The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, December 13, 1902, Page 6, Image 6

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interesting canvases in oil and pretty
bits of water color.
Mrs. E. A. Ross had perhaps the larg
est collection, and as this was the first
opportunity the Lincoln people have had
of inspecting her work it attracted con
siderable attention. Mrs. Ross has been
a traveler and has availed herself of the
best Instruction in the art centres of the
world. Others who exhibited pictures
were Misses Clara Walsh, Sara Hayden
and Mund7. Mrs. Henry Mayer exhib
ited two exceedingly handsome speci
mens of pyrograpby as did also Mrs. H.
H. Everett. Mrs. Ralph E. Johnson had
a number of fine specimens of pyrog
raphy done on wood, leather and velvet.
Mrs. Johnson makes a specialty of
faces, which is rare in this line of work.
Miss Llpplncott also had many pieces of
burnt wood.
There was a display of handsome china
shown by Mesdames E. P. Brown, A. O.
Greenlee, Stephen Brock, and Misses
Llpplncott, Mundy and Craig.
Many ladies availed themselves of the
opportunity to purchase Christmas pres
ents during the exhibit as most of the
articles offered were for sale or else the
owners were willing to duplicate them.
Bridge whist is said to be more than
ever popular in the east this winter. It
is said, too, that many more play for
money than ever before, the conscien
tious scruples of many of its votaries
having apparently been overcome so that
now a whist player who still refuses to
"gamble" is made decidedly uncomfort
able by finding that if she plays she is
generally carried by her partner. Many
conservative old card players who were
last year loyal to "scientific old fash
ioned whist," as they said, have suc
cumbed and are this season playing
Mural 7m Mail
The growth of the rural free mail de
livery in the last year has been a mar
vellous one. A striking comparison be
tween the present year and 1901 is shown.
On March 1, 1901, there had been 3,391
routes established. By May 1. 1902, the
number had increased to 8,458, or 6,067
more than fourteen months previous.
The routes in operation on March, 1901,
with the increase by May, 1902, In several
of the western states are: Nebraska
from 68 to 207, Kansas from 187 to 470,
Colorado from 28 to 41, South Dakota
from 21 to 52, Missouri from 85 to 387,
Iowa from 292 to 778, Illinois from 337 to
701, Wisconsin from 197 to 3S0, Minne
sota from 120 to 270. There were 9.904
petitions for new routes on file on May
The appropriation by congress for the
free delivery of rural mails for the fiscal
year July 1, 1902, to June 30. 1903, is 17,
529,400. The service is no longer treated
as experimental, but provision Is made
for it on precisely the same basis as for
the older branches of the post-office
work. The establishment of new routes
Is proceeding as rapidly as possible under
existing conditions, and it is estimated
that on June 30, 1902, the total popula
tion served by free delivery of rural
mails wfil be 5,820,000, while the total
number of country residents eligible for
the advantages of such delivery is esti
mated to be 21,000,080.
This service, when fully inaugurated,
will very nearly meet the requirements
of article V of the international postal
convention at Vienna, on July 4, 188L by
which the members of the Postal Union
undertook the delivery of mall "at the
residences of addressees In the countries
of the union where a delivery service Is
or shall be organized."
The rural free delivery is organized un
der the first assistant postmaster-general,
by whom the direct supervision of
the work is committed to the general
superintendent of the free-delivery sys
tem. The principal officials are a super
intendent in charge of Installation, a
superintendent In charge of Inspection of
the service established and of the Inves
tigation of complaints, seven special
agents in charge of divisions, and sixty
special agents and seventy-five route in
spectors detailed for active service in the
The delivery of malls by rural carriers
is extended In response to petitions pre
sented by the people desiring the service
upon forms prepared by the department,
which Include a dlacram of the proposed
route. It is reaulred that the route shall
be from 24 to 25 miles in length, so laid
ont that the carrier will not have to
traverse the rame road on his return as
on Ms outward trip, and so adjusted
that at least 189 domiciles shall be ta
clpdef in the service. Buch a petition.
when presented to the department with
the approval of the congressional repre
sentative of the district or of one of the
senators from the state in which the
- service Is asked for, is investigated by
one of the special agents in the field, who
transmits the papers, with a map of the
route or routes to be followed, to the
superintendent in Washington for his
Applicants for the position of rural cor
rier are subjected to a very simple exam
ination in respect to their qualifications
for the service and the esteem in which
they are held by the Inhabitants along
the routes they are to serve. The limits
of age are from 17 to 55 years, except in
the case of physically competent veterans
of the Civil war or the Spanish war.
The annual pay of the rural carrier is
1600, payable monthly, out of which he
must provide his own horse and vehicle.
The practice of wearing uniform is not
obligatory, but is generally followed.
Carriers are permitted to carry passen
gers and unmallable packages for pay,
provided this does not Interfere with the
proper handling of mails. Under cer
tain restrictions also a carrier may act
as news agent and carrier for newspa
pers. The carrier delivers and collects
mall all along the route, usually from
approved boxes provided by the patrons
along the roadside at such height that
he can reach them without alighting
from his vehicle. As a rule, the carrier
leaves the postofflce at which his work
begins as soon as possible after the ar
rival and distribution of the principal
morning mail and returns In time to dis
patch his collection by the evening mail.
He cancels all letters collected by him,
mailing them in the postofflce from
which his service originates unless they
require delivery en route. He Is em
powered to register and deliver regis
tered letters and to give receipts for
money orders. He carries a supply of
stamps for sale and Is authorized to
affix the requisite postage to unstamped
letters and packages, provided the neces
sary money is deposited in the roadside
box with the mall.
Each carrier must furnish a bond for
$500 and furnish a substitute similarly
bonded, who will perform the duties
when the carrier is disabled or absent.
The substitute receives the carrier's pay.
The number of routes in operation on
May 1, 1902, was 8,438, and the number of
petitions for new routes pending on that
date was 9,904.
The portraits of Washington and La
fayette, which during the last session
were exhibited in the corridor of the
house of representatives, now hang in
the chamber. The paintings by Bler
stadt, "Hendrick Hudson Discovering the
Hudson" and "The Expedition of VIs
cayaus Landing at Montery in 1603,"
have been hung at the east and west
ends of the lobby.
French weavers employed by a Fifth
avenue art dealer are now at work In
New York on the tapestries which are to
cover the walls of the dining-room of
the mansion In course of construction for
Charles M. Schwab on Riverside drive.
The tapestries, which will cost in the
neighborhood of $50,000, are after the
fashion of the period of Louis XIV and
will not be completed for at least two
Martin Lane had been telling stories of
his war-time experienced. "Strikes me
you couldn't have been a very fierce one
after blood, Martin," said one of his
neighbors at the close of a tale of
carnage. "le's see; how many do you
cal'Iate you actually made away with in
that engagement?"
Mr. Lane's cheeks were still flushed
with the excitement of the story. 'Til
tell you one thing," he said, with mild
resentment. "I made away with just as
many o them as they did o' me!"
A bashful young minister was once
asked to preach before the students of
Wellesley college. His embarrassment
when he entered the dining-room for
breakfast Sunday morning and found
himself the only man among 350 girls
was overwhelming. He was asked to
say grace, and hastily delivered himself
of the following: "Oh Lord, bless this
food to our use, and may this meat make
us all strong men!" K. R. E. In Good
"I wish I was a polly-wog." "Why?"
"Cause I couldn't be spanked." Life.
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Duse, the great tragedienne, thrills vast audiences in her flying trip
through the leading cities of America.
"Has that Russian countess much In
her own name?" "Has she? She's got
the entire alphabet!" Yonkers Statesman.
Studio. Room 86. Brownell Block.
Lessons in Drawing, Painting, Pyrog- ,
raphy. Wood Carving, Improved China
Kiln, China decorated or fired.
Studio open Monday, Tuesday. Thurs
day, Friday. 2 to 5 p. m., and Saturday,
9 to 12 a. m.
Office, 1100 O street Rooms 212, 213, 214,
Richards Block; Telephone 536.
Residence, 1310 G street; Telephone K984
M. B. KETCHUM, M. D., Phar. D.
Practice limited to EYE. EAR, NOSB,
Hours. 9 to 5; Sunday, 1 to 2 JO.
Rooms 313-314 Third 'Floor Richards
Block, Lincoln, Neb. Phoae 848.
137 South Eleventh Street.
Telephone, Office. 530.
C. W. M. POYNTER. M. D.,
Phones: Residence, L925; Office, L102L
1222 O Street.
Residence, Sanatorium. Tel. 617.
At office, 2 to 4; Sundays, 12 to 1 p. m.
Residence. 621 So. 11th. Tel. S6t.
At office. 10 to 12 a. m.; 4 to 6 p. m.
Sundays, 4 to 4:30 p. m.
Office. Zehrung Block, 141 So. 12th. TeL 618
Cycle Photographs
Athletic Photographs
Photographs of Babies
Photographs of Groups
Exterior Views
The Photographer
129 South Eleventh Stntt
Library books
South Platte Publishing Co.,
Paper Box Makers.
Tenth and N Streets, Lincoln, Neb.
Does Painting, Frescoing. Grain
ing, and Inside Decorating. Can
give you best service at reason
able prices would like to figure
with you.
Phone 5232 2612 Q STREET