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THE WASHINGTON HERALD. MOWDAY. APRIL 29. 1912.
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MONDAY, APRIL 29, .1912.
It is becoming more and more the
fashion for great social and moral re
formers throughout the country to
paint pictures o'f the wickedness of
Washington and to compare it, in its
vice and degeneracy, -with ancient
Rome with the accompanying predic
tions of the imminent downfall of the
republic in consequence of this. -To
those who are or) the spot and are
acquainted with the conditions of mor
ality to be found here, it is very evi
dent that these calamity spreaders
either have a very imperfect knowl
edge of the conditions in ancient Rome
before its fall, or else they do not
If, as has been publicly declared, the
man in the moon is obliged to hold his
nose when he passes over Washington,
one is inclined to wonder what he does
when, in his shifting orbit, he is com
pelled to pass over some other places
which need not bg mentioned. Every
little while we are treated to a blister
ing denunciation, always, however, in
ery general terms, of the unspeakable
moral rottenness o'fthe city. So wide
spread has this impression become that
Msitors often express surprise to find
us such a law-abiding people, taking
our -ices as innocently and as harm
lessly as we do.
Washington has long been the
''frightful example" for congregations
and communities in all parts of the
country. Fearful tales of wickedness
have been spread insidiously by those
who tme made one trip here, indulged
in an orgy of peanuts and soda water,
and have gone back telling tales of
their experience which have made
them out "a very devil of a fellow" in
the eyes of their acquaintances.
Meanwhile our people, keeping the
noiseless tenor of their way, have gone
about their business, and hae taken
their innocent joys and recreations all
unmindful of the fearful 'fate hanging
over the city by reason of their reputed
wickedness. All of this time, however,
there have been silently at work as
strong moral forces and agencies for
good as can be found anywhere. These
earnest workers, whose numbers are
the true estimate of the morale of any
community, have been doing a suc
cessful work. And it is they who
know of the absurdity of the thunder
ing philippics of our denunciators which
by most of us are regarded as more
ludicrous than offensive.
Oyster vs. The Commissioners
There is no excuse, under ordinary
conditions, for revamping the ancient
controversy regarding the Board of
Education. For jears that embattled
body has been the center of crimina
tion and recrimination, all futile and
unavailing. The proposal of the Dis
trict Commissioners to abolish the
board, however, obviously was based
upon a condition of affairs incompat
ible with the Washington boast that
our schools were equal to the best in
the nation. If the Commissioners do
not believe there are some deep
seated evils in our school system, their
recommendation to Congress was a
needless invitation to municipal squab
ble. The Commissioners assert there is
too much politics in the schools. Capt
Oyster, President of the Board of Ed
ucation, challenges them to produce
proof of the assertion. He appends
the salient commentary that one rea
son why the Commissioners no longer
appoint members of the boardis that
they insisted in injecting politics into
a strictly civil service institution.
Which reply js, in the words of the
If the entire. Pandora's box of. school
gossip and bickering and alleged
favoritism should be opened to-morrow,
it would reveal the fact that the
Washington schools are comparatively
free 'of petty scandal and "pull," andi
that, a strictly "merit basis" prevails
not only in the appointment of all em
ployes of the board, but in their pro
motion and demotion. Investigations
have been held in vain search for the
trail of .school politics, It has never
been 'found, for such a trail does k not
exist, except in such isolated cases as
have cropped out from time to time
in the public prints, 'and which have
been promptly' stamped out
Capt Oyster is right in taking
umbrage to the Commissioners' asser
tion that "it is more difficult in Wash-
-ngtqa than elsewhere to Trocurc the J
service of the best men in the com
munity for the- Board of Education."
"So more direct slap at .the present
board could be imagined, and none
could be more completely at, variance
with the facts. The personnel of the
board is one of which the city can be
proud; it is able, efficient, and devoted
in its public service; If has faced
some delicate and complex problems
without flinching, and some harsh
criticism, which has demonstrated that
not even the most disinterested public
service is certain of appreciation from
The school situation clarified , a ,year
ago, and" U more satisfactory to-day
than at any period since the ante-
Chancellor era. . Capt' Oyster's de
fense of the Board of Education con
tains few statements -which will not
receive the indorsement of the com
munity. Such a progressive and serv
iceable body is in no immediate dan
ger of being abolished, to say the' least
Drinking in the Colleges.
President Jacob fcould Schurman, of
Cornell, lias come out fktfooted for
prohibition in his school of -learning.
Alcoholism among the students, he
says, is on the increase, and should be
stopped be'fore it goes any further.
While President Schurman does not
say that drinking among the students
inevitably brings disastrous "or serious
consequences, he does believe that the
man who is trying to get the fullest
value from his studies should be a
total abstainer. Therefore, the leaders
among the upper classmen should
never be seen in any drinking resort,
because .they set the example and the
fashion for the entire institution, and
their word is, in some respects, almost
law. If 2. young student finds that his
social position or his personal pres
tigeis strengthened by drinking, he
will drink, no matter what the effect
is upon his work.
The situation at Cornell merely em-
phasizes the ancient fact that the ma
jority of young men do not drink
through any great appetite for liquid
allurement, but because it becomes al
most an essential part of their social
duties. Many of those who drink in
the colleges would welcome prohibi
tion, because it would remove tempta
tion from their path.
National Chamber Body
Outside of its unwieldy name, the
Chamber of Commerce of the United
States of America has made a fine start.
In selecting Washington as its head
quarters, a wise move was made, one
that will be of great advantage in help
ing to "shape the .proper kind of legis-
r The charadeand stability of the del
egates from various sections of the
country who attended the conference
in this city, representing as they did
the influential commercial organizations
of the United States, gave a dignity
and influence to it so that when a rec
ommendation is made it will receive the
proper consideration, especially so now
there will no longer be a multitude of
recommendations made by local asso
ciations "The national body has declared its
purpose to promote co-operation be
tween chambers of commerce, boards
of trade, and other commercial and
manufacturers' organizations o'f the
United States, increasing their efficiency
and extending their usefulness. By
this co-operative action it is intended to
secure unity and harmony in- business
usages and laws and proper'considcra;
tion and concentration of opinion upon
questions affecting the financial, com
mercial, and industrial interests of thfc
country at large." .
The New York Journal of Commerce,
in commenting upon the deliberations
of the, organization says it is of good
augury for the future of the national
chamber that the conference with which
it originated should have turned down
all suggestions of applying to Congress
for an appropriation in aid of its work.
This certainly was praiseworthy and
can be used as an object lesson by or
conizations which are too'-prone to look
upon the United States Treasury as
In future where questions affecting
the commerce of the country come up,
the right sentiment of business men will
be presented, local issues obliterated.
and Congressmen relieved of having to
consider the alue of resolutions sent
to them by their constituents when they
are of business concern.
(From TarHns Sanctum)
Dr. Wiley, foe of germs, is now quot
ed as the. author of verses In praise
of kisses. Is no one sate In this med
Whenever there Is nothing else to do
In New York they Investigate Thaw's
College professor predicts that there
will be a war between England and
Germany Just as soon as the Panama
Canal Is finished. Now there cornea the
serious question as to whether we shall
stop work on the canal or let England
and Germany tight.
We fall to notice any collection of
discarded headgar In the Vice PresU
It has been found possible to trans-r
,fer a live tooth from one mouth to
another If the owner can be induced
to spare it.
The Seattle hurglar who drew the
line on pie probably did not want to
carry any extra, weight in his effort to
Des .Moines -claims to, have the larg
est birth rate In America, and It
wouldn't be surprising if commission
government, advocates claimed the
credit for it.
We might forget that there was a
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-Pw1rATlln. t I . . 4...
being" taken to end it, J ; " .7 ,
Staging; of spring.
,' It the bard: f
Finds' it a, thins
Not so hard. ...
Singlag of spring. " ,
Helhaspat; s V-
DIrds -on the wing, ,
And all that , ,
i Singing of spring
-With -A wUlj ,z "- '
Creepers that cling. K
By the;rin) ,. ..
Elnstne-fof spring " z "
When you've the- swine
Of the same.
Verse by the string
Right on Up;
Singing of spring
Is a. snap!
Uncle PennnTls Saysi
-How long before baseball managers will
begin catering to th'e tired business mini
It All Depends,
"And you think a Jury will give me
The Junior partner wasn't certain. lie
called In the senior partner, who gazed
at tne lady for some moments. Then
be went out and beckoned the Junior
partner after him.
"Don't take the case, he whispered.
That girl Isn't good-looking enough."
April SO In History.
April 29. WOO William Shakespeare opens
his Globe Theater summer stock com
April 29. 1177-RIchard the Lion-Hearted
requests his wife to rivet a button on his
sheet-Iron coat He Is referred, to a
blacksmith, and leaves home In a huff.
"Do you keep up the Illusion!"
"What do you mean?"
"Do you get your arms around your
wife's waist nowaday as you did 'when
you were first married?"
"Oh, no; It would only make her mad.
Tou see. her waist has Increased seven
Inches, while my arm remains the fame
A Ayet Spring.
By the way.
Oft hang over
Decay of Chivalry.
"Plague take that girl!"
"Mr friend, that Is the most beautiful
girl In this town." ' h5
"That may be. But she obstructs jny
view or second oase."
"More worry for us women."
"The scientists say that women's feet
will get larger with each succeeding gen
"That may be true. But I do not sea
why those who are alreadjr provided with
feet need worry-"
A Lap Itehlnd,
"She certainly looks away out of date."
"Yes: the poor think. Is sUll wearing
this year's styles."
Mr. Tuft has tired of turning the other
I haven't begun to fight yet!" shouts
Lthe colonel. But Taft has!
Mr. Taft will have the ten delegates
from Rhode Island as ell as the eight
from New Hampshire. He already has
Connecticut and six of the eight from
Vermont. Maine Is Roosevelt's. Massa
chusetts Is the last New England State
to select delegates.
The Iowa Idea lightly turns to Tsft.
Taft Is more than half-convinced of
the desirability of forming an Ananias
Club of ills own.
Mr. Taft to Mexico: Naughty, naughty;
The political news that came over the
wire yesterday hadthe old Taft smile
concealed between the lines. It was de
President Taft has at last begun to
show that he has bristles and has begun
to "say things" of the colonel. It Is up
to Taft to show fight, for the colonel has
shown htm no mercy, but has been
blfflng him right and left
President Taft said that he was obliged
to disregard his own feelings In the mat
ter. He also seems to have disregarded
those of the colonel.
Patient, good-natured Mr. Taft has hit
hard at last. Roosevelt is fighting on
the defensive after a -stiff blow right
over the heart, and his doughty oppo
nent has a knockout punch up his sleeve.
Taft's sad and painful duty has be
gun, but what will It be before it is
In decldng that a President of the
United States has a right to speak out
from the shoulder when he Is attacked.
Mr. Taft has the support of reeent and
It took President Taft some time to
realize thit the public might be taking
seriously some of those things T. R.
The Taft luck again. CoL Harvey and
Harper's Weekly have come out in sup
port ot mm.
President Taft: "Life is fretting to be'
-usr, one state primary alter anotner."
President Taft read some letters from
the colonel, and now there Is a fine
chance for a, new member of the Ananias
His dental smile may have been In
evidence, but when he got through read
ing Taffa speech somebody's ears were
The optimistic Taft still hopes that the
Republican elephant .wlil "trick" the
President Taft refers to the "Insincere
dsmagogue." Wonder who ho Is talking
Maryland wlll remain true to the ideals
of conservatism that have ever charac
terized her history and line up for Presi
dent Taft In opposition to the radicalism
espoused by CoL Roosevelt
In Sooth America.
First Senorlta She. belongs to the most
Second Senorlta Yes: she Js a D. 8. A.
P. Daughter of South American -Peace.
She can trace her descent from ancestors
who lived In the two years wo didn't
have any war.
Peace Hath Her Victories.
She No, I Jean never marry jiou. but
we can always be friends.
He WtlL that is one of the adr-An.
Ugea or not gsUJnK married,
THE PEOPLE'S FOUM
Oar P&temt Laws.
- To the Editor: Notwithstanding' larg
er later occurrences, the case or Henry
vs. A. B. Dick Co.. deddeC by. the Su
premo Court of the United States on the
nth of last' month. Is still under. discus
sion by the newspapers, lawyers, and
-.ongress, wisely ana omerwisir. Tnat
decision relates Jo patents for lnven
The A. B. Dick Co., ot Chicago, th
owner of two,patentsyfor a copying mi
chfney called a "Rotary Mimeograph,"
sold those 'machines at cost or' less than
cost, choosing to make profit from the
sala of materials used by others in oper
atlng the machine. On each machine
was put a metal plate bearing a notlee.
"This machine Is sold Dy the A. B. Dick
Co. with the license restriction that It
may be used only with ths stencil paper.
Ink, and other supplies msde by the A.
B. Dick Company, Chicago. U. 8. A.'
One of these machines was sold, at sub
stantially cost to a woman In,Kew York
City, and a firm of supply dealers, know
lng ot the license restriction, sold Ink
to her to be used on that machine. The
A. B. Dick Co. brought suit against this
firm, and the Supreme Court held that
the sale of that ink was an infringe
ment of the patents.
While further pondering over this case.
another patent law Intrudes Itself for
Inattention; and that law confers patent
privileges wblcn are more serious than
the privileges granted In connection with;
patents for Inventions. The nature of
this law will .be understood from a
single and simple Illustration.
A. B. Harry builds a shack upon a
ICO-acro tract of land constituting a part
of the publlo domain of the 'United
States, and resides in said shack during
a series of months. Then he attends to
a few brief formalities and receives from
the government of the United states a
patent granting to him ,jhe absolute and
exclusive fee. tlUe, and ownership in and
to that ISO acres, not for seventeen years
(the length of the term of 'a patent for
an ) invention), nor for one hundred
years, but forever. Under such absolute
ownrhlp, he can be upon and-enjoy
said land and exercise the arbitrary right
" " w n ii ouiers anare with him
such use and enjoyment And he Is not
obliged to use It himself, nor need he
let others use It If he so choos. h
J can, allow possession only to plants and
uimais. nor, roc seventeen years, but
- Let us suppose that A. B. Harry has
Jropro ed this 1(0 acres and has prospered
and ventured Into business to the extent
of establishing a general store In the
neighborhood Henry Thomas, also re
siding in the neighborhood, but less pros
perous, desires to use ten acres or the
160 ncres for tho cultivation of a crop
of Irish potatoes, a ten acres which the
owner does not Intend to use this year.
He applies to the owner, and Is told
that he may use the land for a year at
a low rental, but that he must buy his
seed potatoes and a new .plow point for
his plow from the Harry store, must
hoe tne potatoes only with hoes bought
from the Harry store, must buy his
Paris green for Jho potato bugs at the
Harry store; if he should be so unfor
tunate as to rip his trousers whUe at
work on the place, the trousers must
be mended only with a needle and
thread and thlmbre bought at the Harry
store; when the crop Is to be gathered,
baskets and bags bought from the Har
ry stol-e must be used; when the po
tatoes are to be eaten, they must be
salteO with salt bought from the Harry
store; and, after eating, only, toothpicks
bought from the Harry store may "be
used by the members of the family to
pick their teeth
Observe this unlimited Invasion of per
sonal rights, dictation as to how we
shall pick our teth. wherewithal we
shall mend our trousers, salt our po
tatoes, feed out; potatoe bugs'
Yet we hae heard no expressions of
solicitude regarding this other patent
monopoly. The people, the press, and
Congress. hae apparently been led to
undertake to deal first with the lesser
problem. In order to acquire strength to
deal with the greater problem to first
deal with the seventeen-year exclusive
patent and then with the perpetual ex
But might it not be well to give recoc
nltlon to the fact that Thomas can find
ground elsewhere for the planting of
potatoes? Does not the law of supply and
demand apply? If Harry wishes to lease
his land, and Dick wishes to market his
machines, must they not make terms
which users can accept? CTBU3 KEBB.
"NO USE BATHING,"
Paris, April 21 To take a bath only
leaves one's skin in a dirtier condition
than before, from the medical point of
view. This Is the melancholy opinion
expressed by the leading mtcro-blolo-gists
of the world, whose views are col
lected by Le Matin.
According to these experts, who have
been making a number of tests, the or
dinary bath only multiplies the growth
of microbes, which always flourish on
even the healthiest skin.
Dr. Tsldaka, the famous Japanese
bacteriologist, for example, recently had
three men bathe In clean .water, one
after thu other, the bathers, each time
being thoroughly scrubbed nlth fresh
water. All afterward were found to
have three to four times as many-
microbe colonies on their backs as prc-
Other scientists agree with the Jap
'Germany Launches Battle Ship.
Berlin, April 28. Germany's thirteenth
IfDreadnought the Koenlg Albert, was
launcned at Danzig to-day in the pres
ence ox me .rung oi saxony.
COPR- '' 1 1 III', ' ' i" ' tn 3tot&&miSsMU
UFfcPUOCO- ' Si , ii r
Bird with the high hati "Goodness, where am If
"Hoot mon, tUua.y.e ken SoootlaM whvye.see Itr
, SLilH M MJCE
Contlnaed .from Fasre One,
tacking party a moment later hastened
back to cover before a rain of bullet.
fired from a small window in the front
of tne garage.
Realising that the bandits were making
their last stand which meant escape or
death police operations were suspended
until artillery from Vincenncs could be
requisitioned and a corps of army engi
neers hastened to the scene.
Dynamite Bandits' Stronghold.
Another advance was made on the
bandits' stronghold In the meantime, but
with the same result The desperadoes
were apparently equipped with an unlim
ited supply of ammunition, and the way
tney used it showed that neither had
been hit during the first attack.
At noon the first charge of dynamite
was placed In the rear of the garage,
the police holding the attention of the
bandits by firing st the shed from the
front and priming the artillery guns as if
to begin a bombardment
The blast exploded ten minutes later.
It damaged the garage, but not suffi
ciently to permit the police to rush It
Before the smoke had cleared away an
other charge had been set As the fumta
blew away debris fell In all directions.
Windows in near-by buildings were
broken, and the crowd, which now num
bered at least 10,000. for a moment was
The police swarmed into the wreckage.
No sign of life wss noticeable until a
form arose from the tonneau of a partly
demolished auto and a man. substantially
identified as Dubois, grazed the heads uf
the Invaders with four bullets. A volley
of shots answered his charge and he f'-Il
dead with a piercing shriek.
Two large mattresses lying on tne noor.
one on top of the other, were seen to
move, and the police stood by with point
ed revolvers. Suddenly throwing the top
mattress off, Bonnot raised his gun to
fire, but was. shot down before he could
pull the trigger. He was rushed to the
Hospital Dleu alive, but died a few min
utes later before he could be placed on
the operating table.
Two hundred detectives had been
searching for the desperadoes ever since
their most startling crime the robbery
of the Bank of the Soelete Generate,
Chantllly. on March 25, and In which
they killed two men and wounded sev
M. Gulchar, chief of the detective ser
vice, has been In command of his best
men, and their work has been going on
dsy and night
They were spurred on by the open ie-
fiance of the bandits, whose leaders sent
Into police headquarters their finger
prints, accompanied by a sneering note
to come get us."
On each occasion when the police got
close to the robbers. It was at the cost
ot a Killing or wounding. The most
thrilling incident of this sort was on
April. 23, when the leaders. Bonnot and
uarnler, were cornered In a house at
a-etit ivry, a suburb of Paris.
Assistant Police Superintendent Jouln
and Chief Inspector Colmar went In f.
ter them. A hand-to-hand battle follow
ed. In which the desperadoes killed Jouln
ana seriously wounded Colmar.
After that a spirit of vengeance gave
added force to the work of th nniir
They vowed they would avenge their
cvuiraucx, ana tney aia.
EEC0ED OF FBEHCH
November 27, 1J11, at Chatelet-en-Brlei
Murdered a chauffeur
and stole automobile.
December 11. 1911. at Bou-Iogne-Sur-Selne
bile ot M. Norman.
December 21. 1911. In Paris
Attempted murder of Bank Mes
senger Caby, in Rue Ordener.
January 31, 1912. In Paris
Robbed Bank Messenger Gouy
Palllet of 130,000.
January 21, 1912. at Lea Au
brals Robbed freight station;
wounded two men.
February 2?, 1912, at Anger
vllle Fought revolver battle
with police and killed one. Slay
er committed suicide.
February 27. 1912, in Paris
Shot Policeman Garnler, who
tried to stop band's flight.
February 29, 1912, at Pontolse
Attempted to rob office of No
March 20, 1912, at Chaton At
tempted to rob a parage
March 25, 1912, at Montgeron
Murdered chauffeur named Ma
thllle and stole his car.
March 25. 1912. at Chantllly
Robbed Soelete Generate Bank:
got 110.000; killed two clerks.
April 22. 1912. In. Paris In re
volver duel killed Assistant Po
lice Superintendent Jouln:
wounded Chief Inspector Col mas.
WALES MAY VISIT AMERICA.
Prince to Follow Grandfather's Ex.
simple, Paris Hears.
Paris. April 2t The Prince of Wales,
who is now in this city, will shortly visit
the United States, accordng to a report
In the Cri do Paris. The report says the
prince will stay here until well Into the
summer, after which. In accordance with
plans mapped out by the late KlngEd-
ward, ne win journey to America to re
ceive the "guiding influence of the West'
His grandfather visited the -United
States.as the Prince of Wales in the 'G0a
' ' Br 6EdKGB F1TCBV V
Aathor st "At Sool Old Stwaah." ' f
Ambition Is the stuff that schemes are
made of particularly political schemes.
It Is also a sort, of mental tack which
makes It uncomfortable for a man to
sK down. It is likewise a grim task
master which takes him by the ear when
he has(finlsheJ the things he has to do,
and leads him over to a pile of things
which he has a chance to do.
The world was once full of .slaves who
tolled nineteen hours a day for Ihelr
cruel owners. Nowadays It Is full of
slaves who toll the same hours for ambi
tion, and plan new asks for themselves
during the other five.
Ambition has filled this land full of
millionaires, bankrupts, statesmen. Jan
gled nerves, busted digestions, poor piano
players, and unhappy fathers-in-law ot
foreign noblemen. This indicates that
ambition Isn't always a good thing
which is strictly true. Ambition Is a
grand thing when properly fitted with
check valves, brakes, and dutch-releases.
But when ambition takes a man and
yanks him from the cradle to the tomb
without giving him a day off to go out
in the country and hear the torn grow, it
Is no better than a runaway horse.
The world never gets tired of viewing
the marvels wrought by ambition. Am
bition Is fond of picking up human riff
raff such as cripples, orphans. Igno
ramuses, Invalids, and truant schoolboys
and making them into artists, poets, gen
erals, statesmen, and Presidents. Ambi
tion, plus a small man. with a receding
chin. Is more formidable than a giant
with a college education and a fine taste
In easy chairs.
Ambition Is harder on content than a
cat is on a mouse. It is also tolerably
hard on honesty, but it likewise eradi
cates laziness and shlftlessness. and when
a man Is suffering from a large dose of
concentrated embltion he may be found
STATESMEN, REAL AND NEAR.
MaJ. Archibald Butt the President's
military and social aid, who was
drowned In the Titantlc disaster, handled
hisJob In a way that made his work
a piece at art
'For example, when receiving a long
line ot people at a big White House re
ception. President Taft could tell If he
had ever before met the person being
Introduced Just by noting Butt's inflec
tion when he pronounced the naroej.
Usually the Introduction oonslsts simply
In announcing the guests one after an
other in this fashion: "Mr. Smith. Mr.
and Mrs. Robinson." etc If MaJ. Butt
varied the routine by saying, "Mr.
Smith. Mr. President," then the Presi
dent knew that Smith was somebody
out of the ordinary; that he had met
him before or should know him by
reputation. But not Infrequently the
tip would be considerably more subtle
Just a slight trick of emphasis that no
body but the President could detect
And MaJ. Butt appeared to have an In
fallible memory for every human being
that the President bad ever met In his
travels from coast to coast He never
fumbled a name, either The next per
son In the reception line might give his
name while Butt wts keeping an eye on
something In an adjoining room, but he
never failed to apply the right name to
the right person and with the proper
Once, twice, thrice has George Curry.
Representatlve-at-large from New Mex
ico, rvad accounts of his own death.
He grew so accustomed to being re
garded as dead that if he were to
pick up the morning paper at the break
fast table now and see his own obit
uary he wouldn't even attach enough
Importance to the Item to mention It to
The first time Curry was killed was
back in 'S7 He went from New Mexico
to Trinidad to play a game of baseball,
and while there shared a hotel room
with a stranger '"ho was about to set
out Into the wilds to buy cattle. This
stranger got up to make an early start
and by mistake put on Curry"a vest
The next day he waa shot and robbed,
or robbed and shot out In the hills, and
the only thing to Identify him by was
a letter in his est pocket addressed to
George Curry The coroner at Trinidad
then and there held an Inquest,
whlth he adjudged George N. Curry
dead. That news was sent out by tne
Associated Press, and when Curry got
off the train on his return to New Mex
ico the first people he saw were two
rival undertakers who had come after
Just twenty years later, when Curry
was Inaugurated Governor of New Mex
ico Territory, the coroner who had ad-
Judged him dead Journeyed to Santa Fe
Trom Colorado Just for the satisfaction
of seeing a dead man made Governor.
On another occasion. Curry was sup
posed to have been killed In a fight on
the plains and his obituary was flashed
over the country.
Then, at the battle ot San Mateo, In
the Philippines, where Gen. Lawton wa
killed, all Currys company perished and
he was supposed to have been Included.
But the Filipinos liked Curry, and they
purposely allowed him to escape. He had
to go without food for two or three days,
but merely tightened his belt and kept on
Curry was at one time an outlaw.
When he was a cowboy he got Into a
row with the Territorial government over
some land grants, and a company ot
militia was sent to arrest htm. But
Curry didn't purpose to be arrested, as
It was much pleaaanter In the mountains
at that season than In Jail, and he and
his cowboy friends chased the militia
away. When he got around to It Curry
went down and allowed himself to be
arrested, and received, his mall at the
county baatlle for a season, but such
wss his .personal popularity thar In a
trifle over a year after he got out of
Jail he was elected county clerk. And he
has been holding one place after another
until he broke Into Washington as Repre-
Senator Polndexter. on his way to
Washington State last summer, sat on the
transcontinental llinlted talking to a
stranger about the weather. They were
passing through Oregon, and the stranger
who was making ills first trip out that
way said he wouldn't have believed it
could be. so beastly hot At that moment
It was mora than 106 in the car.
"Oh, It's hot now. of course." said Poln
dexter, apologetically, "out you'll be sur
prised at the way It'll cool off. after night-
fall. The thermometer will drop three
or lour notches at a time." '
"I hope you're right" said the stranger.
I mopping his brow, "but I can't imagine
how it would feel ever to-be cool again,"
At 10 p. m. it was still ice an unheard
lot temperature for that time of night
land the stranger sat and glowered at
I Polndexter as if ha were responsible.
The senator strolled through the train
hoping to meet up with some weather
expert who could offer an explanation.
Other passengers-also began to pace back
and forth, from one car to another. Final
ly somebody stumbled upon a noteworthy
Through, the boaehealcdness of some
(sJlro4. eanployt, tj jfttam haibeea o
In a sanatorium, but it is perfectly uie-
less, to loolc for him in a poorhouse.
America' contains vast natural deposits.
of ambition, and when these were com
bined with immigration, the result was
the United State. An American Is ant
Englishman plus ambition.. 'An English
man hurries up his work so that he can
have tea at 4 and get into his flannels.
An American hurries up his work so that
he can take another man's Job away
from him and do it before supper time.
Ambition doesn't often make a man more
pleasant to have around, but It generally
makes him much more useful to his
Ambition, like a great many other
things. Is often sadly misplaced. There
are a great many fine truck drivers,
shoe repairers, and pie builders who ex!U
not stop trying to be politicians, violin
ists, and cotflsl leaders until they are
operated upon, for ambition.
ICbpjrlltt. Oli IT Cnrrs Jtithr Mus.1
cidentally turned on In several of the
One of Representative Kabn's Califor
nia constituents wrote to him not long
ago inclosing blue prints ot a device he
had thought up for "scrutinizing heav
enly bodies." as he put it He wished to
have an appropriation of a million dol
lars or so from Congress to perfect his
device, so that the humblest citizen
could know Just what Is going on in
Mars and various other celestial points.
Kahn didn't like to offend the man
with a flat refusal of Congress to appro
priate the money, and he put it to him
"We have gone over the situation care
fully, and the best lawyers among; us
are of the opinion that we can do noth
ing for the reason that Congress has no
Jurisdiction over heavenly bodies."
(CoFTrlxHt B12. W FtM C. Keur. All rUhU r
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ot Mr. Herbert Knox Smith's letter of
September 21 to the President until after
my administration bad begun, and tha
time when the question of the prosecu
tion came up in 1310 or 191L And I never
saw or read the letter until about two
"This correspondence shows that the
subject matter of the prosecution of th
International Harvester Company came
before President Roosevelt on August
1907. which Is the date ot his letter to
Attorney General Bonaparte; that Mr
Herbert Knox Smith's letter discussing
the question and advising against suit
was dated September 21. 1907. and that
Mr. Smith's letter was forwarded, by di
rection of President Roosevelt, under data
of September 24. to the Attorney General
with direction to the Attorney General
to bring the letter to the President that
week to talk over the matter
"The official records show that Presi
dent Roosdtelt left Washington in June.
1907. for Oyster Bay, and returned from
Oyster Bay to Washington on Septem
ber 24, that on September 29 he left
Washington for a trip down the Missis
sippi Rlier. returning to Washington on
October 22. 1907. and that he remained In
Washington from that time on.
"The official records of the War De
partment show that I left Washington
In June of the same year and went to
Murray Bay. Canada: that I remained
there until August when I visited Oyster
Bay on August It and then went to
Washington on the 14th and left Wash
ington on August 1 for a Western trip
through Oklahoma. Missouri, the Yellow
stone Park. Oregon, and Washington,
reaching Seattle on September S. and
sailing from Seattle for the Philippines
on September 13. I did not return lo tho
United States until December 20, 1307.
Letter from Smith.
"I have a letter from Mr. Herbert
Knox Smith. Commissioner of the Bureau
of Corporations, written at my request. In
which he uses the following language:
"'On Not ember 7. 1907. which date I
fix from mv personal diary, I telephoned
Mr. Perkins, at the President's order. (
that the iresiaeni iook me view uiu mo
bureau's investigations should come be-:
fore the suit J
This Indicates with certainty the timo.
when the matter was deolded, and shows
that If the matter did come before the
Cabinet at all It must have been after
September 21 and on or before Novem
ber 7, 1907. a period when I was out of
the country and could not have been"
present and certainly could not have
made a motion or suggestion in the Cabl-'
net- that no suit be prosecuted until
after the Investigation
Mr. Roosevelt asks wny suit has not
been brought In this administration
against the Harvester Trust A report
made to me by tne Attorney uenerai
snows that shortly after the decision by
the Supreme Court ot the Standard OH
and Tobacco cases, the Attorney Gen
eral was about to begin suit against the,
International Harvester Company, when,
Its representatives requested an oppor-.
tuntty. in apparent good faith, to sAbmlti'
reasonable plan ot reorganization or
d!asolutl6n. which would meet every Just
cause ot complaint With my approval.
the Attorney General delayed bringing.
suit pending the consideration of this
proposition, and during negotiations
which ensued looking to the accomplish
ment of such result These negotiations
were delayed, first by reason of the time
required to make an examination ot the
books ot the Harvester Company, and.
second, because of delay In completing
the report of the examiners, due to the
fact that they were, obliged to suspend
work on It in order to complete their
work on the Steel Trust Investigation.
These negotiations had continued until
April 21, 1912, when, as I have before
mentioned, they came to a conclusion,
and It aa determined that no agree
ment could be reached which the gov
ernment could accept; and on that data,
the Attorney General was directed to
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