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THE WASHINGTON' (TOTIC, MONDAY EVENING?
KRY 27,, 1890.
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TVASHIKQTON, JANUAUY 87, 18D0
AibaugVi, Flttccnlh ami E streets
Fanny Davenport lu "La Tosca."
National, Pennsylvania avenue, near
Fourteenth street Francis Wilson In "The
Jlijou, Ninth street and Louisiana ave
tuic "The Fakir."
Jktruan'i, Eleventh and C streets Mentz
Kanlley Burlcsquo Comnauy.
(VJpftrenngylvaiilji avcnue,ncar Eleventh
.1 Oil A XG E.
YVlnitcier lepulatlon, glorious or
lhcrwite, the CAriTAij-Citrrri! has
earned In the pnst should go into ro
tiiement with those who formerly
rtliected It. To-day Its orjnulsm, tvo
tlvcs, ambitions are new. It Is yoked
to no pnrticulnr Interest, to no official
set. In no private Echcnie. It Is the
hampion of no party, the spokesman
of no politician, the omnibus of no'pro
mofcr. It tv ill Iry to say good of tho
good and need never be expected
to spare tho bad. It will assail public
men, without malice, and defend them,
without devotion. It will strive to bo
frank and honest with everyone, and, as
tin earnest of this endeavor, opens its
column to the complaints and retalia
tions of nil.
It shall not bo without convictions.
)t thinks the only honorable imbecility
of the period is the passion of legisla
tors to live and act for constituencies
alone. It has an abstract admiration
for equal rights and will often have oc
casion to show how rarely they niein
lcnlily enjoyed. It knows that to prac
tical government equality 1? a spiritual
Hon, that fiateinily cannot be cnfoiccd
by law any more than morality, and
lhal alid sense of paternity in tho
administration of public affairs is just
as necessary to the honesty and welfare
of a democracy as it Is to tho virtue
and hanpincss of the family upon
which that democracy is founded. It
it-gnrdN the fear of centralization us a
phantom, and depiecatcs Mr. Dana as
the most amiable metaphysician of his
country. It sees that political parties
aiaonly new forniB of hostile armies,
whose passions are too often tricked by
lenricts covetous of fame and power.
It dares to hold, though they know it
not themselves, that all Democrats are
Uuc Republicans as all Republicans are
tiue Democrats, and will urge both to
rise above platitudes, jealousies, plat
forms, and particular concern for foreign-born
citizens, till all aie become
flue Americans holding solely in
view tho higher destiny of the na
tion. Tho tendency of the politician
to be a demagogue when poor and a
cormptlouist when rich it regrets, and
i-'very Olodius and Crassus of the time
it hopes to chasten with some printer's
It believes th.it forced mental 1m-.
provement rather than freely-peddled
franchises Is to form the buckler of the
lepnblic, and thinks that sincere men of
limited knowledge and ono Idea like
Calvin and Senator Blair are truly gicat..
It believes that the raco problem, begun
in tho injustice of slavery, made bigger
by -war and thon muddled by the mock
cry of civil rights, demands the serious
consideration of every thinking citizen.
It reverences democratic simplicity and
deplores the accumulation of wealth,
while frankly admitting inability to as.
Mime the one or stop the other.
tl looks upou intemperance and the
taijfY as very bad habits which common
sense it nd time may ameliorate, if not
It has any number of ideas, not to bo
mentioned here, since they would lead
further and further away from the defi
nition ofits chief aim, which Is, in short,
to be a newspaper above all ideas. In its
humble way, and to the utmost of its
humble means, Tub CniTio will try to
give its readers tho happenings of the
world, in condensed form, from day, to
day, reserving moat of its space for,
and devoting the major pait of its labor
to, the affairs of Washington, which,
after all, is at once its parent and its
protege, tho beginning and eud of both
its aim and ideas,
Tin; CiiiTiy believes the people of
"Washington -i without question the
roost intelligent, democratic c6mmu
nily in the wido world will support a
journal which labors to maintain inde
pendent views respecting all matters of
public concern and strives at tho same
time to exclude the scandals of privato
life from Its columns. Such will bo tho
earnest cffoit so long as tho piesent
nmnngeinent holds the helm. Journal
Urn lias Its preachers and doctrines,
like every other presumptuous Institu
tion of life, and tho theories as to how
ucecss should be gained and extended
are as urlous and confoundinc as tho
moods of lho distinguished O'Hourko
lttauiin However, it confers but one
tcward upon failure, nml that is tho
hhrcud of honest purposes.
IliC'ir are two kinds of Independence
Id n rdi in Journalism, the decisive nnd
; utnUfuL, Tho one pursues tho
iitanf ine, tho other turns courses
jjjie oneuover hesitates to
first leap it undoitnkcs, nnd puts In the
remainder of its existence trying to
convince cvoryono that It is testing on
the ground somen lino. Tho ono is
positive Independence; the other nogn
tle. To bo Micccssful in negative in
dependence it is necessary to ny ns Ut
ile ns possible about cierythlng and to
speak ill of no one who might have the
power to lclallate. To be successful in
positive independence tho lines between
right and w rong must bo sharply nnd
constantly drawn, and blows must bo
Bliuck at ineu nnd Urines which the
hurry nnd Imperfect judgment of the
moment niny render false. Then It be
comes the duty of positivo independ
ence to rttnict or make every repara
tion possible. A positively Independ
ent journnl is often accused of being
foolhardy j a negatively independentono
Is more likely to seem foolish. The
Ciiitic will bo positively independent.
Tl.isisits honest purport, livery just
grievance may call upon its columns
for a bearing. Kvery good cause will
hne Its enthusiastic support. Its opin
ions can neither be bought nor bullied.
Its mistakes will bo confessed tho in
stant It sees them. It will lay no pre
tense to consistency, since consistency
Is only posslblo to unspcakablo Nature.
If the people of "Washington do not
care for tills sort of journalism the pres
ent management of Tub Ciutio will
soon go out of business.
GOODBY, L0U1SIAXA LOTTERY.
TiikCiiitic cannot boast the business
patrouageof its contemporaries. Itiu
hcrltcd from the Capital, however, a
profitable advertisement, which thoy, in
their wisdom, do not object to publish
ing. It is the advertisement of tho
Louisiana State Lottery, TheOhiticic
jectsit, and to day returns to the honor-,
able gentlemen who preside over the
wheel at Now Orleans the difference be
tween the amount of their premature
check for tho month and what the
Capital should receive for the
twenty-ouo Insertions of Jan
uary up to date. Thu Oniric
mlmitsits inability to mark tho distinc
tion between the Louisiana Lottery and
a public gamblins den. It would not
publish the advertisement of a gambler.
It refuses to publish the advertisement
of the Louisiana Lottery. Public lot
tery is a public vico Neither legisla
tive franchise nor the eood will of pa
tions can justify It. Tun Critic Is
going to prove its position, too.
THE FA IP, AXD THE PARTIES.
Ileic is a hint ol what would happen
If Congress should locate tho World's
Tnir in New York. The New York
Times of yesterday said:
Should the Stntc'of New York now full
to secure from Congress the selection of the
City or New York ns the site of the World's
Fair of 1802, It Is perfectly evident tint, so
far as Washington will have anything to do
villi luriilajilng an explanation of the fail
ure, It will attribute it to tho Interference
and hostility of the Ifepubllcan party in tho
State of New York.
II is logical, then, to conclude that
should Con gi ess choose New York as
the site the Democratic party in that
State would claim a triumph.
Whichever way the matter is decided
it is manifest thnt. so far ns Now York
is concerned, paitinn politics is going
to be a consideration paramount to the
real purpose of the great memorial fair.
Tho more the peoplo of this land con
sider the fact that 1892 will bo a year
of political hustling in New York; the
more they contemplate the spectacle of
a lot of cheap politicians using this
memorial for their petty ends, the more
unsafe it will be for the present Con.
gress to locate the fair In such an at
mosphere. CHICAGO'S CLAIMS.
What if Chicago is thebig city of the
Mississippi Valley and the centre of the
country! What if it is ready to expend
millions and build a tower hisher than
the Eiffel with a pilc-driverf If the
Government is to charter a World's
Fair the seat of Government is the
place for it. If the nation is to partici
pate In an exhibition of its own mak
lug, Its national, and not its geograph
ical, centre, should contain" It. No
other country has quibbled over this
expediency. England did not raise her
Crystal Palace at Manchester; Austria
did not erect her llotanile at LInz;
France never for a moment thought of
holding hor exhibitions at Dijon. Yet
nil these cities might have advance 1
pretenses similar to those of Chicago.
Chicngo's magnificent interest in the
World's Fair is not patriotic; it-is not
national. It is speculative, entirely. It
is the interest ot business men, of rail
road jobbers, of real estate brokers. It
Is not stimulated by pride half so much
ns by purso. Honey, the pineal gland
of Chicago greatness, is tho beginning
and end of her efforts in this, ns in all
projects. She Is no more entitled to
tho World's Fair than sho is to the Na
tional Museum, which, did she possess,
she would charter to Kohl A Middloton
THE SCXDA Y LA W.
A bill ''to prevent poisons from being
foiccd to lnbor on Sunday" is before
the House Committee on tho District of
Columbia. It appeals that ex. Attorney
for the District Riddle made tho discov
ery, alarming to some and astonishing to
all, that the Federal District was with
out a Sundny law, Tho zeal of those
worthy persons who believe that tho
morals and habits of a great peoplo can
bo regulated by statuto was aroused,
and a determined effort Is being made
to secure the passage of a comprc
hcusivo aud far-reuching act designed
lo prevent any secular labor or business
in tho District on Sunday, except
"works of necessity or mercy." Tho
bill provides punishment for both
laborer or employer with equal impar
tiality. A proper and piacticid Sunday law
is not objectionable, but tho most oftoc-.
tivo Sunday laws are those which pre
vent the wild license of a mining camp
on tho ono hand, and avoid tho harsh
and nanow icstrictions of tho Puritan
on tho ether.
Thus while tho .store, tho shop, tho
saloon nnd the factory should bo closed
on Sundny. tho institutions of lit
erature, science nnd nrt could bo loft
open, to the discomfltuie of few nnd tho
benefit of all,
Ther aro thousands of men nnd
women In Washington to whom these
jjotcrlc mysteries, The
employes of tho Government nrc kept at
their tasks from U o'clock in tho morning
until -i in the nftcrnoou six days In the
week. Tho Institutions described nro
opened nnd closed nt the snmo hours.
Hence tho Department clerks nnd em
ployes have l nro nnd scant opportuni
ties to enjoy nnd profit by tho stores
with which tho Nntlonnl Capital is
Tho employes of privato firms and
corpornttons work longer hours than
those who toll Tor Uncle Sam, and,
consequently, bnvcyot, less opportunity
to visit these places, Tho Congress
men nnd tho heads of bureaux nnd Dc
pnitmcntf", employers generally, and
the rich ami tho idle, can choose tho
time most convenient to thcmsclvo to
mnko their visits. Hut to the Indus
trious poor, men nnd women, auch n
time never comes. It is for them Tiik
THE LASH IS POLITICS.
Whatever the Illinois factions may
say or do. Senator Fnrwcll Is to bo re
spected for having stood by his old
friend. Ifnny Republican in Illinois
deserved IhoMnrsHtilship it was Colonel
Apios C. Uabcock. Nor was It his nsso
elation with Senator Farwell nnd
Colonel Taylor In the Toxns State House
deal thnt swnyed tho Administration in
the matter. A deeper policy of revenge,
which is going to keep on striking at
the Washington influence of Senator
Fnrwell, though ever so subtly, was at
the bottom of Coloucl Bnbcock's de
feat. The defection of '84 is not for
gotten. Conferences and promises can
never heal the wound It indicted. The
justice of tho fight can never plead for
it in the seciet heart of tho van
quished. If there is ono man in Illinois who
should back Colonel Rnbcock and thou
resent his rejection ns a party and a per
sonnl affront, that man is Senator
The two have been intimate in busi
ness nnd politics the major part of their
lives. Colonel liabcock begnu urging
Mr. Farwell towairi tho seat he now
occupies in the Capitol as early as the
Davis campaign, lloth his time and re
sources, since the days of Lincoln, have
been given freely to Insure Republican
dominance in the State. Ho was chair
mnn of tho Central Committee in
doubtful campaigns, which his llbur'
nlity and energy nlouc made successful.
He was never nn office-holder, nor an
office-seeker. It was well-known that
during the periods of his pirty influ
ence he would not accept so much as u
coiporation favor or a railroad pass.
His defeat is a lesson of the party lash;
Ills punishment an object study in po
litical slavery. Had he submitted to
the betiaynl of a ccttniu member of
the Gai field household and fallen
humbly into line in tho State Conven
tion pi' '8f, he would bo in tho crumb
ling Federal building of Clark street
to-day, if he desired. For tho sake of
independent politics, it is too bad that
Colonel Dabcock has not tho fire of
twenty years nso. However, he con
ccals nunc lightning than any sunll
sized human dynamo in tho West.
Nor is Senator Farwell "a mere con
sphator of opera bouffe.
XAMIXG 'THE CRITIC."
(icntle reader, Old ou ever name a news
paper? 1'iobablyyou never did, else you
would not he a gentle reader. Naming a
newspaper Is a task that ean knock more
solid chunks of gentleness out of a man's
system In a day than he cau accumulate la
a whole armful of years. It Is bothersome
enough to name a baby, when grau'mas
and grau'pas, nuntraud uncles, open
friends aud secret jSKft come trooping In,
each with in arvfieut agalutt tho name
youhavo lastbcUfcd upon; but namlug a
baby is like basking In summer sunshine,
while naming a newspaper Is like being
caught out on the prairie late at night by a
The new publishers of The Ciiitic have
come out of the desperate struggle of nam
ing this paper, but they have come out
with tattered souls and lacerated Inner
consciousnesses. If they could lay their
psyeholoclc parts beforo you, sweet reader,
you would think you were looking upon a
map of a desolate Island, which "had been
traiuactlng business with an enthusiastic
First, the publishers agreed that they
did not like the nauio Capital for tho
evening edition, and, In their lanocency,
supposed that, having planked up their
money for the Institution, they were going
to bo able to name It to pleiBe themselves,
Thai's where tho publishers aforesaid had
lunocency to spare. The wealthy and
urlstotratle printer came in and swooped
down upon the poor but proud publishers,
saying that tho Typographical Union In
tended to have something to say about that
matter, and that what It hail to 6ay was to
the effect that If the name of tfce evening
editions as changed the name of tliu.S'im
ihvj Capital would also have to be slm
llarly changed or the publishers would be
cut In two aud served up as distinct par
ties of the second part. This ground the
irbn Into the poor publishers' souls, but
they realized that onco the printers were
poor themselves nnd that these greody
publishers had grouud them down, so they
the present publishers said In their
hearts that this Is the natuial result of all
greed; that poor men ground down un
reasonably will at last rlso and take even
more than Justlco for themselves. So the
publishers smiled In a sleuly sort of way
and accepted as meekly and humbly as
posslblo the sltuutlon prepared for them by
the grasping publishers who used to grind
tho poor printer.
Very well, they said, we will call the
papers the "Evening News" and ilia "Snu
day .Morning News."
"Nawyou won't," shouted the newsboys;
"wo ain't gwlne ter learn no noo names tcr
.Si) the publishers gavo the newsboys a
chance to name tho paper, and thoy did It,
It Is Tin: Cjtinc. It may not bo as good a
paper as tho ol Critic or It may ,bo' better,
'that remuius for lho gref big world to do
tcrmfue. Ily the way, the publishers desire to add
that if the great big world doesn't like the
name of Tiik Ciiitic, soma chap si III prob
ably eome aloug ami buy it up and change
It again. Hut a fow more changes ot name
now and then wou't surprise this paper.
It Is used to tllem.
A l'GNNsri.v wiui i.s died the other day
while pulling on his boots. We trust he
was a good mau and that ho went upward,
80 many rcuusylvanla men, In politics and
out have been trjlng to lift themselves by
their bootstraps, it would be encouraging
to know thnt unc of them had at last am
ended. Tiik Fhkmh asp Knolisii peoplo aro
in a stato of expectancy over the prospect
that Talleyrand's memoirs are at last to be
publlthed, It is believed they contain J
(omc starlllug exposures of Stato aiercis,
since Talleyrand, liibc'iucftthlng thorn.' pro
vided that they should not be published
for nl least thirty years after his death,
and that then his executors should; exer
cise their judgment ns to nhcthcr they
ihould be published or held for a longer
Mns. I'oiia Mumus Is being tried nt Wcnl
noith Court-House, N. C, on n clurgc nt
having chloroformed her hnsiiaml. Wo did
not know the late Mr. Morris personally,
but wo have seen soma of the pictures of
him published by the papers down that way,
and o belleva ire could say on oath that If
he looked like these it was a mcruy to
chloroform him and put him out of pain,
l'vEimionr ought lo bo glad to learn
that the thread combination has received a
black eye. It has been ono of tho meiuijst
Institutions in this country, and Its efforts
utkeeplug up prices lmvo been made malulv
against poor 6owlng women, who, at host,
haio a hartl enough time to live, and to
whom every penny seems as big us a two
mile race course,
Wb snuK of a dull fellow as ono who
probably never will set a river nflro. Uut
n stupid English sailor did sot tho Weir
IllTcr afire the other day, A cargo of oil
had been spilled on the water and ha throw
a lighted match overboard. Tho conflagra
tion burned many ships and valuablo prop
erty along tho shores.
Chicago Is Immensely pleased over tho
fact that the tailors held their convontlou
there. Perhaps thc,taIlors were duly con
siderate In their choice, but up to the last
reports no c lilcnce had been presented to
tho World's Fair Committee tending to
prove that Chicago had anything to dress
M11. llr.ECKiKUiDGB must feel that he
has gone a long way from home to promote
the spiritual welfare ot humanity. Yet on
second thought there has been no evidence
tending to show that Kentucky moon
shiners do not observe tho Sabbath with
Since Senatok I.noalls declined to give
up any of his sccrot thoughts,about cortaln
statesmen last Friday, a question has arisen
among local scientists as to the probably,
beneficial Influence of Influenza bacilli on
A wniTEit roit the nineteenth Century
says the Shah of Persia is quick to notu an
amusing Incident and laughs heartlly
thercat. What fun his majesty v ould have
had iilth IladJI Ilasseln Ghooiy Khan over
Miss Nci.i.ie Blt says: "Never having
failed, I could not picture what failure
Meant." Jt Is pleasing to note that Nellie,
In her extensive travels abroad, did not
lose any ot her charming American mod
esty. WiUTEVKH.MAVHB6.itd by Senator In
galls' critics, they must admit that In his
effort of Friday he behaved like a gentle
man toward the hoaoiablo other side. Se 1
atorlal amenities are inflating this so'shu.
Now Til it Patli has denied that she ever
6aldtbe Mexicans weie savages, perhun
the .Mexican editors will cease to act HKo
savages toward her.
ODDS AND ENDS OF FAOT.
A London curiosity is a full-grown deer
only a foot In length. It Is of a specie!
Known as Stanley's Chcerotalu.
An old oaken tnblo which used to stand
In Shakespeare's house has just bceu found
aud added to the museum at the immortal
Haworth Church, where tho Uronto sis
ters Ho buried, has been so much "Im
proved" that, as I,. B. Walford writes,
"nearly every vestige or Interest or ro
mance has been Improved off tho face of
it." About all that Is left Is a window
bearing the inscription: "In pleasant mem
ory of Charlotte Bronte," put up by who?
"au American," ltsais.
The Vatican has the most artUtlc corps
of penmen in the world. It Is composed of
priests and mouks, who spend most of their
leisure In practicing fancy tracings nnd
new forms of letters. Noeiasure Is ever
permitted on a page Issued by tho Pope.
If an error Is made, even In'thc placing of
a comma, tho whole must bo rewritten.
There Is a man In New York who makes
a comfortablo living by going about with a
uhlek broom and baer, gathering up oats
that hoi 6cs scatter about their noon-eatlug
places in the streets.
Jl, Fournier, a well-known leader of the
claque III Paris, Is dead, Ho left an estate
worth $200,000, which, he earned by direct
ing the applause at several theaters. Hu
and a few other claijuert had a monopjly
of the business for ears. The leader of tho
ctaiiiedocs not do the -work himself; he
hands It oTer to a head clerk. He treats
directly with tho directors of tho theatre,
who give htm the appointment of leader of
the claque t or a sum generally amounting
to about $000 a year. In return the the
atrical manager gives him $4,000 worth of
tickets a year with a reduction of fifty per
cent, on the price at tho ticket ofllce. Ho
also buys from the authors the tickets to
which they are entitled.
A DEAR OI. J) STORY.
It is characteristic ot some good-natured
men always to agree with those with whom
they converse It Is wth them a point of
politeness never to differ, which sort of
politeness Is cer tniuly a very aniUble kind
ot tact. We have a capital Instance of "the
value of this policy lu the sensible speech
tho man who, during one of tho lleltatt
riots, was asked by a mob what his religion
was. He didn't know whether his Interro
gator were Protestants or Catholics, but
he looked at their weapons, their bludgeons
aud their rlreanns, suncyed all carefully,
and answered! "Gentlnocu, I am of the
same opinion as that geutleman there Mltu
the big axe," Cfrmltr' Journal,
(H'EER CUSTOMS IX CHICAGO.
AVo called attention yesterday to the Chi
cago custom of wearing a sacho containing
myrrh, carbolic acid and cologne. From
the Inter-Occan wo hear of another Inter
esting Chicago practice, to wit, pultlug
half a teaspoonful of sulphur iu each stock
ing every morning, There Is a trumpct-llKe
notf, In tho Inter-Ocean's brief command:
"Put Sulphur lu Your SocUsI" Chicago is
evidently ,'ctting ready to put herself In
quarantine. Xctv York Sun.
WUY 1W IS A SEXATOR.RLVCT.
"I operate told and silver mines lu Mon
tana, .'d.iho, I'tah and Arizona. 1 opciato
copper mines lu Montana and lead in I u in lu
Arizona. I own a gold mill aud a silver
mill at Butte. I run a bank at lititto ami
own a newspapv" tn the sauio city." Inter
tiew With Mi: ClarioJ JfcmfaiKi.
.1 HIT or TACT.
I pen the conclusion of aiuarrlago in a
village church the bridegroom signed his
register with his x mark. The pretty young
bride did the same; and then, turning to a
youug Jady who bad known her as tho best
scholar in the school, whispered to her,
v hile love and admiration shone iu her eyes.
Ha Is njdear fellow, miss, but ho i-aunut
write. Helsgolug to learn from me, and I
nould $"E shame him for the world.
To o able to say the right thing at tho
right oment Is a great art, and only
to be acquired by those who have a u&tural
talent that way, Whcq a careless talker,
Mho was criticising a jonng lady's father
tocrely, paused a moment to say, "I hopo
he Is no relation of yours, Miss 11,," qufok
ns thought sho replied, with the utmostnon
chnlancc: "Only n connection of mother's
by marriage." Chamber? Journal.
A writer In tho rortntghtly Revltio makes
the following defense of tho cheap sensa
tional literature which Is read In England.
IIesa)si No doubt sensational novels nro,
ns a rule, very poor stun", especially those,
which ate known In tho publishing trado as
"shilling shockers," But however crudo
In style and loose In grammar they may bo,
they nro generally quite harmless, nmfthoy
meet the needs of a largo number of peoplo
for whom It is unquestionably better to
rend exciting stories thin to do what they
would bo doing It they were not reading. I
fiud that no tower than 310.000 copies ot
"The M J story of a Hansom Cab" havo been
sold in this country In the courso of the
last eighteen months, and 147,000 copies of
"Madamo Midas," another book ot tho
same class and by the sams author, In a
twehemontb; aud tho company which
publishes them has, in the courso ot oua
year and a quarter, sold nearly 099,000
of these nnd other similar books.
Scarcely less remarkable aro the statistics
made public not long since nt. Bristol, from
w hlch It appears that eomo 330,000 copies of
"Called Hack" have been Sjld and that np
ward'of n million shilling volumes of tho
kind havo been Issued during the last four
or live years. When, wo reflect that tho pop
ulation of tho United Kingdom Is not much
more than 3J,000,O0O, tbo proportion ot
readers represented by tho figures I have
etveu Is suulsiently astonishing, And, there
fore, because It Interests tho people, who,
for reasons already discussed, have no tasto
for choicer fare, ami because It has at least
somo claim to our gratitude lu 60 far as It
has displaced low-class periodicals, 1 am
disposed, bo long as I am not required to
read It, to support tho "shilling shocker,"
which Is certainly to bo preferred to tho
A FEW INSIDE FACTS
Tom Ochlltreo eajs very few of tho smart
things that nro credited to him. Most ot
them are laid to him by bright newspaper
writers who conceive them. Tom sincerely
objects to being called a liar In print. Ho
says that If anybody should call htm ono to
his face he would knock him down. Above
all things else ho resents being classed with
Kit Pcrklus ami that ilk.
Colonel Donan hosc first mine Is not
Pat, but Peter has nn ofllce with Uncle
Kufus Hatch in Now York. He says Uncle
Ruftislsas young in spirit and almost as
nimble In action ns ever. Two weeks ngo
Colonel Peter was invited to ono of tho
swellest receptions ever given in Baltimore.
Ills invitation bore the words: "The only
Phoclon How ard, the ancient correspond
ent, writes from lllluols say Ins that General
Dick OgleBby certainly has tho Senatoilil
bee in his bonnet.
Walt Whitman is convinced that tho
surest way lo leach very old ago is to
"tako things easy, rest a good deal and
Sevtrnl members of Congress have said
that they Mill iustituto suit against the
Government for collection of their salarlos,
Tilth which Silcott ran away.
MAYBE YOU PONT KNOW
lhat tho word "idiot" originally meant
only a private person, or ono who was not
engaged in.publlc business; then It came to
bo applied to au outsider, one who was ill
informed on and indifferent to State affairs;
aud lastly, to the most hopeless of all tho
That tho word "villain" at first meant
simply a villager.
That the word "knave" lu Its origin sig
nified a youug man, and on the German
court cards is merely tho page orknight at
tending tho King or Queen.
That tho words "pagan" aud "heathen"
come fioni words signifying a countryman,
because it was In the rural districts that tho
worship of tho ancient deities was longest
That the word "rivals" once meant
neighbors who lived on tho banks of a
That the word "simpleton" wasorlgliially
applied to persons of honest candor
straightforward and simple, as opposed to
duplicity of character.
That Chaucer and Wjcllffe used to write
devoutly of "tho silly babe of Bothlchom."
That the word "brat," which is now a
low word of contempt, was once used In
sacred verso "Oh, Abraham's brats: oh,
broode of blessed secdel"
TWO KIXDS OEM EX.
Count d'Ku As for myself, I am ready
to return to Ilrazll aud take possession of
the throne-In the name of Isabella.
Dom Pedro No matter whether as Em
peror, President or private citizen, I 'would
gjadlj return to die among my people.
A HIRE MISUXDERSTAXIUXG.
Tommy Toddler Mr. (ictful, won't iou
let me take a ride In your wagon?
Mr. GetfuIJIy wagon, Tommy? Wuv,
1 don't own a wagon. What made you
think I am
"Why, pop told inarm you had a nawful
big load on yesterday.
The latest thins Jn hats Is a dudo's head on
themoinlns aftor he sits up with a iluk
Cheeks ui of asblonablo, with younji ladles,
They are pieferrod when they have papa's
slcuatnieon the buy ns.
Ladles' Jackets are made of jfieen billiard
cloth. The belt woin with these Jackets Is
towered with glial p buckles and Is called the
Sutilt .Voi'tglulalru im muoh worn iu the
morning. Swede washerwomen are consid
erably worn In lho oi cuius about 0 o dock.
Green last ill the favorite color with Pari
Ian dress-makers. Blue Is the color most
popular with tho old ccntlemcn vhen tho
bills come In.
It Is nu longer considered tmhonpulnl (o
wear parti colored patcliei im tho knoes of
ono'ijli outers Tno patches should bo of
red flannel plcVed out i Ith old-gold floss
AMOR VJXCIT OMXIA.
"I claim you still, for my own lovo'a sake."
1 i'rrn ) It. Ilnow.siKcf.
I sometlnios'hlnV.belovod, had wo not met,
You might havo had a fuller life; and yet
It Is not given to us, dear, to forget.
I cannot put nway from out my Ufa
Its one Mistalulng comfort. Ah, tho Btrlfo
U haid and bitter, darling, mid the knlfo
That wounds in both was forced by my own
Before you, dear one, I must over stand,
Knowing that only death can break tho band,
And )ct,oh. hosl-belovod, far hotter bo
'lhanireo, to pats through llfo nut still to
That one stood nearer 50.1 Ah, tint ware
biu.li pain is spared me. Though vt) dwell
Your love has almost healed the bitter smart;
lie siami so cioae logemer. noart 1 o neart
jfit.itautmy, e v.
MJV OF MERIT.
Eugene Field is reveling In the traditional
llfo of tho London poet nnd philosopher,
without the mlsrles which belonged to tho
days ot Johnson and Goldsmith. From
choice, rather than necessity, bo has settled
down In two rooms. P.ilatlalns these might
have seemed to past generations of literary
strngglcre, they nro Quakerish In com
parison with tho Idealistic abodes ot modorn
geniuses. They are in Alfred Place, a llttlo
by-way of Bedford Bquarc, Just quiet
enough to bo a paradise for hand-organs,
which Field abhors for the noisos they
makobut gives pennies to for their Inten
tion to make tho world brighter. It Is to
the howling discords of these ambulant
operas that he Is composing Ills' ".folio
Smith" and other patriotic gems,
Though he Went to England with dys
pepsia, he has suffered most from home
sickness. The former complaint ran a
invago course until he quit smoking a box
of cigars a day, took to chewing gum au I
found himself deprived of his favorite vices
Dock Kellly and mince plr. No American
cats mlnco plo lu England, because niluco
pie doesn't, urow there, and Dock Hollly
lives nway olf In Chicago. What the'Lon
doner calls mince; pie is underdone plum
duff with an upper and lower grease cake
for crust. These changes of habit, together
with the bracing fogs and the diversions of
society, have well-nigh restored Field's
health. The nostalgia which troubles hi in
Is'oggravatcd bythe absence of bis threo
little boys and daughter In Germany, where
they aro being educated. From all accounts,
tho boys will not, in their career at Hano
ver, accentuate by want of subtlety and
merry imVblcf-maklng the fame their father
made among the guileless professors of the
Field's chief occupatiou is payiug
and avoiding calls. Ills wit and de
llgktful 'mimicries are the surprise of
tho London drawing-rooms. Nothing else
displeases him so much as to bo posed for
an entertainer, nnd just as certain as fato
he will borcvonged for tho sacrifices ho Is
making iu a series of descriptive studies ot
English ovcnlng and literary lifo that will
make Dickens' "American Notes" wish
they had never been born.
Not long ago bo was lho lion ot a meet
at tho home of Andrew Lang. His patlonce
had been 6cvereTy tried for weeks previously
by the questions of Intellectual Britishers
as to the barbarism of the Wost, and more
than once he had becu made to feel that he
was a fair representative of that spotof the
unlierso vihlch Is producing the missing
link. A 1 atlonal chat ho was cnjoylug with
Mrs. Humphrey Ward was interrupted by
the wife of a distinguished jurist of the
"Ah," said she, "IdlJn'tkuow till this
moment, Mr. Field, that you are from
"Chicago," ho kindly suggested.
'Dear inc, yes, Chicago. And you don't
suffer for tho comforts nnd pleasures of
civilization away oil there?"
"Not at all, 1 assure you. The fact Is,
madam, I'm not accustomed to them. It
is only ten jcais slnco I lived In a tree."
In auJiour or bo, after considoiing tho
matter, sho returned and beamingly con
fided to him that his last remark was very
There is considerable curiosity among
the followers, In the telegraph columns ot
the daily press, of Mr. Stanley's fortunes, to
know something more definite about tho
New York Herald correspondent who went
out to hlra in the desert with the loaves and
fishes and the wlue which that humble
traveler never drinks. That he Is a queer
fellow may be presumed by those who are
familiar with Mr. Bennett's genius for
selection; that he is wanting In tho
higher faculties of the American nens
gathercr was made apparent In tho ex
tremely sharp rebuke Mr. Stanley adminis
tered In his letter written to tho public
only after the explorer concluded that the
man who met him in the uamo of a jour
nalist didn't know -what he wanted to know.
The fact Is that Vlzitelly was an accidental
choice. In tho early spring of last year,
before tho Herald had published Stanley's
letter from tho Inferior, Mr. Bennett, who
Is simply magnificent In his humors, made
up his mind to have a little fun with tho
mau Stevens, whom tho World, In one of
Its fits of Punch-and-Judy enterprise, had
sent to rescue Stanley and Etniu Pasha
and to break up tho slave trade with $5,000
and a bicycle. Mr. Bennett, bo it known,
detests Mr. Pulitzer more cordially thau Mr.
Pulitzer likes himself. Ho contemplated
hurrying an expedition across tho country
by way of Khartoum, but, in tho absence of
precise information as to Stanley's plans,
abandoned the Idea and decided to scout
Stevens'-trail instead, until such time as he
could see his way clear to carrying out
someiproject of relief operated from Zanzi
bar. Indifference to danger, great power
of endurance, knowledge of the country
and Its Inhabitants, were needed for this
mlselon more than newsgatherlng- methods
or intellectual dash. While Mr. Benuott
was costing about for the man his miud's
eye had conceived, Vtzltclly was suggested.
It Is told In London that VIzitclly was're
celved on Mr. Bennett's yacht iu the Medi
terranean; that the anchorage was Infested
Tilth sharks; that upou arising the very
lii st morning at sunrise he deliber
ately stripped oft and dived Into the
sea, despite the warnings of the. crew, and
thnt, upon clambering back npon the
deck unharmed, Mr. Bennett exclaimed
with great delight: "This is the very man I
have been looking for." Heroic as it Is,
however, the 'tale is not precisely true. It
is ono of many of the kind which have glo
rified Vlzltclly-storlea with which Mr.
Bennett was doubtlc6s familiar.
Vlzitelly- had tho record of the scape
grace, tho prodigal, Ihn daredevil, He Is a
eon of the London publisher, a brother of
the artist war coricspondent of the London
Xcus, and has a talented sister. Though
be shared the renown ot his family, )io eu
joyed few of Its honors. Ho had survived
the most desperate) adventures lu Northern
and Lastern Africa, without profiting in
he way of either fame or fortune.
Equipped for the softer side of evening
life Iu Loudon by education and attain
ments, he prefencd lho boisterous hours of
the supper clubs. His tastes were savage;
his inclination was to live forever In tho
same clothes, Ho was an athlete, a sharp
(.hooter, a linguist, and, in times gone by,
would havo been t buccaneer. Mr. Boiii
nett realized at once that, for tho delicate
task of harassing Steiens In tho wilds of
Africa, It would bo difficult to fiud a bettor
man than Vlzitelly, and 60 lustiucted him
to lepoit at Mco us soon as tho train de
hue could brjug tlui fiom Loudon, While
crossing tho Mcditcirancau In Mr. Ben
nett's acht, Vlzitelly usked for an etTcct
ivo pocket ncipoii, nnd Mr. Bennett pre
sented him one of'a beautifully-mounted
pair of plblols. Tho paitlng glveB one a
good Ideo of tho man's peculiar fitness for
the Job In hand. When the small boat
was gut ready to diop VIzitclly on the
Afilcnn shore, Mr. Bennett ordered the
steward to fetch tho jouug man's baggage.
"Baggage," echoed he, "Why, I have
no-Ob, jes, I'd nearly forgotten!
My gun, sti'ivtttd; jou will fiud It
In the beith.' Tims his entire accou
trement for tho trip was au ivory-handlcdlt!l!er-iuoiiutcd
nfteniaid, Stuvuis was remit! cd helpless
by fever, leaving Vlzitelly at Zanzibar with
out art occupation, Two or thrtt tlmcB
Mr, Bennett came within an ace ot dttiillug
some ono else for tho Stanley meeting, but
luck fnvorcd Vlzitelly from first to Inst.
Nftr did It desert him whllo tho Journalists
of tho two continents were smiling over
Stanley's tnrcatm, for Mr. Bounett gavo
him a $10,000 present. Mr. Gruud, tho
Berlin correspondent of the Herald, for In
terviewing Herbert Bismarck ou a copy ot
tho Stanley cablo, which Mr. Bennett wlrod
to the German Government before publish
ing It, received $1 ,000. It Is by these princely
acts by never falling to show Instant and
material appreciation for tho earnest work
of his lieutenants that Mr. Bennett is
made to suffer raoro from Ingratltudo thau
any man of hit day, Few among tboso In
Journalism who have enjoyed his confidence
and rewards and the men he has made or j
helped arc legion enn admire his frank
ness or forglvo bis generosity. When Mr.
Bennett has passed away, and all the evi
dence le tn, people will marvel at his great
ness, sb well as hla goodness.
John Itussell Young Is expcctsil to re
turn from Parts one of these flno days.
Although ha has been annoyed of Into with
rheumatism bis health Is generally goo 1.
After resigning- his post ou tho London
llnald bo spent a brief season at Carlsbad,
and then assumed editorial charge of the
Tarls Herald. It Ib a violation of no con
fidence to Say that he ia growing tired of
travel, and will soon settle down, probably
in New "York, to begin the serious work for
which he Is to splendidly equipped. What
with his knowledge of men, governments,
countries, history, politics, society and
morals, any subject he might enter upon
would be sure to take from his philosophic
pen n guarantee of lifo. If ho had less consid
eration for the sensibilities of the living and
that mock respect the moderns aro paying
the iniquitous dead, he would bo the Taci
tus for whose appearance on the scene of
public affairs Senator Hoar so vainly sighs.
Colonel Henry Altman, Just returned'
fiom Laredo, Texas, tells that ex-Governor
Hunt of Colorado has rccovcted his lauds
down there This is gratifying news. Both
Altman and Hunt are two examples of the
perverse meanness of tho Fates. Yet to
sec them in the autumn of their age, after
life had proved a denial of their desserts',
smiling with hope, confidence and good
will over a mug of ale In the Morton House,
ono would think them the luckiest of men.
Intelligent, vigorous, full ot pluck and
tenacity, both became pioneers In Colorado
and carved all over the mountains aud
plains of that Stato tho helroglyphlcs of
Colonel Altman helped toshapo the legis
lation of Colorado; to lay out some of Its
present cities; to cut roads Into Inac
cessible parts; to find and devolop mines
and to ndvcrtlso to the world the resources
he saw on everv hand. A man of marvelous
activity, exquisitely nervous, yet powerful,
his health resisted every trial of endurnnco
and exposure only to bequeath littlo more
than tho momorles of his pist efforts to his
Without Governor Hunt, General Palmer
and tho Itlo Grande would have been Im
possible. It was Hunt who coucelvod tho
pioject of taking narrow-gauge tracks
across the seemingly unuridgcablo chasms
aud snow-covcrcd pnascsof tho Ilocklcj. It
was ho who executed thu woik and who
gavo to tho State in n few j cars a system of
railroads that will remain thu marvel ot n
generation. It was Hunt who dcvclopc 1
the substantial resources, the coal and iron
deposits. He was the modest force In tho
backgiound which urged Stato legislation
ou one hand and stock promoters ou the
other, to contribute, whilo inspired by
Tarying motives, to the prosperity bo fore
saw, to lho prosperity tho State Is now en
Mlngt Clvlng him uevorn thuiighr, while
ho le an exile In Texas flghtlnjr for tho last
of his owu. It was Governor Hunt, by tho
way, n ho years ago proposed the oceanic
mall subsidy scheme for the development
of commercial and naval strength nblch
the Republican party is now agitating.
Colonel Altman Is interested with Colo
nel Hunt in the Laredo property. Those
who chould know Its extent and richness
say It will mako thorn wealthy, Another
stroke of fortune would not chango their
simple, gonial ways, however. About twice
or thrlco every year, If you could know the
timo and look into one of tho remote spots
of the Morton, you 11 ould still soo two dis
tinguished looking, brlght-visagcd men,
gray but lively, building caBtles In Spain
over mugs of ale. If you could win from
them tho tales of their lives you would re
allzo tho vanity of romance.
PROVIXG THE RIGHTS OF 31.1 X.
He had carried my satchel down to the
depot from thohotel at Birmingham, Ala.,
and, still carrying it In his hand, ho strolled
about and got in the way of a baggage
truck being pushed by another colored
man. The Utter came to a stop and Indig
"Yo' pusson, dar what jo' dolu'?"
"Who's a pusson, sab?"
"Be a lcetle kecrful, sah! 1 hain't dun
used to belu' 'dressed in dat sort o' way!"
"Shoo! Do yo' know who I is?"
"An' do yo' know who I is?"
"I represents do baggage department ot
dls yere railroad, sab!"
"Jin! An' I represents de public what
Is rleu 'miff to hev any batrgajro to .travel
Mid, sah! Boy, doan' yo' go an' make any
mistake! If ja' do dar'Il bo a mighty
skcerclty ol baggage -In yo' baggage de
partment." .Vrw York Sun.
A GYPSY WEMHXti.
Tho ceremony Is as solemn as could be
dcslied. Tho parents or both brldo and
bridegroom bring thejoung peoplo before
the chief, who addresses them in bombastic
phrases ot traditional wording, reminding
ihem of the duties of married llfo; where
upon au earthen vessel Is smashed to pieces,
and a great libation, lu which brandy Is the
principal beverage, finishes the festival.
After this ceremony tho young people, of
whom tho bridegroom Is eoldom older than
15 and the bride 12, aro considered duly
married. lAindon Standard.
XIAVSPAPER AVVERTISIXU PA YS.
"Nobody has tried moro different kinds
of advertising than wo have," said Mr.
Chambers of the firm ot Itogeis, Peett
Co. a few da s ago, "or tried the different
kinds moie thoroughly, but wo liavo settled
ddwnuow to regular newspaper advertis
ing, 11ml believe that, for a permanent busi
ness, that alone pays." Xew York Sun.
Ilulior'a Orateat l'oem.
(Written for General I'hll. Koarnt-y.J
Close his e)es; his work is done!
Wht to him is friend or foeman,
lllso of moon or set of sun,
Hand of man or kiss of woman V
Lay htm low, lay him low,
In tho clover or the snow I
What caics be? He cannot knorr
Lay him low.
Ab mau may, be fought his flgl.t,
Proved his truth by his endeavor;
Let him sleep 111 solemn night,
Sleep forever nod forcier.
Lay lilm low, lay him law,
In tho clover or tho snow-!
What cares ho ? He cannot know;
Lay hi 111 low.
Fold him In his country's stars,
ItolltliL .'rum and Ore thoiolley '
What to Mi. 1 aie all our wars
U hut but death beuuocklng folly?
I.nj hlpilow, layhfui low,
In He clover or the enow '
W'kntcurcBber H cannot know;
Lay hlra low.
I mil 11 cood deal rushed -growlers are
opt to be, jou know but I will take tlum
lo say tlintl ninglndlllvc In this world.
If I had been born Into a world that was
jutt right well, I might better never hiv
been born nt nil. For I should bo perfectly
mlscrablo 11 thcro were nothing to growl at.
Folks say Finn mean old bkeczlx (Is that thu
way you spell It?), nnd thnt 1 am never
happy. That's all folks know about It. I
am always happy, except when everything
ib going nil light; and that isn't very often j
r a J
I Hko it formers those professional re
foimciBwho go about poking their noser
into other pcoplo's nffairs nnd snooping out
the weaknesses or their fellowi. Thesorel
formers aro meat for mo. They rake upall
torts of things for me to growl at, and theu
when they are not doing tbnt they aro dnfl
lug eomcthlnc that warrants me In growlltiil
allium, uuiy yesterday one of them il
reformer or national Importance, whosd
name Is no, I won't name him -I
I would name him and pitch!
into him like sixty It he weren't!
so Impoitant and so rich nnd all thnt If hi
wcro only a poor, obscure fellow who
couldn't kick back, a chap who had been
oppressed by mlsrortnno and crushed down
to despair, I would hop upon him with
both feet, perhaps with all fours but, ns I
was saying, ouly yesterday this reformer
was walking down the Avenue carrying hid
big ennounaer hla arm and Jabbing it Into
me rncc 01 everybody who got In the war-
mnklng a public catastrophe ot himself aJ
he wont rushing along, looking Mr some
1 like thesa hand-organs that our visiting
brethren drag around on wheels. They
make mo so delightfully miserable. I w
growling about them tho other day to a
friend no, an acquaintance; I havo no
friends and bcsaldl didn't know good
music when I heard it. That's It, that's
exactly It. I don't Unow good mnslc when
1 hear II; I know It only when I don't hear
It. What's the use ot knowing good music
when j ou hear it? You might as well know
good health or good weather when you
have It. Why, bless me, when I nm per
fectly well I never think of my health, and
when the weather Is exactly right r don't
know It; don't pay any attention to It.
That Is why I say I am glad to live lu this
world, where there Ib bo much to complain
auoui anu grunt over. I am in no hurry toj
rcacn nirvana, mat piaco where evcrythluJ
is exactly as It should bo and everj body Is J
a stato of unconsciousness ot It. I want to be
about among folks who are nllve nnd Mck-
iig, and I want to do my share of the living
Thnt brings mo to what I am driving at.
I don't want to be greedy about this matter.
I don't care to do all thegrowllng, I wish
everybody who I miserable about anything
would give me a lift. I should be happy to
hear from all sorts of leaders of the
Ciiitic (don't you think that Is a better
name than the "Capital?'' If jou don't
why, you can kick about that If yon like)
from everybody who has a reason for find
ing fault Tilth thlugs ns they nre. I should
be glad to recede two or three hun
dred Mchntory letters every day in
the week, and If I do ranjbc" I'll print
'cm. Don't liro y ourselves out at It. Tint
Is to say, don't attempt to kick everything
over nt ono prolonged crack. Just give a
quick, Miarp kick nnd have It over with, so
that the rest of ns can have a chance, und
wemay make lite north living nil round.
At any rate, we growlers ought to staid,
by each other.
.ill reasonable complaint) and criticisms fio'it
Gocerumtnt tinjiloi11 Kittle iulllthl Id
thin column. Xamtani adding of frlf'r
aie requited, not for publication, tmtnnm
cat nat of good faith.
now Anour Tiirss tinctiLAns?
Editor Critic: Have you ever seen or
tskonnny particular notice ot those hybrll
clroulars which overy or any clerk In the
Treasury Department is compelled to t, wear
to before a notary public -In case heornhe
has been absent on account of illness? Be
fore drawing salary on the following pay dnyJ
ne or sue is compelled to Bwoar "thatsaldi
absence was ncrt on account of the use of in I
toxlcntlng llqnoisor other improper con I
dnet." This is a relic of the Immortal You4
mans! Bhados of the godst ! I That aur
American young lady should ba absolutely
compelled to undergo Buch a humiliation
uut Bach Is the fact.
Now, why cannot tha Treasury Departments
place as much honor and dependence on IM
clerks as any of the other Departments!
where auoh circulars aro unknown? Ifa-1
not tho Treasury Department got very safe I
guard Imaginable to prevent such excesses)!
or Is the standard of morality so low there1
that they aie compelled to resort to this un
Tbo beads of the various bnreaux in that
Department can remain absent C&tdavsln
thoyear, and yet can draw their full salaries
Intact without being requhed even to furnish
a physician's certificate. Now, In Govern
ment Bervlco why should tho line be drawn
between the chief ot division and the derai
ls It because the ohlefgets all the pay 1111 1
th clerk does all the Work?
Warhlngton, January 23. E.l G.
Jill, WANAMAKin tSTEIIt'EIUKU.
Editor Cilllc; There Is a xiimtar anil
not unwarranted opinion anion.: the
elcrks-ln the Sixth Auditor's oftlce lint,
Sir. Wlndoro, what with liN natural adminis
trative ability and past experience, Is qulto
able to tnasago tho affairs of his Department.
In a slutesmanllLo manner, without any
suggestion fiom Potmastcr-Geueral Wana
maker. Tho dry-goods and-general-Yankee-notlon
plan my nilt the PostoSIce , but it Is
a little officious, to Bay the loast, In tho Post
master liencral to attempt to encroach on
tho domaln'of 1 ho Secretary of the Treasury.
There nro abundant manifest reasons for
the behind-hand condition of work in the
Mxth Auditor Ofllce without saddling It
upon a few sick women, or oven upou the
"shilling" of a small number of lazy or dls
honest clerk j. Tho pi-osent Administration
found tho work iu a terribly disordered ami
crowded condition. Democratic economy
failed to provide requisite additional clerks.
There has been but a small addition to the
force In four yeais, while thopostofliccs liuve
been ln reased by tens of thousands. It Ik
probablo that the untlie time lostby dole
leaics In the office would not amount totlio
time of two clerks, while forty clerks wonld
not be too much to bring-up the work to Its
proper condition. It ha mean and paril
monlous reonomy that would pnnMi the
weak nnd Infirm for the maladministration
ot legislates and officials, I'liiik
Washington, January SI.
A UOIIKMOl'g El TNT
Editor Ciltlc: Ono of the amusing phages
of Department llfo to thoio who are familiar
with the subject is the fuss made over the
01 polntuicnt of an assistant secretary, uhlot
of bureau or other prominent official. To
read tbo published announcements concern
lug tho appointments on Mich occasions ono
would fcupporo that a momentous event hail
Iransphed. As a matter of fact, tho bulnei
ot the Department or bureau Mould lu most
cases goon JiiBtaK well without tho promee
of lho great men who sign papers without
reading them, and who. In many Instances,
would nut comprehend their meaning oven
If they did read them. This thing U woll
enough understood among tho old political
bosses who "billet" their filonds In those
There Is no uanger to tho public InteiviU
from this pructlco, ns no Important publlo
measure was over known to o-iglnatc with
tho hcada of buieaux, wliloh ohango fre
quently. It must not be supposed. liwerer,
that thoie officials do nuthlng HaittiVthom
delight In tho preparation of rules for the
government of their olerks nnd thulnangura
tlon of a Bjstem of rigid discipline or mo
Ecngeri and laborers, A Btenoll plate or
rnbbr stamp would answer as well as the
average onicr oixnivrit.
Washington, January S,