Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, January 17, 1910, Page 4, Image 4
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Total M88.B10 Returned copies MA30 Nat Total... 4 1,8 1880 Dally Arsrag 48,334 CSCRGS S, T28CHUCK. Treasurer. , Bubscrlbed in my presence and rworn to befora me tola (1st day of Deo ember, 1S0B. W. P. WALKIUR, ' ' Notary Public. Sn bees-then lcYlngr tkeKeitr tem porarily ' sheala kave The Be-e mailed to them. Address will be ckangen aa often sue renaested. Yea, the loser of that $30,000 neck lace was an actress. Money may melt the snow, but It also melts In the process. It may be called hard coal because of the hard feelings and hard language it engenders. Perhaps the dramatic critic found aeaa in ttiioxi couan t stand sucn a one-night stand. v It transpires that the good, old fashioned winter that is upon us 1b playing no geographical favorite. The question,' "Why is: an insur gentT" is almost aa hard a nut to crack as the question, "What is a democrat?" Wyoming is worried because the frozen country keeps the elk from drnking. That is calculated to distress an elk. ' : The recurring defeats of Mrs. Duff on Botson's school ticket make one wonder whether she la tbe Bryaaof the Hub. . ; . Some cities enforce a regulation against coasting across street car tracks. Omaha would do well to do likewise. ."'- . , - Indianapolis wants the Corn show. If Omaha is going to dispense with it, Indianapolis will be entitled to consideration.- - - It will Te noticed., however, that tbe kaiser did ..not commit , himself as to Shackleton'a abUity to reach the pole. NO garlands. ..! The twin brothers seeking divorces from twin Bisters may be seeking a human application of te law that four of a kind beat two pair. . X ' Tbejault over the , Joslyn-Sutphen tract baa ' been decided, but by no means ended not so' long as the law yers see a ohance for more fat fees. As a letter writer Dr. Harry A. Fos . ter 1b almost as much of a success as be la as a tooth carpenter. - We have some samples of his chirography our selves. ." - When Estrada and Madris are not talking of fight they are talking of peaces Why not get together and revive the languishing commerce of Nicaragua on a practical basis? When the inevitable thaw finally comes we may be able to measure the depth of the rich, brown earth which these dirt-hauling wagons are spread ing over our pavements without let or hindrance. The excitement among the eastern colleges over the hockey championship indicates that youth has not lost its late rest la .the fundamentals of the hlgbec' education, young Sldls to the contrary notwithstanding. If Khode Island Is suoceBsful in its suit .'against North Carolina for re covery on those repudiated reconstruc tion Jondst the Incident will be apt to cause those southern governors to ex tend the time between drinks. The only thing lacking now Is an facial declaration from Would-be Sen atcr,'Al 8ornson a to whether he wants to ruu'ag a "regular" or an "In surgent," or simply continue to be the vrtfn candidate of the corpora tion Insurgency. .. ... The World-Herald makes bold to say that thers are hundreds of thousands of Insurgents all over this land, who are In surgents not because they are soreheads or demagogues, or Cannon baiters, but Insur gents, because they are opposed to ths measures which Mr. Taft, as the leader of his party. Is advocating.- These Insurgents represent the only Insurgency that has any vitality, the only Insurgency that la worth considering. World-Herald. The democratic World-Herald's defi nition of republican insurgency is doubtless what the democrats would like to have accepted as the test, be cause the only hope of democratic suc cess lies in arraigning a considerable body of republicans against the repub lican president and his administration. No other reason for Insurgency will satisfy the democrats, because personal antagonisms may be removed and minor differences of opinion can be but transitory.' The democratic organs have, therefore, been doing their best to lure so-called "Insurgents" on to the point where they must line up with the democrats against the legislative pro gram recommended by the president, and against republican policies gen erally. It goes without saying that the lead ers of the so-called insurgents at Wash ington insistently deny that this is the reason for, or the purpose of, their In surgency, and declare that they are fighting only against what they regard aa a despotic system of rules governing the deliberations of the house. When men get into a fight they usually seize whatever weapons are at hand, which may account for the Plnchot diversion. The contest for political ascendancy, however, must continue to be between the republican party, represented by President Taft and his policies on one side and on the other Bide the demo cratic party, trying, to stop the wheels of progress and embarrass the admlnis tratlon in a desperate hope of improv ing democratic chances for the presi dential election of 1912. ' Back to Uature. ' New York, witnessing the apparent success of Chicago's open-air schools In the dead of winter. Is following suit, and has arranged to equip pupils of tuberculosis tendency with garments, foot-warmers and other bodily com forts while studying and reciting their lessons out of doors. The Chicago en thusiasts report that the innovation is enjoyed by the children and that their health conditions are manifestly lm proved, so much so that medical at tendance grows less and less, while children who habitually lost much time because of staying at home to be nursed for throat and kindred troubles are now able to attend all sessions. The experiment is in too early a stage 'to warrant any serious conclu slon, yet it is gaining advocates among those who have long urged mankind to get back to nature in his manner of living. Some types of school rooms are notoriously hotbeds of disease, and are the first source of germ propaga tion attacked In time of epidemic. Yet it remains to be seen whether adequate ventilation and sanitation may not prove as effective as the more robust measures prescribed by the open-air system. Many children cannot with stand such vigorous reform, and there is grave question whether the raw and emoke-charged mid-winter air of tbe cities 1b as good for the lungs as the atmosphere that has had its chill and dampness removed' by the' scientific methods of the modern house. Even rugged adults sometimes are choked and rendered 111 by the conditions out of doors. However, the success of the experi ments now so ambitiously launched would tend to solve not only some of the perplexing problems of health, but also add to our general economical knowledge. Who can say that this is not a beginning of the abandonment cf much of the indoor coddling to which we have made ourselves accustomed? Perhaps) man is on his way toward curtailing some of the expensiveness of living by these steps back to nature. Vitality of Cities. Man, the great Imitator of nature, closely copies bis teacher in the repair ing of ravages, as Is illustrated graphi cally in the restoration of cities that have suffered destruction. Our own centers of population are a ready re minder of this fact, the great fires of Boston, Chicago and Baltimore having served as a basis for the rebuilding of more stable and stately structures, and the case of San Francisco being a latter-day marvel of tbe vitality of cities. We are prone to consider that these phoenix-like recoveries are due to American spirit, but occasionally we are reminded by the old world that the principle Is universal. Messina, to point to a recent instance, has Just re opened its ancient university, a slgnlfi cant mark of confidence in the future in Bplte of the wrecks of the past, and one of the indications that the old Sicilian port is again aggressively sharing in tbe world' commerce. Truth is, cities are hard to kill SlothfulnesB of public spirit, lack of municipal pride and push, will permit them to stagnate and flicker away Into oblivion, victims of dry rot; but the municipality that Is aggressive and progressive, survives every physical at tack and gains strength and character and growth of population and pros perity, not only despite but also because of the antagonism of the elements. Meg sina Is a fine example of this trait Its original excuse for existence, a port of call and shipment directly In the path of a short-cut trade route, serves as well today, and the despoiled survivor of. the terrible earthquake, nothing daunted, have flocked back' to their reins and are rehabilitating the houses and their fortunes, while ships p!y freely from its docks as of yore. Fires and plagues and wars have devastated Venice, Lyons and even London, yet these and scores of others have risen from their ashes and their mourning and faced the future with hope and in spiration. The vitality of the city la a splendid testimonial to the dominant spirit of man. Braving; a Royal Volcano. Authorized affirmation of the be trothal of Princess Victoria Patricia, daughter of the duke of Connaught, to King Manuel of Portugal comes as another proof of the Inveterate match making ability of King Edward of England, whose niece is the bride- elect. Thus does another daughter of England march heroically forth to wear a crown, heroically because the throne of Portugal is one of those set on the brink of a crater, and the spouse of a monarch bo parlously placed knows from the outset that the vol-, canto eruption may at any moment terminate her ascendancy. Once before English royalty es poused Portuguese, when Charles II wedded Princess Catherine of Bra ganza, whose dowry Included the pos session of Tangier and Bombay, but as the union was childless, the blood of the two nations has never been fused. The welding of this new alli ance necessitates a removal of the bar of religious difference, as was accom plished in the case of Alfonso's bride, but .such arrangements are only Inci dents in the lives of the creatures serving as pawns in tbe game of hu man destiny. These marriages of English girls to foreign potentates extend the power ful influence of the British throne among the nations of Europe. Ed ward's daughter , Maud Is queen of Norway's king, while two of his nieces are consorts, respectively, of the rulers of Roumania and Spain. His sister was the mother of Kaiser Wilhelm. And another link in the chain of na tions is his own marriage to a princess of the royal blood of Denmark. Man uel's bride will be the fourth of the recent English Victorias to wear a crown, for that was the name of the wife of Frederick III, a fact which seems to have been popularly lost sight of in the current agitation over Germany's naval program. Like many another shrewd mon arch, Edward has utilized the women of his royal family to serve the policies of the scepter, and Victoria Patricia but goes forth on such a venture as has thus , far been succe'ssf ully sus tained by Victoria of Spain, whose vol cano almost engulfed her at the begin ning. In the royal sport of ruling dynasties, it seems to be a case of a Woman is only a woman, while a throne is always a throne. The invitation list for the "insur gent" meeting called for Lincoln mis week is being carefully guarded from Ihe light of publicity. It would never do to extend a general Invitation to all Nebraska republicans who subscribe to the declarations of the Chicago plat form and are ready to help President Taft's administration carry them out The familiar case of Jack Spratt is recalled by the decision of Cleveland worklngmen to eat no meat and Yale students to buy no flowers. New Haven might ship the discarded "prom" decorations to the city by the lake, where the price of all greens is sure to rise when the vegetarian diet gets under way. As the new president of the Com merolal club Edgar Allen starts out with every promise ofa notable and successful administration during tbe coming year. At any rate, there is reasonable assurance that he will not arrange to remove to California before his executive chair is warm. Unable to find evidence to substanti ate the .magazine charges of an organ ized system of white slavery in New York, that much touted grand Jury In vestigation is in danger of falling flat. It takes facts more than hearsay to support Indictments. And all the time that Philadelphia heiress was longing for excitement away from home, a Philadelphia clerk was saving up his stealings from bis employer to "go to Paris to see the nrettv women." Moral: There' no place like home. Those knights of the knuckle who are planning to add to the festivities of that safe and sane Fourth of July are too busy reaping in the nightly nickels to pay much attention to knuckling down to real work. Mr. Calhoun has been bo silent about it that the people had supposed he was In China by this time, uut at the fare well banquet in Chicago he violated his policy of conservation of conversation Judging from "Bill" Brown's Jere miads in the east about the dearth of farm products. "Jim" Hill in the west will have to look to his laurels. Wkal'i tke I set Washington Post. Democratic harmony Is getting a shave hair cut and shampoo, and soon ought to be presentable. Getting; Close to tke Mark. New Tork Tribune. The latest confident estimate of man's age on ths earth la from S0.0O0 to 100,000 years. Why not be a little more definite and say from 41.000 to W,00T l.analnbbr Batts In. Louisville Courier-Journal. James Jr Hill says in Ms latest arttcL on "Highways of Progress" that America cannot compete with foreigners whose ships on the Pacific are "government paid In one guiae or another and manned by cheap Mongolian labor. May the bumble landlubber Inquire whether the Mongollsn labor employed on other transpsrlflo steamers Is much cheaper than the Mon gallon labor employed on the Paclflo Mall Line steamers? A Uraelnna Admission. Cleveland Lender. These facta, obvious to any thinking man who will consider care-fully the conditions which he knows exist, do not by any means oover tbe whole question. And Wky Mention Itf Baltimore American. The American nation Is the greatest on earth; none of us would for a moment permit that to be gainsaid. And that Is national self-exaltation. We are a nation of megalomaniacs; and we are nationally megalomanlacal. Why deny It? Let fio Guilty Man F.erape. Philadelphia Record. Apparently Attorney General Wicker sham has run down the thief that stole his very Indiscreet sugar letter from his letter file. He should now get after the receiv ers, purchasers and publishers who mnke a market for such stolen wares. He should afterward kick himself. Mean r bile, Haw Fnre-s tke Victim Brooklyn Eagle. Early has now been adjudged a "probable leper" by a committee of doctors and law yers, members of the Society of Medloal Jurisprudence. The report of this com mittee, however, has been referred to It for further Investigation and report Ths ques tion of how to show mercy to this poor victim of professional doubt remains to bs settled also. Harrying to Pay Tnxea. . New Tork Times. Washington dispatches report a phenome non, not to say a Dortent. The corpora tion tax has been supposed to be one of the most unpopular taxes recently enacted. Possibly it was unpopular because of lis merits, and ought to be dear to all who do not pay It because of Its hardships upon those who must pay It. However that may be, and although the tax Is not dus until June, some of the corporations which have been protesting against the tax ars now hastening to pay It. The receipt of checks six months before they are due Is not a matter so commonplace as to de prive of all Interest conjectures as to what the answer Is I Fascination of tke Newspaper, Samuel O. Blytho In Leslie's. Newspaper work Is essentially a business for young men. Old men cannot last In It, because old' men cannot stand the pace. And the further truth Is that when a man gets old in newspaper work, un less ho has specialised, he decreases In value to his employer Instead of Increasing, The younger you get In, the better It will be for you after you have acquired what ever knowledge you can afford and ore ready to take a chance. I don't know how to get out. Iha,ve seen shoals of newspaper men get out Into all sorts of Jobs, from business down to politics, and lots of them have made wads of money; Dut they never did belong, anyhow. The real writer never gets out of his game: and why should he; for his game Is the best game In the whole world. 1 PRESIDENT TAFT'S FRANKNESS. Ideaa Laid Bare with the Utmost Him. - nllrlty. New" York Evening Post we used to talk about the 'Appalling iranKneas of -President Roosevelt, but Mr. Taft Is fully holding his own In that regard. In his speeches, as In his roes aages, he layaitbaiie the workings of his own mind- wttht the utmost simplicity. And in -one particular he manifests a di rectness greater, than that of any prede- ceseor, even his Immediate. We refer to the perfectly straightforward wav In which he notifies congress that he has caused to be prepared the drafts of bills which he would like to see enacted. His quiet words are: By my direction the attorney general has drafted a bill to carry out these rec ommendations." It Is highly probable that other presidents have done practically the same thing, but we doubt If any other sver announced It so openly. Yet Mr. Taft's manner is so calm, and his message la written so absolutely without heat, that we presume no one will accuse him of trying to dictate a law to the lawmaking body. What be doubtless had In mid was the saving of time and the expediting of the public business; but he goes about It with a disregard of precedent which would seem sensational enough In a more sensa tional president. '" OUT OF SIGHT OUT OK MIND t Name of the Peerless Passed Un br tke . Showmea. Washington Post. The speechmaklng at the Jackson day dinner in Kansas City strongly suggests a tacit agreement among democratic lead era to lead the party away from the Bryan fetich. Nowhere In the comprehensive re port of the speeches of Champ Clark and Representative Ralney and the letter from Norman B. Mack does the name of the peerless leader appear; nor is there any reference, to his -policiea, go far as silence can be accepted as indicative of a pur pose, democracy means to live down Its past and go Into the, fight next summer with a new "overshadowing question" and under the constructive leadership of An orew Jackson. Especially algnif leant ware Mr. Clark's words, "We meet under auspices more favorable than we have been blessed wHh since 1894" two years before the "cross of gold" speech. Mr. Dark declared ; that the overwhelming question In the coming congressional cam paign will be "whether public men are under any sort of obligation to tell the truth." In other words, are ante-election promises things' to be lived up to by the republican party? Or are they "enticing baits with which to catch gudgeons?" Ar guing along on tills line, Mr. Clark's de ductlon was that the republicans would g-t "the bloodiest licking' they have had since 1890." Mr. Clark predicted victory for his party in 1912 also, with revision of the tariff still Its shibboleth; but he let fall no ut terance that would betray bis preference as to the presidential nomination. Yet his stand on the tariff aa tha paramount Issue might warrant the presumption that he had Governor Harmon In mind as the strongest possibility now In the field. National Chairman Mack, in his letter of regret, was equally studious In avoiding the use of narai-s of living democrats, and harked back, like Clark, td Old Hickory's day for the policy on which all kinds of democrats can agree. Looking ahead, Mr, Mack sees in 1V10 a banner year for his party. "The failure of lhe republicans to revise the tariff downward, as prom ised, and the extremely high cost of liv ing will go far," he feels assured, "to ward aiding us in the elections of U'10 and 1913." Mr. Ralney, too, appears to have been "tipped off" to the new departure In deny ocratlc policy, and his remarks on ship subsidy never bruugbt him within think Ing distance of the Nebraskan. The com plete elimination of tha personal equation by all the speakers suggests the idea that only a strict censorship could have pro duced a democratic symposium so devoid of Bryanlsra, Around New York Stipples oa the Current of Xitfe as Been la the areas Amsrloaa Metropolis front Say to Say. Pelham Manor Is a romantic, sylvan re treat for merry New Yorkers a near-suburb of the Dundee and Benson class. Lots of good people, ' well-to-do home owners, live there. Until recently the general re pute of the locality rested on ths rippling muslo of the name. Now it lays claim to eminence as the home of a Sherlock Holmes In the person of Chief of Police Marks. Marks denies having reached ths destina tion, merely heading that way, and this Is why: Charles Melville was run In a sus picious character of porch -clImbLng talent. There wasn't enough visible on the shady fellow to prove his crookedness until Marks siied htm up. "Let me see his legs," exclaimed Chief Marks with a mysterious air. Melville's trousers were pulled up and his socks were pulled down. On either leg were scratchea. Chief Marks seised his magnifying glass and dropped on his knees. "Tls Just aa I expected," the chief said solemnly aa he regained hia feeC'Those scratches were made by splinters of wood. The wood Is of that peculiar grain known to the building profession as 'porch wood.' This man hss scratched his legs on porches. It follows he must be the porch-climber we have been hearing about." "A bartender with a stunt Is always a good asset," said the manager of a Broad way cafe quoted by the Times. "The fel low who can keep a hot scotch In a blase while tossing It over his shoulder from one glass to another In the mixing process, or who hands out the change with the coins standing edgewise on the bar, or who has any other tricks of a spectacular nature may be a bum mixologist from a scien tific point of view, but he's always worth the money and he's the kind of fellow we want. "There's one fellow down In Staten Is land I'd like to add to my staff, but, un fortunately, I can't get him, for he owns his own place and Is coining money, I discovered him quite by accident I had some business down there last week and tc-k a train to Fort wadsworth. Right near the station I noticed a slick little place, and feeling thirsty I went In for a glass of beer. There were several sold iers from the fort standing at the bar, and the Germrn who was serving them was also amusing them by writing their names with a piece of chalk on the smooth surface of the bar. This doesn't sound unusual, does HT But when you take Into consideration that from his position behind the bar it was necessary for him to write not only backward, but upside down, you may get some Idea of the diffi culty of his feat. He wrote my name, and standing where I was In front of the bar I saw him dash It off without any hesitation, and It gave me a sort of un canny feeling to see It coming at me backward. , A feeling that one does not care to repeat. "Well, we had two or three, and I wound up by making him an offer to ap pear on Broadway with an Iron-bound contract But he told me ha owned his own place, had It all clear, was doing a good business, and, anyhow, he wouldn't leave Staten Island as long as the whit ing and ling were biting from the piers at South Beach." Plans for the world's fair to be held in New-York City In 1911 have been launched here.' The proposed exhibition wtl com memorate the three hundredth anniver sary of the settlement of Manhattan Is land. The prompters of the enterprise have effected a nrellmlrary organisation and have taken out articles of Incorpora tion. No site for the fair has yet been chosen. Mayor Oaynor is smashing precedents and shaking privileges in an awfully rude way. The other day two of his seven ap pointees as tax commissioners were sworn In on probation. The mayor did not Indi cate who the two were, however, In frankly addressing them thus: "I had de termined not to re-appoint two of you, but on careful consideration I felt that Justice required me to give you an opportunity, and everything had to yield to justice." The mayor again sounded the note of warn ing against political favoritism, "Favor to no one," continued his honor in admoni tion to his appointees, "and see that your deputies favor tio one for political In fluence, love or money. If political lead ers come asking favors In valuation, tell them to go away. That day is gone by. Politics must be- banished from your de partment. Every dputy who makes a wrong valuation must be dismissed at once. Try to find out some owner trying to corrupt a deputy and we will have him Indicted. " With the curt comment that New York's beautiful Riverside drive "was made for all and not for a few," the mayor Issued an order to his new psrk commis sioner, Charles B. Stover, to take steps for the immediate resumption of the running of the big public stages on that thorough fare. For a long time wealthy residents along Riverside drive Successfully objected to tbe presence of the cumbersome electric stages in that rxclusiv district In of the largest retail grocers of New York, In an interview in the World, de clares that the time has come for an en forcement by law, if necessary, of lower prices of food products. Ha says: "I say frankly from my own knowledge there are scores of food products and articles in daily use In every kitchen that would be supplied at fur less cost to the consumers if the wholesale and retail deal ers were permitted to sell at fair prices. "Instead of this an arbitrary, artificial high price la forced upon us. If we do not sell at that price we are boycotted by the manufacturers. They will not only cut off out supply of goods, but they will Insist that no other dealer sell us anything. It Is this latter aapect of the case that Is the mott outrageous. "Manufacturers of food products and combinations that control food products at piesent are operating as absolue monopo lies. They are not content with receiving from dealers the price they ask, but are Insisting that they, have a right to fix the selling price at every stage, even to the consumer. "There is one shining exception to this rule. There Is one manufacturer In New York who, against protests, will sell to whomsoever pays the factory price, regard lexs of how great or how small a oroflt the retaile" attempts to secure. "If a womun goes Into the ordinary grocery aud buys goods she thinks she Is buying from her grocer. On probably one third of her btll the grocer does not make one cent but must wait for his profits until he receives rebates from ths 'meu higher up.' "It is strange there is so little legisla tion upoa tha methods of handling food supplies. The public is largely at tha mercy of the combinations of capital. In some articles the final price paid by the con sumer la reasonably fair, but In many cases It is ridiculous. "As a retailer I have tried to get the goods to the people at the least possible cost, but this cannot be done unltl there Is some regulation of the boycott methods." PIJTCHOT RTRANGB2 DOCTRIJIIC. Ilia Parting Preachment tn Former rieika. Ppringfleld (Masa) Republican. Mr. Plnchot'S sincerity Is everywhere con ceded and his great services universally praised, but his conduct as an administra tive officer continues to xclte bewilder ment The doctrine that he preached to bis fermer clerks, when saying farewell to them, points straight to administrative anarchy. He la reported as telling thorn never to ferget that they are "the ser, vants of the people of tha ITnfTed Ptates, responsible to them and to them alone." "Stay by the work," he admonished them. "Never allow yourselves to forget that your are serving a much geater master than the Department of Agriculture or ven the administration." In plain words, this Is the doctrine of insubordination. If It were followed consistently Into prac tlve by the thousands of bureau ohlefs and .clerks In Washington, It would., be impossible to run the . government. Ad ministrative efficiency would be ruined by the lack of administrative discipline and harmony, and there could be no worse chaos than 0.000 clerks "appealing to the country" over the heads of eablnet minis ters and the chief magistrate himself, whenever any of them felt that the gov ernment work was not being managed In accordance with correct principles. The truth Is that only by a curious develop ment of megalomania can a government Clerk maintain that he Is responsible not to bla superior officer In the bureau, but to the people of the United States. It Is Mr. Taft who was elected president that Is responsible to the people, and his administrative subordinates are respon sible to him. If they disapprove of his policies, they shnnld resign In case they wish to conduct a popular agitation on the Issue. But for them to remain in office and assume that they are "responsible to the people alone," rather than to the ap pointive power, involves so preposterous a situation that It may as well be dismissed with a smile. FHESIDKNT AKp PATRON AGE. Relations to Congressmen Respecting Appoint menta. ' The Outlook, Nw Yora. When, last week, reports were published In a number of ntwspapers that President Taft contemplated using federal patronage to punish those republicans In congress who were in revolt against the house or ganisation led by Speaker Cannon, the most thoughtful readers of the newspapers must have regarded those reports with in credulity. In the first place, the presi dent has shown through years of his publlo life so high a standard of disinterested public service that no one of Intelligence could credit a report that he would use his appointing power in any arbitrary way without regard to the fitness of the ap pointee. In the second place, those who ars known to be "Insurgents" against the oligarchical group headed by Speaker Can non are not enemies of Mr. Taft's admin istration or opponents of his policy. On the contrary, whether wisely or not they have acted uniformly with a view of car rying out the very policies for which Mr. Taft Is known to stand. It la therefore no surprise of the careful reader that im mediately upon these reports there followed what seems to be an authoritative state ment of the situation from the president's point of view. This, in substance, may be stated as follows: Under the constitution the president has the power of making appointments to some federal positions, as, for example, postmaster-ships. It Js neces sary, of course, for the president to take counsel .on such appointments, and it has been customary for him to call In con gressmen ' who are likely to know local traditions and to receive their suggestions and advice. It u not however, incumbent upon the president to do ao, and it Can hardly be expected that he would call for such advice from men who are evidently out of sympathy with hla plans and pur poses. It is thus that the president states his petition. No reasonable ' person, we conceive, can for a moment take exception to this view. eLl, SAFE. FROM SHOT AND SII Hiah Flyer Presumed to Be Oat ef Reach. Cleveland Jader.) - French experts are quoted as saying that the recent flight of Hubert Lathati, at the height of from (.000 to 4,000 feet above ths earth, in an aeroplane, proves that such flying machines caa be considered immune, when used as Latham handled hla, from tbe risk of being hit by bullets or shells, in case of military service in war. It is a reasonable conclusion, a every one must admit who has studied tbe difficulties of hitting a swift-moving target half a mli or more above the ground. It would be great shooting to hit a mark the else of an aeroplane, moving at the rate of forty miles an hour, three-quarters of a mile away, on the e&rUi. but when the target Is elevated to that height the feat becomes practically Impossible. There is nothing to sJgbt over, no background to aid the gunner. The position of his rifle or cannon must be awkward and unfavorable to quick aiming. He must cope with rapid and unforeseen changes li the position of the mark he tries to hit not only up and down but in other respects. Its course may be, almost as Irregular aa the flight of a swallow. In mist or darkness the target would disappear altogether. If the aviators can fly 3.000 or 4,000 feet above tbe earth, and depend upon getting as high aa that whenever they want to, they will be quite safe from shot and shell. If field batteries or riflemen should hit their machines at all It would be the re sult of mere phance. For that reason the aeroplane looms larger than ever as a pos slble factor In the next great war. I'K11MIB9I IS ACCID&tSTH. Do Monasters Really Wink nt Diso. brdlenre of Signals. Pittsburg Dispatch. The Inquiry Into the collision In New York state In which Spencer Tiaxk, thn banker, was killed. Indicates what was suspected at the time, that the accident wascauned by disregard of the pi f cautions Installed to prevent such disasters. Al though the air waa clear, the track straight and block slgnaltd a following fast fright crewhed Into a passenger train st a stnnd still. The evidence of the engineer Is thai notwithstanding the Installment of tha signal system It was In effect nullified by being made permissive rather than prohibi tive. In other words, signals might be passed at the discretion of the engineer.. This system, he said. In effect enabled ths company to onernte more trains on a given stretch of track. The Investlsatlon Is Hill in progress, but this evidence stAtes very clearly a practice that must produce accidents. No matter Lliow excellent the signal system may be or how complete Its installation Its value must he measured by tke Individual discre tion of the engineers If they are permitted to run past a signal whea they think they can do so safely. The main idoa of the automatic block was to eliminate as much aa- poaslblo Hie elcmetit of human falli bility, yet It is again Injected, with tha usual resulta. The pest precautions possi ble must ba rendered nselrss when modified to permit the very thing they were de signed to prevent, - TERSOSAL NOTES. Pogonlp, the new disease which )as ap peared In rittsburg, is likely to have a longer run than hookworm, on account of Its superior title. Colonel RHJah W. Halford of New York, distinguished soldier, statesman, Journalist and mission worker, will be one of the principal speakers at the monster dinner given during the Pittsburg convention of the national laymen's missionary move ment, January 30 to tS. Stony Wold hall. Miss Blanche rotter's memorial to her sister, Miss Martha Pot ter, has been formally turned over to the Stony Wold sanitarium of New York. This hall, with other buildings Included In Miss Potter's gift, cost 176,000. Mrs. Walter Oeer, a sister or the Misses Potter, has given an organ to the Institution. Bernard Kroegar, one of the slxt yhardy young men who, falling to upset the gov ernment of -Germany m IMS, rame to America and won success In wide enter prises, dies of the effects of age tn the home of his daughter at White Plains. Mr. Kroeger was regarded aa one of the oldest piano manufacturers In thie country. Ixnils Smith, known as the "Man of Mystery," and supposed to have been a French nobleman, was crushed to death a factory at Venice, 111. He bad worked Just a week for the first time In the fifty- two years he had lived there. He was unfamiliar with machinery and ventured too near a cogwheel, which caught bla clothes and dragged htm into the machine. Miss Anna Helnrlchsdorff is tbe first woman to receive an engineer's diploma in Ueimany. After studying four years in the Berlin Polytechnic Institute she passed the electrical engineer's examination and received the mark of excellent In each branch. Wis has opened offices In Berlin and will now practice her profession as a means of livelihood. ISNUtliAtK PROCLAIMED. Sng-ar Trnat Director Pat Blame en Minor Employes. New Tork Bun. ,, Tastes differ, but in the humble Judg ment of The Sun the most interesting chapter of the American Sugar Refining company's address to the publlo Is that which the directors have entitled, with fa lloltous euphemism, "Litigation Against the Compuny." Such generous provision has betn made by the management for the dissemination of this document that few amateurs of - the truly refined and delicate in the way of - expression will miss the chapter on ' "litigation" or overlook Its crowning passage, in which me airectore record their eoncluslon con cerning what they describe' to fco stock holders as "certain fraudulent underwelgli ttig of sugar at one of your several re fineries:" "Your board has no reason to believe and does not believe that any executive officer or ' director of this company bad any knowledge of or participation in this If the annual reports of great corpora tions throughout all the ages are ran sacked, can aught b found more touching, more simpiy and beautifully conceived than this vote of faith and confidence? Jt Is the verdict of the directors conccrlng the possibility of complicity on ths part of any director or executive officer of , tbe so called sugar trust in , the monumental scandal. That is what the courts are try lntf to get at ao far as the statute of limitation, permit That, Is what the proposed investigation by congress was In tended to discover, 'mat is wnat u neocla of the United rt tales have named te know, about as eagerly as they have wanted to know atvJiing.lnj-oenvaaushailBe history. " " . we ooiunaer the magnitude of , tbe financial resulta of ths conspiracy of tha inferior employes to defraud the govern ment the Ingenuity, the persistence, the oonerenct, me audacity, of the system aa already exhibited in the courts and atoned for so largely out of the sugar treasury, we hesitate . between amassment and ad miration. What other great industrial con cern has tha satisfaction of knowing that It has been served (by its aer vants tn In conspicuous stations) with a seal for dividends ao magnificent even in its dis regard of certain moral prejudices T SMLUN0 EE1L4.BKS. "What do you understand by "magnet--iam' as so often applied to an actor's Der sonallty?" T Alagnotlsm," replied the- manager, "Is the lore that draws dollars to the box office," Washington Star, . There is one thing which' the lnsur gents lit the house of representatives at Washington, needn't try with any hope of &UCOsHe. "Vvhat Is that?" ' '"lo eej tne bubble reputation at the Cannon s mouth.M-Ualtimore American. Victor Come here, my dear: whose pretty little girl are you? ' wnost Housemaid 'sh, Mrs. Jlmea! The courts aveu t decided yet-Clilcago Rocord-Her- blTcuitf'41"1 cr"k "V my wifei v Me. tah4n MMvM.t . , . . . as that?-Boston Transcript. "Do you ever scold your husband r K', B,i! ln for more, money." Buffalo Express. , "But, senator," asked the reporter. '"who Is to pay the cost of placing the country on a complete war footing and keeping it there?" - "My dear boy," said Bonator Lotsntun, Its a tossup between our posterity and the posterity of some European or Aslatlo power, and really doesn't Interest us. Try one of these imported perfectos." Chicago Tribune. "To what school do- those Duncans whe walk about the streets In Oreefc costume belong?" "Ob. they're taking B pott-graduate course In free publlcllty." Cleveland Plain Dealer. Myrtle Tapa doeeu't favor your qalling here at all, Oeorge.. 1 . ; , CJeorge - Why, that can't ' be! Your father gave me a cigar a moment since as I rarne In the door, - Myrtie All rtghtj Just' wslt till you smoke it! Llpplncott's Magazine. Mrs. Homeboddy Why did- you send your hushanda coat to the tailor When all It nterted was a button? Mrs. Outley Well. Uwt fact is. my hus band married ao yornig he never learned how to sew on buttons. Boston Transcript. HIPPIES PEOM THE COLD WAVE. I love the good,-time-honored stunt Old winter has been doing; I love to hear the silence shriek when there's a hltssard brewing! I love to be snowed In all day I When wild the tempest roars; j 'Tls good to have one day ut home: ' But oh you chorea! , ' I love to watch the snowing flake, I love to see them chase . Each other In tiielr downward flight To see them Interlace, 'A And from each hough hang gay festoons And thatch each lowly hovel; I loro to watch the flying snowflakes - But oh you enow shovel,1 . v . - m, i(nai I love to trea3 snow-troddeh paths And pavements smooth as glass; To hear the frosty "criuclt, eraucli, crunch" Beneath me as 1 pass; I love to bresst a wintry rale, i To sniff the air, to breathe it; I love to tread on snow liew-f Jen But oh you Ice beurath, HI I love ths crisp and sparkling snow And evrry poet should outburst Each day In rapture dutiful; Its beauty all may now rniov. Save the grouch who fails tit fin it In I love tbe crisp and sparkling nnow-mT But oh you slush behind 111 Omaha, -BAYOJ.L N TftELH.