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Government Officials Consider Plan
To Curb The Gambling Tenden
cy Among Federal Clerks.
New- York Lurnal of Commerce.
The report on conditions in the De
partment of Agriculture and the se
cre: investigation of the Government
Printing office, which is still in
progress. are very powerfully direc
ting the attention of important offi
cials toward the question of specula
tion among government employes.
This was a common topic of conver
sation at many nf the departments to
day and is calling attention to a very
hail state ,f affairs which is practi
cally universal in Washington. Spec
eiatin in s:t cks. cotton and other
products and the very general prac
-ice f "playing the races" have ex
iteei r a .ng tine in nearly all the
branc"es of t:e gevernment service.
At the treasury conditi.us became
tspeciallv ad a year or so ago. and
since that period there has been a
vigorous effort on the part of the
higher treasury officers to check the
custom. While no definite rule on
the subject has ever been thought
practicable. it has been sought to re
strain such tendencies by withholding
promotion from men who were
known to frequent bucket shops or
follow the races too closely. In the
case of disbursing officers of course
there has been practical prohibition.
All of this, however, has not availed
to cut off such practices at the treas
It can be understood therefore that
in other dcpartments where no such
precautions have been adopted specu
lative ventures have been widely
gone into. At the agricultural de
partment this morning it was stated
that no rule against speculation had
ever beer promulgated. At the cen
sus office it was learned that for some
time past there has been effort to
frown down speculation and race
gambling. Communications with bro
kers over the telephoines in the office
have been forbidden. In the division
which has charge of the preparation
of cot:on ginning figures speculation
has been absolutely forbidden, and it
i, thought that this has furnished an
effectual hindrance to the evil.
Several high officers of the gov
ernment discussed today the possi
bility of enforcing a general rule
against illegitimate speculation. The,
evdent feeling was, that such a regu
lation would savor too much of inqui
sition and that it probabIy could not
be strictly carried out. It was felt
r that if this was the case, it v. ould be
unwise to enact legislation whose ob
servance could not be guaranteed.
On the other hand, there is practical
ly universal agreement as to the
,wisdom of an executive or other or-'
der absolutely prohibiting all persons
engaged in statistical work likely to
affect crop values, or in .those bu
reaus of the treasury where early in
formation about financial dealings
has a known value, from engaging ia
any operations of the sort under pen
alty of loss of position.
The problem seems to be how to
discriminate between the real invest
ment and mere speculation on the
basis of knowledge wvhich may come
into the possession of public servants
by virtue of the office of which they
hold. It seems to be felt, however,
that this a point which can be worked
out by the exercise of a little ingenu
Recent revelations in the govern
mernt printing office have shown that
speculation based on the proposed
purchase of certain typesetting ma
chines doubtless existed, and in oth
er offices of the government it is
known that early this spring a "tip"~
was passed around concerning the
same operation on the strength of
which clerks were advised to buy a
certain kind of stock, the speculative
Lendlencies of :-ome persons in the de
partment of agriculture have been
talked of for a good while. and it is
believed that nothing short of a gen
eral executive order can eradicate
the dlangers growing out of the ex
h)ellN in :.- ch:e t 3%:herl'id. A
1hird one wa,ihe church a- N,r:h
jield. which was burned several years
WALL STREET A MACHINE. I
And Every Dollar. of Rockefeller's
Money Was Gotten Dishonestly.
Thomas W. Lawson. of Boston,
was the guest of the Minneapolis
Commercial club July 13. Mr. Law
son spoke before 3oo members of .he
club after luncheon. He said in part:
"I have several millions myself, and
I wronged the American people in
getting it. But I did not know it at
the time. \Vhen the time comes I
will give that money back to them.
"John D. Rockefeller is worth $500.
ooo.ooo and I can sit down here and
show yon in a week's time how he gut
every penny (t it. There is no se
cret ab at it. Every dollar that John
R, ockeIeller has he gl/: (1honetl y.
"If I live 'm going to make tie
American peolie sell every dollar's
w'rth 4f stock they have and by that
time they'll know better than to buy
\Ir. Lawson scored the Equitable
Life \ssurance society.
St. Paul. July 13.-Thomas W.
Lawson gave a talk to a large audi
ence at the People's church tonight.
1-r. Lawson declared that should
his so-called remedy, which he did
not make public. be put into effect,
there would be a great financial rev
lution: there would be no more stock .
inflation: the money stolen from the
people by the "System" would be re
turned ;o the people, and because
railroads, and industrial corporations
would have only to earn a fair per
centage on the true value of their in- 1
vestments. the cost of living would be
reduced and wage-earners would be
able to enjoy greater luxuries and to
lay by a greater portion of their
"My friends." said Mr. Lawson.
"Wall street is nothing but a trick
machine. Every year Rockefeller.
Rogers. Morgan and others of their
class, run the American people
through that machine from one end to
the other, and as they pass through t
the money in their pocket falls into t
the 'System's' bucket. What I pro- r
pose to you is simply to reverse the
operation: run the 'System' through I
the other way and in that manner
separate them from their ill-gotten r
gains and return 'their stolen millions
to the righftl owners, the Ameri
Don't Want Liquor Men.
Buffalo. July 13.-When the grand
lodge of Elks met today it was wi:h
the intention of completing business
before final adjournment. One of 'the
important matters remaining to be
considered by the grand lodge is the
future of the Elks home at Bedford,
Va.. which is costing a large sum of
money to maintain and has but six
teen inmates. At the afternoon grand
lodge session the southern lodges
led a fight to secure passage of a res
olution debarring saloon-keepers and
others connected with the liquor traf
fic, from membership in the order.
The northern lodges opposed such a
move. The matter was laid over. It
will probably come up at Denver
Quaint And Curious.
More than two thousand skilled1
workmen have left the French silk
factories of 'Roubaix and Turcoing
within a year for the United States.
Thibet's 6,ooo,ooo people h ave to
support an army of43o,000 priests, who
produce nothing but beautifully illu
minated copies of the sacred writings.
They hold all the public offices.
One of the show bottles in a Derby'
(Ct.) drug store contains the same i
coloring matter that was placed in it
in 1864. It is just as bright a blue as
it was the day the bottle was "closed.
The saints have no fewer than 397 I
Street-. named in their honor in Lon
den There are 1o5 Church streets.
56 Chapel streets. 66 King streets, too
Queen streets, and nearly as many
The first Japanese newspaper was
pub)lished in 1863. only forty-one
years ago. and contained some news
translated from the Dutch papers.
T -ayJpan has 'v er ('nc thou.1 and(
dred. daily n'ewsVpapers - nd
V1:r momlenIts decorate t he wall
with grgeo'us landsceapes. glowing
with color and full of life, for med en
irely by means of the postage stamps
if all the nations of the world.
The Belgians have long been accus
omed to horse meat as food, but of
ate importations of the animals,
nainly from England, have shown so
nany that were emaciated, weak and
)bviously unfit for food that the su
)erior council of agriculture has rec
>mmended that such importa-tions
hall cease, or that broken-down
rurses, unfit for work, shall be classi
ied as cattle, in which case the highi
luty will keep them out.
Barbecue at Mt. Bethel.
I will give a barbecue at Mt. Bethel
mn Wednesday. July 26th. There will
>e sp, :king there on that day, and
l invited to come. Good dinner.
S. j. Cromer.
Southern Railway Excursions.
The Sou:hern railway wi sell
ound trip tickets to the following
)oinfts for special occasions:
Athens, Ga., Summer School, June
7 to July 28, 1905. Rate:. one first
lass fare plus 25 cents for round
Denver, Col., Account International
,pworth League convention. Rate
ery low, and will be given on appli
Knoxville. Tenn., Summer School,
une 20 to July 23, 1905. Rate: one
are plus 25 cents for round trip.
Nashville. Tenn., Peabody Summer
chool and Vanderbilt Bibical In
titute, June 14 to August 9, 1905.
late: one fare plus 25 cents for round
Baltimore. Md., Account of the
Jnited Society of Christian Endeavor
:nter-national convention, July 5-10,
Asbury Park. N. J., Account of Na
ional Educational association, July
-7. Rate very low and will be given
Week End Rates via Southern Ry.
Effective Saturday June 3rd and
ontinuing to and including Septem
er 3rd 1905 we will sell round trip
ickets continous passage in each di
ection for all Saturday trains and
unday morning train, good returning
eaving destination not later than
uesday following date of the sale at
ates as follows:
Anderson, S. C., $2.40.
Walhalla, S. C., $3.40.
Chick Springs, S. C., $2.75.
Tyron, N. C., $3.85.
Saluda, N. C., $3.85.
Hendersonville, N. C., $3.85.
Asheville, N. C., $3.85.
Spartanburg, S. C., $2.10.
Greenville, S. C., $2.10.
White Stone, S. C., $2.10.1
Union, S. C., $285
Charleston, S. C., $5.x5.
Isle of Palms, S. C. $515
Tybee, Ga., $5.i5.
For further information phone or
J. P. Sheely,
We will give a barbecue in the
~rove at the rseidence of Mr. Ino. A.
'romer on Wednesday, July 19.
peaker's on the issues of the day will
>e on hand. A good dinner and a
leasant time. Everybody invited.
D. A. Kleckley,
T. H. Cromer.
harests aM Veftern Caoin By
(Schedule in Effect Apri-1 z6, 29o5.)
No. 52. Daily.
,v. Newberry............2 36 p. mI.
r. Laurens..... ... ..... 3.50 p.mr
Ne. 2. Daily.
v. Laurens....---.L---35O p. mn.
r. Greenwood............ 2.46 p. m.
r. Augusta.....-----5.20p. mn.
r. Anderson ....... .... ..7.10 p. mn.
No. 42. Daily.
v. Augusta........... ............- .. .... 2 3s 17. mn.
r. Allendale.......................... 4 5o p. mK.
r. Fairfax .. .. ................. ........ 4.41 I . m -.
r. Charleston.......................... /7 40 p. In.
r. P'esu1 ........ .... .. ............... 3 p. rm
gr. Savannah................... .... 6.g p. n .
er. aycross........................0.0) p. mn.
gr. Jacksonville. ............. ...................
No. I. Daily.
.r. Lamiens . ....... ..... -.----......2.o: p. mK
Lr. Spartanburg..... ......... ............20 . ml.
T'arough P'ulhman Car ser'.ice betwceen An:
usta and Jacksonville, Fa.
H . GA sQUF. A pt.. 1.i-iuc1n. s. C.
~O. T. B}CYAN. C' n ~ A.nt., Greenville s. c.
(N FST wlLLIA >'. S,C en'1Pass. Agt Augusta.
We wish to call your atten
Spring and Summer Goods.
A dollar expended with tis will do double
We offer the trade our best efforts in selei
best. -The prices the lowest for the best go
We offer some dainty Mercerized Waistir
in price from 1oc. to 50c. yd.
We have nice line Knickerbock Suitings,
Dimities, Ducks, DeLaines and other dress
are dreams for waists or dresses Spring
Riverside Plaids, Southern Silks, Cheviots,
Our Shoes are built to wear. Our men's
sell Groceries. Get prices and see styles.
S. S. Birg
Whenever you start out on a shopping
A This plan will save you many unnec
O time. If we haven't just what you wm
We shall not urge you to buy, but we
goods as soon as you can. It will be
every way to make selections before t
AIR - LINE R
NORTH - SOUTH - E
Two Daily Pullman Vestibule
Between SOUTH and I
FIRST-CLASS DINING I
The Best Rates and Route tc
Via Richmond and Wasl
Norfolk and Steamers.
Nashviide, Memphis, L
Louis, Chicago, New O0
Points South and Southwest
and Jacksonville and all pc
PossmnvE.y 'THE SHORTEsT
WFor detailed informnation, rate
man reservations, etc., appiy to at
board Air Line Railway, or Jos. W'
Passenger Agent, Columbia, S. C
C. F. STEWART, Assi. (
-W. L BURROUGHS, Tray. Pass
THE SOUTH'S GREA TEST SYSTEM
UNEXCELLED DINING CAR SERVI
THROUGH!PULLMAN SLEEPING C.
CONVENIENT SCHEDULES ON AL]
WINTER TOURISTS' RATES are no
For full information as to rates, routes, et
Railway Ticket Agent. or
R. W. HUNT, Divis
tion to our line of
duty. Try it.
:tions. The styles are the:
gs, Skirtings, &c., ranging;
Brousse Stripes, Callalettes;
goods. Our Tussob Silks.
nd Summer Prints 5c. yd.
Shirts are beauties. We:
Yours anxious to please,
toun come here first.
assary steps and much S
tnt then look elsewhere. "
do wish you to see our
to your advantage in
ie final rush begins.
d Limited Trains
J EW YORK.
all Eastern Cities
ington, or via
rieans, and AlU
its in Florida
s, schedules, PulI'
1y agent of The Sea
.* Stewart, Traveling
enl. Pass. Agt.,
Agt. Coliumbia S C
ARS ON ALL THROUGBI
., LOCAL TRAINS.
w in effect to all Floridas
c.; consult nearest Souther:n
ion Passenger Agent,
Charleston. S. C.