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r! pfe0 Misi Jf w V
(Vutmntff (trnrral llltchrock and Cap
tain Jack Oawfuril, tli Mfi inoiit. are
filrt frliniln, tiavlnc rjme toKethrr at
'U'onlhurat. ttm humt of Ttiomaa F.
AValsh. the .'olorM1() minor mid many
tlmf rnllllonxlro, who m one of Cap
tain jHck'n (niilB mi.) Indian fluntTs h
jilnnof-rs of the Hla k JiilH. when the port
ir-out w the chief of the rannera, and
all three were togpihnr nt the notif Uatluti
of Mr. Taft iffter hl nomination for the
lireeliiency, when Caption Jack gave an
e-venlna- at thm Ten and l'encll club at
t'tnclnnail. The following la a copy of a
letter and a poem whloh Taplaln Jiu-k
in enrtln to his friend. I-'rank Hitchcock.
becaiixe of hid action regarding letter
rent by children to Hanta Claua, and It
win n appre. laicu nv all l jveri of chil
dren and of 8n t a Claus.)
To roetmaater General Hthhcotk-My
Uear fVlend: One of the greatest conipll-
tnenta I twr had palj me wa when a
little child aald' to lt mother. "Oh,
mamma aee! That Hanta Claua." Thla
i cn a train a few daya ao. and aoon
after hrariDK this remark, I came down
the fsle of the car If talking to every,
body, aaylna- "There ia a little boy who
wanted a rhoo-choo engine laat ChrlaU
tnaa 1 want to find hlro." and the little
fellow who had made the remark about
Santa Claua and who waa Juat behind tne,
poke up and aald, "Thafa me. Bant a
I picked him up in my arm, hujrired
and klaaed hlra and laid, "Bo It la. Wall,
well, you did not gei your choo-choo en
gine did your'
No." aald he. fbut papa told he would
try and get you to send me one neat
"Indeed, ho won t have to aak me why
ahould he tvhen you are here to auk for
youraelf; and by the way deaf, what elae
would ou like to have next ChrtotmaaT"
The boy'a daddy a eyea oined, but he
aid not a word, anj the little blue eyea
danced as he replied. "1 want a aura
enough engrtn that choo-chooe and a
train of cara, and a oompany of aoldteri
nd a gun and a new cled. and''
But I atopped him aaylng, "Hold on.
Ion t you want any other boyi to sj
"Oil. yea, I do. I want you to end my
cousin Wllllo a Uttle aiater like I have
got and "
But J atopred him again, aaylng "Now,
llaten. you have aiked for a lot of e
penalva thlr.ri for yourself, but you mam
remember that our poor little bova and
iflrts muat have some tliinga. too. and )ou
miMit give wma t,f y0ur old pirthlng;g
to some little boy that 1 may not a n
my rounds. You know It la an awfully
ou me engine, the train th.
aoldlera and the now sled, but you mut
buay time for mo at Cnrl.tma. Now I
v,urmim. now, i
BREAKDOWN OF JUSTICE
Shocking Eecord of Crime Condi
tion, in the United Statei.
IAX ESF02CEJIEKT " OF " LAW
Prvaioul to Toko Adailnl. (ration of
Jaalrh?Wa front Lawyers and
- It to trained Trim.
There are more than lOO.ftJO murderers
now living In the United Etatea. of whom
more than thr-fourths have never been
Imprisoned for their crimes. lst year
In New Yoik City the coroner reported
1W homicides; the g:and Jury consid
ered lt. and there were forty-five convictions-one
In four. In Chicago lust
ear there were Wi juu. iters re,ioittd;
one waa hanged. f;aeii tent to prison.
JW went scut free. This Is nearly nine
cut of ten.
Ia Texas there Lave been over :,0.ie
murders in !.. .... ... ....
. .... - i.ni. ine.iv
were l.Oti indictments. In lallaa county
alone time were flfty-slx inuidvrs in one
ear. twenty. ihrve Indictments; one con.
Mction, sentence five yeara. n Harris
county, fifty-M-ven murderers; two
banged. In Tarrant county, forty jimr
deis; none hanged.
In Alabama for the but tno ieara
C murder cases were tried; twenty
,aveu death sentencoo-one in twenty,
three. In Louisville, Ky.. vis, forty,
even murders; no hangings.
Ffr tha whole country, g,97& murders
In IMS; In lln-. ia. Hanged for murder
In lllit, nlnety-four. gay one In ninety.
Jf We step acroas tho Hue Into Can
ada, we find that the number of mur
ircrs per million of population has
there dropped Sis-sevenths. The aug
teatlon, thertfoie. that the utro. in...
tondltlons prevailing Ii, thi ,outUr). Mr,
thote of a newly settled country, with a
laige Influx of foreign populutlon. Is
aimply a mlaerable pretense. Canada has
large population; It Is much newer than
the Inlttrd (statu; and as for the rest,
our foreign born population la far more
orderly and less murderous than the
Conditions l Triit.
In Texas conditions Lave become so
bad that at a convention ot prosecuting
attorneys the pitdnt of the uHi.
won siotta ut u jt peo( ft tko
Something's Liable to Happen Yet
kl ifl j i
IIV CAPTAIV JACK CKAWKOll I).
CAPTAIN JACK CRAWFORD.
wait until you are a little older before
I aend you the gun."
And the little fellow threw Ida arms
around, my neck and said, "Dear Santa
Clnua, 1 w 111 do Jimt what you tell me and
I will be good."
f Then." aald I, "you must do aa your
papa and mamma tell you and If you do
that, tlien Santa Claua will know you are
a good vay." K
And later, when hi a father accompanied
me Into the nmoklns apartment, he said,
ven. L-gptaln Jack, you have
rupted me and that boy muat have
every. thlnj you promised him."
And I said, "Why not? Would you
havo him loan confidence In Hanta Claus
for $3 or 10?"
ffO. aald he; "not for ri.OCtt.
"No. thank you." I said. "I cut that
out seven years ago. Ton see that 1
have had a wonderful experience with
boys who imiked cigarettes and t have
bad to put a good many uf them behind
rleon bars, and when I talked to newa
boya and thousands of boys In the re
formatories. I have felt that I ...
do It consciously and amoke, and while
bunch of boya one dav.J 1
greed to quit smoking cigars or a pfpe
oromhl . ' them t0
promise to never smoke any more clgar-
appealed were reversed. And hero Is
a fair sample of the ousea.
One Walter Hlckey shot and killed
Tom IMt kson. near Haskell, Tex., In M0J.
He was tiled six times. Two of thu
trials resulted in lUa-reementa of the
Jury; In the other four, convictions wen
obtained. Three times the life sentence
was Imposed, and once a term of impris
onment for twenty-two years. Kuch time
the court of criminal appeals reversed
the conviction, and TiiiaJiy the proaecut.
lug attorney gave It up as hopeless, and
sa d It appeared to be impossible to con
duct a trial In such a way as to meet the
requirements of the reviewing court.
And here is another: One Grantham
was convicted of burglary. The Indict
ment charged that the crime was com
milieu in a certain house occupied by
l persons, named therein. Hut the evi
dence dlacloscd the fact that thia house
was occupied by only the first five of the
persons designated. The court of appeals
held that this variance between the alio,
nation and tho proof was fatal, and the
conviction was therefore reversed!
Is It any wonder that under eu. h con
ditions "Texas Justice" should become a
byword and Hat this Judicial scandal
should be a subject even of party plat
forms, and that in two messages to the
IrtfbUture Governor Campbell should
uige a kcepln,t reform? In one of these
niensaKus (lovernor Campbell said:
"The pvolc and the press of the state
are ptoit! t.ng ajjalnut existing condi
tions and lime the right to expert relief
at the hards of your honorable bo,ti.n
The tecliiiirallties and hlrl, uh.hu,.
ornate, literary nonsense rtow obstruct
ing the conns, encouraging crime, de
feating Justice, should be swept away by
some common sense legislation. With
tills duns, the tar and courts could be
reduced. Instead of Increased, and crim
inal could be more speedily and cer
Consider now a fw of the rouses noon
which, at peals havo been granted. lo
Pouth Carolina an indictment waa dis
in!Ked In.UM the word "father" was
spelled "further." In Alabama another
Indirtmnnt v. as ouaaluHl because the l-i-
ter 1" was left out in spelling lb. word J
"malice." In North Carolina cause was if
fouu.l to reverse a dcl.on ! 10
reverse a dclion lusaijiui
"bienst" was apelled "breoi." In West
Vliginla a horao-thlet gained a new trial
becaua. ill the Indlctmvut th. noma ot
the alal. was once abbreviated as "W.
Virginia." And these cooes could liter
ally bo multiplied by bund rods of ot tiers!
In MUsouri tho court ot aiipsaUa set
taiue too vet diet U a teuLilt axa-
r. f" x
..... .. :. ;. - .. f:,;i'.:Y-iKi
--3 &e SKINrVtS MA 0O4r WANT HIM I O ilex( WONDER vMX MA WONtlffMcV
kTs')1 PCAK TO.H'M I WONDER WHAfWE J (we AiNT rAAb
tlep, and one little red-headed, freckle
faced kid. with patches on IiIh imnln.
and barefooted, jumped up and Mild, 'dee,
f'urd. I ll go you for a HtHrter." Then
even hoys there- and then pave me their
promises. I took two cigars nut of my
pocket, rolled them In my hand In dual
and threw them on the floor. That's
seven years ago and I have never taken
a puff alnce. I hava the a;imc desire to
duy that 1 had whoii 1 ewore off, but I
have got the nerve to let It alone, and 1
am richer by about flfuen ioundn, and
my volee Is M) per cent better than when
I amoked to excess, and had a bud cane
of tobacco heart."
Now, my dear Hitchcock, you are re
sponsible fur this letter and this story,
for In the papers the. other day. I read
an editorial about what my friend, the
poHtmaster general, said regarding let
tera from the children to Hanta Clauj.. and
aa I remember readlnK a atory about how
President Lincoln, when a young man,
acted as substitute for Kauta Claus. and
distributed the presents among about
miy cniiuren In the rural district, and
one man named Hutchinson still pre
serves, the first pair or red-top boots he
ever wore and which were handed to
him when a boy from the ChrlNtmna tr.
by young Abe Lincoln, so I havo been a
substitute for (Santa Claus when 1 had to
wear a white wig. but I don't ned ti.
whlto wig now, and I love to l.Vv. th.
dfnr children call me "Dear Old Santa
Claua"-lt Is the sweetOKt 'name f ii
names except Christ, and that tumn.
a lhought-1 will try and write a verse
or two as a substitute for Hanta Clans;
reading in the papers that thev
tried to knork m ..... 7
...cu tu eiop jne cniiureii's Idol on his
loving Christmas scxiut.
And they tried to send mir l.o.n.
the tnnrarue. -ml n.i i.. .
Of the aelfltih peusiiulMlica that's afraid
of tiaiiM Claua. ..
Hut the Ravlor come on Christmas and
He helpi me pack my, load;
He In with me in the pulace and the
humbleHt abode. . .
With Ills "Suffer Uttle Children."
and areu love Jimi more because
He knows the children's iii..
He tells old Huntu Claus.
So 1 want to say "(Sod Hlos You
the children lil RAM Vtk.ll t,ii
And Home day you may be president
throtmh love they have for von
And remember young Abe Uncoln was
a HiiliHtltute foV me.
When they htinn old I'csnlml-er on a
sour apple tree.
With love and llcsinKs from your old
Irl"'- HANTA CI.ATS.
I'er Captain Jack, Assistant.
Chicago. November SI, Mil.
vated case of saidt, although the gurtt of
me aerenaant was clearly proved, be
muicmient closed with tho
words "aa-ulnet the peace and dignity of
we instead or "the state,
scribed )y the constitution!
lommentlng upon this decision, Fred
erick V. Lebmann. In an address as
president of the American liar associa
tion, sild with bitter acorn:
"Had a mob assemble, to lynch the
fiend In this case, and had I appeared
upon the scene an.) pleaded with them
to let the law take Its course, they
would have aid. .We havB no
. . ..w wmcn puts the definite
on in ea.net It v
the chastity of
our wlvea and daughters.
I'oaalbllltlea of Delay.
a strong meuir o,. i...., ,
Coventor A. txr ..nt..
' . ' 7 in, h Hn r.
drew a tlsnrnua i,i....-
- .-.r. me almost
limitless possibilities for delay ,).e
rchnhalltle. by which the courts defeat
Justice. Among the vaM ,
error Gilchrist was that f M,dley
Winst Btate. wlch th. defendant
was convicted In the trial court of the
larceny of a cow. The supreme court of
Honda reversed the judgment of ihe
ow.r court and awarded a new trial on
.t. ,, mealing t
the evldwice Introduced w
...... ii.. . .
' that ho had
. ,i ""''" T'ln was held
..l.h0"",0 " Vr,t" to
ts, sen the allegations and the proof
Twenty-five years ago K.iglsml found
.(self fac to face with conditions like to
those medieval. Chinese America now
It swept them away with ruthless stroke
and Is today pointed to .a "the leader
of the world In swift and accurate Jus
Hut consider for a moment the storm
w viuirsi wiiien u'iidm
shyster In the land If our criminal Judges
were denied the right of granting new
trials! And this brings us. I believe to
tho root of tbo whole evil. Th i.'....
i iih inun .....
existence In the community of a body t,f
...... .ura ouHineM anj profit it Is to
cheat, obstruct aivd nullify iho law.
How many members of the leaal pro
fession ae there in the 1'nltrd Htate.
il. , , reruse. or have refused, to
, " "' " ',ho,n ,h' knew
. "l,,y of - rimes th.i lhey kn,
10 ne vtieT
Whol W ill .Mrr. f
I'nder the lead of men of high charac
ter, there Is In the profession Itself a
strong effort tow aid reform. Thia. ha
eryatoluxrd lu tho American InstiturV of
Crlmluol i-w aud Criminology witb
aMi,uar4a M U.-i "e -.',fijj'.
Till: V.KK. OMAHA. SATUHPAV. DKOKMHKU P. 1911.
through Its conference.", this organist
lion has done notabln eervle. Hut will
this movetpptit prove less fitful than that
of twenty jears ago?
Jt was tho late Ooldwin Pmlth who
iou might as well expert titters to
clean the Jungle of their hiding places as
to expect law reform from lawyers
Js it possible to conceive of anything
more fantastic than that the Issue of
justice Bhould depend very largely upon
the wit and skill and, It may often be
added, tho utter unscrupulouines8 of the
1 l. I I . . ...... AX .
. .irnr.n uii mere can oe no rerorm
worth the powder until the whole ques
tion of crime and punishment Is taken
from the hands of prosecuting attorneys.
or ucrenaing lawyers, or Juries. Judges
and courts of appeal, and put Into the
hands of men trained to utterly different
ethics and ideas that Is, sociologists,
criminologists and physicians.
No man commits crime because he
wants to. There Is no man, whether he
be the most hardened criminal or the
moat brazen grabber of franchises, who
does not dread the sting of being branded
as a felon. The vaat majority of crim
inals, of course, are simply mental,
moral and physical defectives, which a
more Intelligent social organization of
the future will largely eliminate.
For the present they probably cost the
healthy, decent people of the United
States $,",00,000,000 a year or more
that Is. every family of the nation
pays a tribute of $a per year or more
to crime (and needlessly). This crim
inal class Is growing In numbers and in
expense yearly, and thla largely because,
In. spite of thla tremendous outlay, the
administration of criminal Justice In
America has become a travesty and a
There Is probably not a tribe of sav
ages anywhere on earth where there Is
not more even handed Justice and a bet
ter enforcement of the tribal law than In
the fnited States. Carl Snyder In Col
a Suit or
ii conicrencc.i. ii orcinu-iriTr .....
The Palace management itself is opposed to "hold-up" prices, while
the "Palace patron'? simply won't be "held up"! Yet the Palace
patron expects muchand GETS iteven at anti-hold-up prices.
oaiuraayi raiace -special in Men'g Suits at $9.75. Includes Men"s Fancy Blue Serges or
plain Serges, fancy Cheviots, Worsteds. Vicunas. Grey Diagonals. Mixtures, the newest Browns
aud. the latest Tans. All serge fined . all hand tailored. The Men's overcoats at $9.75 will In
clude the famous "Protector." or "Presto," Convertible collar styles, in heavy Meltons, Grey
u . ,U and Snetand ln b'K Vlster effects, also, with convertible collars. Might a well save
she' leather; don't look around; you'll never excell these at $9.75.
That's all you need ex
pect to pay at the Palace
for Suits and Overcoats
that are sold elsewhere
without a blush for as
muck as $12.50. Palace
patrons simply won't pay
Rflm4 Danes Biotas Potest Otto.
Joe Miller nas m (irouch and cver
tracked a Joke In Ills
The man whose name Is now the repre
sentative of the very Idea of Joking, Joe
Miller, Is said never to have ottered a
Joke. This reputed hero of all jokes. In
reality an eminent comic actor of the
earlier part of the eighteenth century,
was born In the year 1GM; he was no
doubt of obscure origin, for even the
place of his birth appears to be unknown.
In the year lTKi hl name occurs for the
first time on the hills of Drury'Lane
theater as performing the part of Young
Cllnche, In Karquhar's comedy of "The
Constant Couple; or a Trip to the Jubilee."
For rather a long period Joe Miller
acted as a member of the Prury Lane
company, and. In the vacation Intervals,
first associated with Flnkethman and
subsequently established as an Independ
ent booth theater manager himself. Joe
appears also to have been a favorite
among the members of his profession,
and It has been handed down through
tradition and anecdote that he was a
regular attendant at the tavern known
as the "lllack Jack," in Portsmouth
street; Clare Market, then a favorite re
sort of the performers at Irury Lane
and Lincoln's Inn Fields' theaters and of
the wits who came to enjoy their society.
It Is said that at these meetings Miller
was remarkable for the gravity of his
demeanor and that he waa ro completely
innocent or anything like Joking that his
companions, as a JesIV ascribed everv
new Jest that was made to him. Joe
Miller's last benefit night was April 13,
17ns. Ho died on August IS of the same
Among the society in which ha usually
mixed was a dramatic writer named Jphn
Mottley, the aon of a Jacobite officer,
This man was reduced to the position Of
living on the town by bis wlti, and in
doing this he depended In great measure
on his pen. Among the popular publica
rAlt MAUt HIM
have to GASP when you hear
Overcoat priced at the Palace
for Men's Suits and Overcoats
that would must command
$16.50 a garment in "Hold
A Shirt Sale Just
When You Need Shir ts
Most. A lot el $1
Palace buyers came across a jobber who
had more short shirt lines than he
ana toe result is -1.U0 shirts for you at
ouly 69c each. Choice percales, stripes, etc.,
in coat styles with collars to match. Size
fair If you are here before crowds gobble
the popular sizes up.
& dqjh&& txrwnni dippy dell.
Tg$ IRg.VMc 5
tions of that time was e. vlnd easy cf
compilation, consisting substantially of
.the same Jests, ever newly. vamped up,
with a few additions and varieties. It
was a common trick to place on tho title
of one of these brochures the name cf
some person of recent celebrity. In order
to glvo It tho appearance of novelty.
Thus, there appeared In the sixteenth
century "hcogan'a Jests' and "Skelton's
Jests;" In the seventeenth, "Tariton'a
Jests," "Hobson's Jests," "Peelc's Jests,
Hugh Peters Jests" and a multitude of
others, and in the century following pre
vious to the death of Joe Miller, in 173S,
"Plnkethman's Jesti," "Polly Teschtim's
Jests" and "Ben Jonsnn's Jests." It speaks
Btrongly for the celebrity of Joe Miller
that he had hardly lain a year In his
grave when his name was thought suf
ficiently popular to grace the title of a
Jest book; and it waa Mottley who, no
doubt pressed by necessity, undertook
to compile a new collection which waa to
appear under It. The title of this vol
ume which was published In 1730, and
sold for 1 shilling waa "Joe Miller's
Jests; Or, the Wit's Vade-mecum." It
was stated In the title to have been
"first carefully collected In the company,
and many of them transcribed from tha
mo uth of the facetious gentleman whose
name they bear; and now set forth and
published by his lamentable friend and
former companion, Elijah Jenkins, Esq."
Thla was, of course, a fictitious name,
under which Mottley chose to conoeal hi
own. It must not be concealed that there
la considerable originality in Mottley 's
oollectlon that It Is not a mere repub
lication, under a different name, of what
had Tpeen published a score of times be.
fore; In fact, It. Is evidently a selection
from tha joke which were then current
about town, and soma of them appar
ently new ones. This was perhaps the
reason of . its sudden and great popu
larity. A second and third edition ap
peared In the same year, and It was not
only frequently reprinted during tho
Hint century, but a number of spurious
SOCKS Wool. 15c
kind, pair 8o
Urey and red. blue
or Oxford, also lit
1 grades at ..49a
Wool, m Oxford,
blue, maroon, etc..
II. iu value at S8o
Men's wool, 7.V
, grade, garment 9e
tirey wool shirts
and drawers lu fl
grades at. gar.
Kleece lined, or
heavy ribbed, $1.2 J
kind, at, gar
several other lines
No room to tell of
'em here. Better
shop around here and
cared for, ft
By Tom McNamara
EN TWEM tSN THET POg if.
books appeared under t'.ie Baine title, as
well as similar colloetionn. under such
titles as "The New Joe Miller," and tho
like, Book of Uays.
CHIMNEY TWO MILES HIGH
Horr n Copper Smelter In Wales
Disposed ii f Injurious
Wales has probably the longest chim
ney In the world. It Is two miles high,
and has a brook running through It. Th
clilmney Is connected with the copper
works at Cwmavon, near Aberavon. This
Is how it came to be built. About sixty
years ago the copper smoke from these
works was the plague 'of the neighbor
ing countryside. It nettled upon and de
stroyed the grass for twenty miles round,
while the sulphur and arsenic In tho
fumes affected the hoofs of cattle, caus
ing gangrene. The company tried all
sorts of devices to remedy the trouble.
but In vain.
Finally Robert Brenton, who was later
engineer of the Sind railway In India,
solved the problem. T1ij copper works
are at the foot of a high, steep moun
tain. Mr. Brenton constructed a fluo or
clUmney running continuously from tho
base to about 100 feet Rbove the summit.
following the natural slope of the ground.
The brick which lined It, and of which
it was largely constructed, was burnotl
close by. A small spring, rushlnu out
near the mountain top. was turned nlo
the chimney, and allowed to flow through
almost its entire length to condense the
smoke. Once a year It is swept out, and
about a ton of precipitated copper ob
tained. Its top can be seen for between
forty and fifty miles. London Mall.
Dlda't Get Eves Ike Brick.
"Did that man hand you a gold brick'?'
"I should aay not." answered the ama
teur financier; "he sold me an Interest m
the gold brick on credit and took a mort
gage on that together with everything
else I owned. Then he coiled the loan
and foreclosed the mortgage and took
posesslon of the gold brick along with tho
rest." Washington Btar.
Sale of Men's
Kinds that always
bring 76c, go now at
caps with aliti
lining. Snd fur
Made up cf
cloth or cordu
roy. Ural eoi
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