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THE ST. LOTOS REPUBLIC.
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CIRCULATION DURING FEBRUARY:
W. B. Carr. Business Manager of The St, Louts Re
public, bclns duly swore, sajs that the actual number of
full and complete cop'es of the Dally and Sundiy Re
public printed during tho month of February, 1903. all In
regular editions, was as per schedule below:
Date. Cbples.
1 .. (Sunday) ..118.4SO
S 115.740
3 ........ 117.IHSO
4 ....... .nts.rtso
K lKI.IHiO
A 115,4111
tt lit 5 i O
8 .. (Sandfly) . .lO.O-SO
I xl tSO
11 .. 110V.IM)
IS 110,040
X3 J.1VHU
14 117,210
Date. Coplf"
in .. (Snnday) ..ISS.llO
HI 115,500
17 117,140
IS lltt,710
1! ClirOIIMI
i nnj.nu
! lt(ll"w
22 .. (Sunday) . .liliOO
2 110,330
24 .. .116. OO
S3 11B.3SO
SO 11U,SX0
27 HO.UUO
US IIS, 100
Total for the month 3,Sl702O
Les all copies spoiled In printing, left over or
filed 72.707
Net number distributed 3,214,313
Average dtlly distribution : 114,430
And said W. B. Carr further says that the number
of copies returned and reported unsold during the month
of February was .35 per cent.
W. B. CARR.
Sworn to and subscribed before mo this 3th day of
February, 1303.
J. F.-FAIUSH.
Notary Public, City of St. Louis. Mo.
My term expires April 13, 1905.
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WORLD'S 1 904 FAIR.
INDEPENDENT HOUSE TICKET.
As St Eouis studies the lists of candidates filed
regularly the more forcible appear the reasons for an
Independent House of Delegates ticket. . , .
No$ only are the regular candidates unworthy wen
In several wards, but in others where they are
negatively worthy they are not possessed of the posi
tive force which would make them influential for good
in such a body.
Under tho law it is practically impossible to con
struct an Independent ticket by a combination of the
best names on the regular paity tickets. The only
way to proceed is to place a wholly new ticket in the
Held; and in each ward the ticket could have but one
uame-tthat of the candidate In -that ward.
Since the power of the machines Is s strong under
the law, there Is nothing to be gained by concealing
the weakness of the chance of electing a complete in
dependent ticket for the House of Delegates. But a
vigorous and watchful movement could place In the
House a few good citizens of ripe Judgment and ab
solute reliability who might produce results far be
yond the proportion represented by their numbers.
Counting all the disadvantages under which au In
dependent movement would labor, the crisis of good
government and the disgrace of an impotent House
of Delegates call for a union of the best men of both
parties to remove the disgrace if possible.
GRUBS IN THE AMBER.
Pretty! In amber to observe the firms
Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or
worms!
The things, we know, are neither rich nor
rare.
But wonder how the dev it they got there.
Similarly, we know there Is nothing about a con
Tlcted boodler, viewed by himself, to arouse any spe
cial curiosity; but he immediately becomes an object
of interest when we observe that there are live of
him in the House of Delegates making laws for the
people of St. Louis); and we wonder -at the system of
human affairs which jwrmita criminals to retain
seats in a lawmaking body.
Of course there are laws which attempt to cover
this etate of things. It is a contingency which has
been in the minds of American lawmakers ever since
they provided for the Impeachment of Presidents.
Missouri's statutes afford means of removing felons
from public office, "but such removal cannot le ac
complished, in the present Instance, with any degree
of dispatch.
The boodlers retain their scats under a claim that
they are not "convicted" until the Supreme Court
shall have passed upon their cases; that until their
appeals have been determined they must be regarded
as lawful incumbents. The technical question as to
when they are convicted withlng the statute's mean
ing1 could not be determined, it is said, in the short
time remaining of the boodlers terms, which expire
with the coming election, when an entire new House
will be elected. Under this satc of facts no remiss
ness can be attributed to those iu charge of the law's
enforcement, since litigation, obviously would be a
mere waste of time, energy and expense. Under
other circumstances the difficulty would not be al
lowed tiras to solve Itself.
Our 6ystem of Jurisprudence, lax and dilatory
though it appears In this Instance, may or may not
be faulty. Possibly, probably, its provisions would
be found, in the greater number of cases like the
present, to accord with Justice and subserve the 're
quirements of the municipality. Consideration and
criticism of the statutes have no special value for us
now we should be concerned less with means to re
move boodlers from office than with means to prevent
them from getting Into office in the first place. The
grubs in the amber we "wonder how the devil they
Sot there;"
'. Apart from every other consideration, the spec
tacle of five boodlers occupying seats in the Munici
pal Assembly is an object lesson that should cling in
The mental vision of every man in St. Louis who is
Lile to exercise the right of suffrage. '
The. grubs got in U.e amber because the rotes of J
duped citlcus, who for vein, li.nl jrr.idimlly acquit cd
an Indifference to their own and the city's welfaie,
who had relinquished little by Httlo their control of
tho town In which they Itvsd, and MilTered gangsters
to usmp their prerogatives, tnko the ascendency aud
make laws to regulate the conduct and dally affairs
of a community.
"We'aie entering n campaign tho outcome of which
will be to elect oil entire Home of Delegates and
half the Council. Mote grubs mjikI teady to itc.il:
into the adminiMratlve nmlier, if the paitv lnatiiigei.s
will permit them. Once given a (bailee to mil, the
grubs will endeavo to hide their Muuc aud colois
iroiu the "voter ejes.
A pure, clear, amber quality of administration N
the standard. To secuie it depends upon the tlel.et
lnal.ers iu the Hist instance. They have made prom
ises calculated to Inspire a degree of faith. In the
second Instant e, the voters must demand.tli.it those
promise be kepr. and, to that end, observe carefully
the campaign, and the eomentious. 'Watch the mak
ing of the tickets and scrutinize the result. If the
pioml-e.s have not been kept, then whole scratching
affords a remedy employ It fieely.
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SUCCESS UNLIMITED.
The CIIc Improvement League alms high In Its
plans fur betteiing St, Louis by stimulating public
ppirit and exercising persuasion or Importunity, as
may appear advisable. In dealing with officials of the
municipal government. But it does not aim too high.
If only several of the Important projects which the
association proposes to piomote should be consum
mated, it will have done inestimable good for St.
Louis.
Irresistible pressme may be brought to bear, for a
just nnd reasonable cause, by a progressive band of
approximately 1,000 members, lika this League. The
association will stand, as long as Its officers remain
true to the platform of advancement, a power with
the people and with the city. On occasion It will be
able to draw to' Its suppott an unfeder.ited following
that will be practically supreme in enfotcing demands
for improvements'.
St. Louis needs a strong organization of this kind,
with Influence In every ward and even in every pre
cinct, an organization that "may be trusted to act and
appeal always in a manner and on line couducive to
the general good. The League will not be an impedi
ment to a progressive administration; It will be a
powerful assistant. To corruption and misrule it will
be, a relentless foe.
The League's programme for the immediate future,
as expounded by President Leightou, gives promise
that some ardent work w ill be done .for St". Louis. He
announced that efforts will be made to solve the water
problem nnd urge the establishment of a suitable puri
fication plant; that the extension of the underground
wire district will be pressed as a necessity; that ef
forts will be made to prohibit the erection of poles
on boulevards; that municipal departments will be re
quested to co-operate in a campaign to keep the city
clean.
More plans have been outlined, but these alone con
stitute a great prospective work., If the League can
do nothing more than to obtain clear water aud to
have cables and wires removed from the streets it will
do enough to merit approbation from the w hole public
Both of these projects nave been iu abeyance for
years andare still undetermined. Both enterprises
should be started at the public celebrations which will
be conducted under the auspices of .the association.
The audiences should be made acquainted with the
reasons and necessity for purifying the water supply
and for getting the wires underground and haviujj un
sightly poles removed from public places, lie (pub
lic will support both crusades, for the projects are
strictly public In nature aud wojM affotd benefits
to all.
The League has accomplished. "juch i;uly.. I:
has done exceedingly well in its comparatively short
life. .Tiiilclnsr by the President's, report it is di-stined
to be an influential factor In bringing about large pub
lie Improvements. It is going now on a higher and
more arduous course; yet, while Its labors mar be
harder. It will gain In numbers aud strength and will
be capable of proceeding with more expedition aud
achiev ing more notable Miceesses.
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REPRODUCING AND PRESERVING.
Even to the theorist who most stoutly affirms Mr.
Roosevelt's laudable proposition it Is evident that the
numbers and size of tho American's family are not
matters over which government may exercise the
slightest degree of control. That increased reproduc
tiveness Is desirable with a view to our future great
ness may le assumed as true, but the questions of
early marriages, more marriages, and the number of
children depend solely upon Individual privilege and
choice.
Government, however, may indirectly influence the
race's reproductlveness; It may give a greater effect
to present reproductlveness. Instead of inaugurating
a crusade for early marriages and larger families the
reformer might demand measures to decrease mor
tality among the infant population. Here he will find
a field for practical effort.
The percentage of Infants which die under the age
of 2 years Is enormous, of those above 2 and under
5 years, likewise, and of those above C and dying
under 10 years, great though" considerably less. De
velopment, of the germ theory and of the Inoculation
theory has already demonstrated and Is demonstra
ting further that the diseases which cause children's
deaths arc controllable the causes of death are re
movable. Remove these causes and you produce an
increase, practically, in infant life. You multiply the
rate of productiveness. You increase not only popula
tion, but the quality and efficiency of citizenship.
Science proves, and reason approves the con
clusion, that the mortality among children Is gov
erned by sanitary conditions. Improve these condi
tions, and you sensibly affect the result. Perfect con
ditions mean perfect health In normal children. Gov
ernment should make It a principal business to con
trol sanitary conditions and by thorough and com
prehensive plans to preserve the life and-health of
young America. Such a plan embodied as a princi
pal and enduring policy of governmenr, and consist-,
ently followed, would In the course of a single gen
eration produce visible physical changes w hlch in
themselves would necessarily affect the marriage and
birth rate.
By a general progress along sanitary lines the
present adult "population would shara the benefits; the
average vitality and vigor of population of all ages
would beenhanced. In short, the power of the race
as well as numbers could not fall of improvement
If SO per cent of children die because of unsani
tary conditions, the saving of that number Is as bene
ficial to America as the producing of that number.
Compared with a crusade for reproductiveness, a
plan of preservation to be adopted as an active policy
of government would be practicable and directly bene
ficial; a common-sense scheme as against a theory.
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GOOD EXPLOITATION.
President Francis Is showing the people of the Old
World what sort of energy Is back of the St. Louis
World's Fair. When he finishes his European tour
interest In the Exposition will be at a high mart
there. Europeans will have a better conception of
the magnitude and scope of the Institution and they
will appreciate to a certainty that it will be really an
international affair. Thay will also be convinced that
More cordial receptions could not have been ex
pected than have been extended to Mr. Fiaucis. He
could scarcely achieve more pionoiinc-ed success,
quid: and thorough as he always is, than he is
achieving. He is greeted vvitli every Hign of respect
and with titily A met lean hospitality by prominent
men, commercial associations. Cabinet otliceis, legis
lative bodies and iiileis. Ills mission is .baldly fully
explained auj where before ils puipose is accom
plished. If then was any doubt tli.it the principal Govern
ments of the world are friendly m their attitude to
w.ml the St. Louis International Exposition, that
doubt Is now dispelled. Mr. Tiamis's tour and his
mettlngs with heads of government have demon
slutted that e.ieJi great nation of Em ope not only real
izes the siguilii'iiuce of the l'air, but is lesolved not
lo be Mil passed ill exhibits.
Theie is HvMii.ince of the most comprehensive and
Inteiesting collective Eutope.tu display that has ever
been shown outside of the Old Wotld; very probably
It will equal, if not nctuilly excel, any such exhibit
ever made in Europe. Theie aie uany good reasons
why the Emopcan nations should make better ex
hibits at an international exposition hold in the United
States than at oue held on the Continent. Many of
these leasons aie based on the intense rivalry pie
vailing there, which would induce one nation not to
promote the euterpiises of another nation to its own
possible disadvantage.
The all-the-world thai actor of the St. Louis World's
Fair is firmly established by the success of Mr. Fran
cis at European capitals. Sovereigns assure earnest
co-operation towaid assisting ininaltlng the Fair a
success; they desire to show what progress their own
countries have made. The merc.iutlle associations of
the great European countries also understand well
the meaning of the American term "commercial ex
pansion" and itIs their purpose to see that their sev
eral Governments make creditable exhibits. All in
dications are exceptionally promising and if the St.
Louis World's Fair should not bb tho greatest Woild's
Fair ever held the whole world will be sul prised.
Women and Dolls: MAX O'RELL
W-IUTTEN- ron THE SUNDAY nnPUBLJC. It W the survival of the little sirLlTrthe
Alio I06 Of Iltllo cirls fur tliplr rtnlU I Itnm.ln T lifii n r-..i. n nm nllnn.- the
it absolutely
is a ery serious loe
nmoimu to tenderness.
I have watched little sirls nurse their
dolls, and (Met ted in their nm tlmt ni-
most divine Marco that jou can see in tie- I have l.nonn (hit
lialr of their bos to fall down their backs
In ions curl. because they looked urettler
and more like ilnll-
although th- mu
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i n ,:;,;uw r, .. ?hn-' t 0Da io0k s0 haPP
is uio me pleasure she derives from It.
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Landscape Architect Parsons should state, If he
has not done so, how many majestic trees remain in
Forest Park. That would be more Interesting than
the relation of how many have been cut down. Forest
Park will lose none of its beauty from the World's
Fair. For the trees that were lost It will gain sev
eral magnificent buildings and a new landscape, in
the western section, that will add to the pleasure
ground's attractiveness. Forest Park still is and ever
will be one of the finest parks in the world.
u.
Capitalists seeking a profitable investment of their
money should be able to find ample inducement for
the erection of another big downtown hotel In St'.
IjuIs. The necessity for such a hotel Is normal and
permanent, Insuring good returns on the money placed
Into such an enterprise, while the extraordinary de
mand created by the World's Tair guarantees an ad
ditional profit of exceptional richness.
Liberal and Increased AVorld's Fair appropriations
by the States are au earnest of this country's prom
ises to t&e world, and are in keeping with the greatly
renewed Interest manifested by foreign countries. Kn
thusiasm In the United States is the first desideratum.
With plenty of home enthusiasm we could depend on
foreign curiosity to do the rest.
Will 4r0 or COO new street cars effectually solve
the local transportation problem? That is the ques
tion. However, the public will be thankful for every
improvement. Ihe railway service Is a matter of
particular public concerni'and iJo'dOubt the'people
would reap advantage from some sorrof municipal
supervision of the various lines.
To the next man who stops you on the street and
asks for a nickel wherewith to buy "food." say that
the Street Department is looking for men who are
able and willing to work.
i.
RECENT COMMENT.
Slump In American Murltinnuisliip.
Pittsburc Press.
It has so lone been a boat that Americans in general,
and the gunners of the American Navy in particular, -were
tho best marksmen In the world, that it gives more or
less of a shock of surprise to be told by Admiral Dcwey
that our gunners are falling behind those of other Powers.
Of course, Dewey knows. Ie is as good a Judge of our
own marksmanship as any one who can be found, and he
has just returned from the maneuvers in the West Indies,
where he made this and kindred matters a special study.
And there is no reason to suppose that he Is soing off at
half-cock, or Jumping to conclusions, for tho man who
suspended the battle of Manila for breakfast and whose
order for the beginning of tlAt memorable struggle was
"Fire when you are ready, Gridley," Is proverbially cool.
Of course, marksmanship is simply a matter of practice.
There are some degrees of natural aptitude, but after all,
the reason why our navy excelled so much in this respect
a few j ears aso was its abundant practice, xvhat our
gunners did to the Spanish was a revelation, and foreign
navies have been increasing their gvin praVtice ever since.
Oddly enough, as though content with our laurels, we
have been decreasing ours, with the inevitable result that
Admiral Dewey indicates. The Government can afford all
the powder and shell necessary, and it Is to be trusted Ad
miral Dewey will see that there is more target work from
now on.
voted jounir mothers tendimr thi.lr little
thlldren K. r fiut in itter, a little girl is
only a woman- in ml-lature.
A jouhk boy has none, or very few, of
the eharactcrlitlis of a man: but a voung
l,Irl ha. .it 10 j ears of iige. till the charac
teristics of ii woman
I have known little girls of 10 and 12.
who wereperftct flirt. little tociuettes. care
ful housekeeper, inot devoted mothers, j
I remember one who nternly refused to
accompany us to a most tempting jiartv. I
because her doll had a cold and she felt
nlie must tav at home to nurse it. j
bhe was ab-olutelr serious over It. and
found even great delight in regaining ut
rente all the time by the be,lslde of her
VOII. I
me whole morning cleanlnjt her doll's
house from top to bottom. Vhen it was all
over she drew a great sigh of relief. "At
last. ' she said, "the houe is clean; that's
comfort, anvvvuy."
A good, dutiful bourgeois housewife
would not have etjnessed otlurvvlse. Have
jou not. some of ou. even seen little girls
give n-ediclncs to their dolls, rock them to
sleep, put them to bed tu.k them In most
carefullv. nnd ste that the bed clothes do
not ihoke them and cause them to have
nightmares? I hive, tninv times. .
A man very often show Inclinations,
tastes, and all other orts of characteristic
traits which his parents never discovered
In him when he was a joumj lxv; but a
womin of SO Is what she was at 10. only a
little more so.
A bad boy may becoire a very good man,
and I have known very good bojs become
verj bad men; but a loving little girl will
make a lovlnij wife and a tender mother:
a com ana uncaring irirl will heenme
heartless woman, an indifferent wife and
mother. A bov is a boy; a girl is a little
woman.
This Is so true that women, many women
at.all events, who netted their dolls as if
they were children, treat their children as
if they were dolls
sap of their ou
bodies v.d fee Hit
1 air ut the expense (
olher far more ltn
pnrtant parts of thei
unatu.T.
"When jou s" :
vvomm most .itten
lve to her lnb. In
silting on wasMng Jt
dressing it Ifrsflf
jou sav: "She Is
most t'utlful mother,
fhe v.ould trust
one but hep-elf to il
tend her little child "
Hut it is not
only the satisfaction of
MAX O'RKLI.
duty performed
it
And the odds are ten to one that this
very wuman will play at doll with her
child a creat deal too long, and that tho
d.u- on which she will be compelled to allow
the child to have more lihertv- and become
independent of her she will resent it.
There is not I believe, a single elderly
woman that does not prefer the child of
her diushter to her daughter Ifrself. w,
has become now .n unmanageable doll who
dresses and undresses without the help of
un.vbud..
And if this daughter does not allow hpr
mother to be with tfie grandchild Just as
she likes ihre will be trouble, caused by
Jealousy. There will be two women now to
plav at dolls.
Why does a grandmother InduUe a j crung
child, give sweets and candles? N it to give
that child a good dlgestimi? Xo, it ! to
play at doll. Do the dreas little girls like
the "principal bovs" of nantomimes In the
1 TranMlicuratlon Scene, in nnler ti ttiV
a j them acquire medest tastes and sensible no
tions; .no, It is to play at doll.
Woman plas at dolls to the end of her
life, with her tovs. with her chiMren with
her grandchildrn. and with herself. There I
are women of CO who try to look jC. think
they are 40, behave as if they were 20, and
dress as if thev were 20. I'lavine at do'ls
I again.
I have never heard women have a good
word to say of daughters-in-law who had
not given Lhildren to their sons. Poor dear
old ladies!
They certainly were under the Impression
that their sons had only one object In
view when they contemplated matrimony,
that of presenting "Grannie" with dolls to
pliy with. I quite understand that grand
mothers should be admired, that children
Ehouid bless them and advise other children
to "get some." when they have not got any,
but I do think that grandmothers should be
held up to the world as models, because
more than nine times out of ten they spoil
children and derive pleasure, not from du
ties performed to the child, but from the
satisfaction of playing at dolls.
r v.iiA ihtv often met sensible mothers.
but grandmothers seldom; they generally if
are Incorrigible sinners anu proua oi il
too.
Alphonse Karr. in his Reminiscences, re
l.ntes how he used to meet In society a
joung and charming woman who alwajs
behaved toward him in a very cool man
ner. I'nable to understand the reason, he one
day took a chair by her side, made himself
particularly pleasant, and point-blank asked
her why she did not seem pleased to meet
him, and inquired whther he might have
unconsciously done an thing to cause her
displeasure.
For a long time she defended herself, as
runng him that her coolness toward him
was only in his Imagination: but. as he in
usted, she at last said to him: "Well, I
will tell you. It was thirty-five years ago.
One afternoon you called on us and I was la
the drawing-room.
'Being invited to take a seat by my
mother, you chose an armchair on which
my doll was asleep. You removed it. ard
quite unceremoniously laid it on a table,
head downward, nt the rik of hurtlnj? Jt.
In fact, jou damaged its nose. I conceived
for ou a perfect hatred, and. upon my
word. I do not think that I am now capable
of forgiving OU altogether.
The ladv was 40 ears old.
Moral If you want to get Into the good
graces of a weman. praise her baby: if you
want a little girl to love you. admire her
dolls anil treat them with respect.
CopjrlEht. 13. by W. n, Hearst. Greit Brit
ain rlchta reserved.
H
C3J
Should Women Propose? OPIE READ
The Teacher's Selr-Sacrlflce.
The World's Work.
Meantime, and all the time, there i3 a spirit underneath
the whole of American education a spirit in some places
heroically strong, which is pushing the work of teaching
upward in spite of all the circumstances which would
seem to make it impossible. It declares that, however the
public regard it. this work is Intrinsically and Inevitably
tho moat dignified and important that any man or woman
can engage In. It Is v spirit that leads some men and
women to remain nt work, not only admitting that they
are in the rag-tag and bobtail of tiie professions, but in
fact because they are in the rag-tag and bobtail because
that Is where there is at this moment the greatest need for
them. If teaching Is moving one little barlccorn toward
the front. It Is because of tho work or such as these, look
ing beyond the common regard of communities to the real
satisfaction, the authentic, legitimate, incorruptible con
tent of rendering a service Inferior to none.
XVnr Losinc Its Chnrmi.
Leslies Weekly
In his chapter on "Militarism and Its Nemesis." the
late M. Bloch contends with eminent truth that the con
ditions of war are such In modern times that "military
life is much less attractive than It was of old. and in the
course of a few years will be even less attractive." The
military profession does not enjoy the privileges it once
did; It is losing both its prestige and Its power in moat
civilized lands. The complex requirements of modern life
and the higher scale of living enjoined by modern society,
tho larger emphasis placed upon the humanities in our
day, upon Intellectual attainments and rewards of Indus
trial and commercial enterprise all these things are turn
ing the thoughts and ambitions of men away from mili
tarism and Its uncertain nnd inadequate compensations.
A Call to SurlRE Poeta.
Boston Herald.
Spring is coming. There are signs of It in the almanacs
aa well as la tho skies and the atmosphere. The winter's
snow Is fast disappearing, and there is balmlness in the
air that clearly betokens what Is just ahead of us. Tho
bluebird, the song sparrow, the robin and the blackbird,
which are the surest harbingers of the springtime, are
twittering or warbling on the fence rails In the meadow?,
and the wild geese are flying northward over our heads.
We shall undoubtedly get occasional cold snaps, and more
snowstorms, perhaps, but their visits will not be protracted
nor their Influence long felt. The sun is getting too warm
for them. Spring is coming', and It is coming fast.--
A KeKlected Cult.
Washington. Star.
"Our son seems to.be goba right to for culturo," said
Mrs. CorntosseL
"res." answered her husband In a tone ot slight disap
pointment: ,,everjr Idnd except agriculture." - i
W1UTTCX FOR THE SUNDAY KEPUDLTa
Newspapers, magazines, the pulpit are
discussing marriage in all of its phases,
romantic and practical, and in this there
is nothing new.
The discussion began when woman was
first told that she might begin to think for
horself and act against her Judgment.
But tome of the discussers have taken
a compaxativ ely new v lew. or at least hav e
revived an ancient idea, that woman should
be permitted to propose.
One woman sas that many a man of
the present day is too diffident, too lack
ing in will force, to put the vital question.
That may be, no doubt is, but what sort
of a husband would such a man make?
Wouldn't he be rather a weak defender of
the castle?
love, of course, ought to be the basis
of marriage the divorce lawjers tell us
that as they read the passionate love let
ters of some poor fool caught In a brier
trap baited with roses; but love is not
diffident.
Love is ndt silent. Love may splutter,
but it forces expression.
Love does not permit a thought, a
j earning, to He fallow. Love is a blabber,
a tender gossip, a retailer of sweet and
bluililnjj nonsense.
Tills is natural; it came away back some
where when buds and love sorang Into be
ing. And the young chap, though a clown.'
ha general! succeeded in making known
his wishes. If he wants the girl he man
ages to let her know it, with word, sign,
sigh or teir. Not many marriages have
been "passed oft uncelebrated" because the
swain lacked nerve.
But if the woman wishes to propose,
make It proper that she should do so. At
first it would seem a tride odd; it would
be rather embarrassing tor a man to be
forced to say:
"Ob, believe me when I declare that I
am sorry. I have ever held ou In high
esteem, and and I will be a brother to
ou- Good-by, and God bless you."
And would it not be rather novel for a
OPIE BEAD.
fair proposer to hear tho frightened words,
"You ou are so unexpected. Oh: this is
so sudden. What will my father say? Oa!
Give me time to think."
Yes, let women pro
pose. Quens 'o, and
is not the American
woman a queen? We
know of one that
"bossed" out Wet
the constructions of a
rallwav and called
herself the queen or
spades.
We know of arothr
that is a queen of
finance, and that once
took her moner out
of a bank when she
heard that the presi
dent of the Institution
opened the vaults
with pracr. Finally
he closed them with fraud.
Day by day -the American woman Is be
coming more and more self-reliant; she
knows how to invest her money, and ought
to be permitted to seek a proper Investment
for her affections.
In Colorado, where women vote on !!
questions, hold office and make political
speeches at ward meetings, the speech ad
dressed to one that she might suppose
would make her a good Hfo partner Is de
nied her by societv. She can declire herself
a candidate for the Legislature, but not, for
matrimony.
And. by the wav. If women should pro
pose, why should they not call on men the
same as rren now call on women?
Why should not the girl come around and
take the young1 fellow to church or to the
theater? But wouldn't It, for a time at
least, be rather an odd spectacle to see a
football pla er. dressed up, sitting for com
pany. Think of a girl bowing to a cham
pion feather weight und asking: "May I
see jou home?"'
If women were granted by society to ex
ercise her own judgment or to follow the
almost absolutely safe leadings of her own
affections, there doubtless would be fewer
divorces. It is the law that declares mar
riage a blessed institution and law that ac
knowledges that it iu a failure. It will ever
be a. blessimr and a failure a bleslrac
where there is true affection and a fallur
when prompted by other motive.
Throughout the land there is going up tha
cry that American families are not larg
enough, that children are constantly Jos-ins
popularity. Tho owner of the hardwood
finished flat stands as the child's enemy.
The earth. God's flower sprinkled carpet.
is none too good for the boy, the future.;
statesman, but his feet must not profams-
the surface of shining oak.
The large family Is the ideal home. Noth
ing i more desolate than the prospect of
a childless old age. America's destiny Is to
rule the world, in progress. Jn ideas, and
the country's future lies In the midBt of the
family circle.
"But it makes slaves of man and woman."
sas the elf etc economist. Ah. the larg
family develops more heroes and heroines
than slaves. And if love be the life-calling
spirit of the family, how much better will
be its members; and if prosposing by the
woman will lead to more affectionate mat
ing, let her propose.
Down in Kentucky an old fellow said:
"There is no use den Ing the fact, I was
sorter shy, and Margaret got tired of wait
ing for men.
"I don't think I would have given her up.
In the long run, but the run was too long
for her. and she kept .on a-hlntlng and
a-hlntlng till at last I 'lowed ye. and thero
we were, married before I knowed what bad.
happened. And we raised a whopping fam
ily. If we hadn't, them Johnsons over thafiSy
creek would have wiped us out-"
Mr. Mangasarian. liberal, deep. Just, de
clared that the union of George Kliot and
Lewes was an Ideal marriage, but that a,
marriage for money, though performed wito
all the solemnity of the law, was immoral.
Hundreds of women clapped their hands.
It did not argue that they had no respect
for the "law marriage." but that they were,
fiee enough to express their approval of a
lofty sentiment.
When law makes love a task, romance,
saudders. When money strives to klndlo
the soul into a Game of affection, a poem of
sweet ard willing sacrifice, human nature
feels ashamed of itself and morality bows
its graing bead.
Copyright, isoj. by XV. K. Etarat. Great Brit
ain rlghta reserved.
9
Studies in Natural History: DOROTHY DIX4
XV KITTEN FOR THE SUNDAY ItEPUBUC.
The Toots -Wootsy This beautiful and
graceful little creature Is indigenous to the
fauna of ev ery country, and wherever found
Is most useful In assisting man to make a
fool of himself.
In this respect its services are Invaluable,
and. as it also acts as a scapegoat on which
lie may lay the blame when he gets into
the intrepid bravery of the Lord of Crea
tion that he even courts this danger in
stead of shunning It.
The amateur student of natural history
will have no difficulty In distinguishing tha
Tootj--Wootsy at sight, as it has large
saucer-like ejes and an air of abnormal in
nocence. It has little or no brains, but
so far from this beinff considered a defect
trouble, it will be seen that It occupies an J Jt jg accounted an additional attraction
important position in the wls economj-. of
nature.
It would be sad. Indeed, to think how
good and lone'y man would be without this
valuable little animal.
Generally the Tootsy-Wootsy belongs to
tho kitten family, but beyond this it has
been found impossible to classify It, owing
to the wide divergence of opinion concerning
it that exists between different writer on
the subject
Women naturalists are practically, unani
mous In noidlng that it is a sly little minx,
with overrated charms and a highly devel
oped faculty for getting there (genus Fem
inibus Workibus), while men scientists de
clare that it is a guileless little creature
whose artless ways make every man want
it for a pet (genus Femlnis Clingingvinis).
These contradictory views are easily ex
plainable by the well-known fact that the
Tootsy-Wootsy conducts itself entirely dif
ferently in the presence o men and women.
With women it is a dull, dlsagreeab'.o lit
tle beast that neve.r exhibits any of its
cute tricks. whUe the moment a man ap
pears oa tho scene it wakes up, licks itself
Into shape and begins to gambol about his
feet and go through a hundred attractive
little stunts.
The appearance of the Toots -Wootsy is
such as to cause every man who sees it to
inwardly exclaim: "Oh, what a darling!"
and -longs to stroke lt3 fluffy pompadour,
and have it cuddle down on his shoulder.
This Is exceedingly risky, as It has been
proven that the apparently harmless Ht
tlo animal jpossesses many ot the traits of
the vampire, and can suck the life blood
out of a pocket-book before jou can say
Jack Eoblcfcon. yet, nevertheless, such is
.I
NEW JERSEY AS
A DIVORCE MECCA.
REPCBIJC SPECIAL.
Trenton. N. J.. March 7. The
Court of Errors and Appeals has
reversed by a unanimous vote the
decision of Vice Chancellor "Pitney in
refuslns to grant Mrs. Hester; Wal
lace a div orce from her husband, Wil
liam Wallace. Her suit had been
dismissed on the ground that she
came here from New York to take
advantage ot the New Jersey divorce
laws. Her counsel appealed. It was
held that the act of a person moving
to this State to obtain a divorce
shows neither illegality nor Impropri
ety of motiv e. The court holds, how
ever, that it must be shown that the
applicant for divorce Intends to re
main in the State.
and the sillier it acts the more highly do
men esteem It as a pet.
Unfortunately, the habits of the Tootsy
Wootsy have not received that careful in
vestigation from men that the- deserve, but
they form a meet Instructive study for ev-erj-
cheerful worker.
It is believed by scientists that this deli
cate looking little creature subsists entire
ly upon bonbons, ice cream soda and salads,
of which it consumes incredible quantities,
and it spends its time sitting around and
looking helpless and Ignorant.
This shows almost human intelligence, for
it causes all the other animals to fight with
each other tor the privilege o" feeding it
and carrying Its luggage around.
The two most marked characteristics of
the Tootsy-Wootsy are its ability to weep,
and its faculty for clinging, and it is to
these admirable qualities that it owes its
faculty for olwas arriving with the goods.
The Tootsy-Wootsy never kicks like a
donkey when things go wrong, or scolds
like a parrot: but the minute it perceives
that it is about to be left It begins to let
great pearly tears run down its cheeks, and
so piteous is its appearance that every one
hastens to give in and let little Tootsy
Wootsy have the floor.
It Is also as adhesive as a porous plaster,
and when it finds e good thing it sticks to
it. Nobody was ever known who could
shake a Tootsy-Wootsy.
The manner la which the Tootsy-Wootsy
secures Its prey is most interesting. It
never attacks women, but when a man
heaves in sight it makes a bee line for him.
and his only safety is in flight, for if the
artful creature once gets her manicured
claws upon him the united strength of the
entire United States army would be Insuf
ficient to rescue him.
The method of attack employed Is pe
culiar. It begins by gazing soulfully up in
a man's face and uttering a little purring
sound that makes the man throw our his
chest and look important.
It then festoons itself on his arm and
looks wistfully up in his face, while it emits
a chirrupy noise that causes the man to
feel about seven feet high and as strong as
a prize fighter, and after that It has Its
victim on a strong and may devour him
when It will.
Scientists who have studied the sounds
uttered by the Tootsy-Wootsy in charming
Its prey say that IU entire range of lan
guage appears to be comprehended in the
phrase. "How big and handsome and wise
you are." and that it repeats these over un
til It hypnotizes its victim.
The Tootsy-Wootsy is an interesting crea
ture to have around the house when It 'Is
young and pretty, but when it becomes old
and scraggy its grimaces are apt to get
upon one"s nerves, a fact which men who
affect these pets do aot always take into
consideration.
The Tootsy-Wootsy reaches Its finest per
fection in Paris, but the specimens on ex
hlbltlon along Broadway are remarkably at
tractive this j ear. Boston is the only city
where the Tootsy-Wootsy is unknown. This
accounts for the fact that few men reside
in that town, while It la a favorite place of
residence with women.
CUpyrUht. IKS. by W. B. Hearst. Great Brltala
rights reserved.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
TO-DAY IN ST. LOUIS.
From The Republic. March J. 1S73.
s The steamer Colossal, a Missouri
s River boat, burned at the foot ot
Lesperance street, within a few feet
s of where the Grand Republic was de-
stroyed by Are. Captain Herman
Swartz owned the Colossal.
Great flocks of wild geese were seen s
fllng northward along the river, in-
dicating tl;e coming of mild weather. s
A meadow mole, a homed owl and
4 and a flying squirrel were added to
the collection at the Fair Grounds. s
James Mullane, a newsboy, fell s
from a horse car and was seriously s
s hurt.
Patrolmea McHale and Prince ar-
4 rested a man named Picltlea for
4 stealing a keg of beer.
Mrs. William Bojer was robbed of s
1X0 by two negroes.
The South St. Louis Club, Ninth s
street and Geyer avenues, elected s
as officers, Edward Gayon. A. H. s
Dcwes. Henry Wetzel. Bernard Dier- 4L
kes, Frank Fieldman and Max WUL- s
Future City Lodge. J- O. W. JL, 4
gave an entertainment in which those
who took part were Miss Cora Car- 0
center. Miss Epstein. Miss Mary A. 4
Hcgan. Miss Hattle Tidd. Mrs. Kate
J. Bralnard. W". H. H. Russell.
Charles Dreyer and W. H. Lindsay. s
s Captain J. V. Reynolds purchased s
a half interest In the river packet.
Paris Brown.
Contracts were awarded to August
Heraan. George Prendergast, John
Whalen. August Eyennan, Robert
s Sheehan. James Creamer and John s
Devlin to lay sewers on Cass and
Ohio avenues and Branch and Far-
rar streets.
A committee composed of Charles s
Gibson. Silas Bent. Doctor Jennings
and Samuel Cupples confers with
Judge Lindley In regard to the ap-
pointment of a Board ot Appeals for A
the eemalbatlon ot taxes on St. Louis 4
property. v
James Clark &. Co. were awarded a
verdict for S5.W0 against the German
Mutual Fire Insurance Cbmpanr in
behalf of Charles W. AtdrtS! 1
Major John a Sneetf returned from 4
Florida and took quarters at Bar-
num's Hotel. T
Jehn Baker of Belleville. "United
States Consul General to Venezuela, 4
v uepanea -or vvasmngton.
The Merchants' Exchange raised a
subscription of J3CO for the sufferers
w irDm, too big ore at Hot
Ark.
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