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What Shall It Be?
The daily and periodical press has
teemed with brilliant prognostications for
some time as to the social, economic,
literary, scientific, philanthropic and other
conditions of the human race to be
evolved during the new century's flight
Generally the note is exultantly optimis
tic. Yet minor chords of pessimistic
quality are heard from sources where
there is a fixed belief that the human
race is on the down grade of hopeless
decadence. But we take enough ct the
spirit of the nineteenth century with us
into this new century to compel the be
lief that, if the final dissolution of our
earth does not take place within the cen
tury, as predicted by some, the progress
of the nineteenth century will be pro
jected with enormous increase of power in
the years to come.
Is it not possible to project the mind
Into the future far away and to predict
with some degree of certainty what
changes will be wrought in the constitu
tion of society, in governmental princi
ples and in the nature of man himself, on
the basis of present tendencies of princi
ples, which have been tested sufficiently
to prove their value? Burke took a pes
■imistic view of the French revolution and
called it "a wall daubed with untempered
mortar," but, however that may have
been, and however crude the conceptions
of liberty entertained by Danton, Marat
and Robespierre may have been, the hide
ous outbreak sounded a trumpet call to
the oppressed of every nation to agitate
ifor human rights.
This was done all through the century
just closed and with surprising results,
of which the impairment of divine right
ism was not the least important. So the
late century was characterized by a tre
mendous uplift of humanity to better con
ditions. Through the whole civilized
world, not even excepting Russia, human
society has been very greatly bettered
and stimulated to higher standards. The
twentieth century is certain to witness
the strong growth of improved relations
of employers and employed, the tendency
being strongly toward more intimate re
lations of mutual interest and advantage
and the elimination of the strike and the
lockout, the boycott and the blacklist.
We may not expect to remove the ne
cessity for work, for man is destined to
work by a law which no human legisla
ture can repeal. All the labor saving ma
chinery invented in the last century has
not relieved the race of daily toil. On the
contrary, the more of such machinery we
have, tho greater is the demand for labor
and opportunity of labor. This demand
and opportunity will be greater in the
As has been remarked, careful students
of history and tendencies and the time
spirit are generally fair judges of what
such tendencies may lead to. There is a
curious book by Dr. Samuel Madden pub
lished in 1730, in which he records
"Memoirs of the Twentieth Century."
He predicted at that long ago date the
decadence of the Turkish empire and the
aggrandizement of Russia, although at
that time Europe trembled lest s-he would
be overrun and devastated by the Turks.
His prescience as to Qreat Britain was re
markable, and although he says nothing
about our own part of the world, he pre
dict* that the colonies would have to be
kept in a dependent condition to retain
Then, we are certain of progress! Will
it always be progress in the right direc
tion? Are we still going on wearing the
standard garb of men and women, or, as
woman's garb in the late century became
singularly like that of man, all except the
regular breeches, shall the fair sex aban
don skirts also and continue the depreda
tions upon man's modest costume? If
this process goes on the time will come
when the sexes may only be distinguisha
ble by experts. But really there need bs
no apprehension lest the movement of
women upon the employments of men, so
successful in the century just closed, will,
as some predict, continue until men shall
be utterly ousted from commercial em
ployment in all its phases.
There will be a reaction. Thousands of
women will get tired of the exacting
grind of the thing. They will find more
congenial work than hammering type
writers, keeping books and stenograpbi
cally waiting upon relentless, dictating
men. Woman shall not sink deeper in
drudgery in the quicken-ing life of the
twentieth century, ehall she? Place and
keep her in the galleys and men lose one
of the sweetest and most inspiring of the
uplifting agencies and influences of the
China has played a pretty strong card
in demanding as a condition of her ac
ceptance of the terms of the powers that
they give her assurance that there will be
no despoiling of her territory. The terms
which the powers have submitted are hard,
tut they will be easy if China can secure
the pledge demanded. This pledge made
in concert -would have more than ordinary
significance and force. There would be an
implied obligation upon the part of every
power to see that it was observed by ev
ery other. This is the moSt important de
velopment, the most beneficial to China,
winch could come out of the present nego
tiations, and Chinese shrewdness has not
failed to secure from the hard conditions
imposed a result of the highest value, for
it is almost certain that the powers must
grant this reasonable concession.
An Early Caucus
It is understood that there will be a cau
cus of republican members of the legisla
ture to settle the re-election of Senator
Nelson next Monday night.
Why not at the same time caucus upon
the successor to Senator Davis? Nothing
but damage to the republican party can be
expected to result from postponement of
the caucus on the junior senatorship.
There are three candidates in the field.
The merits of the three are well under
stood. No others seem likely to enter,
and the early determination of this ques
tion would leave the legislature free to get
down to the regular business of the session
as soon as It meets.
Of course an early caucus may be in the
interest of Mr. Evans, because he is in the
lead, but he has not gained this lead se
cretly, or without full knowledge of the
party throughout the state. Everything
has been open and above board, and what
ever advantage he possesses at the present
lime as a candidate he is fairly entitled
The argument in favor of an early cau
cus is the disposal of this senatorial ques
tion before it becomes entangled with
other issues, and before conditions arise
which might cause it to be settled upon
other grounds than the merits of the can
We all know, too, what a prolonged sen
atorial contest means in its effects upon
the work of the legislature. The repub
lican party cannot afford to indulge in any
such controversy at this time. It has
history to make which will be important
to its future. A short session, devoted
strictly to business, with a reference of all
taxation matters to a. commission to be
created by the legislature, would be a most
The True Education
In his address before the state educa
tional association a few days ago, Pro
fessor Bliss of Waseca very effectively
assailed some of the weak points in cur
rent educational processes and tendencies.
He showed that the prevailing notion that
a curriculum was not a curriculum at
all unless it embraced all known sciences
and a good deal that is far from being
science, the. same to be crammed down
into the distended cell* of the cerebrums
of children and youth, is fundamentally
wrong. He admitted that there are germs
of truth in many of the educational fads,
but he held that "they hold out false
promises and form a distaste for honest
work and the drudgery necessary in ac
quiring the elements of any subject." He
insisted that the true object of education
is training, and teachers who are ex
pert trainers are needed more than any
thing else; trainers who can inspire
others to work on themselves.
The professor is right. Education, as
every teacher knows, means "to draw
out." It i 3 not cramming facts into the
minds of young persons as one would
cram food down a goose's throat and un
naturally distend tho liver to produce the
luxury pate dv fole gras. The cramming
process in modern education is as in
jurious to human beings as it is to the
In his recent address before the Ameri
can Gynaecological society at Boston, Dr.
George J. Engelman showed from statis
tics that the system of education in pub
lic and private schools tended to aggra
vate the functional deterioration in the
health of the rising generation of Ameri
can women. Dr. G. F. Shrady of the
Medical Record says that the influence of
modern education produces girls who are
bundles of nerves encased in fragile
frames and that less brain work is essen
tial. The fact is, both sexes are put un
der too much cramming during the period
of development, so much that the brain
cannot assimilate it.
There is a misconception as to the ob
ject of education which works bad re
sults. Utility studies, as Professor Bliss
says, should never displace culture studies
and the essential training and discipline.
The aim of a real teacher should be to
draw out the latent intellectual power of
the pupil and show him how to use that
power for the attainment of knowledge
himself. Manifestly, the well-trained
mind possesses the strongest prehensile
potentiality and is the best equipped in
tellectually to explore the fields of knowl
edge. The training of youth should also
have the objective of making good citi
ens. to reinforce the element striving for
good government and public order. The
THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
crusade against the study of Latin and
Greek is a crusade against beneficial dls
r'.plinary Btudies. It is not true that it
is easy to find better disciplinary studies
than these. Not only that, but they enter
conspicuously into the process of cul
ture. The important fact, however, which
should always be borne in mind, and
which seems to be largely forgotten to
day, U that a leading object of our pub
lic echool system, if not the leading ob
ject, is to train children to be good citi
zens. The history of our country and in
struction as to the form of civil govern
ment should not be crowded to minimiza
tion by the obtrusion of more abstruse
studies which would properly belong to
the college or university course. The
training of the youthful mind 10 habits
of thought, reflection, investigation, self
help, generates capacity in the student
in the secondary or higher education to
lay hold of and readily and intelligently
appropriate all essential knowledge. That
is the only kind of education which has
any value in these notable days when
"many run to and fro and knowledge is
increased," as predicted by Daniel about
twenty-five centuries ago.
General Wilson, senator from Hennepin
county, advocates a state constitutional
convention. The proposition is timely, and
we hope that he may secure favorable ac
tion upon it toy the legislature. Numerous
defects of the constitution as it stands to
day produce embarrassment, and under
the recent amendment requiring a majori
ty of all the votes cast at an election for
the adoption of any amendment, it has be
come practically impossible to make any
changes in the present instrument. The
only remedy is revision of the whole.
The New Year Commercially
The Journal takes pleasure to
day in constituting itself the agency
through which its regular advertisers
are afforded an opportunity to extend the
greetings of the season to the public.
The year just ended has been one of un
precedented business prosperity. The
customer has been liberal in his patron
age, and the man who has things to sell
has presented them in larger quantity,
finer quality and greater variety than ever
before. In the line of retail trade, par
ticularly, Minneapolis has attractions to
offer and opportunities to present not to
be matched in many cities of this size.
While noted as a manufacturing center,
and occupying a commanding position in
the wholesale trade of the northwest, Min
neapolis Is none the less succcessful in
the field of the retailer as the appearance
of the stores, particularly during the sea
son of the holiday trade, has indicated.
Not only has there been a large trade with,
the people of the city, but purchasers from
all over the northwest have contributed
immensely to the volume of trade.
It Is a very formidable array which ap
pears in the pages of The Journal
to-day, as the Journal advertisers
send greetings to their customers every
where; but these are generous con
tributors to the columns of The Jour
n a 1 and help to make it interesting to
the general public. For while news is
the first essential among the attractions of
a newspaper, and while the reading pub
lic will always discriminate in favor of
that paper which serves them best in that
particular it is, nevertheless, true that
the newspaper acquires a value with the
general public on account of its advertis
ing patronage. Business men have stories
to tell, information to convey, suggestions
to make which are invaluable to the
prudent investor in any line, and a medi
um through which the business man can
best convey this information is through
the daily newspaper of extensive circula
tion among all the people. That The
Journal has been able to render this
service to the business men in a more
profitable way than they Have been able
to obtain it anywhere else, is proven by
the fact that they have given to it their
advertising support in more generous
measure during the past year than has
been accorded any other paper in this
city. The opening of the new year and
the new century is propitious commer
cially, and in the domain of trade there is
every prospect for a prosperous and suc
cessful new year.
NORTH STAR POLITICS
Senatorial candidates and their legion
aries celebrated the first day of the century
by doing nothing. There is enough hard
work ahead of them all for a day of rest
and recuperation to be appreciated. The
trouble will begin to-morrow and unless a
caucus can be arranged for the first part of
next week, will continue for three weeks.
Mr. Evans desires an early caucus natural
ly enough, because he is confident that he
now controls a majority. Feeling that they
are in the minority Messrs. Clapp and Taw
ney are not likely to agree to an early
caucus. The fact that Mr. Tawney expects
to be in Washington next week and then
return shows that he is not planning for an
early caucus, though he has not taken a defi
nite stand against one. But there are a
number of members of the legislature outside
the Evans ranks who feel that for the good
of the republican party the senatorial con
test should be settled soon and amicably.
The longer the delay the better the oppor
tunity for some blunder or the excitement
of bitter feeling, neither of which will do
the party much good.
Those political sharps who stt around and
criticise the movements of the various sen
atorial campaigns just as the military editor
of a newspaper who doesn't know a veldt
from a kopje can easily point out at the
distance of 8,000 miles precisely how Lord
Kitchener should have kept the Boers from
beating General Clement at Nootgedacht,
have unanimously agreed that the Evans
campaign developed its strength too early
in the game. They declare that the line of
battle has been formed while the skirmish
ers should still be at work. That might be
in another kind of a contest. But this is
one without any personal bitterness and very
little factionalism. Mr. Evans la very pop
ular and is the second choice of many ad
herents of the other candidates. Such being
the case it was wise on his part to mobilize
his forces and create a strong position around
which recruits may rally when they find
, that there is no use for them in the organ-
J ization they first joined. If Mr. Evans could
not show great positive strength he might
not be able to catch the second choice men
when the time comes. By occupying the po
sition of a leading candidate he should profit
by the disasters chat may overtake the other
Of course this position and method involve
risks. His leadership being the one estab
lished fact in a rather chaotic situation it is
naturally the point of attack. It Is the one
conspicuous object for those who are not
bis friends to level their shafts at. Up to
date these a' acks have not been successful
and Mr. Evans has continued to strengthen
his position. The list of open commitments
to him was increased yesterday by the addi
tion of Representatives H. C. Grass of the
fifteenth district and N. K. Hunt of the
forty-third district Not a single vote once
lined up for him has been lost to Mr. Evans
since the beginning of the contest.
If the third district fails to put forward a
strong candidate it is, as the Mankato Free
Press observes, an absolute cinch for Evans.
Even if it does enter with a strong candidate
the prospect is good for a victory of Evans
over the whole field.
—Theodore M. Knappea.
'•The Little MlnUter" at the Metro
The power of a wilful woman has rarely
been more delightfully Illustrated than in J.
It. Barries dramatization of bin own book,
"The Little Minister." The kings and
princes and ministers of the earth are as
naught compared with one wilful woman,
if she be also beautiful. One of her dan
gerous smiles dissipates as if by magic all
the laboriously reared barriers with which
the austere religion of Scotland doth hedge
about a man of the cloth. The Rev. Gavin
Dishart becomes as clay In the hands of the
potter when the Lady Barbara, masquerad
ing as "the Egyptian, ' meets him tv Caddam
wood. From that very moment his doom is
sealed and finally he goes forth to meet it
as if it were a victory and he were proud
The author has shown a marvelous knowl
edge of human nature and especially Scotch
human nature in this charming story.
Thrums is a veritable microcosm in which
live all sorts of human characters and he
shows us what they are wJth a whimsical
humor that illuminates as if by lightning
flashes. It Is really little short of marvel
ous that a man whose training had all been
literary and whose fame had all been won
by purely fictional endeavor, should have
turned his hand to play building with such
success. This play of his is not merely an
exhibit of his quaint humor; it is not simply
a vehicle for the exhibition of the odd
characters of Thrums; it Is not alone an cx
i ploltation of a novel that had won popularity
j —it is more than ail these; It is a well
; constructed comedy that commands the in
j terest and admiration of one who has not
read the novel just as surely as of him to
whom Thrums is no strange village. There
is no straining for effect, no exaggeration
bordering on grotesquerie. The story is full
of interest and is well told and the comedy
flows as naturally as a spring bubbling up
from the earth. One hopes that Mr. Barrie
will enrich the stage by more of such
wholesome comedy writing.
The company presenting the play this sea
son is on the whole a strong and well-bal
anced organization. Agnes Palmer, who plays
Babbie, Is a winsome lass fit to set the heart
of even a minister in a flutter. In the
lighter and more frolicsome moods of that
froward damsel she is delightful. Some of
the finer points in the impersonation she
misses. In the third act, for instance, where
her father and her fiance make the discov
ery that Gavin is really the husband of the
Egyptian, having publicly acknowledged her
as his wife, she is not altogether successful
in indicating the concealed exultation that
fills the soul of Babbie. But for the most
part she Is the mischievous elf of one's
imagination. Ira A. Hards makes an excel
lent little minister, laoking something per
haps In the hard austerity that ought to
characterize that young man at the outset,
but revealing very cleverly the humanness,
the masculine vanity, and, at last, the chiv
alrous nobility of the character. He Is,
moreover, such a man as the Lady Barbara
might easily fall In love with and so is
more acceptable than his predecessor in the
role. Frank E. Aiken is an excellent Lord
Rintoul and Richard Sherman as the cap
tain is acceptable. The Thrums people are all
well bestowed. There Is dear old Nannie
Webster (Mary B. Henderson), with her
very human foibles and her warm heart;
there is the intensely devoted Rob Dow
(George K. Henery), with his propensity for
mixing things up in his desire to help his
idolized minister out of trouble; there is
Micah, his boy, (Leslie Haskell), who touch
ingly begs the "woman" to "go awa"; and
there are those four never-to-be-forgotten
slaves to duty, the elders of the kirk, the
stern Thamas (T. C. Valentine), the diminu
tive Snecky (John R. Cumpson), the tall
and sanctimonious Silva (William Hender
son), and the unctuous Andrew (Frank
Soule). Wats there ever a more delicious
bit of comedy than that furnished by this
famous quartet with their variant views of
life and duty, all seen through the blue
spectacles that the truly "releegious" among
the Scotch—and other nationalities as well
always seem to wear? The other charac
ters, including the manse servant (Mary
Hughes) and Babbie's French maid (Amy
Meers), are in good hands.
—W. B. C.
"A Trip to Chinatown" at the Bijou.
"A Trip to Chinatown" is no longer pre
sented as a play in which a half dozen
brilliant character sketches by Hoyt afford
the purest enjoyment. Instead of a farce
comedy, as Hoyt understood the term, it has
become a vehicle for exploiting specialty per
formers, not a play depending upon actors
for its success. What a vital creation in
the old days was Ben Gay, the sporty old
gentleman who sat on a hot .soapstone for
an hour waiting for "the widow." Hoyt
once said of this character, in his well re
membered Yankee drawl: "Ben Gay was
a happy thought. Of course he made a
hit, for the reason that we've all waited
for her and she didn't show up." And
Welland Strong, the powerful sick man who
drinks everybody under the table and thirsts
for more—Strong, the ox who "feels a
draught," but can make love faster than a
policeman at a French ball. Then there was
Mrs. Guyer, the widow, who humiliates old
Gay, and upon his remonstrating with her,
says one of the truest things In the world,
to wit, "Old gentlemen should not run after
Gay's doddering old servant, determined
to stick to his amorous old master in the be
lief that he Is crazy, when he is only trying
to renew his youth with the widow; Flirt,
the saucy French maid, the young people of
old Gay's family, all crowd upon the recol
lection. But where is Harry Conor as
Welland Strong, Harry Gilfoil, the whistling
waiter; Anna Boyd. the delightful widow,
and dear old Mr. Deane, the Ben Gay of
former years? Gone, and their places filled
with singers and entertainers. "Something
too much of this," as the melancholy prince
remarked on a doleful occasion.
This season's "Chinatown" people are
capable entertainers and they provide an in
teresting bill. In the second act where the
specialties are Introduced, some fine voices
are heard. Robert Harty's pure tenor is
one of the delightful features. Emlllie Gard
ner, a sweet soprano singer of much prom
ise, wins all hearts by her singing of Scotch
i ballads. George Shields' big bass voice, well
I remembered, brought him applause before he
gave "Asleep in the Deep."
Clayton Kennedy, as the waiter, will do as
a substitute for Harry Gilfoil. Mr. Kennedy
is a trick piano player, one of those chaps |
who take liberties with the instrument, beat |
it in all kinds of time while dancing a rag
time movement with their feet, scrape har
monies out of the strings with their thumb
nails and do other amusing things. Mr.
Kennedy played •■Annie Laurie" In every
known kind of time, and the audience so far
forgot itself as to insist on his giving the
Mile. Fleurette, in the role of Flirt, was
blithe and light as a feather on her toes,
where she poised most of the time. Her cake
! walk with Will Philbrick, and their singing
|of "Dem Goo Goo E3 res," made a great hit.
Philbrick's dancing is of a very high order.
Charles P. Morrison as Welland Strong is
new in the part, but he succeeds very well.
Mabel Montgomery, the widow, is a be
witching woman. Her figure is superb, and
she has a sort of Marie Jansen step that
imparts exquisite grace to her carriage.
—W. A. D.
A German company, headed by Marie Yon
Wegern, who will be remembered for her
clever work here last season in the "New
York Braver," will appear at the Metropol
itan for four nights and a matinee, begin
ning next Sunday. The seat sale for this en
gagement opens Thursday morning.
Frank Daniels will be here next week with
his big comic opera company and his great
comic opera hit, "The Ameer," in which, last
season, he made the most successful tour of
his career. Victor Herbert .is the composer
and in the score he is said to have sur
passed all of his previous efforts. The libretto
is the joint work of Fred M. Ranken and
Kirke La Shelle. In It Daniels Is understood
to have found a character entirely to his
liking. Certainly there is no funnier man
on the stage than Frank Daniels. His sup
port this season is the best he has had.
Among the principals are Helen Redmond,
Kate Uart, Norma Kopp, Will Danforth,
Rhys Thomas, Owen Westford and William
Corliss. In addition there is a chorus of
sixty people and, if reports of those who
have seen the chorus are trustworthy, Dan
iels has surrounded himself this year with
more pretty girls than ever before.
The attraction at the Bijou the coming
week is the Hanlons' famous spectacular
pantomime comedy, "Le Voyage En Suisse,"
with new and elaborate effects, novel and
startling tricks, elegant costumes, bright and
catchy music and a company superior to tny
that has heretofore presented this remark
able entertainment. The most important
mechanical effects are the upsetting of the
stage coach filled with passengers, ludicrous
scenes In a sleeping car and a sensational
railroad explosion, side-splitting in its ab
surdities. The principal clowns are Charles
Guyer and the world renowned William C.
Schroede, both clever acrobats. Others in
the cast include Allene Crater, a prima
donna of great excellence; Robert Broderkk,
Nelly Daly, E. H. Carroll, E. F. Nagle, H.
M. Herbert and others.
THE STATE PRESS AND
Wadena Pioneer-Journal—Bob Evans' can
didacy for United States senator has assumed
tbe form of a well-defined' boom. Things are
coining his way, an,d the republicans all over
the state rejoice thereat.
St. Peter Free Press—lf good stiff claims
count for anything. Bob Evans of Minneapolis
is-practically out of the woods in his contest
for the United States senatorship, and all
that remains to be done now is to keep the
promised support intact until tn* official rati
fication, to be had next month. Bob's man
agers are very active and display considerable
ingenuity in making his candidacy popular
with wavering country members.
Hubbard County Enterprise—The sentiment
among the people of the state continues to
grow stronger every day in favor of Robert
G. Evans for United States senator. The
people like him because he is clean, brainy
and vigorous. IT their choice is respected by
the members of the legislature he will be
Jackson Republic—Xo man of small caliber
can take the place made vacant by Senator
Davis' death. Minnesota must send a man
who by nature and education will be able to
hold up the high standard which has been
raised by Minnesota statesmen. H is the
state and not a litlte corner of the state
•which must be represented in Washington.
Minneapolis happens to be the home of such
a man, and it would be unfortunate indeed
if the location of a man's home would influ
ence legislators against a man who is other
wise eminently qualified. Those who know
"Bob" Evans will not be influenced against
him because he lives la Minneapolis. Those
who don't know him should learn something
more against his candidacy than that he
happens to live in Minneapolis.
Princeton Union—At the present writing it
seems as if genial Bob Evans of Minneapolis
was a few laps ahead in the race for the
senatorship. He is a clean, able man and
naught can be said against him. But the
Union's first choice is and will continue to be
until the end of the chapter, Moses E Clapp
Anoka Herald-The managers of the senato
rial booms of Evans and Clapp have devoted
considerable time during the past week to
talking about each other, each claiming that
the other side has not the support it claims.
But as the days go by the avowed supporters
of the Minneapolis man multiply and from
present indications in the game of tag (which
j the contest is more like than a senatorial
fight) Mr. Evans will eventually find himself
Buffalo Journal—Robert G. Evans seems to
have things coming his way for United States
senator. Every day there are a lot of new
pledges, and his campaign Is conducted on
and 19 reaching the band-wagon stage If
his present gait is kept up the members of
the legislature will be climbing on in a few
days. Judge Alley of the Wright county dele
gation is on record as favoring Evans.
Lamberton Star—Those who always hang
back to see which way the band wagon
starts have commenced to crawl onto the
R. G. Evans vehicle. Judging from the lively
hustle In that direction it would indicate that
the Hennepin county statesman was going to
make the trip without stopping for food or
Hubbard County Clipper—Honest Bob Ev
ans will be elected to succeed the lamented
C. K. Davis.
St. Cloud Journal-Press—Without dispar
agement in the least degre to any other of
the aspirants, we sincerely believe that Mr
Evans-ehould be elected, and that without
any prolonged struggle. His record is abso
lutely -clean, he Is a man of pure character,
an able man, a trained lawyer, and a citizen
of strong convictions, fearless and honest.
Put him in the senate and he would soon be
come one of the most influential members of
that body, and he would always be found
loyal to his country and his state. We be
lieve that if the people could vote directly
for senator Evans would be chosen by a
large majority. ;
Dawson Sentinel—Robert G. Evans of Min
neapolis will be elected United State's senator
to succeed the late Cusbman K. Davis That
is as it should be.
Norman County Index—The senatorial fight
to succeed Davis is getting hot now. with
Evans clearly in the lead. Clapp has strong
support, and if Tawney becomes a candidate
Evans may lose the prize.
Kenyon Leader-Robert G. Evans will un
doubtedly succeed the late Senator Davis in
the United States senate. Leaving out of
consideration the favorite son campaign t'ae
contest is between two of Minnesota's most
able and talented men, Robert G. Evans and
Moses E. Clapp, with every indication that
Lvans will be an easy winner.
Sauk Center Herald-The candidacy of Rob
ert G. Evans for the senate meets with favor
throughout the state. It is too much to hope
that he will be elected without a struggle
but it is evident that he is far and away in
the lead, and his defeat, if he shall be de
feated, which is improbable, will be the re
sult of a combination amounting almost to a
conspiracy—a combination of all other aspi
rants who have no higher motive than to de
feat the best and strongest man, because he
is the best and strongest—a motive wholly
unworthy. Jealousy in politics is as despica
ble, as in private life. -
.Brown County Journal-There is no mistak
ing • the act that Robert G. Evans of Minne
apolis, who is personally known to many of
the Journal readers, is at present the most
conspicuous candidate before the state legis
lature to succeed the late Cushman X Davis
as United States senator from Minnesota
Ortonville Herald-Star-Indications now are
that the fight for.Senator Davis' toga Is over
setlted nearly two weeks in advance of the
sitting of the legislature by the selection of
Robert G. Evans of Minneapolis. This is not
only a good selection, but it is a most fortu
nate thing for the. state of Minnesota that so
momentous a question should be settled with
out so much as a hint at any undue influ
ences having been exerted and without in any
way disturbing the party harmony. Surely
Minnesota republicans are to be congratu-
Moorhead Independent-Robert G. Evans
should be elected United States senator to flu
the unexpired term of Senator Davis Mr
Evans is in every way qualified for the posi
tion of United States senator and will £ake
a representative who will be a credit to Mm
nesota. He has always been a republican
and has never been at Variance with the prin
ciples of his party. As to his ability there la
Jsanti County Press-It is Nelson and Evans
Kobert G. Evans for senator, and that subtle
nfluence which the dollars-and-cents legisla-
ci?Z°? Da Chronlcle-Among the peculiar
circumstances surrounding the Tawney candi
amo^ n°tV least significant is the fact that
among those advocating his entry for the
senaorial raCe are some whose friendship
cSndl ar°ÜB6 SUSpicion- II may be that his
candidacy ls urged by SOme who have other
Th 8 S V k,W tha" his election l° the senate.
" «P«bllcan representative from Steele
county should be sure that his vote repre
sents his constituents, and is not used to fur
ther the designs of:wily political schemers.
Hutehinson Independent-The republicans
of Minneapolis, in naming R. G. Evans as
their ■ candidate, have COme as near as they
could, with home material. In selecting a man
capable of filling the place made vacant by
the death, of Senator Davis. He has been a
hard student In his profession; he is honest
he is poor (as men are rated now), and he
has brains a plenty and has political sagacity
In all these things he resembles Davis to a
degree, and we hope, and almost think that
he would not be awed or controlled by
Benson Times-Things are still coming R
G. Evans' way for the senatorship. La at
week the Duluth delegation declared for him
a.so Senators Young, Shell and Miller who
are each hosts in themselves. It is stated
also that he has thirteen out of the twenty
members and senators in this congressional
district. Commltteeman Shevlln, Lowry and
other Hennepin men who were supposed to
be waiting candidates have shown no disposi
tion to antaognize Mr. Evans, and it looks
very much as though he would be a winner.
TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 1, 1901.
The Tramp's Revenge
(Copyrighted, 1900, Wm. R. Miller.)
It was a typical specimen of the "genus hobo" who opened the gate one scorch
ing August afternoon and shuffled up the path to Farmer Jones' residence. Mrs.
Jones opened the door just then to sweep off the porch and saw the wanderer ap
"John," she called back into the house, "here's another tramp."
The gentleman of leisure stopped at the foot of the steps and awaited John's
li certainly was no wonder Mrs. Jones was not pleased with the tramp's looks.
He was the most worthless looking vagabond she had ever seen, and her experience
with that class was by no means lim
ited. A big fellow he was, of ample
girth, and remarkably ragged and dirty.
An old, rimless stovepi© hat was set
rakishly on a head crowned.with a mass
of wild Fed ■ hair, and his face was
enough to frighten one out of a year's
growth. It was a red and blue and
brown and yellow face, that evidently
knew more of whisky than of water.
Jones appeared at the door and de
"Well, whadda ye want?"
'"Evenin", sir,"' replied the tramp;
"I just stopped by to ask if ye had any
cold vittles ye didn't want."
"I s'pose yer willin' to work fur
'em?" said the> farmer, sarcastically.
'"Xot ef I kin git 'em without," an
swered the tramp with a grin.
"Yes, that's the way with all yer
kind," said Jones. "Now you make
tracks out o' here 'fore I set the dogs
"I Just Stopped by to Ask If Ye Had Any
Cold Vittles Ye Didn't Want."
"I've heerd that kind of barkin' before," he said, "an' it means climb a tree."
He hurried off into the woods at the side of the road just as a large dog came into
view around another bend a dozen rods ahead. The animal was frothing at the
mouth and stopping now and then to fight off imaginary enemies.
"Where's them kids I jest passed?" thought the tramp, stopping suddenly. The
children were tripping gaily along, unconscious of danger. The tramp bounded into
the road again with surprising agility.
"Git home quick, kids!" he shouted, running after them and waving his arms
frantically. The children turned at the sound of his voice. They did not under
stand him; but, seeing the ugly old fellow coming after them, tl^y joined hands and
fled, terror-stricken, down the road.
'"Pore kids," mused the tramp grimly; 'ef the dog don't git 'em I reckon they'll
be frightened to death ennyhow." And
he turned again toward the mad beast,
now only a few bounds away.
The little Joneses came scampering
into the yard, scaring their mother al
most to death. "A big ugly old man
had run after them," they told their pa
rents, when they found breath enough
The farmer was furious. He took
down his gun, called two of his men and
started on a run up the road. They
reached the turn just in time to see the
mad dog wrench itself from the tramp's
grasp and dash off to the side of the
road. Realizing the situation in an in
stant, the farmer raised his gun and
poured a load of shot into the dog, which
died without a struggle.
The three men ran to where the
tramp had fallen. Through the dust and
dirt with which he was covered they
could see the great gashes made in his
face and neck by the dog's teeth. The
hands, also, were lacerated, and the dirty
rags he wore were covered with blood.
As tenderly as possible they lifted the
unconscious man and bore him back to
the house whence he had been driven
fifteen minutes before. He was placed
on a bed, ami one of the men was dis
patched for the doctor.
The farmer and his wife cleaned the
blood and d'rt from the poor fellow as
best they could; but they could not stop
the flow of blood. The doctor arrived in
the course of half an hour.
"There's no use cauterizing the
wounds," he said. "The man is dying
now from loss of blood."
Mrs. Jones sank into a chair at the
foot of the bed. bowed her head in her
hands and wept only as a woman in her
position could weep. The farmer's eyes,
too, were wet with tears.
After a few moments the tramp opened his eyes and gazed around in wonder
"Do you feel comfortable now?" the doctor asked, bending over him.
"Yes. Doc. I feel putty good, only I'm awful hungry. Can't you skirmish a*-oun»
and git me sumpin' to eat?"
Before the sentence was finished Mrs. Jones was half way dQwnstairs She re
turned in a few minutes with a tray laden with the best she had in the house
'"Kate," said her husband, as he met her at the door of the sick-room "he'a
The tray dropped from the woman's hands. She staggered toward the bed and fell
in a swoon across the lifeless body.
In Keeping With the Time
HEW YEAR'S >IORXI\G
I Only a night from old to new!
Only a night, and so much wrought!
The Old Year's heart all weary grew,
But said: "The New Year rest has brought."
The Old Year's heart its hopes laid down.
As in a grave: but, trusting, said:
"The blossoms of the New Year's crown
Bloom from the ashes of the dead.''
Only a night, from old to new:
Never a night such changes brought.
The Old Year had its work to do:
No New Year miracles are wrought.
Always a night from old to new!
Night and the healing balm of sleep!
I Each morn is New Year's mom come true,
Morn of a festival to keep.
All nights are sacred nights to make
Confession and resolve and prayer;
All days are sacred days to wake
New gladness In the sunny air.
Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn. \
The new is bui the old come true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born,.
THE BONG FOR THE HEART
The housewife bent above her task;
Her face was pale that had once been
She bore the burden of fruitless years
With patience as best she might,
And all day long
Sne sang this song:
"Lead, Kindly Light."
Her voice- was cracked and her tones were
1 She got scarce half of her measures right;
Her thin lips trembled; her eyes looked far,'
As if they would pierce the night;
But all day long
She crooned her song:
"Lead, Kindly Light."
She toiled in the kitchen; she scrubbed and
She struggled with dirt and hunger and
For mauy there were to prompt her hands
In her slenderest oversight.
So all day long
She needed her song:
"Lead, Kindly Light."
She was too old for hope to lure.
Too feeble now for the outward fight;
And only within she fought all day
To keep her tired soul white;
And all day long
She hummed her song:
"Lead, Kindly Light"
"All right, boss, all right; I don't
want to give ye no trouble. Good day."
And he started down the walk. "Say,
boss,"' he grimly called back from the
gate, "ef yore dog was to bite me he'd
git the d. t.'s."
"Gee whiz!" he mused as he shuf
fled off up the road. "This must be a
anti-treat neighborhood. Ef I don't git
sumpin' at the next house I'll have to
steal a cud from the fust cow I Bee."
A couple of hundred yards farther
on he came to a turn in the road and met
two little children. The little ones, a
boy and a girl, edged off to the far side
of the road, much alarmed at the old
man's appearance. He took no notice
of them, however, as he was looking
straight ahead to see how far it was to
the next house. A moment later he
heard a peculiar yelping somewhere
*S>g£<: ' '• ■•;'t|'^
"Git Home Quick, Kids.'
! THE MIGHTY HIXDRED YEARS
One mighty gleam, and old horizon broke!
All the vast glimmering outline of the
Swam on the vision, shifting, at one stroke,
The ancient gravitation of the soul.
All things came circling in one cosmic dance,
One motion older than tae ages are:
Swung by one Law, one Purpose, one Ad
Serene and steadfast as the morning star.
Men trace the spacious orbits of the Law.
And find it is their shelter and their friend;
For there, behind its mystery and awe,
God's sure hand presses to a blessed end.
And so man pushes toward the Secret Vast—
Up through the storm of stars, skies upoa
And down through circling atoms, Hearing
The brink of things beyond which Chao«
Yea, in the shaping of a grain of sand.
He sees the law that made the spheres t»
Sees atom-worlds spun by the Hidden llaad,
' To whirl about their small Alcyone.
With spell of wizard Science on his eyes.
And augment on his arm, he probes through
Or pushes back the low, unfriendly skies.
To feel the wind of Saturn on his face.
He walks abroad upon the Zodiac,
To weigh the worlds in balances, to fuse
Suns in his crucible, and carry back
The spheral music and the cosmic news.
—Edward Markham In Success.
A LITTLE JOIRXEV TO LAPL.*M
They sat together, side by side,
And talked inside the d.iorway
Of Lapland, where the Laps abide,
Northeast of Norway.
"No winter there a horse could spen^
"Twould freeze his very mane, dear.
And so the natives must depend. -
Upon the reindeer."
Her breath the maiden quickly caught.
And then she murmured. "Oh, dear!"
And twittered saucily, "I thought
It was the snow, dear!" '
And then, in just a jiffy more !1
(Where maidens oft by hap land.
And where, of truth, she'd been before).
She was in lap-land.
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Anoka Union—lnterests sometimes conflict
in having a senator representing a part of a
legislative district who resides in another
congressional district. The people of Anoka
county are for Evans for senator and are not