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The town of Chalk, Kan., hasnot
jet been erased from the map.
Commander Sinims might give us
a toast on "The Speeches 1 Have Not
Honduras is one of the most inter
eating souvenirs Mr.. Morgan has col
lected. Folks no longer scent spring by the
robin's twitter, but by the crack o'
Strange as It may seem, Nodaway
county, Missouri, Is said to be a wide
The nearest Joe Bailey has come to
voting for anything lately was pair
ing on the ship subsidy bill.
Emigrants from Adams county,
Ohio, will naturally not be attracted
to Vermillion county, Illinois.
Those insurrectos are getting close
to Texas again. The Rangers may
yet have a chance to shoot.
Justice will have Its way. The au
thor of "The Curfew Shall Not Ring
Tonight" has been found in Texas.
Groundhog or no groundhog, we
are going to have an early spring.
Chicago street carmen are talking
That pension of $36,000 a year
ought to be enough at least to throw
the hungry wolf off little Manuel's
Speculators In cold storage butter
are said to be losing large sums of
money on the decline. Wonder if any
of them live In Omaha.
Most ot the candidates for senate
In the various dead-locked "contests
have been too busy running to stop
and define their positions on any
The slavery question was settled
in and over Kansas so the New York
Times asserts. But even so, why
keep refreshing the Kansas mind on
San Francisco ts duly and officially
thankful ,for Omaha's friendly senti
ment and support. All right, let us
have reciprocity when the proper oc
That Chicago g rl la not to be allowed
to marry l he t row Indian. For what
raws? Clilcajo Font.
It might revive the "Three Black
Crows" yarn for one thing.
The Baltimore American says Con
gressman Joshua Frederick Cockney
Talbott ought to be able to bring the
national democratic convention to
Baltimore. Well, if he had one more
link to his name he might.
A resolution from the Farmers'
longress of Nebraska favoring parcels
post has been presented at Washing
ton. Parcels post has many sileut
advocates, while Its opponents are
making a continuous noise.
Some local charity association
might gather in good, money by put
ting on a living tableau show with
City Clerk "Dau" Butler poslag as
'Injured Innocence" and John O.
Yeleer as "AJax Defying the Light
That legislative investigating com
mittee might send out a search war
rant to find the nineteen Greeks who
registered and voted from a down
town pool hall, containing nothing but
tables and chairs, in our last city
The res Moines Register and
Leader writes an editorial ou "Vhy
Not Come Together?" referring to
tii senatorial deadlock iu Iowa. It
(night have saved itself the trouble
by sending lis office boy over lo the
Capital oitii e to pop the question to
No Trenches for Them.
The Brotherhood Welfare associa
tion, which might as well be called
the Sons of Rest, wss just getting its
anvil chorus under a full bead of
steam in its convention at Milwaukee,
when a circular Inviting able bodied
men to enlist In the army and navy
fell into the hands of a delegate and
nearly 'jreclpitated a riot. The cir
cular was ad appeal for more men for
military service. "Tear it up and
throw It in the waste basket,"
shouted many voices.
The Milwaukee conventloners are
sometimes referred to as unemployed
and are reputed to be gentlemen of
leisure who do not seek or want to
work. If they were in earnest, they
would not be out of work long. This
country Is going to Europe, as our
immigration statistics show every
year for large numbers of men to per
form tasks which, our own unem
ployed refuse to perform. Public ser
vice corporations, contractors on
street improvement and excavations,
railroad work and similar enterprises,
find it generally Impossible to supply
their demands for common labor ex
cept from the ranks of these immi
grants. Go to the average employ
ment agency and you may find proof
of this fact. A large percentage of
their traffic is with foreign laborers,
who come over here, take what they
can get and within a few years find
themselves in comfortable circum
stances. The flotsam and Jetsam of the
American population could get the
same work at better wages, but they
will not take it. Hence no one needs
to be alarmed over the industrial sit
uation in the United States simply be
cause a lot of chronic kickers choose
to hold a convention and bewail the
fact that they are unable to amass
fortunes without exerting any effort
to get them.
If Cupid Waits for Mail.
The Chicago postmaster Is consider
ing the advisability of closing forty
six substations on Sunday because
information be has had - gathered
shows that there is no realjned or
demand for their service on that day.
He has found that more than one-half
of those receiving Sunday mail at
these substations are boys and girls
or young people getting love letters.
One recent Sunday just 13,000 of the
2,190,000 residents of Chicago got
their mall and It required the labor
of 1,000 mall clerks to give it to
them. Now, it strikes the postmaster
that the 1,000 mail clerks are as
much entitled to their Sunday's rest
as are these people to their love mis
sives, which constitute more than 50
per cent of the letters.
It is quite probable that this situ
ation in Chicago could be duplicated
on a smaller scale In othep cities and
that the actual demand for keeping
these Outlying substations open on
Sunday is small. If business houses
can do without their mall on that
day, certainly lovers and others who
patronise che substations should. In
Omaha we have no Sunday carrier de
liveries which would Indicate that
we have no needs but that can be
subserved by the morning opening for
an hour at the central postoffice.
The crowds that flock into the sub
stations, are chiefly children and
young folks and, whether It be a
happy commentary upon their piety
or not, church people on their way
home from morning worship. Un
doubtedly these people all could wait
until Monday for their mail and give
the men who work every other day
during the week a chance for a day's
rest on Sunday. There is some food
for aerious thought in this Tor the
The Child and the Home.
A recent number, of the North
American Review contains a very In
teresting article on the child and so
cial reform by a minister, who makes
!the remarkable statement that
"Somewhat, but not very much, can
I be done for the moral Improvement
of the present adult generation." If
I ha la rtirht It la ralhoe 4lun,,il..
to the efforts of those reformers who
strive to supplant penalty for crime
with a kind of absent treatment rem
edy that frowns on all sorts of pun
ishment. Ministers as a rule, 11 may
be assumed, have much experience in
trying to get men to turn from their
sins and reform, hence it will not
quite do peremptorily to dismiss what
an eminent man of the cloth has to
say upon this subject. Of course, no
one Imagines that he has despaired
of the regenerating power of the gos
pel. But, just the same, he adds:
1 am pertusded that, while the reform
of an adult criminal or degenerate who
ha biCJina auch In chlHhood la not Im
possible, it liiom is accomplished. At
any rate, every conalderall n of economy
and cffi c Iv. nes would lead us u ap
proach the pi obU in of reform at the point
rf least res stance, and especially to turn
ttii- btlateu tndeavots fpr reform Into ef
lo ta fir prevention ClnldhJd ia the time
of ulnnie plasilcity i nyalcally, mentally
Childhood, of course, Is the time to
begin making men better. That Is
the, principle on which our philan
thropic institutions are working. It
goes to the root of the whole system
of social reform. But, with all its
good achieved, looms often a tragedy
in the loss of filial devotion, for
which the chaiitable influence from
outside has not been as solicitous as
it should have been. If In the nur
ture of the child, If In taking up the
segleoted duty of the home, it Is pos
sible to keep alhe the spark of re
spect for parents and home In tbe
child, the charily that-does it will
have all the more to commend its ef
forts. It is not lo be supposed that
this thought lias entirely escaped
those who are patiently doing this
kind of work, but now and then It
seems to have received too little at
tention. Of course, It Is the derelict home,
or parents that created the need for
the outside aid. But even so, filial
devotion had better be wasted on the
unworthy than allowed to perish, and
honor for the institution of home can
not be spared from any social reform.
Our philanthropy Is only supplement
ary, after all.
Curbing- Sale of Firearms.
A marked increase in the number
of homicides and suicides by shoot
ing has led officials of the New York
coroner's office to start a movement
which they hope will lead to new legis
lation restricting the sals of firearms,
particularly revolvers. An expert who
has been In the coroner's office for
thirteen years proposes to exact a
high license of shopkeepers selling re
volvers and compel a purchaser to
have a permit from the police before
he can get his pistol. Application for
the permit would force him or her
to give toe name and address and be
questioned as to the object in view.
The police, it is assumed, by using
their discretion, could head off many
crimes right there in their incipiency.
Senator Timothy D. Sullivan is sup
porting this plan and proposes a bill
to the legislature of New York mak
ing it a state prison offense to carry
Of Course if a person is determined
to commit Buiclde, or even murder,
he might do it without the use of a
revolver, but the New York laws and
laws of many other states, in contem
plation, having already restricted the
sale ot poisons, thus effecting some
restriction there and reducing the pos
sibility of self-destruction that much.
No argument isv required to convince
people In this country of the impera
tive necessity for sotne legislation
that will tend to discourage the
frightful destruction of human life
with firearms. For years the cry
went out against the "pistol toter" in
the south, the best element of , the
south joining In it and some good has
come of the protests, but the grim re
cords of homicides and suicides are
too widespread to make this a sec
tional question. It is a question that
should receive prompt and vigorous
handling in most states of the union.
The New York proposals may at first
seem Inadequate, but they would be
made very effective. With proper
restrictions laid upon the traffic of
firearms and state prison penalties
for violations of the law, there is
reasonable basis for the belief that
men would hesitate to sell, buy or
carry these weapons promiscuously.
Wanted A Remedy.
The legislative investigating com
mittee looking into the election condi
tions In Omaha will hear all kinds of
evidence, much of it based on mere
rumor and hearsay, but some going to
actual evils that call for remedy. '
Thfe conditions surrounding elec
tions in Omaha in respect to registra
tion and special certificates- for non
registered voters are duplicated with
variations, only in degree. In South
Omaha and Lincoln, and wherever a
dense population requires registration
of voters for identification and pro
tection against repeating and fraud.
Tbe looseness of the law and the care
lessness of the election officers,
whether willful , or merely negligent,
can be established not only for Omaha,
but also for Lincoln, where it is noto
rious that nonresident students are
regularly vote! by the hundred and
Imported floaters sworn in by profes
What is wanted, therefore, we say,
is not only to bring out these facts,
but, more Important, to devise a rem
edy that will lessen these evils and
make our elections more nearly re
flect correctly the expressed will of the
legally qualified electors. The people
who can give Information about
wrong-doing "under existing law are
not necessarily the people who can
suggest the remedies. It is the duty
of the lawmakers to work out prac
tical legislation that will safeguard
tbe ballot box against fraud and per
version, and at the same time uphold
the constitutional guarantyof a free
and untrammeled 'ballot for every
male citizen over the age of 21 who
has resided within the state the time
prescribed by la. v.
City Electrician Mlchaelsen would
have all royalties and occupation
taxes from lighting companies put
into the lighting fund and leave the
amount to be appropriated from the
tax levy unchanged. If they had to
choose one or tbe other, the lighting
companies, which are the beneficiaries
of this fund, would probably prefer
this, too, because it would give" them
an Indefinite and constantly expand
ing lighting fund without reference to
the tax rate. The taxpayers would
get the blggent benefits by having tbe
amount to be appropriated -. for tbe
different funds fixed and the proceeds
of royalties and occupation taxes ap
plying to reduce the tax rate.
The New York World must be be
ginning to think it misplaced its con
fidence during the late campaign. It
declares that "Boss" Murphy. "Billy"
Sheehan and "Tom" Hyan are willing
to wreck the democratic party lu or
der to make Sheehan senator and
.abruptly asks, "But how about Oov-
eruor Dix?" The governor, whom
the World vouched for during tbe
campaign as a uian 'who would run
his own office aud act upon his own
convictions, stubbornly, ao far, re- j
fuses to move one iiuh to save the
A pauper who died at the county
hospital turns out to have an estate
valued at between $5,000 and 16,000.
There ought to be some way In such
esses for the county to recover the
money expended for the keep and care
of the deceased, who must have falsely
and knowingly misrepresented him
self to be indigent. The Incident sug
gests the Inquiry, How many people
are the taxpayers supporting at the
j county hospital who are able to pay
their own way?
Initiative and referendum in Ne
braska turns out to be much like
county option. During the campaign
it was "the" county option bill and
"the" direct legislation measure, but
after election it is "any" county op
tion bill and 'any" direct legislation
Anyone with half-way perfect vision
can see a fine row brewing In the Ne
braska legislature if congressional re
apportionment reduces Nebraska from
six to five congressmen and forces a
redisricting for congressional rep
resentation. It begins to look as if our demo
cratic congressman and senator-elect
might "eventually be for Canadian
reciprocity if the wobbling of his
newspaper may be taken as an Index.
Corrallna- the Herd.
Speaking of gerrymandering Texas.. The
Omaha Bee wants to know If It takes so
much trouble to corner our five republi
cans? Lord. no. The motive Is to corner
a couple of hundred thousand democrats.
oln Down for the Truth.
Spain's desire to know all about the
raising of the Maine Is natural, and It ap
pears Just and reasonable that the Informa
tion should be furnished. All these years
the stiKina of the Maine's destruction has
retted, Justly or unjustly, upon Spain. The
truth should be known and admitted, no
matter whom It hurts.
o "Beds" Wanted Here,
America Is the land of liberty, but It
has no room for those who plot against
law and order. Very properly an anarch
istic demonstration In New York was dis
persed Sunday, jven though It was not
directed against this government. The
United States cannot afford to harbor
the "Rods" under any conditions. ,
Kllrsdlnl Classified Service.
New York Tribune.
The passage of Senator Frye's bill put
ting customs officers under the classified
service would be of public advantage in
relieving the senate of the duty of pass
ing on nominations for collectors, assistant
collectors, surveyors and naval officers
of customs at the various ports. At a
great majority of our ports these posts
are of minor Importance, hardly ranking
with thlrd-claas postmasterships. Presi
dent Taft is also anxious to see the second
and third-class postmasters classified.
There Is room for a large reduction In the
list of the nominations which the senate
now confirms, spending a good deal of
profitless energy on that labor.
Ill.tX K1U THl'J FOE'S ADVAM'K,
!oalor Younit's thrilling; Hide to the
New York Tout. .
Are the progressive men of Iowa asleep
at the switch? asks frantically Senator and
Kditor Lafayette Young of the Des Moines
Capital. Do they not realize, he agonizes.
that if this "so-called trade agreement
with Canada Is voted by congress, the
farmers t the I'nlted States will be "made
to compete with all (he pauper labor and
cheap lands of the world?" Leat anybody
think that Senator Young Is asleep at the
switch by being In Des Moines endeavoring
to secure his election to the achate when
the liberties of the farmer are endangered
In Washington, Senator Young hastily
adds: "The editor of the Capital is In
telegraphic communication with Washing
ton, and will depart for Wahlngton at any
minute when he can be of service toward
defeating this reciprocity agreement." As
for Canada, Senator Young's opinion of
what the agreement will mean to the do
minion ought to end any possible opposition
to It there. If the agreement pauses, Mr.
Young says, there will be a "tremendous
rush" for Canada on the part of farmers,
"one hundred millions of dollars of Iowa
money will be Invested In Canada thin
year lU," and "ten or twenty dollars"
will be added to the value of every produc
ing acre In Canada In which case the Iowa
farmer who wants to make money had bet
ter go to Canada by the first train. A;
least Senator Young Is consistent: he has
always bean a hide-bound "standpatter.'"
And he Is net afraid to talk out, while
Ii.surgent Cummins has not as yet, f und
voice to tell us what he, who haU be n
to bitter against the I'ay ne-Aldr'ch tariff,
thinks about the reciprocity agreement.
People Talked About
The new senator from Tennessee Is a
prohibitionist and the new senator from
Ohio neither drinks, smokes nor swears.
By her work among the poor whites In
the south, MtH I.ydla Holman has won
for herself the title of being the American
Florence Nightingale, In one of the wild
sections of our country.
The ediuir of a democratic newspaper in
Maine bewails the recent victory of his
party, saying: "For the first time In fifty
years we have somebody to defend, and
we don't know how to do It." Sweet are
the-mses of adversity.
Governor Johnson of California has
signed the Walker-Young anti-racing bill,
which contains comprehensive prohibition
of wagers, both oral and recorded. The
new law becomes effective February 15. and
presumably kills horse racing In California.
F.dward Henry Collins, believed to be out,
of the last surviving sons of the revolution,
died at his home In Monrovia. I'al.. b6 ytars
old. His father, llfiiry Collins, as a mere
boy, served through the revolutionary war.
The father was til years old when the son
In the heart of Indiana, at a point in
Brown count, which marks the cnter of
population in the I'nitrd States, is a log
Jail, where the prisoners go home to Iheii
meals. In this way the Jail atltfie b
natural craving for club life without ur
fictlni,' the tax rate.
That 1'iicie Sam alwas pays his debts,
slthouKh Kometlmes he Is slow, wan proved
to James M. Palmer, a veit ran of ' t lie
civil wr. Recently Mr. I'.lunr received
ll.t'l for clothinR. t.cii'g the balance due
him which he (vied to :et in !' J'alntei
ia 72 year old. and wax a number of the
party, if that be
j t:igi. th Ui?oiri uu!r).
In Other Lands
id zarhta on WiV. ta Trans
ptrin jinioBf the Hear an
Tar Ration of the Carta.
The live wire of hn::nn ;rosiss In the
old world Is doing business right along.
Old Institutions, traditions, customs, are
given shocks of varying power, and fat
headed monarch are forced to sit up and
take notice. Look around and note the
awakening and the uplift. There Is China,
awstke and alert, summoning foreign medi
cal aid to stamp out the plague, shedding
queues, outlawing th opium pipe and pre
paring for constitutional government. In
dia Increased native representation In pro
vincial councils and presses forward for
genuine home rule. Persia is shaking oft
the fetters of centuries, and Turkey, be
sides exiling Abdul and proclaiming a con
stitution, Is diligently teaching the faithful
of Islam that It Is meet and proper to live
on terms of friendship with non-believers.
Portugal pensions Its exiled king while
looking up pointers on republican govern
ment. The republican Impulse In Spain
hesitates to strike, contenting Itself with
hurling an occasional bomb, while the same
spirit In France Is perplexed to find new
sources of taxation. Socialism keeps the
Hohenxollerns as near the chalk line of
duty as the waist line permits. Little Mon
aco stopped the game long enough to se
cure a constitution, and the UermanUed
provinces of Alsace and Lorraine are prom
ised limited home rule. Grave constitu
tional questions. Involving heredity as a
co-ordinate leglwlative force. Is up for early
settlement In Ureat Britain. If these
grouped events, a few of many, do not
convince skeptics of civilization's advance
to higher levels, one more may be sum
moned as a clincher: The tall hat Is going
out of fashion In Kngland.
Canadian delegates in attendance, at the
Inauguration of the government of the
South African union last October have re
turned home with gloomy tales of Dutch
ascendency everywhere in the conquered
colonies. Some of the things mentioned
showing how the wind blows are worth
noting. Empire day has been abolished. A
large sum of money has been voted to pay
pensions to officials of the late republic.
Measures have been taken to restrict Immi
gration, but this Is directed mainly at con
tract cheap labor from India. These are
minor signs of the times In South Africa.
Back of them is a policy that looks fitr
into the future. That policy has to do with
placing Boers upon the land as farmers.
I'nlted with this Is the bilingual education
plan, whereby the Kngllsh and the Dutch
languages are to be taught In the schools,
and all legal notices must be printed In
both. Discrimination In the selection ot
teachers la cited as another grievance, pref
erence being shown Dutch teachers over
English In a lower standard of examina
tion. No remedy for these conditions Is
suggested by the Canadian Imperialists.
They content themselves with the recital of
the painful facts, coupled with a lamenta
tion over defeat turned Into victory for the
Boers. The grant of self-government made
inevitable the conditions mentioned. Boer
ascendency could not be averted under any
system of majority rule. Th Dutch con
stitute three-fourths ot the farmers of the
united colonlea, and are potential factors In
the activities of the cities. The percentage
of English on the land Is comparatively
small, and many of these are one In senti
ment and aspirations with their Dutch
neighbors. The majority ot the English
are in the cities, their number rising and
falling as mining and commercial life pros
pers or declines. Ind cultivation is the
dependence of the Dutch, and that beats
a mining proposition for endurance and
The federal pie counter in France pos
sesses no more appetizing morsels than
other nations hand out to hungry favorites,
but the proportion of the population which
reaches the counter and sticks constitutes
an unrivaled record of seal and persever
ance. Official reports show the number
of officeholders In France has reached
WU21. and Is growing every year. The
average yearly increase In officeholders
for the last fifty years Is 4,600. In half a
century the Increase In population has
been only 10 per cent, but the civil service
pay roll has swelled from $49,000,000 to
$137,000,500. In round figures, France's
population Is 89,000.000, so that one person
In every thirty-nine has a pull at the
public crib. The civil list In the United
States totals M7,74 persons in a population
of 92,000,000. or one officeholder for each
2o0. Allowance tiust be mad for employes
on the French' railroads, telegraph and
telephone services and other utilities con
trolled by the state, the number so em
ployed vastly Increasing the public pay
roll. But the aggregate Is swollen beyond
reasonable needs. The Paris Gaulols as
serts one-third of the number could be
lopped off without Injury to the service.
French thrift In money matters Is the ad
miration of the world. It shines with
eiual luster In office getting. The ideal of
the middle class citizen Is to get an easy,
well paid Job under the government en
titling him to a pension. Doubtless a good
deal of the French taxpayers' money could
be saved If sinecures were abolished, but It
wculd need a strong man to undertake this
Stories of morganatic marriages lend
spice and some disagreeable odor to the
romances of the royal houses. Whether
true or false, alliances outside of the
royal circle are accepted by subjects as the
privilege of heirs to and occupants of the
throngs. No ruler of recent tlmea has
shown the courage of King George In meet
ing a speclflo accusation of bigamy and
demonstrating In court the utter falsity of
the charge. The discredit stocy differed
from the usual morganatic alliance In that
no moral wrong was asserted. As the story
had It, marriage was contracted long be
fore the present king was prince of Wales
and Jielr apparent to the throne. The
death of his elder brother, nicknamed
Prince "Collars and Cuffs," changed the
status of the new prince of Wales, and
would have annulled a real marriage out
side of royalty had one existed. At the
time of the death of King Kdwa'd the
story was again revived and widely pub
lished, garnished with details which gave
it the appearance of genuineness. One ot
these was to the effect that the then
prince of Wales, on tho eve of his royal
marriage, hurried to the bedside of the 1
dying atMf wife, comforted her lat
hours on earth, paid all expenses of death
and burial, and was then providing gen
erously for the education of the two sons
raid to have been born of tbe union. All
this whs shown in court to have been
without the slightest foundation In fact
By utterly diNproving the story the king
honir himself and the fumlly life of the
Mount rriion !a ffsraarded.
, By an overwhelming vole the HouHe at ,
Washington has debarred the comiuixgiun- !
era of the Dixtiict of Columbia from es-
jtaiilldliing a penal reformatory within ten '
miles of Ml. Vernon, the home of our flrt J
president. In a tr I of land ien miles '
H(uare, u h as is the I rt i t. there cer
tainly are to he- found other s'les an eon-
venli nt as that near Mr. ernon and leas
liable to offend national kvutlinent.
The Bee's Letter Box
Contributions en Timely Bmbjeets
Wot exceeding Two Hundred Words
Are Invited from Our Benders.
Rertproeltr and Prlr-ee.
OMAHA. Jan. 29 To the Editor of The
Bee: 1 notice In The Bee of today the pro
posed reciprocity with Canada plan re
ferred to In a New York dispatch as a
"lever to lower food prices." From what
little study I have given the subject It
strikes me this view is not far-fetched.
While I doubt the expediency of any sweep
ing lowering of prices, yet I believe a better
general level could be reached and I also
believe such trade relations with Canada
as a .reciprocity treaty would bring about
wculd tend to effect a better balancing of
pricer We should never look for "cheap"
prices again In this country, for It Is not
a efieep-prlce country. We are brlnitln
our resources up to the point where we
are soon going to be able to cope with
high prices as easily or easier than we
were able before to co with the cheap
prices. Besides, cheap prices was one ele
ment that figured In the most distressing
panic this country ever saw and we want
to do away with all elements of panics.
But as to reciprocity, we have been crying
for such a system in this country ever
since James O. Blaine gave It such promi
nence, and now that we have an oppor
tunity to put It Into effect between the
I'nlted States and Canada, two strikingly
similar countries, practically one. In fact,
we should not stultify our professions by
failing to do so. I see nothing In such a
policy which the ultra-protectionists could
not consistently adopt. It Is straining at a
gnat and swallowing a camel when men
will oppose such a treaty with Canada and
then go before congTess and fight for plac
ing this article or that on the free list be.
cause It has a sectional significance favor
able to their selfish political Interests. By
all means, let our congress co-operate with
the president In giving us reciprocity with
the Dominion. JOHN H. M'HRNRT,
Heal Hairy Inspection.
OMAHA, Jan. . To the Editor of The
Bee: I wish to register my satisfaction as
a citizen over the fact that our dairy in
spectors are getting "down to business "
"A score of B0 Is considered sanitary,"
and Inspector Bossle informs us that eight
wholesalers come below that mark; that Is
to say, that after all the to do during the
past six or more months on the part of the
citizens, the local papers and the city coun
cil have reached so high (?) a standard
that there are still tolerated In our midst
eight "unsanitary" dairies supplying milk
to our citizens while only aix are sanitary.
It Is clearly the duty of the inspector to
do something, right here and now, with
S07, 29 3, 245.7, $1.5. and I am looking for
ward to the continuance of the good work
which Inspector Bossle seems to have put
on the right road.
I would like to see retailers and restau
rants take hold of the Idea of advertising
from which wholesaler they get their milk.
Jeremiah on the firing; l.lne.
SOCTH OMAHA. Feb. l.-To the Editor
of The Bee: In Monday evening's Issue
appeared an article headed "All Favor
Charter Changes." I notice In reading
said Article that his honor. Mayor Dahl
man, is very solicitous about arranging
the charter so that the "poor" laboring
man might exercise the light of suffrage.
If my memory serves me right) I believe
that there Is a provision In the general
law which states that the laboring man
shall get two hours to vote from his em
ployer without any deduction on his miser
able day's wage.
I read also that the city clerk. Hon.
"Dan" Butler, is very anxious that the
"poor" working man would have an oppor
tunity to register and he suggests Satur
days, when the working man Is off in the
afternoon. I eften wonder why our politi
cal chieftains don't familiarize themselves
on the working hours and the general con
ditions of the down-trodden and oppressed
Who Is representing the laboring man and
all the other honest citizens? Scan over the
political pedigree of many of our law-making
worthy warriors in the state house,
the county court house, the city hall or
elsewhere. Who do theee civic warriors or
humming birds that occupy the aforesaid
mentioned building represent? Here In
South Omaha the humming birds are owned
body and breeches by the beef trust. What
Is needed nowadays is civio patriotism and
what surprises me Is that our citizens don't
elect patriots to office In place of bunko
artists. JERRY HOWARD.
Onr Stock of Volcnnle "posters.
The destructive demonstration of the vol
canlo Ml Taal In Luzon reminds us that
In that dependency we have a very prolific
source and center of seismic energy. We
no longer have to depend upon Vesuvius
and Etna, Popocatepetl, Collma or Pelee
for nature's pyrotechnics; we have a fine
bunch of our own In the Philippines. There
are twenty-three well known volcanoes
there, eleven of them more or less active.
More than that, the volAino of Albay In
south-eastern Luzon la said to have the
most beautiful cone of any mountain in
the world, though Its outbursts have fre
quently been very destructive. For eighteen
years, between 180 and 1X97, there was an
average of about fifty-four earthquake
days for each year In the Islands.
The Bush &
ily see why the piano they
gressive factory like the Bush ci Lane Co. The wonder
ful Bush & Lane scale combined with skilled workman
ship and the best material obtainable produces a piano
with the fine tone and wearing qualities that are found
only in pianos of the higher grade. 'Each piano stands
as a monument to the piano making genius of the Bush
& Lane organization.
See these pianos, get our prices and you'll buy a
Bush & Lane. Catalogues mailed on application.
Al. Hospe Co.
1813-13 Douglas Street.
HAS t:0 SUBSTITUTE
Tho only baking powtiiw
mada front nova I Grape
Croam of Tartar
111 ALL" !,K3 U?. Fii-SPilATE
JOLTS OF THE PARAGRAPHIAS.
Kansas' t'fiy Star: Now that women are
allowed to sit on Juries In the state of
Washington they should be reminded that
after a verdict Is brought in It will be too
late to change their minds.
Ixulsville Courier-Journal: If there ever
was a case In which lynching was permis
sible It was that of the New York fool who
didn't know It was loaded and shot and
killed a perfectly good cook.' 1
Chicago Record-Herald: After he had
been hazed by his loving friends a Colo
rado bridegroom had twenty ot them ar
rested and kept In Jail over night. Ws
recommend him for a hero medal.
Louisville Courier-Journal: A Toronto
banker has been sentenced to serve six
years In the penitentiary for having stolen
$40,00. This side of the line he would have
been tried for six years If he had had so
much to spend.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: An eastern man
Is being sued for a board bill, the plaintiff
charging him with boarding with her for
twenty-eight years without paying a cent
for the privilege. Even the effulgence of a
star boarder fails In time.
Minneapolis Journal: A blow has been
struck at the beautiful divorcees now
domiciled at Reno. The Nevada senate has
parsed a bill which prohibits the use of
cigarettes in that state, and It ia predicted
that the lower house will also approve th
bill. Cruel and unusual, indeed.
"That young hospital doctor is going In
"I hope not on the lines ot his profes
sion." T'How do you mean?"
"Isn't he at present a ward healer?"
"What are you going to tell the people
when you get home?"
"Nothing." replied Senator Sorghum.
"And all that I ask is that they'll recipro
cate and not start In telling me things."
"Why, yes, he considers himself a real
"I'm sura ha isn't."
"Because he gets a regular Income from
It." Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"And what did papa say when you ased
him for my hand?"
"I'd gladly tell you, but I'm afraid you'd
never respect his opinion any more."
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"Didn't Julia make up her mind very
suddenly to go to Florida for the winter?"
"Yea. very suddenly, but then she always
takes a summary way of wintering." Bal
Old Kfng Coal
In your wallet makes a hale,
In your pocketbook a hole makes he;
But the fact is true
That he warms you through,
And Is mighty welcome now, by gee!
Los Angeles Express.
DITTY OF A DREADFUL NIGHT.
New York Times.
A tomcat sat beside the house
Inhabited by me.
And sang a tune by Richard Strauss
From on a. m. till three.
He tore up slumber by the roots! '
I threw, resolved and grim.
A pair of large and vicious boots
Unerringly at him.
He died. Beneatlithe blankets sprawled.
1 closed my eyes once more.
When lo! that cat came hack and bawled
"Oh, Promise Me," till four.
My rage In a Berserker state,
A heavy chair I shied
With superhuman vigor straight
Athwart that cat. Ha died.
I spoke one final fearful curse.
I slept, Inert and flat,
I woke to find the universe
I hurled a Jug with deadly hand.
He died. I slumbered. Nix!
H Imitated Housa's band
From four-elghteen till six.
But I'll rut short this tae of strife
And tell you, In a line.
I killed that tomcat, life by life,
I'ntll I'd bagged all nine.
I slumbered, freed from his fal-lals;
I woke, upon the verge
Of madness. All his bosom pals
Were singing him a dirge!
Every piano buyer should in
vestigate the wonderful im
provements made in piano
building, as arc found in the
construction of the Bush &
Lane Piano. These improve
ments are so practical and can
be so clearly understood that,
when explained to them, the
most inexperienced can read
buy should be made by a pro
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