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be written call at the Dawson Coun
ty Bank. We can give you a good
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pay for a poor one.
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on all the large cities of Europe and
the British Islands and solicits the
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r tes reasonable.
Washington, Dec. 12.-Aftea decid
ing to hold the next democratic nation
al convention at Denver and fixing the
date of the meeting for July 7, 1908,
the democratic national committee late
today entered on a spirited debate or
the propriety of accepting more of the
$100,000 offered by Denver for the con
vention than is actually needed to pay
the convention expenses in that city.
The opposition to the acceptance of
the contribution took the form of a
resolution by Representative Clayton
of Alabama, declining money not actu
ally needed for the convention, but
after a long debate the resolution was
laid on the table by a vote of 31 to 14.
Mr. Clayton, Representative John S.
Williams of Mississippi and Gov. Hoke
Smith of Georgia all spoke in favor
of the passage of the resolution.
Mr. Williams spoke in a similar
vein, as also did Mr. Clayton.
Mr. Taggart advocated the accept
ance of the $100,000, saying it would
be needed now even worse than ;t was
needed in 1904, and that at that time it
would have been practically impossible
to have opened headquarters for Judge
Parker if they had not had the extra
money secured from St. Louis, where
the convention was held.
Senator Stone of Missouri made a
long speech in which he favored the
acceptance of the money.
Mr. Clayton dec'ared that accept
ance of this money would be in line
with the very practices in campaign
contributions that had been condemned
by the committee.
Mayor Tom Johnson advocated the
.cccptance of the money offered by
Senator Tillman opposed the accept
ance of the money. "Let the local
democratic organization of Colorado,"
said he, "have the money to fight their
The motion to table Mr. Clayton's
motion prevailed by the following
vote: Yes, Colorado. Connecticut,
Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri,
Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jer
sey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennes
see, Texas, Washington, West Virgin
a, Wisconsin, Wyoming, District of
Columbia, Alaska, Indian Territory:
31. Noes: Alabama, Arizona, Florida,
Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota,
Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon,
South Carolina, South Dakota, Ver
mont, Virginia, Porto Rico; 14.
On the tirst ballot Denver received
thirty-two votes, as against seventeen
for Louisville, five for Chicago and
one for St. Paul. July 7 was selected
as the date for the convention after
a very brief discussion. The commit
tee held two sessions during the day
and adjourned finally at six o'clock.
Charles W. Franklin of Denver was
the first speaker to be heard in advo
cacy of the claims of any of the cities
as a place for holding the convention.
The invitation, said Mr. Franklin,
was first suggested by the Denver
Convention league, incorporated for
the purpose of bringing conventions to
Denver. From 150 to 200 are held
there every year. "The people of
Denver are enthusiastic about conven
tions, and we have come here with
money for its expenses," he said.
He spoke of the ampl4e accommoda
tions both in the matter of hotels and
the Auditorium, which he said was
built by the city at a cost of $550,000,
and was capable of holding 14,000
Mr. Franklin made a strong point
of the climate of Denver. He declar
ed the railroad facilities to be ample
in every respect.
Continuing, Mr. Franklin said that
since 1832 there has not been a nation
al convention held beyond the geo
graphical center of the United States.
He said the people of the west had
been paying the additional fare to the
eastern cities for all these years,
and that it was now time to give them
the advantage of the reduced rates
they would get if the convention
should be located in Denver.
Mr. Franklin said the Denver com
mittee had $100,000 to cover the ex
penses and he guaranteed every facili
ty as to hotels, committee rooms,
press accommodations, etc.
W. F. R. Mills of the Denver Busi
ness Mens' league presented the for
mal invitation of Denver. He gave
assurances as to the location, climate,
scenery, facilities, etc., and repeated
the offer of $100,000.
Senator Teller supported those who
had preceded him in all they had said
He guaranteed there would be no
robbery of delegates by the hotels.
He said it would encourage Colorado
democrats to have the convention in
Denver. There was a good demo
cratic following in that state, and he
said "Twice we have given that in
-omparable democrat, W. J. Bryan,
our electoral votes. We can do that
again,.either Bryan or some other
good democrat. "
Senator Teller was loudly applauded.
Speaking for Chicago, James Ham
ilton Lewis said that city would offer
a convention hall, rent free, and
$25,000 cash for immediate delivery in
order to secure the convention. If
more money was necessary to pay the
actual expenses of the convention,
it would be forthcoming. He spoke
at length of the central position of
Chicago and mentioned the many
Representative Sherley of Ken
tucky presented Louisville's claim.
"While," he said, "we have no
snowcapped mountains to boast of, we
have other white things, and our
green is more verdant and more fra
grant thanl any that can be supplied by
the valleys of Colorado."
Mr. Sherley said Louisville would
furnish free the convention hall and
would guarantee $30,000 payable by
January 10 to meet the expenses of
The claims for St. Paul were put
forth by Charles D. Autremont Jr.,
a proxy delegate, who contended that
the climate of St. Paul in summer
time was far preferable to that of any
other city farther south.
THREE THOUSAND POUND CAKE
Chicago. Dec. 29.-The prettiest
girl of Chicago's Italian colony to be
married this winter will have a wed
ding cake which weighs a ton and a
The cake already is baked and on
exhibition at the Great Northern hotel.
It is the largest cake in the world.
Bon Mogmi chef of the hotel, spent six
rionths in making it. The prettiest
Italian girl who eventually will receive
it will be chosen by vote. A number
of the belles of the Italian settlements
are to be married soon after New
Year's and the prospective brides in
clude some of the most beautiful girls
of their race in the city. Competi
tion for the prizes therefore, will be
of exciting interest.
The cake is fifteen feet high and six
feet square. Sever, - .andred pounds of
sugar and a barrel aid a half of raisins
were used in its construction. It is a
marvel of elaborate ornamentation.
It is covered with angels, figurings,
and decorative forms in icing.
Worked out in marble-like frosting
on top stands a life-like bust of the
late President McKinley.
Granted this week. Report by C. A.
Snow & Co., patent attorneys, Wash
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of any of above patents send ten cents
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paper to C, A. Snowv & Co., Washing
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By CHARLES FREDERIC GILLIAM
- ELLO, George, what's the matter
with you?" asked Will James,
as George Johnson stepped into
his office in one of the sky-scrapers,
and sank wearily into a chair.
"I'm clear fagged out," was the
reply. "Do you know, this Christmas
business is something awful?"
"James laughed. "Are you finding
that out for the first time?"
"No, but it seems worse than usual
this time. It appears that my folks
have nearly every 'little thing they
need, and, when I find some particular
thing that strikes my fancy, it costs
so much, by the time I even up all
around, I can't afford it."
"Well, if misery loves company,
you've got plenty of it. We're all in
the same box. I confess it strains me
so that it takes all the pleasure away
from the giving, because the ex
pense is really greater than I can af
"That's it exactly. It wouldn't be
so bad if the gifts were restricted to
one's own family, but some relative
or friend makes some of the family
a present and it has to be met in
kind, or with something a little bet
ter, in order to relieve one's self of
the sense of obligation. If these
presents were all dictated by affec
tion, a fellow wouldn't object to mak
ing considerable sacrifices, but when
a large proportion are merely for the
purpose of keeping even, it's a horse
of another color."
"Yes, and our most expensive pres
ents go to those who are better fixed
financially than ourselves, and who
have the least need for them. Why,
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Joy Over a Cherished Toy.
'ust last week one of my nieces, who
is in very moderate circumstances,
and of whom I think a good deal, was
married, and we sent her a piece of
plated silverware that cost four dol
lars. At the same time we sent Miss
DeForrest for her wedding present a
cut glass dish that cost $15, and she'd
hardly recognize us if we met her on
"I'm glad you told me that, Will.
I had a sort of a sneaking idea that
I was about the biggest fool in town
in that direction, but I guess you
and your family and I and my family
and everybody else and his family
are all in the same boat. But what's
to be done? Can't we make a declar
ation of independence? My wife and
[ make resolves every year, but we
keep stretching the limit a little, un.
til by the time we get through the
list we find we have sent more than
the preceding year."
"I'm with you on two things,
George; that is, that we economize
some on our expenditures, and that
what we do spend shall be in a way
to bring most enjoyment to ourselves,
by giving the most enjoyment to oth
ers. Let's give, what we give out
side our own families, to those who
"I don't think I follow you exactly."
"Well, take myself, for instance.
[ am very fortunate if I g-t off with
a hundred dollars. How much does
it cost you?"
"I can't say definitely, but fully that
much,I should judge."
"Suppose, then, we take our families
Into the scheme with us and agree to
spend only $50 for ourselves. Then
we can spend $25 each for a num
ber of worthy poor families who
are unable to provide for themselves,
out of the ordinary, yet too proud or
have too much self-respect to avail
themselves of the public charities on
that day. In that way we would be
$25 ahead, and at the same time be
able to furnish 10 or 15 families with
a turkey and the other necessaries
for a good Christmas dinner, and
some candies and toys for the chil
"Good for you. Will, that suits me
down to the ground, and I know my
wife will be right in for it'.'
"I'm glad it strikes you so favor
ably, George. But if it's a good
thing for us two, why not push it
along a little? What's the matter
with getting four or five or a half
dozen of the other boys interested?"
"Nothing at all. There's Scott and
Corwin and Wilson and Thompson
and Smith, all of 'em good, whole
fouled fellows, and all here in the
building. Suppose I 'phoned 'em to
come up, and we'll talk the matter
over. They're all pretty well fixed,
too, and I believe will be glad to take
"Just the thing, George. The soon
er we take hold and get it under way,
Accordingly an urgent message was
telephoned in a halt jovial, half mys
terious way, to each one mentioned, to
come to James' office at once on im
portant business. All responded
promptly, undecided as to whether it
meant a practical joke or business of
Will called the meeting to order
in a very formal manner and request
ed George to state its purpose.
Every one seemed to enter into the
spirit of the object of the meeting, as
well as into the half jovial, half
formal, parliamentary manner in
which it was conductetd, and they
were soon discussing the various sug
gestions offered with the enthusiasm
and abandon of a lot of school boys.
While there was no posing as phil
anthropists, there was a whole-souled
spirit of consideration shown for the
worthy unfortunate, that gave them
a much deeper insight into each oth
ers' characters and drew ',hem into
closer bonds of sympathy than would
a year of ordinary intercour'se.
It was found that after t'ey had
all pledged themselves to the fund in
accordance with the rule laid down,
as to ability and percentage of or
dinary expenditure, there would be
something over a hundred and fifty
It being essential to the carry:ng
out of their plan that their families
should be interested, a meeting was
called for a subsequent evening at
the residence of Mr. Corwin, at which
all were represented.
The ladies and other members of
the families entered Into the move
ment with even more enthusiasm than
the originators. Before the labor was
completed of making out the list of
those to be aided and the various
things to be contributed to each one,
several meetings were required. More
enjoyment came from these meetings,
twice over, than if the money ex
pended had been for gifts for them.
The organization was kept secret
from the public, but at the laughing
suggestion of Mr. Scott, adopted the
name: "The Associated Santa Claus."
With each basket, delivered late on
Christmas eve, at the door of various
homes, was an envelope addressed to
the recipient, containing a postal di
rected to "The Assocated Santa
Claus," Box 619, City: requesting that
the receipt of the basket be acknowl
edged, so that it might be known
that it had not gone astray.
It is not the province of this story
to tell of the joy of the little children
in these 30 or 40 homes, over the re
ceipt of some cherished toy and the
ever welcome candy and nuts, or of
the heart-felt gratitude of the parents,
that, for that o'ne day of all others,
their families had been permitted to
partake of the comfort nnd luxury of
a well filled table.
At the final meeting of the year,
held the night after Christmas, at
which the acknowledgments were
read to the association, more than one
woman's eyes were brimming with
tears, and more than one man had
a lump in his throat that was difficult
to swallow, as he listened to the
burning words of gratitude, for the
joy that had been brought to their
homes. Some were expressed in un
couth, and some in the most refined
language, but all bore the impress of
There was not a dissenting voice,
when Mr. Wilson presented the fol
?iesolved, ' nat tne wnrlstman. Just
passed has been the happiest one of
our lives, and that we continue, as a
permanent organization, "The Asso
ciated Santa Claus."-Ohio Magazine.
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