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'Hie omaiia Daily Bee.
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The sky-scraper day hag dawned for
Old 1 909 has littte farther to tote
big scythe. V
Public alarm majf be said to have
subsided ,'over the --muckraking; 'maga
Juat because the price of lobsters is
going up again is no reason for the
consumer to get red 'In the face.
With the monoplane and the mono
rail the modern traveler- may fly far
and fast from' the monotone of life'.
ew Year devotees of ' the water
wagon are tuning their voices to sing
their good resolutions in, water meter,
The benefits of cranking up an auto
all summer may be observed when it
comes to, shaking down a furnace eyll
winter. , .
Fhrah Bernhardt' plea for trial
marrluges , will prompt a renewal of
the query whether the term Is not
( The Danes have ridiculed an Ameri
can girl out' bf' the country because of
her enormous colffdfe.' Did they think
it concealed Cook?
One of the big cities has established
e ehildieu'g church, to which no grown
ups need apply. Now let us see if the
The colleges that adopt the soccer
form of foot ball may find the name
some consolation for abandonment of
the old motto; "Boc et tuum."
City Engineer Craig Is pointing the
way to practical economy if the city
council wllf only tieed his message In
regard to the old market house.
Tobacco is now proposod as a crop
for NcbrHka, but tt will be a long
time before the native product will
drive the Vuelta Abajo article from the
Fire having shut off the water sup
ply at Atlantic City; frequenters of
the boardwalk will have o subsist on
the local brand of firewater, oh', how
T. P. O'Connor's remark that we are
a nation of overworked mun and
women only serves to remind us that
we are wllllag to be overworked in. his
The many momenta cousumed by
perfervld oratory In the city council
sessions show no effect whatever on
cleaning uj the garbage situation,
which Is rapidly getting no better.
; t . :
Another argument In favor of con
FoUJatton is the construction of an ex
pensive viaduct, the benefit of which
will be ok lefly" enjoyed by residents of
an aristocratic suburb who will bear
none of the expense.
The New -York Sun, which shines
for all, is seeking to convince the local
landlubber that the shark of the sea
Is not so Imd as he has been painted
It would seem as.tivnugh the Man hat-,
tan land shark had brought tyts aquatic
r.omouym Into disrepute,
It must bt somewhat tiresome for
the oporagoers In the eastern cities to
pay high prist s to hear a star and then
have her eftis to sing because of her
pique with fcer rlva,la. , Stars with.
temperlPHT tiiiijVranieut will ha in de
mand 1 tbts thing keeps UQ.
The Eloquent Sticker.
Doubtless the success of the lied
Cross stamp crusade against tuber
culosis has Inspired the suffragettes in
their . resorting to the similar adop
tion of an eloquent and persistent
sticker bearing the message of "Votes
for Women." And there Is to be said
in favor of the widespread circulation
of such stamps, particularly on mail
matter which has such an intimate
personal contact, that this persistent
publicity is likely to have the effect
commonly attributed to the constant
dropping of water, the stone in this
case being the flinty heart of man.
The obstructionist is apt to arise,
either In the shape of a masculine gov
ernment which may object to the ex
tension of the sticker Idea in the malls,
or else in the person of the particular
correspondent who desires no1 such ob
scuring devices on his letters. For
simplicity of addressing Is, the first
law of expedition in the postal serv
ice, and who can say to what limits
the extension of the lied Cross stamp
privilege into other fields will be car
The American is nothing if not
alert to the possibilities of publicity,
and we may expect the suffragette ap
plication of the sticker Idea to Inflame
the seal of the advertiser until our let
ters shall become as profusely plas
tered with appeals to the sentiments
and the pocketbooks o,f the recipients
as are the suitcases of the self-exploit
ing tourist with labels of foreign ho
tels As "bullets against the white
plague" the stamps are popular; as
coaxers for the suffragettes they may
be serious or amusing, according to the
point of view; but there Is danger of
this stamp enthusiasm being carried so
far as to become a real nuisance
Seeking a Eeputation.
Between the cynical comment of the
poet concerning fools, who seek the
bubble reputation at the cannon's
mouth and the proverbial dictum that
a good name is rather to be chosen
than great riches, exist many grada
tions of human Interpretation of
character, but few are the men who
will not fight to remove a stain from
In the case of Mr. Heney, now seek
ing through the courts to establish the
good fame of which his. detractors
have endeavored to rid him, the public
beholds a man who is something like
the prophet of old, not without honor
save in his own country. The people
at large have viewed Mr. Heney some
what at long range, and much of the
general judgment concerning him has
been obtained through the difficult me
dium of prim, in many cases the text
being tinctured by the partisanship of
one side or the other in San Fran
cisco's bitter and prolonged contro
Out of the conflicting estimates of
the situation at tho Oolden Gate have
come varying charges of fourflushlng
and posing as martyrs on the part of
those sharing in the so-called reform
warfare, and 'n the state of things
within the California city It may be
true that an unprejudiced jury trial of
some of the issues was Impossible,
though it is to be remembered that at
tho recent election the voters rejected
the proposition to continue Mr.. Heney
In office. Without in any way preju
dicing the issue involved, it is proper
to point out that at last the American
public is to have an opportunity to ob
tain a correct view of a much and va
riously discussed man, for the trial of
Mr. Ileney's libel suit in New York
will transplant the San Francisco con
troversy far from the influence of lo
cal bias, and out of the evidence there
adduced the public ought to be able to
obtain a clear and final conception of
not only Mr. Ileney's character, but
also of that of all the other Important
figures in a controversy which stirred
the continent. '
Heroes in Time of Peace.
The case of the collier Nero has
demonstrated the sort of stuff the men
cf our navy are made of, for the ship,
which had been abandoned as a dere
lict, has been conveyed through the
stress and storm of the Atlantic to a
snug, harbor solely as a result of the
pluck and endurance of officers and
crew from one of our naval stations.
The Nero is a successful example of
the attempts at salvaging wrecks by
the compressed air method, of which
the Yankee was so conspicuous a fail
ure. After it bad been triumphantly
floated, the perilous voyage from the
New England coast to the Brooklyn
navy yard, had to be undertaken, and
this was the test of character for the
men assigned to the task. Lieutenant
Commander Harry Yarnall and his
men accepted the . commission with
dauntless resolution and, thoagh at
various times they were in danger of
losing not only the ship, but ajso their
own lives, they accomplished flw feat
This is a salvage achievement with
out a precedent. Inasmuch as the mere
shell of the hull was left, and only
patches of canvas kept the waves
from some of the compartments.
Steam had to be kept up In an engine
room whose fires were momentarily
threatened with extinction, for if the
steam stopped the air compression
which kept the hulk afloat would
cease and the whole craft would have
been engulfed. Tbts was a task that
called for all the hardihood and forti
tude of the officers and seamen. Noth
ing but the ingenuity and courage of
the American crew carried the per
formance through and established an
other record for our native tars.
Battle is not the only Occasion to
draw (rem, eur allap,t,roin the trait
of bravery, aud In the case of the
reclamation cf the Nero farm the very
maw of the ocean our jackies have
manifested genuine heroism In peace
Union Pacific Headquarters.
The authoritative announcement by
V'lco President Mohler of the Union
Pacific that that company will imme
diately commence the work of erecting"
a modern office building for its own
purposes in Omaha comes very timely
for the holiday season. It is one of the
most magnificent Christmas gifts
Omaha could have received. Willi it
has been definitely settled for a long
time that the Union Pacific would build
Its new home in this city, the postpone
ment of the work and the death of Mr,
Harrlman had occasioned some appre
hension. It is now apparent that
Omaha is, to remain the operating
headquarters for this great! railroad
system; and that the Union Pacific will
be, as it always has been, the great
' Another significant fact of the an
nouncement is that it Is .the first gun
in the . building campaign for 1910,
which promises to equal, if not exceed,
the magnificent record made by the
year that is Just closing. Omaha folks
have every reason to feel encouraged
over the news Mr. Mohler has Just
The Law's Delays.
In connection with the announce
ment that Russia is preparing to bring
to trial famous revolutionists who for
two years have been incarcerated In a
fortress, the thought arises, What a
barbarous country! And American
sympathy immediately is aroused for
these prisoners who so long have suf
fered durance though not convicted of
Similarly, popular Indignation is
stirred because an American has been
for months denied release on bail or
speedy trial fur an offense against the
drastic railroad laws of Mexico, and
the labor interests of the country are
seeking redress for the fellow through
the good offices of the State depart
ment. But while we are resentful concern
ing these affairs beyond our borders,
let us not forget the sloth and Inter
ference characterizing administration
of the law at home. President Taft
has denounced the delays of American
justice as deplorable, and has declared
that, In his judgment, Teform in ju
dicial procedure constitutes the great
est need in our Institutions.
"I do not doubt for one moment,"
he says In his recent message to con
gress, "that much of the lawless vio
lence and cruelty exhibited In lynch-
ings is directly due tp the uncertain
ties and injustice growing out of the
delays in trials, Judgments and the ex
ecution thereof by our courts."
' "Archaic and barbarous" are the
words the president, applies to these
delays. If the simple expedient of
adopting such modern rules of pro
cedure as he proposes will remove this
stigma, congress cannot too soon enact
the necessary legislation.
Grand Jury Rumors.
. Rymors are being persistently cir
culated to the effect that efforts look
ing toward the calling of another
strand jury are being made, February
being set as the date for the assembling
of the Inquisitorial body. Just what
call there Is for a grand Jury at this
time is not apparent on the surface'.
The governor has very recently listened
patiently to testimony in support of
charges made against the city officials
and has returned his decision that the
charges were unfounded. It Is hardly
likely, that the grand jury would be
able to discover more than was laid be
fore the governor.
For eight or nine years last past
grand Juries have been called fre
quently, at an expense of $3,000 to
$4,000 each time, for the purpose of
investigating and sifting the "well
founded rumors" that have been cir
culated, yet nothing has ever been es
tablished that would support any of the
scandalous allegations made concern
ing city officials. The Bee has pro
tested against these proceedings and
will continue to protest, not because it
is trying to shield anyone, but because
it is seeking to save the public the ex
pense of a proceeding that can only be
used to support senseless agitation In
behalf of political aspirations of local
members of the Down and Out club.
The Inquiry Into the condition of af
fairs at the Lincoln Hospital for Insane
has been halted by the governor's evi
dent desire to shield his own appointee.
It may be there is nothing In the
charges filed by Newton against Dr.
Woodard, but this could better be es
tablished by full Inquiry. If Governor
Shallenberger wants the public" to ac
cept his superintendents at par value
he should see to it that none of them
rest under the stigma of unwarranted
Colonel Harvey styles Mr. Taft
"The Pilgrim Son." Himself a de
scendant of the discoverer of the cir
culation of the blood, Harvey ought
to be able to trace the strain with au
thority. And be will find the nation
as proud of the Pilgrim son as it is of
Its Pilgrim fathers.
. The specter of a general strike still
hovers o,ver the railroads at the close
of a season crowded with railroad
wrecks. Two things the public peti
tions from the pew year the making
pf rails safe and the keeping of rails
The. health commlsslpner is trying
to allay public apprehension stlrrod up
by an energutic scandal monger eon
eernlng the danger of a typhoid fever
epidemic. Tvphoid Is not an epidemic
in Omaha, but if you are worried, a
good way to make sure would be to
boll the water, the oyster, the milk or
anything else that may contain the
germ; then you will be safe and can
laugh at both sides of the controversy.
The. new contract for. electric street
lighting Is on the basis of the old plan,
the city council having overlooked Its
opportunity to adopt something more
modern for Omaha's uses. This leaves
the matter in a very unsatisfactory
condition, and attention should be
given at once to comprehensive plans
for improvement In Omaha's street
One of the big colleges for girls Is
greatly agitated over the proposal to
abolish sororities with the finely fur
nished club houses. Tbey cannot con
template without tears the threatened
eviction of all those lovely sofa cushions.
New York is chiseling only the date
MCMIX on the cornerstone of Its new
municipal building. Future genera
tions are likely to puzzle over the
problem of what Manhattan, politician
Oh, dear, another exposition! New
Orleans Is figuring on the weary
world's paying the bill for her new
trousseau and carnival celebration
over the opening of the Panama canal.
Better Star at Home.
Peary wants some American to go to the
South pole and gat a reputation. Right
now the temptation would appear stronger
to stay at home and save what little one
Not If Elmer Sees Her First.
Mrs. Carrie Nation Is haunting the capt
tol at Washington, trying to see Senator
Burkett of Nebraska, the sponsor of the
aiili-horse-racing bill, but she,
Senator Burkett sees her first.
Same Old Tribe.
It Is painful to learn from an eminent
authority that the gyroscopic car, running
on a single rail, "never will be anything but
a toy." Still, the scientific gentleman of
George Stephenson's day predicted total
failure for the locomotive engine.
Better Keep Array.
It may as well be understood right now
that parties promising themselves a visit
to the paragraphic end of this sanctum
for the purpose of submitting unfeeling,
unkind and gloating remarks concerning
"the boreal center" and so forth, .will be
greeted with a chilly enthusiasm of such
strenuously Arctiq persuasion that they will
likely bo most severely frost bitten.
Nebraska Example Catching-.
Kansas has escaped the, unhappy exper
ience of Oklahoma, in the state guarantee
of bank deposits. : A Judicial decision has
declared the Kansas law invalid, before
there was opportunity for Its application.
In Oklahoma .therlojyy was proved worthless
by five bank failures that occurred. We
have probably heard the last of this parti
cular form of Bryanlstle folly, and tt Is well
that It has ooms fo an end as promptly
and with mo little resulting harm. Okla
homa, however,- has stilt, several other
wildcat experiments on hand that must
run their,. course to a corresponding fail
ure. AWAKENING OF TUB STATES.
Soasrestlve Fore of a Mlrhlgraa
New York World.
Following the refusal of the Michigan
courts to admit the telephone and tele
praph merger to operate In the state on
the ground that it Is a combination which
woujd eliminate competition, the Ohio at
torney general has the Morgan purchase of
telephone Interests In Toledo under in
vestigation with a view to prosecution If
the transaction proves to be a first step
In a consolidation tff the Bell and independ
The legal questions Involved In thepro
ceedings are not the same, but a similar
ity of action on the part of the state au
thorities is revealed which Is Important
as showing the growing watchfulness of
the states to prevent munopollsHo combina
tions and to apply the remedy before In
stead of after tbVfact.
There is cause for satisfaction in this
disposition of. states to exercise their well
defined powers of corporation control and
to dispose of the new problems of organ
ized capital before they become federal
issues. Jf they had exercised the powers
earlier there would be no occasion for the
consideration of a national Incorporation
act by congress. Thsre would be no ques
tion of federal licenses and the notion
that the general- government is the source
of all legislative vlrtae so far as trusts
and corporations are concerned would not
be so prevalent.
SEDITION'S VOLV FACE,
Political In rest Exacting; Its Toll ol
In Russia, Korea, Koumanla and India
Wednesday public officials suffered vio
lenceand In most cases, death from re
vengeful, lawless, political agitators. Im
patient with authority and unmindful of
consequences to themselves so long as
blood was shed and life taken. It Is not
strange news from Russia, for there Uie
severity and remorselessness of the police
and the rigor of the combat with the
forces of revolution long sines bred anarchy,
which has abated, but. not departed with
the granting of a constitution. In India,
Great Britain faces unprecedented unrest
and agitation, that already has begun to
collect Its toll of (Ives of British officials
who stand for a hated alien power, that
ir, that w
the educated and resentful Indian
some of them owing their all to
education and pj-vic(.ion, intend to throw
off by measures that do not stop short
of assassination. As for Korea, the recent
assassination of United States Minister
Stevens, of Prince Ito, and now of Premier
Yi, the head of the cabinet and a tacit
agent of Japan in Its policy of reconstruc
tion and absorption of Korea, indicates
that thsre, also, the way of the ruler from
above and wlihoiiuls to be made precarious
by the dread of. armsd sealola. Keceut
concessions to the native Indian demands
by lrd Morley and the liberal ministry,
it was hoped, would lessen ths unrest and
diminish the tension; and no doubt they
will among the mute moderate and thought
ful of Li) a Indians who desire home rule
no faster than It Is workable with the
native human material, but this latest as
sassination of a British official, shows that
the spirit of sedition still abides, and may
In time provoke Britain to ums of fuice
that will be drastic
Around New York
BJaplea oa the Current of X.lfe
as Been la the Great Amsrloan
Metropolis from Say to Day.
People who wonder at the political prlp
of Tammnny on tlie multitude In New Turk
neglect to mensuie human nature as It la.
but by standards of their own nviklng. A
recent Incident, overflowing with pathos
and good will, IKuHtrates the affection of
a Tammany leader for his followers. Tim
othy P. Bulllvan, known to thousands In
the old Bowery district as "Little Tim,"
was one of a family of Tammany leaders.
It was his custom for years pat to Rive a
Christmas feast to the poor of the district.
A few hours before the end he spoke this
kindly messsge to his fe:lows: "Hury me
on Friday, I want the boys on the Bowery
to have their Christmas dinner. Maybe
they wouldn't feel much like enjoying It if
they thought I was lying dend a few
blocks away. I want you to get me out of
the way so I won't spoil their Christmas.
I'm aorry I won't be there," said "Little
Tim," aa he gave Instructions as to the
funds he left to defray the expense of the
feast. The dead leader was one of the
typo of Tammary politicians who concern
themselves with the sorrows, the cares and
the wants of lees fortunate beings. They
lend a helping hand, not at election time
atone, but all through the year, and thus
secure a hold on popular confidence and af
fection that Is rarely shaken.
The very latest flare In the foodery line
la the new cafe de I'Opera, on Broadway,
between Forty-first and Forty-second
streets. It runs up almost to here the old
Metropole stood and Is bosfed by Henri
Pruger, who used to do the cooking for the
Savoy In London.
Interna'ly, It looks like a cross between a
midnight fire In a paint warehouse and a
fight at the ribbon counter. It Is without
doubt the gaudiest thing In the way of
restaurants we have been afforded yet. It
will afford a constant temptation to the
night runners on Broadway to chip off a
flake of wall decoration and cash It In at
the mint. Ono may, perhaps, quarrel with
the taste of' the decorator, but one cannot
question his command of funds. It looks
as though he had sprayed goldlenf through
a hose. The night that It was opened
Bruce Rice, one of the younger breed of
speakers who are always on draft here, was
set down to make a talk. Mr. Rice dwelt
upon the magnificence of his surroundings.
He waved his hands like a regu?Br orator.
And then It seemed to occur to him that
while this was all very well for one night
In the year what were we to do for the
rest of the season? "If we try to eat at
home," said he, "or even If we go back to
the other restaurants on Broadway, we're
bouiid to feel like the negro In the story.
'I wlsht I had a million dollars,' sold he
to an old white headed friend. 'You a foo'.,
niggah,' said the handkerchief head
African, 'no niggah wants no mlllloln
dollahs.' 'An' w'y for don't I want no
million dollahs?' asked the first. 'Becase,'
said the older man, 'de w'lte folks woud
git it away fum you lnslden a week, and
by that time yo'd have lost your taste for
craps,' " ' ,
Every one here knows the Brook club,
says the New York correspondent of the
Cincinnati Times-Star. That Js the famous
organization to which Harry Thaw and
Stanford White belonged, aa told In th'e
Thaw trial, and won its name because, like
the brook in the poem, "It goes forever."
The greater part of the members of tho
Brook club turn night Into day habitually.
The real topnotch high rollers of town
belong almost to- a man but the cheap
brand of Broadway spender, 'who buys
wine In a tone that can be heard from
Grant' tomb to the Battery, can't get past
the doors. -
The other night, according to the yarn,
Finley Peter Dunne wanted a taxicab at
the club. He told John, who superintends
the outside of the Brook, of his needs. The
cab came. John thrust his head through
the doors to notify Mh Dunne. Mr. Dunne
came to the door, getting Into a broadtail
overcoat. "This way, cabbie," said John, In
his most magnificent way, turning to ad
dress the chauffeur. John's foot slipped
and he spilled himself down the steps.
"Ah, John, John," said Mr. Dunne, shak
ing his head sorrowfully. "You must be
more careful of your reputation, John. You
ought not to, come down stairs that way.
People will take you for one of the mem
bers." Several persons marooned In a Broadway
drug store during a downpour of rain
learned a novel use for an eleotrlo fan.
About 4 o'clock a woman carrying a dimin
utive fluffy white dog alighted from a
taxicab and entered the store. That store
keeps an electric fan ready for business
the year around, but that day It was not
going. The woman asked if the current
could be turned on. Being assured that It
could she said:
"Then would you mind turning It on
for a few minutes? I want to dry Penelope.
I had to carry her for a block In the rain
and she got wet and bedraggled."
When It dawned upon the clerk that
Penelope was none other than the scrap
of a dog he suggested that she might be
dried over the radiator. i
"That would never do," said' the woman.
"She would look stringy. When hair of
this texture gets damp the very beit treat
ment la to dry It with an electric fan. It
gives life and tone. I am going to call on
a woman who lives above this store. She
has never seen Penelope, but she has
heard what a beautiful dog she is, and I
want the little thing to look her best. If
you will set the fan going I will be so
Tht olerk turned on the current and for
ten minutes Penelope's tousled locks
tumbled in the breexe. '
The late caller at the office of the throat
and nose specialist noticed that the three
young women ahead of him for a consult-"
tion exhaled sweet essence when they
wlshtd past. When his time came for
an Interview he commented on that pleas
"Oh, yes," said the doctor, "they can't
help getting Impregnated with the stuff.
Those girls are saleswomen In perfumery
departments in big stores. Every winter
I have sevoral perfumery saleswomen for
regular patients. The girls In every big
perfumery department in town are selected
because " of their sensitiveness to odors.
hen the season for colds sets In they
ave to look sharp. The slightest catarrhul
ffectlon attacks their sense of smell. Since
that la their capital they can't afford to
have It Impaired and they depend upon a
specialist to keep them in good shape."
Charles H. Adams, who was arrested yes
terday afternoon at the Broadway Central
hotel, is said by the police to have cleaned
up tiV'.OOO in five years by a fake mining
schema. The Victim would generally be
lured tp New York from Kngland. Hit
would bore into a brass bar and tuke sub
stituted gold filings to the assay office
for a report on the mine. This report
would satisfy him and he would buy the
mine and large piece of the adjoining
Struck it Klaht.
New York Mall.
Looking at the subject calmly, the woman
doctor Who declares that marriage is re
sponsible for the divorce evil appears to
have struck ft about right.
(OMKRMMi Naval "iioonnoi"
CSreat Injnulloe Done the (lood Ship
A great Injustice apponrs to have been
done the good ship Nebraska of the naval
sravlee by tho writers of newspaper dis
patches from Norfolk recently In brand
ing that ship an another "hoodoo" of the
nuvy. This derailed title calculated to do
much Injury to a ship In a subtle way,
which iho 'anrisman Is not always able to
appreciate appmrs to have been bestowed
because the Nebraska collided with another
vessel, the fulled Slats steams! Ip (Jeorg a.
In the fiction sent out from Norfolk, the
prejudice against the Nebraska on the part
of officers of other vessels of the' fleet was
ornately described ns amounting 'to abject
terror. One Incident related was to the
effect that certain officers, visiting their
comrades on tmiird the Nebraska, were
induced to unbutton their overcoats during
their stay, which act disclosed the prosence
of life-preservers about tho bodies of the
officers. If such a thing occurred. It was
one of those grewsome Jests which It Is
hardly possible to reallxe in the case of
intelligeut naval officers.
As a matter of fact, the Nebraska Is no
more of a "hoodoo than any other ship,
but It Is conceivable that she can become
such If enough publicity of a ridiculous
sort attaches to all the accidents which oc
cur on board of the vessel. It will be pos
sible to select Incidents In the activities of
several hundred people to give the apMr
nnce that the heavy hand of fate has set
tled on any particular ship. The desire to
ri eate a "hoodoo" among vessels of the
navy may have Its usee as a newspaper
sensation, and It Is of record that there
have been ships so successfully branded,
that enlisted men, and even officers .have
preferred duty on vense!s not so unfavor
ably distinguished. The Nebraska has ren
dered an excellent account of Itself since
the ship went Into commission In July,
1K0T, and has gained a record for economy
with coal and In target practice, besides
having In Its crew the fleet champions of
base ba'l, foot ball, basket bail and signal
men. If that constitutes naval "hoodoo-
Ism," the situation Is not as )erllous as
the lively Norfolk 'correspondents have
CLOSE TO THE PEOPLE.
Thlnrs Congress Should Do to Sim
plify PostofMCe Work.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
The Postal department of the United
States has stood up bravely to Its Christ
mas avalanche of work. If, In some places,
It was momentarily snowed under by
ornamental postal cards, a comparatively
new feature in the service, no one can feel
surprised, for a novel wrinkle that catches
the fancy of 90,000.000 people can make
work beyond the capacity of any brganlzcd
force. The routine labors of the depart
ment are at flood tide by reason of general
prosperity and It is clear that everybody
in the administration of the post offices
must have labored to the limit during the
last month. The activities connected with
the beginning of a new year are also at
hand. Such close relations exist between
the people and the Poatofflce department
that Its growth of duties Is among the
leading subjects of national Interest.
One of the things congress can do at
the present session Is to put all branches
of postal work In proper adjustment. An
Important recommendation on this point
Is found In the president's message. The
work performed In handling second cla3
mall' costs the government nine times as
much aa the revenue derived from this
source. The consequent loss Is stated by
the president to be $3,000,000 a year. Last
year's deficit In the entire postal operations
was 117,600,000. The president has no thought
of disturbing the low rate of postage
prescribed for newspapers In the mall.
From the foundation of the nation the
executive and legislative policy has been
to promote the circulation of newspapers
and the free discussion so necessary to the
growth of sound public opinion. What the
president favors Is an Increase in the rate
charged magazines and miscellaneous pub
lications, which are not disseminators of
news and whose contents are more than
half advertising matter. By a right man
agement of postal charges the work of the
department can be greatly bettered and all
the people benefited in a striking degre.
CONTINENTAL SPINE PIERCED.
Completion of First Transcontinental
Railroad In South America.
New York Sun.
An engineering feet of the first Import
ance that has been recently completed U
likely to change political relations in South
American and commercial conditions
throughout the world. The tunnel under
the Andes at the pass of Cumbre has been
pierced and In this coming spring Valpa
raiso and Buenos Ayres will be connected
by a railroad running in nearly a direct
line east and west. The barrier of the
mountains has been removed; the two matt
stable and most highly civilized South
American republics are brought Into closer
connection. Chile obtains an outlet for its
products on the Atlantic and Argentina one
for Its on the Pacific, and the terrors of
the Straits of Magellan disappear.
That Increased facilities for Intercourse
and for trade will bring Chile and Argen
tina closer together politically is Inevitable.
They are the two states which above all
the others In, the southern continent have
shown vigor and enterprise; thoy have
manifested less inclination than other Latin
republics to violent changes of government;
their boundaries Include nearly all of the
temperate zone in fjouth America, so that
immigrants have no new difficulties of
climate to contend with, and they have
dealt with great equity with the foreigners
who have settled or have traded In their
land. If a United States of South America
Is ever to come into existence it Is Argen
tina and Chile that must give It stable
form. The elimination of the Andes is a
great step In the direction of a union.
Scare Borders Frowned
New York Tribune.
An American business man In Germany
has Just been roundly fined for sending
through the malls an advertising circular
heavily bordered with black, to attract at
tention to It ' as though It were a death
notice. If everybody in America were
fined for corresponding tricks the treasuries
of the courts would overflow.
Gulf Coast Resorts
New Orleans, Mobile, Pensacola
and all other principal resorts io the south reached by quick
and convenient schedules of the Louisville & Nashville R. K,
either in solid through trains or sleeping cars from Chicago,
St. Louis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Evsnsvllls snd Indisnspolls.
Complete dlnins csr service. Round trip tourist tickets, limit
Msy 31, on si la daily st reduced 'fares. Creiter variety
rouics man any oiner line; diverse routes to rlorids If desired
The Most Attractive Way South
drafters In the little clt tf Toungstew",
O., have been fined JM.000 and feel much
worse than if It had been .000.0OO or so.
for In the circumstances there Seems a dis
position to collect.
A "healer" In New York has ben In
dicted because she healed her own poverty
at the expense of a paralysed and hypno
tised patient. Her license. It seems, does
not cover this line of treatment.
John liny Hammond, the mining en
gineer, would have a skull and croes-boncs
placed on all crooked mining and Industrial
scheme. This slan of poison would, he
says, protect all who did not wish to com
"Alfalfa Hill" Mnrry, who served nn
president of the constitutional convention
and speaker of the first Oklahoma legis
lature, will probably make the race for
governor of Oklnhoma In the democrullo
primary next August.
Dr. William C. Woodward, health officer
of the District of Columbia, calls the
Chautauqua salute a health menace and
a breeder of diseases, and Dr. K. O. Eecles
says shaking hands Is a bad practice, be
cause you don't know how germlferously
dirty the other fellow's hands may be.
James L. Davenport, the new United
States commissioner of pensions, was bom
In Hlnsdle. N. H. When the Civil war
broke out he was 18 years old, the New
Hampshire recruiting officers would not
take him, and o he ran away and en
listed In the Fortieth Wisconsin regiment
According to Consular Agent Ernest L.
Phillips of St. Helens, England, a newly
discovered system for manufacturing gas
enables the gas company to extract 11,500
Cubic feet from a ton of slack, coal, cost
ing only $2. Besides, many valuable by
products are obtained In Increased quanti
ties. The gas plant at St. Helens Is muni
cipally owned and operated.
WHITTLED TO A POINT.
"What we want." said the attorney to thoV
reporters, "Is Justice." '
"What I want," said the client to the
attorney, "Is a verdict in my favor." Life.
"Yes, father couldn't stand the nolso of
the city and had to go back home."
"I suppose he leads a rather quiet llf- "
"Yes, about the noleest form of d!ssli
tlon he ever runs up against Is a rubber
tired game of checker played In a vacuum
on a deadened table with Insulated legs."
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Father Do you find Robert prompt at
His Kmployer Yes, Indeed. I never saw
in all my life a young man who could get
out of the office at 6 o'clock with less de
lay. San Francisco Chronicle. ,
"Mrs. Wllfong, haw many lodges does
your husband belong to?"
"He's a member of four lodges and two
"What la the difference between a lo-r
and a council?"
"Well, when he goes to a lodge meeting
he generally stay later. Chicago Tribune.
Maud Do you believe In palmistry?
Kthel In a way. I've known it to work
splendidly as a starter when the young
man is shy. Boston Transcript
Soubrette We are undone)
Soubrette The comedian Is giving Willie
Villain Bah! Beneath his plate on Christ
mas morning I will place a receipt fur
slx month's piano lessons for his daughter.
Noah was Inspecting the animals as they
trooped Into the ark.
"I don't claim to be a fauna! naturalist,"
ho Baid, "but I'm making T. R.'s Smith
sonian Institution collection look sick."
in due time, moreover, he sailed away
with the greatest aggregation of living wild
anltiuil ev;or , uun, in captlvUy,-rCiilcago . .
"What do you think of the English no
tion of abolishing the House of Lords?"
"it's an outrage," answered Mr. Cumrox.
"It's worse than bankrutcy. It's repudi
ation. We American mtlllonairea who have
mude big matrimonial Investments will
never stand for it." Washington Star.
"Do you think It's possible for one to,
learh anything by taking a course In that
correspondence school Iih's conducting?"
"O, yes; one Is likely to leurn what a
fool one was to bother with It." Catholic
Standard and Times.
John What doctor attended your aunt In
her last Illness? . '
James None. She died a natural death.
Alexander had defeated and captured
"How do you wish to be treated?" he
"I-Ike a king," answered Porus, with dig.
"Good!" exclaimed hfs conqueror, "I was
thinking of UBlng you as a plaster."
For already he was beginning to be stuck
on him, as It were. Chicago Tribune.
W. D. Nesblt in Chicago Post.
O dim, lost land of boyhood, rise up from
out my dreams
And let mo see your sunshine that ever
Rise up from out the shadows that creep
on us with age,
Let me turn back Time's volume until I
reach the page
Where story-folk are living, where all is
true as true,
Where sorrow did not fret me with things
I never knew.
O fair, fair land of boyhood, come c! --a
to me tonight
Let all your hills and valleys roll out lie
fore my sight,
Let dancing shadows frolic beneath the
orchard trees ,
And let me hear the cnantlng of honey
Let blossom petals drifting go glancing
here and there
Until the breezes chuckle with all the
sweets they bear.
O wondrous .and of boyhood the back
ward path to you
Is grown with ancient hedges that hide
you from my view.
Rise up from out my fancies and bring
the forest nook
And the melodious madness that rippled
In the brook,
It is not fair ihut wo two should be so
Though snow makes white my forehead,
your sun shines in my heart.
0 wondrous land of boyhood! I see you
1 hear the children laughing, and I lay
down my pen,,
For in their Christmas rapture you come
once more to me,
And I am tranced In knowing what
miracles may be,
For brimming as did Canaan with honey
and with wine.
O fair, fair land of my boyhood, . once
inure i can you mine!
For full pirtlculirs, rim, ttrktK, descriptive lllus "'
Iraud bookltis sad sleeping or rctcritlons sdiirc '
P. W. MORROW, N. W. Tass. Aft., 'CHICAGO
J. E. DAVENPORT, Div. Pass. Agt.fiT, hOVll
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