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COMMENT AND OPINION
COXTRARY to the fixed delusion-of several erudite journalists
afflicted with fatty johnsonitis of the brain, I do not hold any
brief tor Mr. Patrick Calhoun, but I am a trifle curious to know
what the animus is of the legal difficulties which beset the trolley
magnate back there in Cleveland.
There is no doubt that Calhoun is a rich man, and even Mr.
Heney ha? never hinted that his dearest enemy is a "tightwad" or
prone to beat his creditors. Yet about once in so often we read that
a bailiff is in the Calhoun residence or that somebody has closed the
road in front of the house or of some equally embarrassing exercise
of a lawyer's ingenuity.
I suspect that some one has taken snap judgment against Cal
houn, with the connivance of some rural justice of the peace, and that
he has made it a point of principle to resist payment, wherefor
Dogberry and his watch are sitting up nights to ponder ways and
means of making Calhoun realize that life is real, life is earnest, and
hvavs cakes and cream.
THE decision of the state railroad commission in the case of the
Central California Traction company vs. the Atchison, Topeka
and Santa Fc railroad is of great importance. Briefly the facts
are that the electric railway corporation asked the commission for a
ruling compelling the steam railways to grant electric roads the same
joint traffic rates given to other steam roads, and the commission
made the order.
A friendly agreement to the same effect made between the
Central California Traction line and the Western Pacific has resulted
in saving the grape growers in the Tokay belt, between Stockton and
Sacramento, $10 on each carload shipped east—a saving running far
into the thousands of dollars in the yearly total.
Now that the railrQad commission has extended this friendly
ioint tariff arrangement to all electric and steam lines, and made it
compulsory, the good effects will be felt in every district penetrated
by traction roads.
The state railroad commission, so far as my information and
observation go, is one of the few state boards that have not been
used as a part. of the administration's political machine. It has
devoted its time and powers to the service of the people, and the good
it has done only emphasizes the disappointment with which one is
compelled to view the misdirected activities and the wastefulness
and incompetence of other boards, which have spent their time and
their powers in doing Johnson politics.
If the state board of control and the state harbor commission,
for example, were composed of such men as those who constitute
the railroad commission, we should have been spared the humiliation
of the Napa scandal, of the stuffed payrolls on the San Francisco
water front, of 20,000 children without schoolbooks, of $1,250,000
extra cost added to the expense of state government, of Tom Finn's
creatures falling over each other's feet by the hundred'on the wharves
and in the ferry building, and of the least businesslike and the most
extravagant management of state affairs ever known to California.
Instead, we have had an inexperienced newspaper reporter put
in absolute control of the great business interests and the expendi
tures of the state, and an ex-racetrack piker made president of
the harbor commission, in name, at least, with a constant habitue of
McDonough Brothers' Barbary Coast dive as the actual bureau of
It's a pleasure to turn away from the contemplation of these
creatures of the Johnson political machine tcv contemplate the rail
road commission doing business instead of low politics.
A WELL known automobile manufacturing concern has closed
its big factory at Clyde, 0., and moved the plant to Detroit.
The company says that it could not induce enough skilled
workmen to stay in Clyde because it is a "dry" town, and the
mechanics brought there found the place uninviting, though wages
were higher than in Detroit.
When Clyde found the plant was to be moved it hurriedly voted
itself "wet," but too late for the end in view. The company had
already bought and built in Detroit.
The sad case of Clyde is respectfully referred to the attention of
Mr. Irving Bristol.
EVERETT MELIXE is a Chico boy, 14 years old. He played
hookey and his school teacher reprimanded him. Everett, in
return, slapped the teacher in the face. For this he should have
had a good licking.
What did happen to Everett was a seven years' sentence to
the Preston reform school. Juvenile Judge Gray assessed the
The sentence and the crime seem to be bad misfits, at this
distance from Chico.
4(TX juvenile work," said Mrs. Shuman, addressing the Home
Industry league, "I have noticed that delinquent girls come
largely from the unoccupied classes. If you produce something
which will give the girls occupation you will help to solve the prob
lem of girls going wrong."
My observation does not bear out that of Mrs. Shuman. It has
taught me that most of the girls who lose early in the game arc
workers who don't get enough pay for their work to give them
decent comforts and reasonable small pleasures.
In other words, it isn't a question of work alone. It's a question
of work with living wages. Of course, there are other factors—some
of them important—but not many girls will take to the street if they
are given the chance to keep themselves comfortably by the work of
their hands and brains.
At the bottom of all these so called moral problems you will
always find the economic factor—the insistent, three-times-a-day
problem of bread and butter and of shelter and clothes and the rea
sonable amount of amusement and pleasure which the normal body
and brain need as much as they do meat and raiment.
Production that leaves a fair share in the hands of the producer
h a good thing. Production that is not accompanied by fair distri
bution is a curse. The overworked and underpaid girl is much nearer
t< the gateway of hell than is the unoccupied girl.
THE Santa Cruz News, quoting the statement made in these
columns concerning" the contract for constructing piers 30 and
32 at a cost of $975,000. let to Robert Waketield, who did the
scandalous work on the Union, Filbert and Greenwich street
We folk* in "t!if interior" are Hkely to be asking what is the
advantage in withholding from San Francisco the control of its own
watt? «"ont. i
The advantage, brother, can be ascertained by consulting the
illustrious Senator Finn. He can be found at any time at his pro
gressive headquarters, McDonough Brothers' dive, Barbary Coast,
San Francisco, Cal., U. S. A.
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THERE is much discussion as to \vha,t the disfranchised repub
licans will do—whether they will stay at home election day, vote
the third term ticket or vote f6r Wilson.
My guess, based on the best information I can get from many
sources, is that about 60 per cent of the republicans who would have
voted for Taft will go to the polls and. that at least 80 per cent of
those who do go will vote for Wilson and about 20 per cent for
It there are 200,000 voters in this state favorable to Taft—and
EDI ro RIA L PAG EOF THE CALL
"Remember, Theodore, That I Do Not Expect Anything in Return"
I think that a low estimate—the astute bull moose politicians who
have deprived them of a chance to vote for Taft have presented
Governor Wilson with about 100,000 votes, while getting some
20,000 for their own candidate.
Johnson beat Bell by about 20,000 majority in the hottest kind
of a fight. To be sure, the women did not vote. But all experience
shows that adding the women's votes to the men does not alter
percentages materially. The women divide politically about as the
That present of 100,000 unexpected v%tes ought to look good to
the New Jersey governor. It would seem that we are again to see
exemplified the truth of the trite old copybook maxim that honesty
is the best policy—and the best politics.
I thought Johnson, Lissner and Rowell had more sense. They
seem to be as foolish as they are false. -
Girls, Don't Hide Your Beauty
The Call Offers Inducements
"It is the duty of very one to assist The Call in its
quest of the prettiest wage earning girl in San Francisco,"
• said Mrs. Arthur Cornwall, prominent clubwoman and
editor of the Woman Citizen, yesterday. "Beauty is the
outgrowth of proper physical aifd spiritual conditions.
Nowhere in the world are the factors of beauty more gen
eral than in San Francisco. We have the climate, the
independent spirit and the (kmocratic atmosphere that
spells development. The result of this combination is
happiness and contentment. These things go to make
beauty. Beauty is considered the birthright of every child
born and raised in this city.
"The eyes of the world are upon us always. There
Is not a better way to advertise the Ideal conditions that
exist out here than to bring the world's attention to the
wonderful beauty of the business women of San Fran
"It is easy enough for the very rich girl to look pretty,
because she has everything that money carj buy to set off
whatever gifts Nature has bestowed upon her. But the
girl who is striving for an independent living is situated
in a different environment. Her beauty must be indeed
great to attract attention in its setting of an ordinary,
everyday commercial life.
"Men adore beauty and always wilt. They go where
it is to be found. We want to bring to this city men
from all over the world. Beauty is the magnet—beauty
of our women, of our climate and of our ways,
"Every pretty girl should enter this contest, if she is
clfgible. A girl should not be deterred through any false
sense of reserve. A woman gifted with a wonderful voice
shares her blessing with the world. So do the musician,
the writer, the actress—all add daily to the joy of living.
Beauty is the greatest gift of all. Now, why should a
beautiful girl refuse to take the place that the world has
"We have had beauty contests for the society girl, for
the actress and for the young matron. Now it is" the inde
pendent girl who must cojne forward and show that she is
the loveliest of all the pretty women in San Francisco.
It is asserted that the self'supporting woman of San
Francisco is by far the handsomest woman in this city.
She ought to be. She has the combination of brains
and beauty. That's a combination likely to make a stir
in the world."
Tomorrow morning The Call will publish its first page
of pictures of pretty wage earning girl* of San Francisco,
There will be just eight of them. One is a trained nurse,
another a stenographer, another a saleswoman. Each girl
represents a different type of employment. One of these
girls will find, when she opens The Call tomorrow, that
she is the owner of a very beautiful gold watch—a watch
that any girl would be glad to wear.
Then them is the final splendid prize of a steamer
trip to Honolulu.
Don't let your pretty friend miss this opportunity.
See that her picture is sent in. She may be the lucky one
in the group published in The Sunday Cal] soon -after the
photograph is received. Send pictures to the Pretty Girl
Editor, The Call, San Francisco.
Author of "At Good Old Siwa«l»"
WEST VIRGINIA was originally a
part of Virginia, but was hope
lessly separated from it by repub
licanism, unionism and a range of
mountains with only cattle trails over
them. The two par.ts of Virginia grot
along fairly well until the civil war,
when eastern Virginia seceded, and
western Virginia dared ite other half
to come over the mountains and take
her along. In 1863 the United States
government performed a .much needed
operation and separated the state along
the backbone of the Allegheny moun
tains —after which West Virginia be
came a state and has been slowly over
hauling East Virginia ever since.
West Virginia is a coal pocket in the
Appalachian mountains. It has more
coal mines than drug stores and most
of ite farnas are two storied—wheat
above and coal entries beneath. It Is
the second largest coal producing state
In the union, and most of its railroads
sidetrack passenger trains to let coal
trains go by. West Virginia also pro
duces a large share of the print paper
in the country, but lets New York and
Chicago decorate it with headlines.
West Virginia contains 25.000 square
miles, and is shaped like a skillet that
has been stepped on by a horse. It
rambles around the southwestern cor
ner of Pennsylvania so carelessly that
it takes five st»tes. four rivers and sev
eral mountain ranges to bound it. It,is
a hueky state for its age and contains
1,250,000 people, half of whom used to
take off their hats to Steve Elkfns,
United States senator, and near father
(Coprright, 1912, by George Matthew Adams)
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
CAPTAIN J, RUPERT FOSTER, president Of the
Marj.ivill? Chamber of Commerce end proprietor
of the largest hotel in hie district, received
newspaper notices yesterday of tbe marriage of
his sod, Her. James Foster, rector of Hubbards,
*n<l Mle» Grace Worrell, daughter of the
bishop of Nova Scotia: The couple were mar
ried Wednesday at Halifax. Doctor Foster ii
well known here and presided at Grace cathe
dral daring the'absence of Dean Greshara.
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WAITER TAYIOS, a prominent buetnets man
of St. Louis, left yesterday for a tour through
southern California. He has been at the Pal
ace, and before he leares for the east aspects
to spend some weeks in this city.,
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WILLIAM H. HOHHMAV, leader ef the Palace
hotel orchestra, directed the musical program
yesterday for the flrat time in several weeks.
He returnee from a hospital recently after un
dergoing a serious operation.
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W. E. KEWMEYIB, who is engaged in the man
ufsetu-ln* of steel machinery and implements,
Iβ at the St. Francis, registered from Kew
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W. H. JPRYOR, manager ef the Pacific Improve
ment company at iVcific OroTe, is spending a
few days at the Manx. .
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A. C, mnraiANß, who It aeseclatea with the
United States forestry bnreau, Is a gnest at
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J. ALBZKT. a candy inanufaeturer and confec
tioner of Avalon, Is a guest at the Argonaut.
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J, A. WAX.TOY, proprietor and manager of a de
partment store at Fresno, is mt the Argonaut.
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IIASVIR W, XJSZ, an attorney of lea Angels*,
ia among the recent arrivals. «t the Palace.
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B. F. wmiGHT, a real estate operator of Mon
terey, is at tbe Mass with hit family.
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C. >. TATLO*. & real estate dealer of Banta
Crtu, ts registered at tbe Argonaut.
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XSX SI iAXUEm, an oil enoeator of Lea An
geles, is registered mt the Palace. .
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X» GLICKTEJJS, a merchant of Macraoseßto, and
Mrs. Ollckfeld are at toe Turpln.
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SZSBT TtUrorariHlTim ami wife of Fresno
are registered at u»e tetter.
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X< W. VOO&IS. m mining man of Sacramento,
is a gweat at Us* Stanford.
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M. ADAlfl ef Alaraetfa Is among the recent ar
rlTtls at the Baldwin.
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ft S. CAIXIOA* eg CWcago ia at tt» Cel«piW»,
My the POET PHILOSOPHER
WHEN the toothache rumbles
along yosr gums, be happy, and
dance and sing; when your;
mothern'-law on a visit comes, be;
happy and dance and sing; when the |
razor gashes your shapely chin, when :
the coal is low in the yawning bin.
oh, fit your face with a charming
grin—be happy and dance and sing!
When the butcher sends you a pound
of bone, be happy and dance and sing;
if your roll of butter can walk alone,
be happy and dance and sing; if the
man next door fairly rasps your ears
with his phonograph, with its squeak
ing gears, which plays one tune for a
hundred years, be happy and dance
and sing! If the roosters crow when
you want to sleep, be happy and dance
and sing; if the neighbors' bow wows
high wassail keep, be happy and dance
and sing; if the bores come into your
humble cot and fill your ears with
their tiresome rot, concerning the
tariff-'-oh, don't get hot! Be happy ■
and dance and sing! If you find a
brick In your pumpkin pie, be happy
and dance and sing; when the horse is i
lame and the cow goes dry, be happy
and dance and sing; when the milk is
sour and the coffee vile, when a dray
runs over your Sunday tile, oh, twist
your features and make them smile!
Be happy and dance and sing!
Omts* JUmmw Mini
A Pronounced Qjeck
Wogg-ley had been found guilty and
sentenced to pay a fine of $50.
"Oh, well," he said, "of coarse I'll
have to pay, because I am in a great
hurry to get on, but I haven't $50 in
my pocket. Will you take my check?"
"Sure," said the justice.
Woggley drew hia check, and at once
proceeded to crank up his machine.
"Hyar, mister," cried the justice,
"they hain't no need o' your doin' that.
I'd ought to have told ye we'll hey to
hold that there care ez s'curlty till
the check goes through."—Harper's
Perkins (as he misses for thft
twentieth time) —Tut! Tut! Fudge!
Caddie—Say, Boss, you can't learn
to play golf wid dat language.—Harp
"Used to lake off their hats to
in law of royalty, whenever they met i
West "Virginia was born in battle, but
has had no other history except the,
siege of John Brown at Harpers Ferry
and the siege of Miss Elkiri3 by the
Duke d'Abruzzl. In 1900 it produced a \
vice presidential candidate in Henry i
Gassaway Davis, one of our hardiest
perennials, but it has produced few
other ponderous citizens. Charleston is
its capital, Wheeling its metropolis, and
Pittsburg its favorite suburb. The fa
vorite sport of rural West Virginia is
climbing mountain ranges, to go to
county fairs on the other side, and the
favorite occupation of the wealthy class
Is drinking sulphur water in the south
HENRY T. SCOTT, president of the Pacific Tele
phone and Telegraph' company end president of
the San Francisco Hotel company, the operat
ing er.aipany of the St. Francis, left la*t oven
ing for the east. He will meet Mrs. Scott in
New Yerlr on her return from Europe. The
trip, he says, ie merely for recreation an4
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CHARLES KEMP, president of an oil company at
Franklin. Pa . is V recent arrival at the Argo
naut from Bafcersfield and Coalinga, where he
has been inwstigatlDg oil properties in which
be is interested.
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OSCAR MOTSILER, an attorney of hem Angles
is at the Palace with Mrs. Mueller. Douglas
Mueller, Mr«. P. W. Weidner and Mre, C. W.
Guntber. They have been motoring through the
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KENT K. PARROTT, an attorney of L<* An
gfles, is at the Palate with Mrs. Farrett and
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Xevia. They motored from
the south yesterday.
* * *
MRS. FRANK HABT, Miss Sarah Hart, Mrs.
Sarah P. Mefall, Franas Bischoff and Miss Fran
ce* Biechoff of this crty sail for Europe today
from New York.
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S. W, METCALFE, who is interested in the
wmeiter at Kennett, is registered at the St
* * *
LUKE McDOMALD, a mining man of Redding, ia
ainongr the recent arrivals at the Manx
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BR. LEON GARCIA of the United States army
hi at the Stewart with Mrs. Garcia.
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J. BOURDIS of New York is at the Fairmont
with Mrs. Boardis.
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A. i. RUTH, a San Mifiiel rancher, ia registered
at the Turpin.
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R. X> COLLINS, an attorney of Redding, ia at
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J. H. PRIJICX, a hotel man of Madeline,
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MRS. J. S. CRVWT of Stoekten is registered at
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JOHN 8. COLLINS of Los Angeles Is at the
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7. C. GILES; *n oil operator of Colusa, U at th«
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H. H. DTTNLAP ot Portland, Or., is at the St.
■ J ■ m«e. ■ ■ v, ">
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2>, B. MOOD 7of San Joe* is a guest at the Sut
OCTOBER 5, IQI3 [
woman?" a pas
senger asked the
conductor of a
Market street car.
The woman was
at one of the regular '"stop" stations.
The car stopped, or rather hesitated,
with the rear platform about ten feet
from where the woman stood. As it
slowed down the woman hurried to
ward the platform, but Just a3 she was
about to grasp the stanchion the con
ductor, who had been watching her.
signaled the motorman to go ahead
and it was the look of indignant as
tonishment on the woman's face as
the car eluded her clutch that prompted
"Why should I?" replied the yni
formed Chesterfield. "I'm 30 seconds
late, and anyhow the next car will get
her nickel. She'll wait. Nobody rides
that doesn't have to."
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The scene changes to the North
western Pacific depot at Mill Valley.
The train for Sausaiito is about to pull
out. A woman enters. Jh
"How much time is there?" she aeks
"Exactly one minute:"
"Oh wait! won't you? I have to give
an order at the baker's."
The motorman nodded and the
woman steered a course for the bread
emporium, nearly two blocks away.
She took her time about giving the
order and had not emerged from the
shop when the conductor called out to
"Hadn't we better be going. Max?
Two minutes late now:"
"That's all right." replied the oblig
ing Max. "We're waiting for Mrs. So
and-so. She's just stepped in to the
baker's. We'll make up the time all
right. Here she comes now!"
* * *
She didn't hurry, but in response to
the motorman's inquiry as to whether
tHz had completed her business,
thanked him very prettily for waiting.
Max was as thorough in his courtesy
as the tardy passenger was beautiful,
which latter fact may not, of course,
ha-'.e had anything to do with his
uolicitude. When the conductor sig
naled to go ahead, the motorman, be
fore doing co, called back:
"Is she on yet?"
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It's better to be pretty than punctual.
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I can prove that statement by an
other stpry. This waa on one of the
little local lines that connects at Mill
Valley with the main line service. She
was late. As the train pulled out the
conductor heard the sour accents of a
sweet voice saying:
"Oh. the mean thing!"
Looking back, he saw Miss Tardyone
running toward the station.
"All right!" he reassured, her. "I'll
come back for you."
She also said "thank you" and ex
plained in extenuation of the phrase,
which she had not intended for his
ears that she had told her niece to let
them know she was coming and to
hold the train a few minutes, and she
guessed that her niece had forgotten.
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Mrs. Arthur Cornwall thinks that the
real estate agents of Alameda county
should take, a course In forestry, pay
ing special attention to the life his
tories of the trees native to the county
in which they operate. In the case of
one particular agent she knows *uch
a course would be beneficial, even at
the risk of curbing a now unfettered
imagination. *t was through this agent
that she bought her Hayward. ranch.
"It suits me all right;" she told him.
"But I have always wanted to own a
place with some of those large spread
ing oaic trees on It."
"If that's the only objeetlen." re
plied the optimistic agent, "we can
come to terms right away. Thie soil
will grow anything, and If you take
the place I'll have some oak- trees
planted right away. We'll get seed
lings and you can arrange them to suit
"Man!" The suffrage leader trans
fixed him with a look of pitying con
tempt. "How long do you think I
expect to live?"
The subject was never renewed, but
I know that the agent made some In
quiries and found that his oak grove,
so lightly proposed, would have reached
! really grove like proportions in about
1 800 years.
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Grammar Is no longer taught In the
! public schools of Berkeley. I heard
all about it on the Key Route steamer
Yerba Buena from a woman who taught
*cb,ool before she and who is
now trying to educate her children at
"I wanted to brush up a bit,** she
said, "particularly on grammar. I
called up one 6f the schools and asked
for the principal. He was not in, but
the person that answered the phone
suggested that he might be able tJW
give the information I sought. I tola
him what I wanted to know.
" 'Oh!' he laughed. 'You're out of
date. We don't teach grammar no
more. The principal that was here
didn't believe in it. He said that tech
nical grammar had never done him no
good, and I guess, it hadn't. No trou
ble at all. ma'am. You're w^i^ome! , "
G. L. C.
Next t' a croquet ball ther halnt
nothln' that tickles th* palate like a
winter pe«r. It must take lots o' nerve
f*r some feliers t' quit when th' whig-