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uii Xcw Orleans. The miners in
Alaska listens of an evening to Melba
an Caruso and Sousa's band by means
of a little machine on a soap box.
- Let little Johnnie have a touch of the
croup, and Mrs. Jones, next door, will
be over in a very few minutes with
,ji liel.) and advice; wh'lc in the city,
little Johnnie may die for all the
next door knows, unless there be a
physician within reach. Mr and Mrs.
Smith "run in" of an evening for a
hand at whist, and while perhaps you
may think Mr. Smith not quite as well
developed mentally as President Eliot
yet he has a passable opinion on the
Russo-Japanese war, and you couldn't
''visit" with President Eliot if you
jfe tried. Your butcher knows what cuts
of meat you like, and what ones he
can't work off on you, and if you
want a horse from the livery stable
you don't have to make a deposit bc
fore you get it. T louse rent doesn't
make such a yawning cavern in your
salary, and your boy knows every
j it;-il in the high school. There is an
opportunity for skating and baseball,
and for fishing anil target shooting.
Von can have a wood fire, and per
haps you will make a garden, or have
a workshop. You would be surprised
at some of the professional men who
turn out chairs and tables and wood
carvings, and at the same time add
years to their span of life: also at
some of the men who can be found,
with overalls on. feeding the Light
Bramahs, and who make a success of
their chickens, too.
In fact, if a person desires to ride
a hobby in the nature of an avoca
tion which will cause him to forget
the cares of the daily life, he should
lidc it in the country. One cannot
make much headway in a cily. If you
wish to study wild birds you have to
rid" several miles in order to begin.
iiiaginc setting up a little work
sh. p in the basement of a city house!
The bulk of the city houses have no
basements. They are fiats. One can
hardly be an ameteur photographer
"W even in a flat. I have more dunnage
pertaining to photography than would
fill-a room in a flat, and if I were to
take stock of the guns and sporting
appliances, and the basemmt work
shop, I could very nearly fill the
The village' of today can give a per
son about all of the advantages a city
has to offer. Do you want to hear
the- great divine who preaches on
4 Sunday in the city' There arc Sun
' day trains and trolleys which will
take you there nearly .as quickly as
the city dweller can travel across the
city to the church where the service
is to be held. Do you want to see
that great actress, or that prima don
na, or hear that concert? Take the
train and enjoy them, stay at a city
hotel over night, ami you will enjoy
it better and get more benefit from it
than if you were out three times a
week trying to keep i.p with all of the
In fact the villager can hive all of
the benefits of the city, today, and
escape its tiresomeness, and he can
also have the benefits of country life,
which, if he be a natural human, will
not he tiresome. The Village.
THE KEY TO THE SITUATION.
Information has arrived, says The
Village, via the Census Bureau, whose
word is generally to he implicitly rc
li d upon, although occasionally it
has to indulge in the Yankee pastime
of guessing, that the wealth of the
country as a whole has grown be
tween 1900 and 1904 from $88,526,348,
796 to $106,881,415,600.
This represents a gain of nearly
21 per cent in four years, and if one
out of curiosity turns back his calcu
lant eyes on the figures of similar es
timate in the census of 1890, a gain of
64 per cent asserts itself.
Naturally, the first thought suggest
ed by this magnificent arithmetical
showing of American material pro
gress is that these figures present an
astounding, mind-bewildering, subject
for the common man to contemplate.
He, and we, for wc ate him as well
as for him, probably try to realize
this financial fact visually. We
roughly try to guess whether, if such
wealth were converted into its mctalic
tokens, gold or silver dollars, it
would make a shaft in height and
diameter equal to Bunker Hill monu
ment, for instance, or the , Bartholdi
statue of the .Goddess of Liberty in
New York's vast and beautiful har
bor. And if we happen to lc mathe
maticians, possessing ourselves of the
necessary data, we may amuse our
selves by finding out exactly how big
a pile in silver or in gold such an
aggregation of wealth would make.
But there's an ugly fly in this am-'
her, a thing which becomes an over-,
shadowing thought; wh'cn we, the
common people, begin to realize, that,
the bulk of this so-called national
wealth is not common wealth', but .is
monopolized by a very (c persons,
comparatively. ' J " ';; '''
And, when wc study: the., statistics::
'XDKlVj pilU OSODSl'p 'UlU3 'XiJoVCtidJo
and of railroad or building accidents,
most of which latter two arc prob
ably preventable, wc begin to see that
national wealth is not national health,
unless it is well distributed.
And, furthermore, wc begin to sec
that present conditions contain a dis
tinct (not distant) and growing men
ace to the stability of the scheme of
government cstablirhcd by the fathers
and transmitted to us for improve
ment as well as perpetuation.
Socialism offers a solution of this
problem in a peaceful way by grad
ually educating the people to its in
dustrial and moral ideas, and thus
coining into power or management
of the business of government
through the ballot box. But social
ism, though it has had, and has, in
our country men of intellect and of
demons'tratcd practical or adminis
trative ability in its ranks, e,rows far
slower than in Europe; and since, as
the New York Sun acutely suggests,
it has partially inoculated both of
the great historic parties, it docs not
seem in a very fair way of gaining
independent ascendency, either as a
partyor a system of socicted life for
many years to come.
This being so, as we most potently
believe, while at the same time be
lieving socialism a benign manifesta
tion of intellectual activity along mor
al as well as industrial lines, we feel
constrained to seek a quick present
amelioration of the condition already
pressing, and threatening to oppress
yet more dangerously, by urging a
deliberate return of the masses in as
great a measure as possible to the J
village life of the early days of the j ,
The building up of the rural com-
muuitics, the acquisition of interests i,'
in the soil, the establishment of
homes, will, it seems to u 1, do more '
to stave off the daugci of a' violent '
revolution, and will adjust the social
balance more quickly, than any polit
ical agitation and attempt to achieve
at the ballot box that fraternity of
industry and fraternity (of feel'ng
which, philosophers agree, is the ul
timate end to be aimed by a real, not
a mock or a make-believe civiliza-
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of the city. I
74 E. First South St.
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WM. A. STICKNEY CIGAR CO.
, . Salt Lake City Branch
' r'i - - 229 South Main Street '
D. R. LEWIS, MGR.
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A "GAS WATER HEATER" at
tached to your present kitchen boiler
at a cost of about three cents, will , '
give enough hot water for a bath. ,
Don't forget that with a GAS !
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; '. hour longer in the morning. Wc sup- , A
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' would he glad to talk it over with I
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