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BV WILLIAM H. P. WALKEK.
WRITTEN FOIt THE SUNDAY REPUBLIC.
Tre Great Consolidated Ills'! Button Corpora
ttcn ras decUrel H cuitomary i-eralaniual &i
Jecd cf 1 rr celt. It Is rumoreJ that undrr
the manax'ment cf rreMit Jenkins, large ex
tension to plant and output are contemplated
along re lines. Financial column of dally pi
Three men were seated at a tab'e In the
New Bra Club discussing the above para
graph. They wore men widely Known In
the world of business and politics. Ore o.'
them was Jones, the well-known publlsfre
and rewspaper man. Plack, tc ntrre
has so Ions been associated with stoves and
furnaces was also one of the group T.ie
third man was Benjamin, the tobacco mag
r.te, whoso "Meersham" clear has been
to widely and ingeniously advertised Fi-xiar-clal
columns had for thc-e men a co.-r-cion
Interest, and this common H erest
formed between them a bo.-d of j-mpath
"Our old friend Jenklis has turn-d out t
be quite a Napoleon of finance. Jones was
tijlag. "Why. it is not o very Inn? since
I had that man In my employ as cgert for
my Encyclopaedic Dictionary with Supple
ments. He has climbed a Rood many rungs
higher up in the world since then. I would
Nke to see Jenkins."
"Whj don't you interview him"" askej
Black. "He would probablj sec jou,
whereas an ordinary reporter could not
get at him at a'!, and what a scoop it
would be for "your newspaper'
"Ye"." seconded Benjamin, "ard Black
and I will go along with jou and watch tre
interviewing process. I guess we wou'd 1 ke
to see Jenkins, too. Ard If he is rot pol'ed
by all his greatness he will be glad to
And so it was arranged. The three- would
rua up to New York the fo! owing mornais
and see their old and now eminent fripnl
Jenkins. Nor was this interest In the great
magnate unnatural Tbe Great Consolidated
Push Button Companj. having abso:b?d
the Standard OH and no many other lare
corporations considered rre-eminent in their
day, it was to be expected that the execu
tive head of the first named corporation
would arouse tho Interest and curiosity of
the public Besides, he was a presidential
These three men, leaders- in their respect- '
he lines, had generally managed to be
abreast of the times, and they meant to
iacrp u- j imij i tallica mat me pusn
button principle had grown to be the great
factor in business affairs, and he contem
plated changing the name of his paper to
the Daliy Push Button It would sound
modern and up-to-date. Black had long cov
eted the push button, self-lighting auto
matic stove patents. And Benjajmtn was
ecrttly planning to spring some wonderful
advertising en the public, announcing his
new push button cigar.
Black, Jones and Benjamin met at the sta
tion as planned, and soon were whirling
past green fields), hills and dales, the land
cape broken hero and there by glimpses of
thlnlcg water, on and on toward tho great
metropolis. While the three wero apparent
Irxeadlng their morning papers, Jones was
really th inking what a scoop a real Jenkins
Interview would be, and the other tw o era
bjsr with their .own thoughts and interests.
Arriving by ferry at Twenty-third street,
they took a cross-town car to Sixth avenue,
and then took the Sixth avenue elevated to
Fifty-ninth street, at which point they
crossed over to Central Park.
Every one remembers the outcry of oppo
sition which was raised against the erection
of the .Push Button building In the heart of
Central Park. But as meat of the city of
ficials were directly or Indirectly interested
In the corporation It carried the day in the
matter, and the opponents of the plan were
forced to admit afterwards that as tho
'ulldlng was not large and its architectural
'beauty was exquisite, it was rather a pleas
ing addition to- the park tljan otherwise.
Never did these charming grounds appear
t more restful and inviting. The air was filled
V with the voices of birds, and the hum and
turmoil of the great city sank into silence.
'This is a great idea," sa'd Jones, "this
having your place of business in a park.
The world is Just beginning to learn how to
transact business comfortably. Why is it
cot Just as necessary to have beautiful
grounds round jour offices as to have them
About your house?"
The three -visitors found themselves at last
befor? the ornate building of tho great Con
solidated Push Button Company. They
paused to admire tho grace and elegance of
SOON TO BE OPENED TO SETTLEMENT.
Two Million More Acres
Ready for the
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14th St. and Pcnnylvania Ara.
Tha officials of the General Land Office
inflow pect that tho lands of the Kiowa.
3tnaoche and AnnehA nrsM-vntlnn In Oklj-
homa will be ooened to settlement early
r Best sprlnir. Bv the terms of tho aet of
y Congress opening this vast region to ecI-
uement. six months from June 6 last, aro
i allowed in which to make allotments; and
" surplus lands must be opened within
Ix months thereafter iy proclamation of
ta President. Thrt .I.ita finnnt "h rival lin-
L" J1 a'ter this proclamation has been issued.
.' as Public lands aro not opened In win-
?f the officials believe that this rcsorva-
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"Hold fast!" shouted
Its architecture. It was something after the
' stj le of Windsor Castle, but the fine plate
gla-ss windows were more modern, to meet
bu-Iness demands for the best possible light.
While they were thus adm'rlng the struct
ure they observed a brisk joung man rap
idly approach the entrance. Going up to
the Jarge door, .as If to enter the building,
he tried the knob, or handle, but the door
refused to open. With a look of annoyance
the man tried the door again, this time
pressing his entire weight against it, but it
did not yield. He hastily examined the
carved woodwork on each side of the door,
in search of a bell that be might ring, but
there was no bell there. With a gesture of
impatience the young man turned aud went
away, muttering that it was blamed queer
that a push button company did not have
1 a puh button door bell.
J "I know that fellow," said Jones. "He's a
t newspaper man. Probablv after an Inter-
View, too. Well, he didn't get It, though I
shall probably have no bettor luck, for tho
place appears to be closed "
Benjamin was for giving up the idea of
seeing Jenkins that day, and Miggested tak
Irg a ride in the new rapid-transit eubwuy
Black, however, w?s nn aggressive man.
He wanted to try that door himself, think
ing that the stranger whom they aw might
have bungled about It some way. So the
three turned their steps toward the door of
the edifice, not without misgivings that they
would bo no more successful than the man
whosa experience they had Just witnessed.
Imagine their surprise, therefore, when
the great door yielded the instant Black
touched It. and swung wide open, seeming
to say "Welcome as plainly as a front
door can express It. Entering the spacious
hallway thev looked about them with Inter
est and wonder. There was a curious rumb
ling eound under tho floor. The walls were
hung with sectional drawings of the various
push-button appliances now so well known
throughout the world; such, for example,
as the push-button sewing machine, where
ynu drop a nickel In the slot and push the
button and the sewing machine runs long
enough to do a certain amount of sewing.
of Arable Land Will Be
j IJvachj, vT?wer.
R I Em
tlon will be ready for the lnrushing homo
seckcrs early In the spring. No location or
settlement on these lands by outsiders win
be permitted until after the date fixed by
the President's proclamation. In addition
to the usual fees, each tntrvmnn is re
quired to pay $1.23 an acre for the lands
entered by him, at the time of making final
This reservation embraces 2,100,000 acres
of surplus lands after allotments are com
pleted. It consists for the most part of
arabe lands, well adapted to homeseekers.
The Pre&idcnt's proclamation is expected
to be issued early In January.
Jones, when they came to the
Tou do not have the expense of buvlng 2.
sewing machine. The company will put ono
of these machines In jour house free
One thing which surpri-ed the vUltors was
the absence of any attendant to whom they
could give their cards or of whom they
might lrqulre whether President Jenkins
was in to-day. But suddenly an ornate sign
which they had not noticed before became
illuminated with brilliant electric lights, and
they read in flashing letters the words,
"Please Be Seated."
Black grinned at the novelty of tho thing,
and said: "So this Is how they do things In
New- York. Llvo and learn! I haven't any
Illuminated signs about me or I would light
up the word 'Thanks I suppose we may as
well follow illuminated Instructions."
Accordingly the three seated themselves
in, a large, comfortable settee of the late.st
pattern, fastened firmly to tho floor. No
sooner had they done so than the whole
floor began to move like tho treadmill for
tho horses in the play of "Ben Hur." Along
they went floor, settpe and the three men
on It toward a curve in the corridor, around
which the floor was comforably traveling
"Hold fast!" shouted Jones, when they
came to the curve. Just as if he had been a
street car tonductor.
Straight ahead of them they saw a door
bearing the word "President " The door was
closed, and as they were mov Ing along pret
ty fast, Benjamin remarked:
"I guess we are going to get a bump
here. Look out!"
But at the approach of the sette? the
door automatically swung wide op.n. and
they swept through, and In a moment they
found themselves In front of the president's
dek and face to face with that high of
ficial. Mr. Jeakins roso to greet his visitors,
and exclaimed genially:
"Well, well, this Is a pleasure, I am sure
Jone, let me welcome vou In New Yotk
Black, I'm delighted. Benjamin. I haven't
seen jou for an age. It must be some kind
of mental telegraphy which brought vou
three here. I was thinking of jou only last
"By the waj-," continued Jenkins. "I am
working on mental telegraphy now trylrg
to get up a patened sjstem of it and app y
it to business; it would be such a saving.
you know. When did you come'"
The three visitors listened to the presi
dent's greetings, and returned them In a
half dreamy sort of was Their minds were
absorbed mainly In ohervIng tho details
of the president's office the inner sanctuary
01 tne magnate, nbuut which so many cu
rious rumors were afloat. Over the mantel
was a fine piece of heraldic carving, a s rt
of coat-of-arms. representlrr a hind with
the forefinger pressing a push button l'n
demeath nai the motto. "The Finger That
I'rcs-es the Button ltules the World."
One thing which struck the observer was
the absence of any Utter or accumulation
of papers on the president's desk; there
were no pencils, ink or paper. But a large
number of small push buttons covered the
desk and occupied ornamental lnclosures on
the walls." Apparently all Computations and
details of business were- done automatically
by these various contrivances. Aside from
the rumbling noise under the floor, thero
was heard u sort of metallic ticking, or
clicking as of light machinery like the
sound of typewriters and telegraph keys
The president had been aione in the office,
no clerk or secretary being present. ThU
fact served further to mvstify the visitors,
who had already noticed tho absence of
any attendan's in the halls. They naturally
Inferred that so much line and delicate ma
chinery was doing awaj with the neces-lty
of much human aid in transacting the busi
ness of mankind.
Jones was the flrt to find his tongue, and
he said: "Something came up at tho club
last night, and we three thought we wouiJ
like to pay our respects and renew old ac
quaintance. Besides, as a publisher, ev
erything of Importance Interests me, and If
jou don't mind I wou.d like to play inter
viewer and ask a few questions."
"These pamphlets and statements will
probably give jou all the facta and statis
tics jou want," said the president, handing
Jones some printed matter from a drawer
which sprung open at the instant.
Here Black, broke in, sajicg: "Statistics
aro all vcrj' well. But I am curious about
a few things, simple enough to vnn Mr
Jenkins, but puzzling to Us. Now. about
'"" """ me none aoor, who could not
open it. though It yielded instantly to us.
That incident and j-our moving corridors
and the rest of it are all very curiou to me.
I'm a little behind the times. I dare say.
but I must confess to surprise."
At this point President Jenkins touched a
button, and a circular tray swung out from
tho waU, bearing four freshly lighted ci
curve, just as if he had been a
gars, the delicious fumes of which perfumed
the room "Htlp j ourselves" said Jen
kins, "tt-ej're mj favorite brand." He was
evldentl enjojing the effect wh'ch the tev
elatlon of modern methods was producing
upon his friends.
"And now, gentlemen, I am at jour serv
ice." he continued, as each helped himself
to a fragrant weed. "That little incident
at the entrance jou sen I know about it
was vcrj- simple. Thej- are adopting tho
patent In the leading offices In New York.
It It like this. A man whom I did not wlh
to see approached th entrance As soon
as he reached the top step an automatic
nppllincc cOnvejed hi photograph to me
here within this little 'dlk. which j-ou ob
serve. On finding he WiO. a man X did not
wish to see I refralneT'from pressing tho
button releasing the front door, and con-sequentlj-
he could not get In
"Similar photographs of jourselve", gon
tletnen, wero convejed to me on jour ap
proach, and. seeing my old friends, I re
leased the door. It Is simply the prlnclplo
of the puh button as applied to visitors
and ihe-vfront door, doing avraj- with the
necesfitj- of having anj- attendant to an
swer the door and greatly slmpllfjing the
problem of domestic service.
"Then jou entered the hall and became
seated. I knew ycu wished to so me and
nono of the clerical staff which, by the
way. Is verj small, ncarlj- all our work, be
ing done automatical j so I pressed a but
ton tnartlng the hall floor and switching
it toward mv- room, just as I could have
switched It toward anj- of the ether offices.
Bj this means a person alwajs finds the
right room, does not have to hunt about
or be- bothered by any.confm'ng directions!.
This idea Is applicable to moving sidewalks
to take the placo of street cars.
"You see. m- theorj- Is that all business U
reducible to the push-button principle, and
even now, in the Infancy of pushbuttonlsm.
one man can by these mechanical aids ac
complish what formerly would require a
larpe stsff. As our motto expresses It, 'The
finger that presses the button rules the
Jones was busy taking notes while the
president ai talking. He was getting his
interview, was Jones. Benjamin'3 thoughts
kept recurring to the Incident of tho little
tray with the I'ghted cigars. With the di
rectness of .1 business man. he came at once
to the point.
Benjamin said: "It appears from what I
have observed here that jour push-button
principle Is applicable to the tobacco busi
ness. That's where jou touch me."
"Kxactlj s." replied Mr. Jenkins. "Whit
jou have witnessed here can be duplicated
an where and to anj- extent. With our
patent appatatuson every street corner, re
quiring onlj- the pressure of a button, once
tho price Is deposited, to produce j-our to
bacco, either In the form of a package or
of a cigar, lighted qr unllghted. according to
button pressed jou can see that our com
pany become at nne-c the great retail to
bacco dealer of tho countrj."
Benjamin puffed vigorous!)- at his cigar.
He had something to think about.
"How about pulillsr-lns?' asked Jones,
looking up from his notes with an anxious
"Oh! we're dabbling a little in that, too,"
answered the president. "The push-button
principle has idng leen applied to printing.
Even the old fashioned linotjpe was on that
idea. Our improvements arc much more
comprehensive, and jet simpler. Our book
cover designs are made bj- our kilfldoscoplc
machine, and excel the best effects of old
Turning to Black he continued: "My stovo
and furnace attachments enable jou to light
jour kitchen fire without getting out of bed
in the morning, and 'we have a sj-stem of
buttons which practically does the work of
"Now, gentlemen," the president contin
ued, "you may be able to Infer why I de
sired to see jou. Look over the papers and
pamphlets given jou, and If j-ou want to
come in with us jou can get in on the
ground floor through the Influence I can
bring to bear; and I need hardly point out
to jou that j-ou cannot compete with us."
The proposition being favorably received.
It was decided that a form of contract be
drawn up ns a basis for negotiations. Tho
president touched a button having a tele
phone attachment, and communicated with
the attornej-. In a few- moments n little
ticker, based on the principle of the stock
ticker and operated from the attorney's of
fice, ran off a typewritten form of contract.
As the visitors made some signs of taking
their leave the president hastily said: "Be
fore jou go, gentlemen, let me show you my
now voting appliances, I have the plans
here In this frame. It is my pet hobby, and
street car conductor.
I am glad to say it is being favorably re
ceived at Washington."
After explaining certain details of mech
nn'sm, Mr. Jenkins went on to saj-: "We
have long ben accustomed to hous-to-house
collection of the malls. By mean3 of
.this plan we will have 'house-to-house
voting, or, more strictly speaking, we will
do our voting at home. Eaeh voter will have
in his own house as many push buttons as
thero are candidates or political parties,
and when election day comes the voter
slmplj- presses the button or buttons Indi
cating his political preference. These but
tons communicate direct with Washington,
where the votes are automatically received
and recorded. The houo part is slmp'e, the
Washington part is more complex. Tho
.scheme Is designed for Federal elections,
"but Is applicable to municipal or State pur
poses. Campaign buttons can bo used In
this sj-stem If preferred, as the design of
the button itself Is Immaterial and can be
, changed from time to time. Kor such vot
ers as are not householders public buttons
can be kept In some polling place, but the
number of such daces will be creatlv re-
duced. Our whole election sjstem will be
greatly simplified. As I saj-, the idea is a
hobby of mine. What do you think of it7"
"For the land sakes!" exclaimed Jones,
forgetting that as a publisher he Was ex
pected to use dignified language.
"I'll be blowed!" said Black, with equal
And Benjamin simply gazed at the great
man. He wns speechless with wonder and
At length, however, they managed to
stammer a few- parting compliments, re
ceived by the Prcsidt-nt with modest dlg-nltj-.
and then they slid off on the nuving
corridor and were soon once more out Jn the
sunlight which was bathing with splendor
the natural beauties of Central Park.
Jones was eager to get that Interview in
J shape for publication, and the three hid
suddenlj perceived in Jenkins Dresid"ntial
j possibilities In connection with their partj-.
They were, therefore, anxious to get home
again, meet their associates and perfect
their plans. Accordingly, that same even
ing found them once more amid accustomed
surroundings. Black and Benjamin repaired
to the New Era Club. Jones. Instead of go
ing to the office, as he at first Intended to
do. went home. He lost no time In finding
pen and paper, and. taking off his coat ar.d
squaring his elbows In true Journalist fash
ion, proceeded to write out that interview.
He grunted and smiled and twisted as ho
wrote, in a manner which his wife knew to
mean that he had a goi d thing.
Once he looked up from his writing to see
his children plaj Ing an old-fashlone-d game,
"Button, button, who's got the button?"
"That's it in a nutshell!" exclaimed Jones
to his wife, who wa sitting bj : "that's tho
great question of the hour. The destiny of
the world hangs on a button, nnd the great
question always is. Who's got it?"
The most Interesting features of the inter,
view have already been laid before the
reader, omitting statistics, personal and
local matters, and unnecessary detiil.-.
After finishing hl report of the interview,
Jones wrote a brief but strong editorial
recommending Jenkins for the hlsh office
of President of the United States. It will
be remembered whnt a sensation this made
at -the time, and the Incidents above re
counted aro important as giving the history
of the origin of the great Jenkins boom for
the pre.-ldencj-. The ball was set rolling by
Joncs. Benjamin and Black, and the tri
umphant nomination and election of Jen
kins Is due more to these men than to any
It was a hard fight, though. Tho opposi
tion contemptuously dubbed the candidate
"Push Button Jenkins," and lie had ar
rajed against him all tho opponents of me
chanical and mathematical accuracy and
fairness in election returns. But the daj
was won and the reign of dubious elections
and and Imperfect system at the polls were
over. Storms or sickness made no difference
to the size of the vote polled. People could
vnto at home. It wns a quiet. election, with
little noise or turmoil on the streets, but
the vote was heavy. Who would have
thought that the possibility of so many
stupendous achievements all lay within a
little push button?
Tho impressive occasion of the opening
by President Jenkins of the great Interna
tional Exposition at Sitka. Alaska, will go
down as a matter of history. Jones re
ported the occasion for the Associated
Press. There stood the President amid the
greatest achievements of inventive genius
and the richest products Of art. With such
trophies around him and a great sea of
faces before him the President felt it to
be the occasion of a lifetime.
In a clear, stcadj- voice he said:
"The snow which is now covering tho
earth In Its white mantle has not prevented
us from gathering hero It tho Far North
to celebrate with thoe of more temperate
I climes the achievements of civilization. The
world progresses slowly and unevenly per
haps, but It progresses. Progress In one
line may seem to cease, only to be suc
, cceded by progress In another line, but the
I advance Is constant. We had the reign of
I the classic, in Queen Elizabeth' time, and
I science lay dormant. Then came a scien
tific epoch, when literature semed to wane.
We had the r Ign of conquest followed by
I tho era of arbitration and peace. We are
living It .1 practical and utilitarian age.
1 and the forcrs of nature nre so brought into
subjection thai the finger of a child can
set in motion the activities of the world.
HOW TO PLAY
WHAT IT MEANS TO
ftTUTTEN" FOIt THE St-'.VDAY REI'l'DUC.
The Automobilp and Bridge Whist are
tho fashionable fads at Newport and the
gaj- watering places of the East. When the
fair one- are not automoblling. a pastime
confined to good weather, they may be
foil I'd en the broad p'azzas In the shadow
of a gav- colored awning, s'pping sherbet
and plajlig "Bridge Whist."
The- g ime Is far more fascinating th3n
progressive euchre and all the rest of the
enrd games In which society has Indulged.
Uke 'Solo" and "Boston." it is an off
shoot of wh'st. It halls from the Orient,
came through Bu--s!a to England in Is97.
and from the Queen's domain to America
by waj- of Canada.
The rules for the formation of tlie table,
shuffling end dealing are the same as in
straight whist, with the exception that no
card Is turned, but tho trump declared.
The game consists of rrflnlmum of thirty
points, but all over that number are count
ed. The rubber is tho best of three games.
Each trick over six. taken bj- either sldg.
counts a certain number of points In accord
ance with the trump suit. When spades are
trump the value of a trick is two. clubs
count four, diamonds six and hearts eight,
but when no trump Is declared each trick
Is worth twelve points. That is really tho
"hottest" game of them all.
A "no trump" game, or p. "noner." as the
English call It, means that the plaj-er hav
ing tho right of nomination, has decided to
play tho deal without trumps. In this case
there arc four plain suits, and tho game
proceeds as in ordinary whist, when trumps
nre exhausted. In the "noner" the honors
aro the four aces. Otherwise thej- consist
of the four court cards and the trump ten.
According to the suit Is the value of tho
honors estimated. Three honors In spades
count four; In clubs, elsht; in diamonds,
twelve, and so on. Two partners holding
three' honors score the value of two card
tricks; holding four honors, they score four
tricks; with five, the value of five tricks.
If ono player holds four honors he scores
th equivalent of eight tricks; five givo
him the equivalent of ten tricks. Four
honors in the hand of one plaj-er. and tho
fifth in the hand of his partner, give thera
the value of nine tricks. If two players
hold three aces in a "noner," they count
thirty points; if four, forty. In value of
honors is not affected by doubling. The
honor score Is kept separately, and does
not applj- until the rubber is concluded.
An Interesting "Slam."
Right here Is whero some of the most
persistent Flang words In the English lan
guage come in. To take all thirteen tricks
Is called a "slam." or even a "grand slam."
The "slam" adds forty to the honor score
of a plajer. Twelve tricks Is called a "lit
tle slam." adding twenty points to th?
A plajer who holds no trumps at all may
score a "chicane," or two tricks. This Is
dono by adding the amount to tho honor
score. If ho or his partner take It, or de
ducting it from that of the adversaries, if
they score honors. The value of the "slam"
and "chicane" remain stationary, not be
ing affected by doubling.
At the conclusion of the rubber, the win
ners of it. add 10O to their score. The to
tals, including counts for honors, grand
and little slams and chicane, are subtracted
one from the other, and the difference in
dicates the number of points won and lost,
tho greater number, however, not accru
ing to the winners of the rubber.
The dealer, when tho deal Is completed,
has the first right to declare tho trump, or
to dcelare plajlng without trumps. If he so
chooses. If he prefers to pass the option
to his partner, he may say: "Make It. part
ner." The latter must then mako the
trump, or declatc a "noner."
Once the declaration Is made, the adver
saries may double the value of tho trick.
The right to do so lies first with the play
er on the left hand of the dealer, and ho
must signify his intention by saj Ing,
"Over," or "Double," otherwise ho will in
quire of his partner: "Shall I playT" Tho
answer will be "play," or "over." In thj
former case the trump is played at Its
normal value. In the latter it Is doubled
in value. Now the dealer and his partner
have tho privllego of redoubling, after
which the adversaries may go over again,
and so on ad infinitum.
Tho right hand adversary, having given
his partner permission to plaj-, or the pro
cess of doubling having come to conclusion
bj a plajer whose option it wns to redouble
and express himself "satisfied, the plaj-er
on the left of the dealer leads tho card.
Tho dealer's partner then lajs his cards
face upward on the table, and the play
proceeds as in dummy whist.
The declaration must be largely affected
by tho state of the score and the consider
ation of the number of tricks ne-ccmary to
go out. The dealer is in the advantage, be
ing able to deelare boldly with less danger
than the other players. When the dealer
holds "stoppers." that Is a doubly-guarded
queen, or better, in every' suit, he can
make a "noner," and if dummy holds an
average hand the odd trick is safe, and per
haps a largo score can be made. If with
such a favorable hand he Is disinclined to
make It "no trump" he should pass the op
tion to his partner. With three tricks cer
tain (two in trumps and one in a lay suit,
or three in trumps) and one probable trick,
tho make should be red.
The score being at "love all," the dealer
should not make a black suit, because it
is impossible to" go out in one. If he can
not make it a red suit, or "no trumps," ho
should leave it to his partner.
Holding three aces. In tho absence of a
good red suit, the dealer should declare a
"noner." and Invariably with four aces.
Holding four honors of a long red suit,
containing three aces, be should declare the
Archlmides of old said: 'Give me a fulcrum
and a lever, and I will movo tho world."
Let me humbly s-ay. translating those
words into the language of the hour: 'Gtvo
me a push button and a wire and I will
shake the earth, girdle the continents and
seas and set free in every country the
wheels of commerce, the slad music of
manufacture, art and civilization. "
Then, when the cheers of the people rose
in a great volume of sound, the President
laid his finger upon a little button. Tho
great machinery instantly responded, band
plaved. flags flew, bells rang, whistles blevv
In all the cities of the earth and the world
knew that the flrger had touched the but
ton. And the finger that presses the but
ton rules the world.
THE NEW FAD.
MAKE A "GRAND SLAM."
suit, for the honors count heavily and the
suit is likely to carry him out.
The state of the score must invariably
be considered with regard to the make af
ter the- opening deal has paswd. If the
dealer has much the better of the score he
should take no charces. With the conditions
reversed, the dealer has more to gain than
to IO"-e bj siK-culiting.
As a rule the lightem hand upon which
dummy should declare a red make is four
sure trlrkse because the dealer's declination
Is generally an admission of weakness.
Dummy should therefore be ampij pro
tected before enteilng uron an expensive
Why Women Live Longer Thau
To know one's correct measurement has
become almost a fad recently, much to tho
unnojance of examining surgeons at arrry
and navy recruiting stations, sajs a writer
in tho New York Press. Not infre
quently a man presents himself at a re
cruiting station or on board a receiving
ship, and after being examined carefully
and measured bj- the doctor will saj that
he had decided not to enlist. Sometimes the
doctor thinks1 he has caught a particularly
fine specimen for Uncle Sam. and when he
realizes that all the man wanted was a
free and official measurement the good
doctor is likely to think naughty words
If he does not say them. The measurement
fad has spread among women as well as
men. The Increase of physical culture
among women has brought it about that
man j- society women now have their meas
urements taken and recorded from time to
time. The recorded measurements of a
woman w ho is said to be an almost perfect
physical specimen of Nineteenth Century
womanhood are: Height. G3!i Inches; mean
chest circumference, S3 5-6 inches (expan
sion. 3 inches): hips 37V4 Inches; thigh. 23
Inches; calf. HVi inches; ankle. V-X Inches;
waist, 2 Inches, and weight, 127 pounds.
It is interesting to compare this with the
average measure nts of EOO recruits, all
joung. recently examined on board the re
ceiving ship Franklin at the Norfolk Navy
Yard, which were: Height. 05 Inches;
mean chest circumference, 31U Inches (ex
pansion of chest. 3V4 Inches); hips, 3
inches; thigh. 21 inches; cair. I3si inches;
ankle, 8 inches; waist. 23 inches, and
weight. 13 pounds.
Statistics recently compiled In England
prove that women, though tho "weaker
vessels," have a longer average life, than
men. It Is customary to regard women as
or finer susceptibilities than men and as
being a "bundle of nerves." Again, they
do not go In for athletics and the freer life,
as a rule. a3 much as men. and one would
think that they ought to wear out sooner.
But it seems that they don't,
The most probable causes of -woman's
longev lty are the regularity of her life and
her innate cheerfulness. They are potent
factors in existence, but they ore often lost
sight of by the stronger sex. Women are
likely to call their lives monotonous rather
than regular, but whether this be so or not.
It Is this sameness which serves to
lengthen the duration of their existence.
More so than men. they have the same
duties to perform day by day. They rise at
the same time, have their meals at stated
intervals, superintend thU or that house
hold duty on given days, and retire to rest
at about the same hour. They have their
worries their children fall 111 or the ser
vants give trouble but these are light com
pared with tho anxitics to which men are
Men. either through necessity or neglect,
do not maintain the same regularity in tho
times of rising, eating and retiring. They
are more given to pleasures that take them
out of tho groove, and as It is upon them
that falls tho responsibility of keeping the
house together by providing the necessary
financial resources, they are subjected to
business worries nnd troubles of which
their partners know little or nothing.
The tranquillity of women when in trouble
or pain Is well known to doctors and others
who have tho opportunity of careful obser
vation. In ordinary circumstances when
trouble besets a man he feels that he wants
to kick something and give vent to his feel
ings; if we see him face a crisis calmly and
set to work with the same tranquillity in or
der to tide over the trouble we call him 1
strong man. Yet a woman Is less likely to
be upset In similar circumstances, and It is
this mental stability which prolongs her ex
istence. Mind has an immense power over
In connection with the physical develop
ment, of the sexes it Is interesting to con
sider tho curious laws of child growth. Bojs
do more growing in the seventeenth
than In anj- other j-car; girls In the four
teenth. Girls usually reach their full
height at 13; bojs ot IS or 13. From the
eleventh to the sixteenth jear the average
girl is bigger and stronger than the average
boy. From November to April children
grow slightlj-. From April to July they gain
In height most rapidly. From July to No
vember they, gain in weight. In hot coun
tries children of both sexes mature more
quickly. The winter cold seems to retard
tho growth of children Just as It does of
KOJL'CE WAS BRIEF.
They were pretending to play cards, but
really they wero making love, and they
agreed to give each whatever they cut.
Shn cut diamonds.
Ha cut a heart.
Just then the old man came In, and hs
had already cut a club.
And so they were not married. London