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f THE PASSING OF
UNCLE JOE CANNON
; Removes From Congress One
; of the Most Picturesque
: Told Friends He Didn't Want
; His Last Nomina
: BORN OF QUAKER PARENTS
3 How He Became an Opponent
2 of Slavery and nn Ardent
- WiRiirrJOTO.v, Nov, if, The defeat of
Uncle J oe Cannon for reelection will remove
- from Congress one of the most pictur-
- eequecharaotors in the Just half century 'of
American politics. Whatever storms may
have arisen over Mr. Cannon's official acts
and political opinions, and they have been
u many in recent years, nobody ever at-
tempted to dispute the faot that Uncle
Z Joe has stood alone, a unique figure in the
' life of the national capital.
" Able, forceful, a born llghtor and one of
the homeliest and most lovable of men,
the passing of Undo Joe Cannon and his
- Inseparable cigar will leave u void, at
least for folks who thought they could
mo in him the typical rough and ready
American politician of earlier days.
The Sun correspondent in this artiole,
besides pointing out the notable achieve-
menta of Mr. Cannon's long career, tries
to give some of the interesting personal
J incidents that disclose the man and indi-
oate the secret of his years of power,
n When the former Speaker closes his
" publio career on March 4, 1013. he will have
served longer as a member of the House of
Representatives than any other man It
m will have been forty years since he first
Z took his seat in that body, and during that
- time be was a candidate twenty times and
elected nineteen times
He entered the House when James O.
Z Blaine was Speaker. His only defeat
JJ until adverse political fortune overtook
him this fall was in 1890.
But Uncle Joe has established a record
in another respect. He served longer
a consecutively as opeaxer oi me iioubu
m than any other man. The aggregate of
Henry Clay's broken terms as presiding
m officer of the lower branch of Congress
5 exceeded Mr. Cannon's period of office.
2 but only by a year. ,
" Uncle Joe will be 77 years old next May.
i Ha has no intention of ever again seek-
Z lng office. He probably wouldn't acoept
2 another nomination. He didn't want the
last nomination. He told his friends
w when they oame to Washington from
JJ hie home in Danville to urge him to run
h again that he expeated to see the Repub-
Z lloan party go to pieces on the rocks of fao-
tlonalism this year, that both President
JJ TaJt and Col. Roosevelt wore weights upon
the party's chanoea for success, that eaoh
" was in a measure responsible for oondi-
tlona and as for himself he desired to
J be out of it.
JJ But his friends were insistent and the
- ex-Speaker consented to permit his name
Z to go on the petition for a place on the
primary election ballot. He had several
opponents for the Republican nomina-
U tion, but he cleaned them all up and had
m ft handsome majority in the primaries.
h His Democratic opponent, aided by a
Z Bull Moose candidate in the field, who also
JJ drew largely from Mr. Cannon, auo-
' oeeded in the recant election in defeat-
m lng the veteran by about MO votes.
1; Mr. Cannon expected it. His only
JJ surprise was that the tuajority against
k him was not larger, in view of the con-
Z ditlona. He is glad he is out of it finally.
JJ He says that he has none of that pride
- voiced by the lata William 8. Holman
of Indiana of "dying in the harness."
t Uncle Joe's friends are urging him
T to write a book. He has not been very
partial to the Idea, but with their knowl-
edge of - his picturesque phrasing, his
wonderful memory, his quaint appreoia-
JJ tion of the anecdote in politics, his publio
m career, beginning with the civil war, and
JJ bis personal acquaintance with Abraham
Lincoln to draw from, these friends of
a the former Speaker hope to prevail on
C him to make a contribution to the political
literature of his day.
Mr. Cannon began holding office the
2 same year that Abraham Lincoln became
Z President. Almost his first official duty,
JJ as prosecuting attorney of the judicial
orrouit in southern Illinois which Abra-
ham Lincoln rode as a practitioner, was
JJ to begin proceedings against disloyal
men for attacking Union soldiers and
" siring to embarrass the administrations
m to Washington and Illinois In their efforts
JJ to piesei the Union.
Mr. Gannon has often referred to these
Z proseoutions. There were two notable
" trials directed against ringleadora in
these disloyal movements, but the State
-Ud not secure a oonviotlon in either case,
r Recently a friend of Mr. Cannon told
" of an incident of those days whloh answers
jj a question that has been put to Undo Joe
h many times by his political enemies. It
S. is, "Why didn't you enter the Union
There was a gathering of Union sol-
Z dlers at Springfield. 111. The soldiers
bad come home on a brief furlough and
JJ were being entertained. Gov. Yates,
v M war Governor of Illinois, was present
Z and addressed them. The young lawyer,
S Cannon, from Tuscola, 111., made a stir-
Z (tag speech. Some one present asked
- Hot, Yates why he did not give a com
j. . mission to Cannon and send him to the
JJ "He would make an ideal officer and
uld inspire his soldiers to herolo deeds,"
5' ld the man to Uov. Yates.
S "01., he wants to go to.the war all right,
Z replied the Governor. "He is the first
Quaker I ever saw who is always ready
m for a fight. But he is doing more valu
r able work prosecuting disloyal men than
J' he could possibly do as an officer in the
Z Federal army. I have refused to com
f mission him, but because I want him to
w stay where he is."
J Before he was elected District Attorney
r Sfr. Cannon had hung out his shingle as
Iftwrtf ia Dm small town or Tuscola.
He waited for clients, but his law busi
ness failing to prow ns fast as his board
bill, the younj; lawyer one day lore his
cign down in a fit of impatience and
danced a jig on it. Then he told his
landlady if she would wait a few weeks
he would earn the money at something
else and pay her. Sho waited and was
But "the law is n jealous mltros" and
refused to let young Cannon Ret awav.
He was chosen District Attorney and his
next step was into I'onprese.
Right hero it in well to take an inven
tory of Mr Cnnnnn's brother, William
"If it had not boon for my brother I
would not bp worth a dollar to-day,"
said Uncle Joe on on occasion itomn
years ago. As it is, Mr Cannon, his
friends say, has assets aggregating $1,000,
000. This money is invested in farm
lands, batiks, rtty real estate in Danville,
street railway corporations and pubilo
utilities, While Mr. Cannon was Riving
his personal nttt-ntion to official and po
litical duties his brother Willium made
careful investments for both. William
died a millionaire.
Uncle Joe Cannon has told his friends
the Mory of his mother's anxiety for
William's future. William was an al
bino. Thre was a superhtition in those
earlv days that this characteristic was
associated with lack of aggressive qual
ities, weakness and dependence. The
i mother nxpressed great pleasure when
young Uncle Joe threw away his pro
fessional sign and joined the family at
"Now you can look after your brother
William as you are the stronger of tho
two and I will feel that he will le cared
for," said tho good mother, giving her
benediction to the future Speaker.
In the years that followed William the
albino gave ample evidence of his ca
pacity to take carH of himself and others,
including his brother Joe. Ho died ten
years ago resected by every oue who
Uncle Joe's faith in the Republican
party was established early and on an
impressivo foundation. He has often
told his friends how he came to bo such a
rank opponent of slavery and such an
ardent Republican. His father, a sturdy
Quaker, migrated from Guilford's Court
House, N. (., to another Quaker settle
ment In Indiana, IUoomingdalo. The
future Speaker was a small boy, but old
enough to receive strong impressions.
A Quaker neighbor in tho Dloomingdale
community fell heir to a considerable
estate of gold and slaves. This proxrty
descended from u relativo who died in
Alabama. The slavery hating (junkers
sat in silent conclave when appealed to
by tho beneficiary of his rich estate to
reach a conclusion as to what should be
done with the property, in keeping with
their faith. They finally decided that
Dr. Cannon, the Speaker's father, as a
trustee for the heirs should Journey to
Alabama and bring away the slaves and
the treasure to the Hloomingdale com
munity, where the slaves were to be freed
and the money used to purchase land
upon which the freed men were to be
Dr. Cannon made the trip by boat, via
Sugar Creek and the Wabash, Ohio and
Mississippi rivers, and returned the same
Now, it happened that the Blooming
dale community was not entirely domi
nated by Quakers. Hanging upon the
skirts of this peaceful Quaker (settlement
were many pro-slavery men. Later'theae
men degenerated into "copperheads" and
"Knights of the Golden Cirple."
When these men learned that Dr. Can
non was bringing into the State negroes
who had been in slavery in the South
they met him on tho bank of Sugar Creek
just as he was preparing to land his cargo
and warned him that he oould not come
ashore with the negroes.
"We'll see," said Cannon's father, "and
grabbing a revolver from the captain of
the boat that carried him from the south
and taking the load, with the negroes
following, he walkod the gangplank into
the ranks of the obtruders and success
fully landed his expedition. Ho executed
bis trust for the Hloomingdale community,
but later when Dr. Cannon employed ono
of the negroes as a servant to work for
him ho discovered to his surprise tliat he
had violated ono of tho pro-slavery
statutes of Indiana, and he was arrested
and fined heavily. He refused to pay the
fine or to allow his Quaker neighbors to
pay it, and the State's officers took judg
ment und carrlod away his horee and the
family cow to satisfy the fine.
"I was only a boy when that happened,
said ex-Speaker Cannon in relating the
incident to a friend, " but then and there
I became the undying enemy of the in
stitution of slavery and a stand pat
Republican, and I've never wavered in
Mr. Cannon remembers President Lin
coln very well. He heard several of the
Lincoln-Douglas debates. After Mr.
Lincoln's eleotion to the Presidency and
before he oame to Washington to be in
augurated Cannon paid a Visit to the
home of his stepmother near Charleston,
which was in the district for which Mr,
Cannon was acting os prosecuting at
torney. They met on a train and Mr.
Cannon introduced himself, and they had
a pleasant conversation.
The .first important committee service
in the House performed by its future
speaker was as member of the Committee
on Post Offices and Post Roads. Speaker
Blaine assigned the new member from
Illinois to that committoo. Mr. Cannon
reported and passed the first law pro
viding for the transmission of mall matter
at the pound rate Previous to that net
nwspaperH were sent through the mails
and the subscribers wern required to pay
postage on them when the mail was taken
from the office.
In tho next Congress, whldi was Demo
cratic, Speaker Itandallput Mr. Cannon
mi me Lnmmuifti on .Appropriations.
He told the new member that he had given
him the appointment because of the in
timate knowledge ho had shown regarding
liostal affairs while tho pound rate hill
was under consideration in the previous
Congress, At that time the Appro
priations Committee had charge of all
general appropriation bills, Since then"
they have been aportioiied among the
other committees of tho House.
Speaker Carlisle put Mr. Cannon on the
Rulea Committee, and Speaker Reed
made him chairman of the Appropriations
Committee in the Fifty-first Congress.
Cannon was defeated for the Kifty
seoond Congress, and in the Fifty-third,
when he returned to the House, he went
to the bottom of tho minority of that oom
mittee and David B. Henderson of Iowa
became the head of the minority and in
lino for the chairmanship. When Mr.
Reed became Speaker aguiu in the Fifty
fourth Congress he transferred Henderson
to the chairmanship of the Judiciary
Committee, and restored Mr, Cannon to
his old place as chairman of the Appro
Uncle Joe Cannon admita that there was
a time when he looked with suspicion
on the ultra-protectionist of the type of
Pig Iron Kelly, und he made a speech
once or twice in favor of bimetallism,
lie offered an amendment to the Mills
tariff bill giving freo sugar, Later this
provision was put into iheMcKiuloy law,
hut modified by legislation providing
for a bounty of two cents a pound on sugar
produoed In tho United States.
Mr. Cannon was denounced by Kelly
and other protectionists of tho Republican
party when he first offered his free sugar
amendment. Ho was looke.l upon by
tho standpatters of that duy us some
thing of uh "insurgent."
Representative Funston of Kansas,
father of Gen. Frederick Funston, "vus
particularly sovere upon Mr. Can non's
free sugar proposal. Funston ha d a
scheme that had boon worked out for
him by somo of tho chemists in the Kansas
Agricultural College by which sugar
was to be reproduced from cano sorghum,
and he supplied the House with statis
tics to show that but for Cannon's free
sugar legislation Kansas could produce
enough sugar from her sorghum fields
to sweeten the unl verso.
Mr. Cannon had distinguished com
pany in thoso days in his Insurgent ten
dencies. The middle West was calling
loudly for lowor tarilT and such news
papers as the Chicago Tribune were
attacking the Republican protection the
ory and men Ilka Senator Allison of Iowa
shared the view of Mr. Cannon both as
to lower tariff and bimetallism.
One of Speaker Cannon's most con
spicuous fights in Congress was carrlod
on in the Republican caucus of the Fifty
first Congress when ho tried to' prevent
an agreement to press as a party mouxure
tho passage of the Lodge "force bill."
Mr. Cannon was defeated by ono vote in
the caucus, but, us illustrating Ills regu
larity In party matters, he promptly
assumed his responsibility as member
of the Committee on Rules when tho bill
came up on the tloor of tho House und
fought for its passage. Mr. Cannon has
always hold this measure chiully respon
sible for the disaster that overtook tho
Republicans in the ensuing eleotion.
Mr, Cannon was twice on unsuccessful
candidate for Speaker. In the Fifty-first
Congress tho candidates were Reod,
McKinley nnd Cannon'. In the Fifty
sixth Congress Hopkins or Illlnois.through
the aid or Congressman Lorimer, secured
the indorsement of tho Illinois delegation
over Cannon, and tho latter withdrew,
Henderson of Iowa was elected,
Cannon's friends havo ulwuys felt that
had his own State indorsed him he would
huve Immju elocted. When Henderson
suddenly retired from the race for Con
gress in the midst of the campaign of
1002, Mr. Cannon'H namo was brought out
for the Speakership and oven before he
had been reelected ,to the House he had
secured a sufficient 'number of voluntary
pledges from Republican candidates for
Congress to insure his election and he
Ht was at one time a candidate for a
short while for the Senate In opposition
to Cullum, but finally withdrew. His
name was presented to the Chicago con
vention In 1908 for the nomination for
l'resldent, and while he was wsll up In
the list of candidates voted for, he fell
short of making a formidable showing
against Mr. Taft. As permanent chair
man of tho Republican national con
vention of toot ho was a popular figure
In that gathering nnd was offered the
nomination for Vice-President by the
leaders, but declined It, saying that he
regarded the Speakership as a more Im
portant office. The leaders then agreed
on Charles W. Fairbanks.
Mr. Cannon's friends have always
insisted that the men who I jd the Insurgent
movement against him were for the most
part actuated by personal disappoint
ments. The story Is told of ono insur
gent Congressman from New England,
who admitted that he became an Insur
gent because Speaker Cannon had re
fused to permit one of his pet measures
to go through the House, even after Presi
dent Roosevelt had recommended It. All
the while Mr Cannon is reported to have
had in his possession letters from lloose-
velt tending to show that Roosevelt ana
Cannon were in thorough accord as to
the merits of the bill and that neither of
them wanted it to pass,
Not very long ago this member learnea
in some way that he had been decclvod
as to Mr. Roosevelt's attitude and that
ho had become an insurgent under a
misapprehension. He sought Mr. Can
non and demanded to nee the correspon
dence. Uncle Joe looked at him with
a smile on his grim features and told
him that he nover gave out private cor
respondence. But some of the Republi
cans in tho House believe that thoy can
read in the intense hostility to Roosevelt
on the part of his whilom admirer. Repre
sentative Augustus Peabody Gardner, the
story of how at least one Insurgent found
himself when he woke up to just what
had happened to his lmmlgratlpn bill.
Uncle Joe Cannon has in recent years
been held up as a horrible example a
man with horns. By many who do not
know him he Is regarded as a devotee
of nearly all the small vices. It is little
wonder that many people have marvelled
that one supposed to be so careless about
his habit has lived to such a fine old age.
Hut Uncle Joe has been misunderstood.
He makes no concealment of his habits.
He doesn't drink whiskey. Here again
the popular idea of this ripe old political
character Is shattered. Uncle Joe can t
drink whiskey. He undoubtedly would
if he could and liked it. but he can't.
He doesn't drink beer. He can't. It
doesn't agree with him. He can't drink
champagne. He enjoys a weak Martini
cocktail before a dinner and sips sauterne
sparingly. This is the extent of his
drinking; but he eats pie. Uncle Joe
dotes on pie; but altogther he's a light
eater. Two meals a day satisfy 'him.
Ho never retires until midnight, but
Is very punctual about his hour of going
to bed. He's up in time for breakfast at 8.
He doesn't smoke fifty cigars a day,
notwithstanding what Dame Insurgency
has said of him. Very careful statistics
have been compiled as to the number of
cigars used by Mr. Cannon daily. He
actually smokes about two or three and
chews up and throws away about twenty
more. lie will light a cigar and tnen
talk earnestly until it goes out, and then
he will relight it and talk It to sleep again.
Meanwhile he will be chewing vigor
ously, slowly creeping toward the ashy
end, and finally In sheer disgust will
throw the thing away.
But Unole Joe plays poker. Let no
man question that It he would remain a
friend of the former Speaker. He plays
a good hand, too. It is his favorite re
laxation. But Uncle Joe is a poor loser.
A year ago tho Speaker sat In a gome
with a former Governor of a Western
territory. The former Governor won
consistently. Finally Uncle Joe. grow
ing madder and madder, looked at his
adversary across the table with a savage
gleam in his eye and said:
"George, is there anything in that story
about your leaving Oklahoma hidden
away in a load of hay because you were
afraid to take a railroad train out of the
Companions in the game who had
heard a very ludicrous story of an Inci
dent in the ex-Governor's career de
clared then and there that Uncle Joe was
simply barbarous in his desire for revenge.
Speaker Cannon has a homely way of
illustrating his remarks that once got
him "in bad" in a social way. Walking
home one evening from a dinner party
at tne residence of a distinguished states
man in company with other guests of the
evening one of the party fell to compar
ing the-quallties of the hostflSs, who was
delightfully effeverescent, with the host,
who was proverbially cold.
"Well, boys, looking that team over, 1
should say that the mare was a lietter
animal than the horse," said Uncle Joe.
This remark afterward reached the
hostess, who has never forgiven Mr. Can
non. Mr. Cannon ceased to lie a Quaker
about tho time of his marriage. Early
In his professional career in Illinois he
fell in love with pretty Molly Iteed, a
school teadier, who butt come from Ohio
into Illinois to teach. She was not a
Quaker. Mr. Cannon laid violent siege
to her heart and hud married her before
the officers of the church were thoroughly
aroused as to his intentions. He was
mildly admonished for not at least con
ferring with the brethren and securing
their consent. He stoutly rebelled at the
Idea that be should express any regret
for what he had done, in short. Brother
Joseph told the other brethren that If
Dy marrying aiouy iieea ne naa done
anything he ought to be sorry for he was
lad of it, and from tliat time Uncle Joe
laa not been rated In the latest church
directories as a consistent Quaker, al
though he has the greatest veneration
tor tne laitn oi nts latneqi.
Mr. Cannon has been a widower for
many years, ibree children were born
to him, a son, who died in childhood, and
two daughters, une or bis daughters
is the wito of A. S. Le Beur. a prominent
tianker of Danville. The other daughter,
Miss Helen Cannon, ucts as hostess for
her father and is a remarkably bright
and talented woman, universally es
teemed in Washington.
The Le Sours occupy the old Cannon
home In Danville. Uncle Joe has his rooms
and library set 'apart there, whore he
usually siH-nds his vacations out of Con
gress. Ills health is remarkably good
for a man who is Hearing 80. Years
ogo he was u dyspeptic, but lie beat that,
as he has nearly everything else.
He used to be a crank in exercising.
Ex-Senator Henry W. Blair represented
one of the New Hampshire districts in
tho House in thoso days and ho and Mr.
Cannon roomed at the Bamo house on
Capitol Hill. Last, winter Mr. Blair, who
is past 80, hobbled into Mr. Cannon's
room ono day and delivered this solemn
"Joe, you remember Mrs. Fletoher, with
whom we boarded years ago on Capitol
Hill? In looking through her attic a few
days ago sho found that old lifting ma
chine which you and I used to take our
exorcises on Duck in the '70s. She has
served notice on me that she wants me
to come and take it away, as she's tired
of keeping it for us."
When the bicycle craze struck Wash
IfifitP" the 'm Mr Cannon and
William E. Chandler of New Hampshire
took up the exercise, and when they meet
nowadavs thev frenuentlv mnall
the amusing inoidenta of their earlv efforts
at riding a wheel and the beautiful sight
of the Danville statesman pedalling down
Pennsylvania avenue with his seersucker
coattatls fluttering in the breeze.
Uncle Joe has often told his friends that
. 17, 1912.
the death of his father was the most traglo '
ftvunt Iti Mm HfA I
While living at Bloomlngdale, Ind
practising his profession In a Quaker com
munity, his father was called from his
hiimn nnn nlffhf tri attnr1 ttiA ntnk. HUffST
Creek, a tributary of the Wabash River,
near wmoh his home was I oca tea, was
swollen by a freshet. The doctor's horse
plunged into the stream and later returned
home riderless. Dr. Cannon's body
was never recovered. The family tried
In overy way to find it after the, waters
subsided. The future Speaker, then a
boy of 14, waited until Sugar Creek was
again on the "rise," and mounting the
hnpu Mil Am r1 m in awtm f h AtrAsm at the
same point from which his father rode in,
believing that possibly the horse mism
take a course that would give some clue
to the searchers for the body of his parent.
nut even this plan lanoa.
A nn A.nnnant nf a CMnmtiiATl neWS-
paper once Interviewed Mr. Cannon hn
he was Sneaker. Unole Joe told his caller
that he did not remain In publio life be
cause he enjoyed it but simply because
he refused to go out under fire.
"Yes, my Canadian brother, people
say I break the Ten Commandments,
all of them. But I don't-at least not
often. The truth Is there Is too much
Irish in me damned irisn at tnai to
quit under fire."
HODcrt Mums IS unoie uoe s invorun
poet. He can quote Burns with a readi
ness and an accuracy that would put any
Scotchman to blush. His favorite selec
tions from Burns are "Holy Mllle's
Prayer." "Tarn o' Shanter" and "The Cot
ter's Saturday Night." Probably It was
Mr. Cannon s ronaness tor nurns mat
won Andrew Carnegie, for Mr. Carnegie
Is quoted as saying:
"Joo Cannon looks and sots more like
Abe Lincoln than any other man I ever
When T. P. O'Connor called on Speaker
Cnnnnn n few vears aeo tho Speaker
greeted him with this remark:
"My name was originally O'Connon."
Mr. t Connor marveiira at mis, ana
when Uncle Joe learned of it later he
explained the matter thus:
"Nlall of the Nine Hostages, great-
Srandson of Owen More, King of Munster
Uring the reign of Conn of the One Hun
dred Bottles, was an ancestor of Rory
Mr. Cannon added that this Information
had been furnished him by an authority
who had looked tin his family tree. From
Rory O'Cannonan descended the clan
or (i cannonan, wnicn later necame u -Cannon
and later Cannon.
Under certain inspiring condltlonsUn
ole Joe Cannon can be lnduoed to sing.
His favorite is "Old Hundred." but he has
been known to sing "There Is a Hole in
the Bottom of the Sea."
Asked upon an occasion to prepare a
brief autobiography. Mr. Cannon wrote:
"Mr. Cannon was born of God fearing
and man loving parents. He is a self
made man and did a poor job of it."
Just arter he was electod Speaker he
fell a victim to a book agent and became
enmeshed in the "instalment plan." When
he discovered his dilemma he wrote a
check and in transmitting it to the com
pany indited the following note:
"This check is in full payment, both
legal and moral, for sixty volumes of
books called for in the contract. The
books are not worth a damn and are high
at that. We are never too old to learn,
but the way your gentlemanly agent
came it over your Uncle Joseph is worth
Mr. Cannon is usually a preoccupied
man, Not infrequently he neglects the
little details or dress. One morning he
appeared at the Speaker's room without
a necktie. His messenger called atten
tion to it and was sent out to buy one.
When he returned Uncle Joe removed his
collar for the purpose of adjusting the
tie. Suddenly the messenger discovered
tnat Air. cannon naa put on two collars
instead of one, which accounted for his
having neglected the tie. Iest this story
may tax the credulity of the reader, it Is
simple justice to the writer to say that
Uncle Joe himself Is authority for the
When Uncle Joe speaks in the House he
has a way of waving his hands frantically
in violent gesticulation. Sunset Cox,
who served in the House with Uncle Joe,
insisted that he was menaced and over
awed by this form of gesture and one day
he refused to yield to Mr. Cannon unless
Cannon would agree to keep his hands in
his trousers pockets while he spoke.
After Mr. Cannon had onoe or twice
broken the rule imposed on him, much to
the amusement of the House. Mr. Cox re
claimed the floor, declaring that it was a
physical impossibility for Unole Joe to
observe the rule.
"I am not a praotical farmer, said
Uncle Joe on one occasion. "When I was
first married my good Quaker mother
said to me 'Now, son Joseph, thou hast
taken to thee a wife. Get thee a cow, a
hive of bees and a pig.' Well, I got them.
When I went to milk the cow she kicked
me; when I went to the bee hive for honey
the bees stung me. But that pig he was
so loving and gentle that when he finally
got fat 1 was so devoted to him that I
hadn't the heart to stick him."
While travelling on an Illinois Central
train in the South a few years ago Uncle
Joe, who was sleeping in a lower berth,
snored so loudly that he disturbed a young
married couple, who complained. When
the identity of the statesman was re
vealed there was some amused comment
at Uncle Joe's expense by his fellow pas
sengers. "I don't know whether I snored or not.
I don't lay awake nights to find out
whether I snore In my Bleep," said the
Now that Uncle Joe's day is nearly
passed his friends and enemies alike say
amon to this sentiment expressed by
"Here is a man who may be depended
upon in whatever he undertakes, whether
for good or evil. Here is a man."
THREE LINEBS ARRIVE AT ONOE.
Amerlka Beats CaapsaU Oat om
Three transatlantic liners, while not
exactly racing each other, arrived yes
The American liner Philadelphia and
the Cunarder Campania kept pretty
well In touch with each other all the
way over. The Philadelphia left South
ampton a day before the Campania
steamed from Liverpool. Thursday after
noon the Philadelphia sighted the Cun
arder's smoke astern, but her hull didn't
slip over the horizon until dusk.
Friday the American liner didn't catch
sight of the Liverpool boat until her
smoke was sighted astern In the after
noon. The Campania passed the Phila
delphia yesterday morning, and off Fire
Island the Hamburg-Amerloan liner
Amerika struck In from a more southerly
position, and the two liners Bteamed
full tilt for the pilot ground.
The Amerika won out, got her pilot
aboard first and led the Cunarder into
tile,. N.arr?Yra a shlp'e length. The
Philadelphia passed Into Quarantine a
few minutes later.
SPARKS FROM THE TELEGRAPH.
At Bt, Ainu Hoiplul, Philadelphia. nt
Monday aurironi will altampt to craft aklu
from three UUTtrenl relatlrea to th body of
nlx-yrir-old .Marie Feraldo, who waa badly
burned while playlnc with matchea at her
noma on South Thirteenth atreet about (our
The plant of the Van Camp Packlnc Com
pany at Indlanapolla waa partially burned.
he ownera, Mtlmatlns their loaa at about
MOO.OOO, fully covered by Iniurance.
Shirley Arnold, C yeara old. naa killed and
. .c.,nt.ArnoJd:.a'fd.7' wa" '"tally wounded
at the Arnold home In .Mcl'heraon, Kan., by
the accidental dlachar nf a -n
by a hunter, who drove Into the yard In '
a motor car, !
Prof, L. L. Dyche of the UnlTeralty of
Kansas will recommend to the next Legla-
!iVti5hln,,M lnt,h". li"ned to pro.
lect blrda from the family cat,
The Interetat Commerce Commlialon at
Ji . .1l'on 'urlhr 'pended until March
ll. propoaed udvaniea In ratea nn
P, !;r' r?,um rock snd atucto from Hlue
l.prVfl.l.t,l.",n,' K,n-' " J,pl,B n
Russian Pony Coats, moired
skins, collars and cuffs trimmed
with opossum, Arctic seal and
caracul, regular $45.00
Caracul Coats, Moire light
weight, guaranteed solid skins,
1913 style, long shawl collar,
deep cuffs, regular $69.00
Trimmed Pony Coats, collar
and cuffs trimmed with skunk,
opossum, Arctic seal or caracul,
Muffs and Scarfs of black
Alaska sable (real skunk).
Handsome pillow muff, animal
scarf to match, regular $14.50
Dainty models, prettily trimmed with
embroidery and laces, stock collars and
full length sleeves; also tail
ored shirt waists of soisdtc
with so I or embroidered col
lar and cuffs, white or black,
sizes 34 to 42, icsular $1.50
Blouses of Chiffon
Brocaded satin or shadow lace, copies
models, trimmed with double pleated t
jabot or fancy vestee. Robespierre 1
collars, long tapering sleeve with lace
at hand; sizes 34 to 42; regular $8.00
Ilral IrMh ICdgr. hand-
Real Cluny HdKM, snd
Insertion, white nnd
ecru, SVIn. wide, 19
rfifillsr 32o yd, Itit.
aomo rniaen rose de
ilcn. I J -Inch wide, sQi
eMilrHSc jd. "-
Real Filet, 14 -in
Real Spanish Lace Scarfs,
3 yds. long, black and
white, regular to CA
Real Princess Bridal Veils
regular $25 to $35, now
Chiffon Cloth, black.white,
pink, blue and all new y p
fall shades, reg. $1.25 f DC
Sale of Splendid Linens for
wltn deep lace
In Japan, reg
llenul I tolled Dinner Wets. 12 napltlna
and a table cloth. Imported
from Scotland, full bleached.
80 od quality, regular S0. SO
Linen Xapklne. Hound Ramatk Tahln xoiV
dinner a 1 z e , tm Aft t'lotli.alao heiiiht itched THIS J
Scotch mako 7.?U table cloth, full sal fat TABLE
"""& 1 iarch- 55 OTi50
Xapklna. of soft mer- Hemstitched Table U' laf; 3 - '
cerUedflnih,lartealie. Ootli. Imported from tf. $'
Bood quality. Cf Q0 Scotland, full t Cfl VSN IflK-jtl Jtl l
reeularSI.SO I'UU bleached, i-K
doz. regular S3. !
Snedsl I u"n8 th" e we will do all hemming on table cloths,
" napkini and 'towels, free of charge.
HUNTEBS WEAR BED CAPS.
Find They Prcrent Accidents In
WiLLUMsroRT, Pa., Nov. 16. Red caps
have come to be a regular hunters uni
form In Pennsylvania. To the new cus
tom Is credited the fact that not an
accident has been reported since the
hunting- season opened.
Whenever a hunter ventures Into the
woods without his "blood red emblem"
he Is met by somo hunter properly
equipped with the safety device and ad
vised to hustle for regulation head cov
ering under penalty of being mistaken
for a doer and shot. lied caps are dis
played In all the gun stores through
out the hunting sections.
DEATH NOTICE NOT A LIBEL.
empaperi Held Dlameleaa, Hren
Thouub Person Is Allrr,
The Appellate Division of the Supremo
Court in Brooklyn has deoided that it in
not libel for a newspaper to print a death
notice even if the person is not dead.
The decision was written by Presiding
Two newspapers printed the death no
Uoe, each insisting tliat it oame in the
regular course 01 nusinemj, 01 ueaiey
Cohen, who liven In Brooklyn and ia very
muoh alive. Hla guardian, Siegfried (f.
Gilbert, sued for $10,000.
The newspaicra demurred on the
ground that the complaint did not con
stitute sufficient ground for action.
pies of French
Big Bargains in
Real Irish Picot Edge, l-V.
regular 19c yd., Ivc
Real Bohemian, 16 in. wide,
regular $9.50 yard; $C QQ
special for OmVO
Real Prlncrx l.sre, l-
In. wide, remi
lur ft&.OO yd
tunics, directly im
ported, exact copies
of such great artists
as Worth, Callot,
Agnel, Paquin and
beaded and bugled
Illnnrr Table t'lotha. with border, for
square tiblo. Imported from
extra heavy quullty Damask,
doslirns, lobular Si. no
Mercerized T able
riolli. very fine flnUh,
with border on all four
Hidt-, about z, yiU
lone, pretty f4 QQ
centre i,Tec;tf, e9 I ,0a
Sample l.lnen Pleeea. from Ireland
and Jiimii, coni-latlne of luncheon
cloth, tea cloth, buffet ncarfu, icntjr
nuuei Hcarii. ccnur
scar! and shnniH,
remilar from Soc
io s.tM each
QN account of the extremely low prices we
cannot nil telephone or mail orders, and
we, reserve the right to limit quantities to
prevent dealers from buying stocks.
LOOK FOR MRS. WHITE'S GOODS.
Deputy Sheriff Has II la Trimble
SeektiisT to I.err.
A deputy sheriff went out yestcrdc
looking for any property he could fin.1
belonging to Mrs. Helen S. White.reoent!
of 147 Hiverside Drivo, and wife of Willium
J. White, an ex-Congressman from Ohio
and former head of the American Chic')
Company, the chewing gum trust. Tlx
deputy sheriff had a writ of attachment
granted by Supremo Court Justioo Now
burger in a suit by Mrs. Marion J. bark
ley to recover $10,000 for money loaned
last npring. He found nothing.
Mr, Barkley, husband' of the plaintiff.
Bald that Mrs. White has now roturneil
from Germany, and has been living at
the Klti-Carlton, the Hotel Gotham, uil
with her sister. She and her sister toured
Now England all summer In her oar. ;'lr
Barkley said. Her husband in now living
at Niagara rnV.
MEXICAN REBELS ACTIVE.
Control Communications North
Acapnlco, It Ia Stated.
WA8UINOTON, Nov. 1.-Mexican rebel
are in control of communications north
of Acupulco, according to State Depart
ment reportB to-duy. In tho northern
part or the State of Vera Crtir. there arn
largo bands of rebels roported and m
bandri of marauders are springing up m
all parts of the Bute.