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NOT ALWAYS BEHIND EUROPE
Many of America's Big Centers of
Population Take the Lead In
New York City alone secure a
larger revenue from land values than
do the much-heralded "unearned In
crement" taxes of all the cities of
Germany and all the taxes of the revo
lutionary Lloyd George budget of
1909 combined. The total collections
of New York City from this source
amount to approximately $60,000,000
a year. I thick it may fairly be
claimed that we have made more
progress in local taxation than have
any cities in the world.
lt must be remembered, too, that
many activities of the American city
are efficiently performed. Our lib
rary systems are models. In this we
have been pioneers. The rapid de
velopment of public and private
libraries, the extension of branches,
the opening of reading rooms and li
brary centers, the use of pictures and
children's departments" show the pos
sibilities of our municipal democracy
-when the laws of the state permit
lt to grow as it will.
Commissions come to America to
study our library methods just as
commissions go from this country to
Europe to study their municipal
achievements. The park systems of
our cities are of the same high order.
Our development in recent years has
been phenomenal. Not only are our
parks generous in area, but they have
been laid out by experts in a far
sighted way. The Boston system is
said to be the most comprehensive of
any in the world, while those of Chi
cago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Balti
more, Washington, Kansas City, Den
ver, and a score of lesser cities com
pare favorably with those of any
cities of Europe.
America, too, led the way in play
ground development, as well as in the
wider use of the schoolhouse and the
social center. The exhibits of the
American city in these activities at
the Berlin Town Planning exposition
were accepted as in advance of those
From the very beginning our fire
departments have been honestly and
efficiently administered. These, too,
haye been models for foreign cities.
For the most part, they have been
free from the spoils system. Merit
has been recognized in the selection
of chiefs. New appliances have been
rapldily introduced and an esprit de
corps has been created like that of
the army and the navy.-F. C. Howe
in Scribner's Magazine.
WITH AN EYE TO THE FUTURE
Manner of Laying Out the Streets of
a Nftw Town Should Be Most
For outlying districts, narrow, wind
ing, or diagonal streets make it pos
sible to spend more on the sanitation
of the homes, declares a man who
has made a study of city planning.
Where traffic of the future promises
to be dense and a wide street may at
some time be wise, in the intervening
years a narrow paved area, bordered
by grass and trees, is good economy,
good sense, and good health.
As between rectangular streets ex
clusively and a combination in which
some of the streets are diagonal and
some rectangular, Robinson says
aesthetics, sanitation, and conveni
ence all favor the latter.
In Vienna the crowds are handled
with less inconvenience than in any
other city, and there the cars come
in on diagonal streets to the Rig
strasse, which they follow around to
deliver their passengers as near as
possible to their destinations.
Robinson says: "The two diagonal
streets, Broadway and the Bowery,
In New York s?ved for the city
breathing spots like Madison and
Union squares-space out of reach if
condemnation had been required."
Utilization of Vacant Lots.
For several years the City Beautiful
page has advocated the use and beau
tification of vacant city lots, calling at
tention to the success attained in
eastern cities through the work of Va
cant Lot associations, etc. The prob
lem now seemB near to solution. The
various schools of the city have ex
tended their school garden work to
near-by unused property, and if this
movement does not culminate in the
appropriation of all vacant lots it will
at least call attention to the impor
tance ?f control of one of our great
est eyesores-numberless weed-grown,
rublsh-strewn vacant lots.-Los An
Weeds In the Walks.
For weeds in pavements or gravel
?walks, make a strong brine of coarse
salt and boiling water, put the brine In
a sprinkling can and water the weeds
thoroughly, being careful not to let
any of the brine get on the grass, or
it will kill it, too.
Worth Thinking Over.
What a simple matter it would be to
clean up the city if everybody would
do his part without depending on his
neighbor to begin the work first! That
ls, assuming, of course, that the city
authorities would do their uart
Begin to pan your exhibits for the big
gest and best fair ever held in the county.
It will last for three days, Nov. 5, 6, 7.
The grounds will be enlarged to make
room for the largest carnival that has
ever been brought to Edgefield. A strong
aggregation of good, clean shows.
TALK UP THE FAIR-IT IS YOUR FAIR
IF YOU LIVE IN EDGEFIELD COUNTY.
It is the purpose of
the managers to make
every department bet
ter than the fairs that
have been neld. The
farmers will give
more hearty support
than heretofore and
the agricultural ex
hibits will be more
varied and of even
higher class than in
Let every section
take an interest and
be well represented in
The parades this
year will surpass even
all former years. The
ladies who are plan
ning this the most at
tractive feature of
the fair will leave
nothing undone to
A big brass band of expert performers will
give free concerts throughout each day. Pre
pare your exhibits and urge your neighbors
to do likewise.
November 5, 6, 7.
ESCAPING BY A HAIR
By MAURICE 3MILEY.
It was no evidence of any special
?hrewdness on my part that I knew,
what Wilson waa watching the train
The papers were fall of the detalla1
of Judson's last exploit The trick ho
had turned on this particular occasion,
was the' lifting of a tray of diamond?
from the importing firm of Convier
The police had followed Judson,
pretty sharply and I knew that WiU
son must have got some tip to tho
effect that Judson was going to takaj
a train for a cooler habitat-mostj
probably the 9:40 for the west.
Now, Wilson and I knew each othee
hy sight We had had a professional
rub or two on former occasions, and 6
knew with what I had to deal. :
It just happened that I saw him get
a telegram at the station office and
that gave me two ideas which I proJ
ceeded to put into effect. One was to}
Intercept the messenger boy attached!
to the office, and for a quid pro quq
induce him to hand to Wilson thia mes
sage, scribbled on a telegraph blank:i
"Mr. Wilson: I forgot in my hurry
to copy the message just delivered to
you. Kindly return lt to me for ai
moment and I will hand it to you
any time.-Mary Emerson, Operator.'"
Five m'rutes later the boy handedj
me the menage Wilson had received.
"Anderson says Judson will take th?
9:40 train for Chicago. Will wear al
long white beard.-Foley."
Foley was the chief. His dispatch
threw new light on the Judson tip. Soi
Anderson had turned against Judson.
It happened that I was going to taka
the 9:40 train myself, and I determine
ed to keep a sharp outlook for any-;
body with a long white beard. I waq
smooth shaven myself.
But the Becond idea. It waa ridicu
lously easy to write a message my
self, and my convenient messengeD
friend for another quid pro quo
handed it to Wilson. My message ran
"Made a mistake. Judson will leave,
on the 9:15 for Montreal.-Foley."
It was already 9:06 and Wilson had
barely time to catch the 9:15 train,
for he swallowed the spoon, hook and
With Wilson safely side-tracked, I
boarded my train.
"Message for Henry Wilson. Is Mr.
Wilson in this car?"
"Ah, yea, I guess that's for me," I
remarked, casually, reaching out my
hand for it as the conductor stopped
at my berth. Of course it was from
Foley. It read:
"Anderson makes complete confes
sion. Says story of Judson being dis
guised was a blind. He will, so far
as Anderson knows, be smooth shaven,
as he does not suspect he will be fol
lowed, but thinks he has sidetracked
us. Williame is at Buffalo, and willi
meet the train at Lee's Landing.
The plot was thickening.
"How far are we from Lee's Land
ing, porter?" I inquired.
"Next stop, sir."
I started on another exhaustive In
spection of the car, but there was no
body there whom I thought Williams
would be likely to spot as Judson.
But there was a gentleman with a
long brown beard, sitting all alone in
one end of the car. A white beard
might be dyed overnight
"Would you mind stepping into my
drawing room compartment sir?" 1
said in a weak voice as I bent ovei
the brown-whiskered gentlement
"Certainly, sir," he replied, rising
and accompanying me to my drawing
room. Once the door was locked and
there was something doing in two min?
"That's a very fine bunch of whisk'
?rs you have there, my friend," I said
fiercely, "and I shall have to trouble
you for them! Don't make any ?UBS
now and you won't get hurt!"
The sheer absurdity of my words
made him blink bewilderedly and be
fore he got through blinking I had him
tied hand and foot and two minutes
later I had neatly snipped off his
beautiful brown beard.
I had become suddenly alive to th a
fact that a pair of whiskers waa
something that I needed in my busi
ness. I usually went provided with
spirit gum and other toilet accessories,
but I had neglected to grow a bunch
of side whiskers or provided myself
with a set of false ones.
"Lee's Landing!" shouted the brake
man, as I stepped out of the drawing
room to run plump into Williams,
whom I spotted instantly.
"He's In the drawing room there!"
I whispered hurriedly in Williams'
"Yes. This is Wilson! I am detail
ed on another lay; that's why you
were wired to meet me. Grew these
over night Good luck."
Then half holding my whiskers with
my hand to keep them from falling
off, I pulled my hat down over mr
eyes and made my getaway.
It wasn't a very close shave for the
parson, but it was for me, all on ac
count of that traitor Anderson. I just
escaped by a hair-that is, by a con
veniently large number of hairs, Judi
Oh, yes, I was Judson. You have
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