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Good Roads For South.
* The Sun takes, a reasonable- but
we hope not vainglorious pride in
seeing its arguments and admonitions.
o? two years ago reproduced with enV
ergy and originality in most of the
Southern newspapers to-day. The
word now is "good roads," and, In
most cases the means to that sudden
ly-much, desired end ls convict, labor.
Georgia, for example,. has revoked
her convict leases to private; ijontraV
tors,' and has become a much more
civilized Comme.-wealth, in conse
quence. In Alabama : the peniten
tiary .is still a dominating - factor in
politics, and ' we shall perhaps have
to walt a while for wholesome and
practical results. Tho eyes of most
of Alabama's Representatives .are
turned upon the 'National Treasury
as a'stimulation of the work of Her
cules, to say nothing of its captivat
ing Illumination Cf themselves, but
in a general way the whole Sc nth has
waked up to the.importrnce of good
country roads, and little by little the
leaders of popular thought are com
ing around to convict labor as . the
only means to the: consummation.
Already we see in Southern newspa- j
pers of consequence grave, disserta
tions on the advantages to prisoners i
of open-air occupations under :super
vislon-.by the State; likewise reminis
cent regrets over the former dispen
It ls easy to see that in many
Southern communities they do not
lake kindly to boulevards constructed
chiefly for the benefit of tourists in
automobiles. We note in all quarters
an almost affectionate solicitude for
neighborhood roads that will bring
the farmers into close touch with
their natural markets, but when it
comes to mapping out a straight way
from New York to Atlanta or Savan
nah or Jacksonville, our observation
Is to the effect that the communities
along the route develop a certain lan
guor. This sentiment expressed itself
in South Carolina two or three years
ago when the farmers , and property
holders refused to tax themselves for
good roads, although they confessed
. they, needed them! on the ground f.hat
automobiles would be the chief bene
ficiaries of the arrangement. The
authorities were very free to say that
they didn't want to invite automo
biles into their territory. The peo
ple were well acquainted with the
possibilities of the shotgun and the
rifle, bat they preferred a quiet if a
"boggy life. The road tax may have
"been ., reinstated since, but that was
their feeling at the time, and it is
conceivable that public opinion may '
hs considerably influenced by good
will toward a certain local animal
which the automobile has displaced
from a once proud eminence and rele
gated to a position of outright use
Meanwhile the good roads senti
ment spreads and gathers strength
throughout the South. * All realize
tho importance of permanent ways of
communication, not only to bring the
farmers and their markets together,
but to break the isolation of rural
life and introduce neighbors 'to \each
other.-Editorial in the Nev/ York
Ahr. Taft Advocates ?ood Roads..
President Taft has again indicated
his interest in good roads, the latest
expression being elicited in connec
tion with a movement for better high
ways in Virginia, this .taking shape in
an immediate plan "for. a road from
the National Capital to Richmond.
In a letter on the subject the Presi
? ^1 regard this as part of the gen
eral good roads movement in the
country, and I have pleasure in saying
that there is no movement that I
"know of that will have a mort direct
-effect to alleviate the difficulties and
^burdens of the farmers' life, will stim
ulate the traffic, and add to the gen
-eral . happiness of the people more
.thai: the establishment of good roads
"Aroughout the country. I do not
think that because this may have
been stimulated by people using au
tomobiles it is to be frowned upon,
for while persons using automobiles
are by no means the most important
In the community, the fact that their
sharp interest has focused the atten
tion of the public on the movement
entities them to credit.
"I have no doubt that within the
authority which is his the Secretary
of Agriculture will be glad to assist
by recommendation and practical ad
vice the-methods to be pursued in
?cod road building in Virginia."
-From the fact that for more than
half of his transcontinental walk of
nearly four thousand miles Edward
Payson Weston had to "pound the
ties" because the roads were so bad,
it would seem that there is lots of
roon for good roads movements be
tween here- and. the Pacific Coast.
New York Tribune. ;
? ...t::_ , ,
.Life with you must, be monot
onous, " remarked the monkey as he
swung by his tail in the park zoo.
"Why so, my friend?" queried the
"Well, all you have to do ls to sit
here all day ant: be stuffed with pea
The elephant smiled an elephantine
"That may be, my friend; but I'd
Tether be here being stuffed with pea
Tintsthan over in Africa being stuffed
for a mus2um exhibit"
Which shows that even an elephant
knows a good thing when he sees it
Signs and Superstitions.
The odor of gasoline on the mid
night air 1s an invrriable fiign that
somebody somewhere is cut after
dark in an automobile.
The Venezuelans believe that the
odor of cauliflower penetrating all
parts of a dwelling house before mid
day is a sure sign that bet?re the day
ls over this vegetable will be served
at onelof their , daily meais,-r-Juiige.
The figures of the London police
-courts show a very decided increase
?Bring recent years in serious crime?
Jo?os Horne on Africtides
las Trying Ups and Bowns
Poetical Tar Declares the Balts White, Swept
Across the Continent by Mountain of Water,
Was Greeted by Bwana Tumbo.
Joy reigned in old man Hobo's sa
loon down Greenpoint way last night,
for home again was Jonas Horne, of
the barkentinp Belle.White. The
! "bunch" led Horne to Hobb's back
room and hobnobbed there a spell and
raised hob, too, if truth, be told, to
show how they loved him well.
^Here's welcome home, friend
Horne," they sang. "Come, wet your
whistle, mate, and spin a yarn for old
time's sake, the while we pay the
"Well, hearties, I'm right glad I'm
home," said Horne, "for on .the level,
I feared the Belle would make no
port. We had the very devil to bring
her through all safe and soundy I
blame the bloomin' tide, but give-it
credit just the same for a mighty
thrillin' ride. The tides were fierce
down Cape Town way, off Afric's lone
ly shore; they'd fall and rise before
your eyes, some thousand icet and
"Our .?hip was bound for Uruguay,
which lies straight across the South
Atlantic from 'Cape Town. * If I had:
been the boss we'd never tried to buck
the tide, but held the Belle in port
till them durned tides had settled
down to ones of tamer sort. But old
Cap Brown spit on his hands and,
with an oath, says he:
" 'We'll take the Belle through that
there muss or sink the ship, b'geel.'
"We left Cape Town without delay.
The tide was gola' down, and goin!
down so ding-donged fast, I yells to
" 'This ebb's so strong it's takln'
all.the water out from under!'
"At that he up and bellows out that
I could go to thunder. 'Twas plain to
see .that every drop of sea 'twixt earth
and sky was westward bound and
leavlu' poor old Africa high and dry.
hi one great mass the sea moved west,
and we kept goin* down like in an
elevator shaft back here in. New York
town. And next we struck the bottom
-bang!-and lay there in the sand,
while on beyond the sea piled up sky
high to beat the band.
" 'This ship can* climb no hill like
that, no matter how we tack,' yells
Jim. 'And, woe betide the land that
gets that tide!' croaks Jack. ' 'But,
oh,' wails Joe, 'consider, though, when
that there tide comes back!'
"The cap'n seen right sudden then
the big mistake he'd made, but blus
tered 'round and cussed a lot as If no
blt afraid. And meanwhile we stood
by and watched that tide begin to
swing from ebb to flow and slowly
grow into a lively thing. The Belle
at last was well afloat and then with
one fell roar the tide swung back to
full again a mile above the shore!
"Instead of lookln' up the hill of
water to the we3t, we now looked
down the clean, green side-it was no
merry jest!-and, say, the Belle com
menced to slide down that greased
getaway 500 miles or so an hour,
bound straight for Uruguay. We hit
a pace I'll not forget-I- love the sea,
oh, my! but, oh, you quiet home in
port! that's where I'd rather die.
"We crossed South Atlantic sea in
less than half a day, but just as we
had sighted land off verdant Uruguay
Shat crazy tide swung back again and
tipped the other way! We slid clean
back to old Cape Town, but 'twas the
same old thing-no sooner than we'd
make a port the consarned tide would
swing. We seesawed thus for two
full weeks while Neptune had his
fling. The cap'n was some peeved by
thea and said he wouldn't play; the
Belle could go to blazes now, he'd go
below and stay.
"Then, joy, oh, joy! one happy day
the tide swung back so strong it flood
ed over Afric's shore and ca d us
along. We washed clean o'e: con
tinent of lions, snakes am 9, and
piped your Bwana Tumbo playin' tag
among the trees. We dipped our flag
just so that- he could not feel one bit
slighted, and he, in turn, showed all
his teeth and yelled he was delighted.
"Well, when the tide swung back
again it left us in the Nile all safe and
sound, and so we sailed back home in
proper style up past Gibraltar. Bet'
your life I'll have another smile."
New York Herald.
Raising Sheep in Georgia.
For years the farmers of Georgia
have raised the perennial cry that
the sheep killing dog stood forever
as a barrier against the development
of the. sheep industry in this State.
The Legislature just adjourned has
taken a decisive step toward putting
a stop to this obstacle. A tax of $1
now goes on dogs of both sexes in
Georgia, regardless of ownership,
race, color or previous condition of
The measure is, in a way,- incom
plete, since passages of? the law con
flict with each other. At the same
time it marks radical advance over
no protection at all, and it is toler
ably Cocain that if the people of any
specified country make up their minds
to enforce the statute they will find
latitude sufficient to that end.
With the menace of the mongrel
and the cur removed, or greatly min
imized, there is no reason why the
raising of sheep in Georgia should
not gradually-attain important pro
The man who wishes to escape the
varied dangers of every kind of loco
motion had better, dig himself a cel
lar in the earth and sit there all his
life, taking care, however, that his
root timbers are sound. The perils
of everyday life are many, but the
odde against injury are great, and
against accidental death still ?ery
great indeed.-From the Car.
Miss Vizit-"Your father ls very
patriotic, even for a veteran, isn't
Mrs. De Style-"Positively rabid.
He nearly broke up my Fourth of
July luncheon by insisting on ap*
peajiug in a union sulti."-Puck. ??
Evolution of a Ball Player
By E. A. GOEWET.
"I once knewv a real ball player.
As a youth he could stand longer ol!
an evening against a lamppost on the
corner In fr#at of the depot without
moving a muscle than any boy lr.
town, and by the time he -was seven
teen he could understand TY hat wail
in the newspapers, litany'one would
read the items to him in a loud, clear
tone and skip all the words of more
than two syllables. In the daytime,
however, it was different. He went
out to the brickjoti about seven-thir
ty a. m. each fair day and played
ball most of the time until sundown.
He was considered some bali player
by the home folks, and finally signed
with a State league team, where he
sometimes received his salary in real
money. After a time he became so
proficient with the stick that he
loined fast company. In fact, to
make a long story short, .he became :
>ne of the greatest players in the big.
leagues and is far from a 'has-been''
"But, and'here's the rub. I have,
watched that boy year after year and.
imagined that it was his splendid eye)
his broad shoulders, his great run
ning, and his, lively work with his
hands and feet in the infield that
made him the fine ball player I loved
to see play.' Now, what do I find?
Why, it wasnothing of the kind. It
wasn't long years of practice, splen
did athletic qualifications,- and a pair
of shoulders like a bull^hat had made
him a great ball player. Nay, nay!
It was because when a batter stepped
to the plate his brain cells would be
gin to 'convulate' with lightning like
rapidity and he'd think out the cor
rect answer . to- the situation 'just
like that.' He ftould see that' the
man was a left-hander, stood well up
to the plate, and that he was watch
ing the pitcher with his right eye,
and a spot midway between the box
and third base with his left. This
meant that the batter would hit the
ball hard to the spot watched by his
left eye, and that a slight hummock
in the grass there would cause it to
carom off at an angle ot forty-five
degrees, and that in juot one and
seven-flfty-ninths of a second after
the ball left the bat it would travel
the distance of one hundred and fifty
nine feet four inches to where the
fielder ought to be. Figuring this
but 'just like that' in a flasr the
fielder would be at the proper spot
on time, nail the ball, throw it to
first, and complete the play. I had
thought all along that this player
had a brain make-up that would
closely resemble a scrambled egg if
it tackled mathematics and geomet
rical angles, and that instinct and
knowledge of past performances fig
ured largely' in his work. Now I
find that while his name signed to
the pay-roll resembles a map of a
Missouri river, his think-works are
mathematically mastodonte. It is
this new light that is going to make
me enjoy my baseball more thorough
ly in the futdre."-Leslie's Weekly.'
Somo Kansas Laws.
Recently a list of forgotten Kansas'
laws was widely printed in Kansas.
Charley Karger has lined up another
bunch of them:
It is unlawful to whip a child un
der eighteen years of age.
It is unlawful to write a threaten
It is unlawful to injure a door or
window of any house.
It is unlawful to cruelly whip a
horse or ox. ?,
It ls unlawful to overdrive or over
load a horse.
It is unlawful not to properly feed
or house an or or horse.
It is unlawful for any agent to mis
represent in selling fruit or ornamen-1
tal trees, bulbs, roots, etc.
It is unlawful to wear a Grand
Army of the Republic badge unless a
member of tie order.
It is unlawful to pay any employe
In any way except in money.
It is unlawful to practice medicine
without first having attended two full
courses of instruction^., and being
graduated at a respectable school of
It is unlawful to sell, pistols of any'
kind to men under twenty-one.
It is unlawful to get drunk in your
It is unlawful to misrepresent live
stock in selling it.
It is unlawful to leave open gates
or bars to another's premises.-Kan
sas City Journal.
Didn't Want Justice.
# A well known attorn of this city
had a client whose eas ^resented a
mass of technicalities, of which his
lawyer took every advantage. Before
the final argument and handing dow
of opinion, however, the client was
forced to take a journey of some hun
dreds of miles and was compelled to
be absent for several weeks. He ar
ranged with his attorney to flash him
by telegraph the result of the trial of
his case, but told him to so word the
telegram that the addressee alone
would comprehend its import. .
The result was the awarding of a
verdict in favor of the litigant in
question, and his delighted counsel
sent him the following message:
"Justice- and truth have tri
What was his amazement at re
ceiving a few hours later a telegram
from his client winch said:
"Yours received. Hard luck. Ap
peal immediately." - Philadelphia
The Feminine Mind was bitterly
resentful of the disparagement it
everwhere met with.
"Of course, I'm not so much, but
what can you expect?" it exclaimed.
"You don't seem to take into account
that I've had to play second fiddle to
Looks and Clothes for these six thou
sand years, getting only leftover at
tentions, and often none at all! "
Nor did the prospect particularly
augur better things, study clubs to
the contrary notwithstanding.-Puck.
The London Lancet says six hun
dred children of leprous, parents are
being educated by the Mission of Lep
ers, and the children show no signs
of leprosy. - 1
New. York City.-The" blouse that
ls laid in groups ?of fine tucks is a
pretty and* dainty vone^nd just now
it ls in the height of style. This one
can be mado plain, as illustrated, or
elaborated by meanB of embroidery or
lace insertion between the groups of
tucks, but in whichever way it ls
treated it is al'vkys dainty and charm
ing. Tb? sq iare Dutch neck and
three-quarter sleeves illustrated are
much in vogue and are exceedingly
comfortable, or the waist can be made
with long sleeves If preferred. It
will be found adapted to all materials
that can be made in. lingerie style,
and for between seasons thin silks
and pongee will be much in vogue as
well as linen and cotton fabrics.- Em
broidered muslins are exceedingly
handsome so treated, and to the list]
of familiar materials must be' added
waist lengths of genuine East Indian
muslin embroidered in Indian style.
i The waist is made.with front and
backs. It is laid in groups of fine
tucks and there is a "wide tuck over
each shoulder, which gives becoming
fulness. WhenHhe neck Is cut square
it ls finished with trimming;, when
made high, with a regulation stock.
Tho sleeves are made In one piece
each and are tucked ic groups, the
tucks at the elbows being stitched for
a short distance only, so allowing be
coming, graceful and comfortable ful
The quantity of material required
for the medium size is four and five
eighth yards twenty-one, three and
one-half yards twenty-four or two and
one-fourth yards thirty-two or forty
four inches wide, with two yards of
banding and three yards of edging.
A New Collar.
A surprise has come to light in the
new cravat, which has appeared to
add to the myriads already at the dis
posal of madame. This last addition
is Intended to wear with simple col
larless gowns, and the new blt of
neckwear is nothlLe more nor less
than a leather dog collar.
The most interesting separate coat
in evidence just now ls the one made
of cretonne en suite with parasol and
matched np in leading color with the
hat. Such outfits accompany lin
gerie' and linen frocks at resorts.
- - - . Weighted Gowns.
Many bf the thin silk and gauze
gowns are weighted with one or more
bands of heavier material to draw
the skirts downward close to the fig
Coats to the Knees. ,
The newest coats reach about to
the line of the knees. This is the
length that will be in vogue this sea
Many of the newest models in head
gear are. furnished with draped vel
vet crowns, while the rims are only
I three inches wide. Hats of this sort
are very chic, but, needless to say,
they are not becoming to the average
woman. This style of hat was orig
inated about the time of Henry IL,
and the huge feathers which decor
ated that monarch are still seen on
the kettle-shaped hats of to-day.
Nine Gored Skirt.
Here ia one of the newest skirts,
gored to* fjt smoothly over the hips,
but with graceful lines at the foot
caused by the pleated lower portions,
which -gives .the straight lines that are
extremely smart and graceful. The
inverted pleat at centre front is
stitched to form wide tucks, which
are held in place with groups of three
buttons. The skirt is illustrated in
one of the new blue diagonal serges
with jet buttons, but all colors and
materials that are suited to the odd
skirt or the coat suit will be found
appropriate, the linens and pongees of
the present as well as the heavier ma
terials, of the coming season.
, The skirt is cut in nine gores, the
fronts and back extending the full
length, while the side gores are
lengthened by pleated portions that
give becoming fulness at the lower
edge. The closing is made invisibly
under the left edge of the box pleat
in centre back, which is stitched at
the edges to the- depth of the. pleated
portion, giving the smooth adjust
ment now so fashionable.
The quantity of material required
for the medium size is nine yards
twenty-seven, four and five-eighth
yards forty-four or four yards fifty
two inches wide; width (I skirt at
lower edge four and three-eighth
Fruits and flowers not usually as
sociated with millinery abound this
season, and fuchias and clematis
bloom profusely, while velvet peaches,
cherries and apricots go to enrich the
headgear of fashionable women at
home and abroad.
Narrow turn-down collars of ba
tiste and Irish point embroidery are
among the new neckwear seen in the
The Squire-"Well, Thomas, I
sort of woman is your wife?"
Thomas (who has married for t
lng widow at that)-"Well, zur, she
zay as she be 'iz masterpiece."--Frc
Wom?n are generally agreed that
one of the most serious features of
household work is the incessant
stooping which seems to be necessary
In the performance of the daily rou
The Stoopless Dust Pan.
tine of. the household work. Doc
tors claim .that it is this alone which
is. in a large measure responsible for
the many ills and ailments which
women are afflicted with and whi?h
the men are free from. So many of
her . dally tasks require that, she
should lean qr stoop over that it is
not long before this unnatural atti
tude is responsible for some serious
and chronic illness which often
makes her as invalid for the rest of
her life. '
The stoopless dustpan which has
been recently invented enables her to,
do the work of gathering up. the ac
cumulations on the floor without the
least inclination of her body. The
new implement has a long handle by
which it is carried conveniently, and
at the same time the handle controls
the operation of a lid which opens for
the reception of the dust when the
pan is placed on the floor, and as it
is raised after gathering up the ac
cumulations the lid closes, hiding the
contents from view and preventing
their being scattered by the wind or
by accident.-Washington Star.
Mr. Suburbs-"Do you exp?ct a
Mrs. Suburbs-"Well, consider ii
He's got the measles?' the cellar , is fl
for two days-yes, I do."-Ally Slop
Shoes on the Piano.
A siding shoe has been invented
to take the place of the caster on
heavy pieces of furniture, and it is
Shoe For Heavy Furniture.
hear you are married again. What
he fifth time, and a very plain.-look
be the Lard's;'amilwork, but, I can't
im the London Tele?rraph.
Centre Lid- For Stove.
An invention of especial interest
and convenience to housekeepers ? ls
the auxiliary stove, lid plate designed
by a Delaware man. By means of
this it 1,8 possible to*have a lid over
the centr? of the stove, where the
fire is hottest. ;
The old style stove plates are ob
long- with rounded ends and a piece
set in the middle vrhich leaves a cir
cular opening at each end. While it
is possible by thia arrangement to re
move, either or both lids and the
bridge plate, it is not possible to so
dispose them as to have one opening
in the centre.
The new stove plate overcomes this
disadvantage by providing a stove
top with supplemental plates which
may be fitted in the ends and leave a
circular opening in the centre, on
which one of the ordinary lids, will
fit. When the fire is J'ow, as in the
morning, lt is desired to set"the coffee
pot, for instance, over- the- hottest
part of the fire,, which ls the middle
part. Heretofore, it has been neces
sary to remove all the plates and set
the kettle on the coals, thus stopping
the draft, or to rake the fire over to
one side.-Boston Post.
The largest pontoon bridge .* In
the world connects Calcutta w.ith
Howrah. , -
lg that Bridget's going to leave. Wil
iooded, and the grocer hasn't called
said It may be use^i with the advan
tage that it does not mar the .floor j
or its covering, whatever its charac
ter may be. It is especially recom
mended for polished floors. The de
vice consists of a rounded button of
porcelain or glass, fitted with a split
spring stem, which prevents it from
dropping out when the piece of fur
niture is lifted from the floor. The
two parts are joined by a ball and
socket joint by moans of which the
portion coming in contact with the
Soor is permitted to adjust itself to
any irregularities ct tte surface over
which it may be passing. These
shoes were originally made for use
on pianos? so that the instruments
might be moved around at will, but
it has been found necessary to make
them in a number of different sizes
for different articles of furniture
Where All Are Agreed.
I will do human nature the jus
tice to say that we are all prone to
make other people do their duty.
Sydney Smith. ".'^ ?