up from the atate rooms, while of
ficers feared lest any moment the deck
aink beneath their feet, while the huge
ateef construction wallowed helpless on the
sea, the Marconi operator coolly aent forth
the wireless call that brought relief.
"The Blood is The Life"
Science has never gone beyond the above simple
statement of scripture. But it has illuminated that
statement and given it a meaning ever broadening;
with the increasing breadth of knowledge. When
the blood is "bad" or impure it is not alone the
body which suffers through disease. The brain is
also clouded, the mind and judgement are effected,
and many an evil deed or impure thought may be
directly traced to the impurity of the blood.
Foul, Impart blood cm a be mmd pun by tb
vs of Dr. PltK' Qoldtn Mdlcl Dltcovry.
It enrlcbit mad purllea tbe blood tbenby
curing, pimple, bhtcbea, eruption mod other cuUneou affec
tion: na ectemn, tetter, or aeH-rbeum, htvea nnd other manlfcu
tntiona of Impure blood.
In the cure of scrofulous swellings, enlarged glands, open eating
ulcers, or old sores, the " Golden Medical Discovery" has per
formed the most marvelous cures. In caes of old sorea, or open
eating ulcers, it is well to apply to the open sores Dr. Pierce's All
Healing Salve, which possesses wonderful healing potency when
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N. Y., and it will come to you by return post. Most druggists
aeep it as weu as me uoiden
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stitur for "Goldea Mtdical Discover."
position, having a complete list at ingredients in nliia F.nvli.k . i
w rapper, th xm being a rutted a correct under oath.
Dr. Pitros' Pleasant Ptllet regulate and invigorate stomach, hWr and bowele.
Norfolk frrrr: It would nol be a bad
Idea If the IcRiKlaiuir were to make a
law depriving the governor of ill Par
doning power during the lust month of his
Nebrak f'lty Tiros: Three lobbyists
have reglslercil as required by law, one
representing the Women's Christian Tem
perance union tnd two the railroads. Won
der what so many peopl are doing In l.ln
coln that were not elected to represent tho
York Times A member has Introduced
a bill creating nine fixed legal holidays,
everal of which occur during tho session
of the legislature. If anylhlng will relievo
the burden that rests like avlrcaylng corps
on the back of the people of Nebraska, It
Is more holidays.
Crete Vldette-Herald: The legislature Is
bent on changing the revenue lw so far as
the aisessor Is concerned. Instead of hav
ing a county assessor elected by the people
they propose to go back to the old law
requiring each precinct to elect an assessor.
We believe that any good man whom tho
people migh elect county assessor could
select a more efficient and satisfactory
board than would be elected hy the people.
The county assessors thus far have been
very satisfactory to the people.
Shelton Cllpner: Governor Sheldon
In hla parting message to tho legisla
ture, recommended a change in tho
marriage laws of the slate making it
Impossible for any man or woman to marry
unless a certificate from a physician shows
that their health la good and that they
are capable of producing healthy offspring.
The suggestion of the cx-govcrnor Is a
good one and the legislature uould act on
it wtlli an assurance that they will not
pass a law durlug the., entire session (hat
would he of more, benefit to posterity. Th.
asylums snd reformatory institutions of
this as well as other states are over
crowded today with the results of the unit
ing of people who are diseased or who ai
defective In other ways and unfitted for
the married state. Some drastic measure
on the lines suggested by Governor Sheldon
are needed In Nebraska aa well as elsewhere.
"D2,y?.u f'nd ny trouble wilting stories,
. J'0"' ,What,?V,Lr' B,,t VA W m" well
that could aell them for me." Philadelphia
"Of all the poor and proud people I
ever met. Algernon Bluhld beats th
record. What doe mako him so uppish?"
"I don't know any good reason, except
that he lives in a sky parloi-.' -Ballimoi o
"She'a awfully generous."
"What doea she give away?"
"All the secrets she knows." Cleveland
"I don't see anything remarkable In vnur
poem." said the editor, handing it back.
"You don't?" howled the wuuld-be con
tributor, pointing with a quivering finger
at the work "loathea" at the end of the
fourth stanza. "Uld you ever see a poem
.K.,hat-,u.had a Perfect rhyme for
'clothes' ?"-Chlcago Tribune.
She And knowing my sentiments on
the subject, dhl that odious Mr. Binks
Insult you by offering vou a drink
He That's what Mr. Blnks did.
She And how did you re'seut It?
He (meekly)-I swallowed the Insult.
Baltimore American.
The Town Grumbler-I dun'no what
tnings ia comln' to. Poor old Henry gone
Aunt Jane's busted her leg; the old
woman a ill abed; an' now. doggone me,
if I haven t lost my knife. Judge.
Police Jusllee-l ought to send you up
. year. You are a hopeless case.
Old Vagabond With all duo respeck. y r
honor, that ain't so. I'm bad enough, but
i am t aa bad as I used to be. K'r Iwen'v
aeven years, y r honor. I was baggage
smasher on a railroad.-ChiCHgo Tribune.
The Doctor'a Wife-Well, Jane, so your
poor husband a gone, at last. Didn t you
give him his medicine properly?
Jane Ah, poor dear! How could 17
Doctor said aa how It was to be took In
- .Y"-"""- j"iimn, ana as I Hadn't oim
r. . iu jenu ino one
said she had one, but It was broke
It wasn't any good. Harper s Weekly
Boston Transcript.
Now. do not blame me. Dolly,
I will not bear one word;
And if there'a any scolding,
'Tis I who must be beard.
What did you think me made of?
Am I a dolt, a sheep?
Ah. Dolly. If vou'd not be kissed
Don't let that dimple peep!
Sport frocks of every color.
For you are always far;
Don hats that waken wonder
And eel the world a-atare;
Break every wise convention;
Make Mra. Grundy weep;
But If you wisli me to behave
Don't let that dimple peep.
You've license to be cruel,
Although It Is a snaine;
And you may term iiie stupid
At every sort of game;
And doubt me, Dolly, flout me,
And all contumely heap;
But if you'd have a humble (lave
Don't let that dimple peep.
The things you like. I'll do them.
Obey your lightest wish;
I'll sacrifice digestion
Before your chafing dish,
I'll follow all caprices
With desperation deep;
But, fascinating maid, beware
Don't let that dimple peep.
'Tia Idle to be angry;
Nay, worse 'tis sinful, too.
About an act ao harmless
Why make so much ado?
On wsy'a tho only aafe way
'Tia very hard to keep.
Yes, Dolly, if you'd not he kissed.
Don't let that dimple peep.
Medical Discovery.
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