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New York In
A Pfea For a National Hymn tlow to Bo.
como a Philanthropist at liltlo
Expense Italian Opera.
From Our New York Correspondent!
professor In Co
Sloane Is a 1 8 o
president of the
of Arts and Let
ters. This doublo
dose of distinction
docs not In any
way make It Im
possible for him
to be a patriot,
and that Is exact
ly what he Is un
less all signs fall.
What else can It
be that Inspires
him to suggest
that his Institute
should devote It
self to the propa
gation of a na
tional hymn that
Is really worth
It n perfect shame
If anything so unpopular as shame
can be perfect that this mighty repub
lic, which has plenty and to spare of
everything else, is still unprovided
with a national hymn of sufficient
merit to appeal to the real musician as
well us to the devotee of ragtime.
We have patriotic songs, n number of
them. "The Star Spangled Banner,"
for Instance, was a genulue Inspira
tion, and Francis Scott Key deserves
a good deal more credit for having
been the medium through whom it was
communicated to man than he Is likely
ever to get. Poetically and musically,
however, It Is only "middling medio
cre," not big enough for this great
big country. It is really n curious bit
of composition, violating pretty nearly
every rule of harmony nnd still main
taining a certain dignity which Is all
Its own. It certainly isn't popular In
the real sense of the expression.
Among Gotham's four millions and
odd there must be nt least half of that
number to whom It Is an unknown
Worst of nil, other countries not half
so worthy of a splendid national an
them as this have good ones, so good,
indeed, that we use them for hymn
tunes In our churches those of Eng
land, Russia and Austria, for exam
ple. Up to date neither "Dixie" nor
"Yankee Doodle" has been accorded a
place In foreign hymnals, and the lack
of reciprocation Is galling. Professor
Sloane deserves well of his countrymen
nnd all that he can get besides.
I have been feeling rather deeply
on this subject, nnd it Is possible that
It may have tinctured my ordtnary
conversation somewhat too perceptibly.
I.nst night nt the
play I met Jacobus
Datum who, after
all, cannot beheld
ble for the Knick
erbocker blood he
Is reputed to con
tain and I spoke
of the awful paU'
city of our nation
"It seems to lim
it our national ca
pacity," I said. "It
puts a damper on
"If we need It so
much, why In -
(the locality men
tioned by Mr,
Damm is now a
matter of grave
aud he will be
given the benefit
of the doubt) can't
we buy it? Tell
HIRE THAT MEU
UY WIDOW' FEL
Tho other fellow's?"
me! Isn't our
money as good ns
"It Isn't that so much," I tried to ex-
plain. "Austria hod Its Joseph Haydn,
Ilussia Its Anton Rubinstein
"Then why don't we hire that 'Merry
Widow' fellow to do the Job?" Inter
rupted Jacobus obtusely. "He ought
to polish off a national anthem In good
shape. Dick Savage has raked In
about a million out of the 'Widow'Ttfed
An excellent method of becoming a
philanthropist hay Just occurred to me.
It Is nothing that will draw on one's
resources either of time or money, but
It Is something which may be accom
plished by anybody who Is capable of
deriving satisfaction from the. fact
UB DOESN'T WANT TO BE PRESIDENT.
that some time nobody can possibly
say when a small coin of the day
may take on n value wholly dispropor
tionate to its present worth. At the
recent sale of a coin collection In New
York n United States stiver half dime
of 1802 was knocked down to a man
from Oshknsh for ?71f, and the Wis-
constn numismatist seemed tickled to
death to get It at any old price. There
are only sixteen specimens of this coin
in existence, and the Wisconsin man
now has three of these In his posses
sion, ne doesn't want to be president
of the United States. He would be
perfectly satisfied to te the owner of
those remaining thirteen half dimes.
Bo to be a philanthropist In future,
that Is all that is necessary is to bo
qucath a small coin of the present day
to the trustees of some charitable
foundation with the request that they
keep It until well, until It is worth a
Until recently I had been wondering
how It happened that the bottom still
A ifa refrained fromdrop
ff Js ping out of that
fill3j P1 chcerfuI American
HjjjHJ Pi industry known in
uotnani east side
parlance ns the
Strange that It
shouldn't have oc
curred to me that
the market for this
commodity Is grow
ing up right here In
our midst Although
the subscriptions of
those who take their
season of grand op
era as they take a
course at Carlsbad
or the gold cure are
still solicited by the
managers, the time
Is approaching when
they will not be in
will be when the
Italian colony In
New York surpasses
in point of numbers
"etetalian ope- the population of,
bab." say, Milan, with Its
La Scala. Measured by the tide of im
migration of the last few years it will
come within the present generation.
Now, the Sicilian as he is found hi
Gotham is not as black as his skin
would seem to indicate. He is appar
ently of simple construction, demand-
lng little nnd getting less. Most things
he can do without and does, but there
Is one thing which he cannot and will
not try to deny himself grand opera
of the home brand. He does not re
gard it as a luxury; for him It Is a
necessity. That Is what makes Italian
opera such a good business In New
York that Its two foremost promoters,
Gliillo Gattl-Casazza and Cleofonte
Campanlnl, are employed by our rival
opera houses to boom It for nil it is
That the opera going habit is con
genital In the Italian population of Go
tham is a fact recognized by those who
try to do business as If it were only
acquired and might easily be modified.
My friend Giovanni Matteo, who has
been an Italian long enough to know
better than to Interfere with nature,
is convinced now that such is the case.
He Is a bootblack padrone, the patron
saint of twoscore olive skinned nnd
decidedly husky Sicilian lads who mo
nopolize the "shine and polish" Indus
try In an uptown business district, a
cheerful nnd vociferous brigade that Is
putting nickels Into Giovanni's pocket
with a certainty and a celerity that ere
long will enable him to return to his
native Palermo In "great shape." Last
year Giovanni was brought to a keen
realization of the fact that the good
old Sicilian custom of keeping ' one's
employees at work as long aa it can
be made profitable regardless of time
and tire has not yet taken root In this
When the opera season opened the
padrone was confronted by a delega
tion of eager and determined young
sters who were a unit in demanding
early closing on opera nights. Giovanni
tried to be diplomatic. He tried to
convince the Insistent lads that in
DEMANDINO EARLY CLOSING) ON OPEBA
America bread is regarded as the stafl
of life and that opera Is only a fitting
supplement to terrapin, truffles and the
other unattalnables. It did not work.
Giovanni tried to be firm, and his
youthful countrymen proved that the;
were becoming real Americans by go
lng out on a strike.
Now, such a thing as a bootblack
strike right In a congested business
district of New York means real hard
ship. It is almost as Impossible for
the average business man of Gotham
to do his dally stunt without his dally
shine as It Is for the normally con
structed Sicilian to do without his
opera. Giovanni wrestled with the
problem individually for an hour oi
less, but the miracle of shining forty
pairs of New York shoes in less than
forty minutes did not happen In his
case. There was nothing to do but
yield, and be yielded finally and con
sented to the "night off" system
among his triumphant employees. He
Is by no means reconciled to the situa
tion and has no enthusiasm over the
coming of Gattl-Casazza.
"If dat Gazzaz be know da mlzercc
he maka mo," be moans, "ho woulda
glf only da German op'ra."
One Quest Only.
"What did he ever see in her?" asked
'"What did she ever see In him?"
asked the other.
Which of these two was the woman
and which the man? Kansas City
FACTS IN FEW LINES
The average number of Alpine accl
dents has trebled in fifteen years.
Bicycles arc not out of date in Hol
land, which imports over $1,600,000
worth a year.
A cord of wood ordinarily yields
about one ton of mechanical pulp or
about one-hnlf ton of chemical pulp.
There are live so called foreign banks
doing business in Rio Janeiro, three
British, one German and one Italian.
The Kongo Free Stato includes 000,-
000 square miles of undeveloped ter
ritory. The number of black Inhab
itants Is 20,000,000.
The Humaultarlan League of Eng
land has addressed a petition to King
Alfonso of Spain asking that he put a
stop to bullfighting.
Just 3,9G2,GG0 cords of wood were
used In the United States in the manu
facture of paper pulp last year, twice
as much as was used In 1809.
In Philadelphia all the fire trucks are
equipped with nn acctyllne searchlight
for the purpose of Illuminating cellars
and smoke filled rooms when fighting
At Milan, which claims to be the the
atrical center of the world, there will
be nn International theatrical exhibi
tion in 1013 In honor of the first cen
tennial of the birth of Verdi.
A new Belgian llfo preserver In the
form of n knapsack, which the invent
or claims is unsinknblc, contains a
small storage battery to light an elec
tric lamp In a headpiece, which forms
part of the apparatus.
For several weeks after tho British
steamer Scsostrls was stranded on the
coast of Guatemala a nearby town was
lighted with electricity from Its dyna
mos, wires being strung from the ves
sel over temporary poles.
Application has been made for a pat
cut for a process of extracting wax
from the sugar cane. It seems that
the rind of the cane contains a certain
proportion of wax which has hitherto
been lost with the refuse.
Edison's $1,000 concrete house will
cost not less than ?2,4G2, declares Pop
ular Mechanics. Experts have figured
up the cost on the lowest basis prac
ticable and found it impossible to
crowd the expense Into the $1,000 limit
W. W. HUdltch of the Sheffield Sci
entific school has by laboratory tests
ascertained that the bacteria found on
paper money, while running up into
the thousands for each bill, arc not
usually of an infections or virulent
A method has been found to make a
much stronger and more durable gas
mantle by using an artificial silk as
the fabric on which tho oxides are de
posited. This silk Is made by the dis
solution of cellulose In nmmonlate of
A Bangor (Me.) man after lighting a
lamp fell asleep. When he awoke he
found that tho wick had worked up
and had covered everything in sight
with a black coating of soot It cost
him about $300 to put things Into con
Tho authors of "Wintering In Rome"
claim that In respect to water supply
that city Is better off than any rival
health resort In the world. The dally
supply consists of 51,000,000 gallons
of absolutely pure water, well aerated,
entirely without odor and moderately
Until about 1850 writing was taught
in the schools of the United States
from copies that were written by the
teacher, who also made from goose
quills tho pens which tho pupils used.
A penknlfo with a keen blade was an
essential part of the teacher's equip
Beginning last February, the Austro-
Hungarian bank ns well as the ex
chequer suspended the payment of ell
ver florins. It is in this way proposed
to withdraw silver florins from circu
lation, covering the withdrawal by the
Issuance of silver pieces of 1 to
The flame of an ordinary match has
a much higher temperature than Is gen
orally known and will melt cast iron
or steel filings. Try it by striking a
match and sprinkle the filings through
the flame. Sputtering sparks like gun
powder will be the result of the melt
A fire which broke out in Walton,
England, recently was found to have
originated In strange fashion. A cir
cular shaving mirror standing next
the window In a bedroom had focused
the rays of the sun on to tho bed, and
the Intense heat speedily set the
The Japanese army had till recently
only one artillery range, that situated
at the foot of the Fujiyama mountain,
but in consequenco of the Improve
ments in weapons and the Increased
strength of the army five new camps
have been established in various parts
of the empire.
In the northern part of India sheep
are put to a use unthought of in Eu
ropean or American countries. They
are mado to serve as beasts of burden
because they arc more surefooted than
largo beasts, and the mountain paths
along the foothills of the Himalayas
are steep and difficult.
Wherever carob trees are found on
Greek government land they are rented
to contractors, who harvest the crop.
In the four provinces of Epldaurua,
Kynourla, Spetsac and Hydra' there
was thus gathered last year 2,821,850
pounds, from which the government
received a revenue of $1,750.
The referendum In July last by
which the Swiss prohibited the manu
facture and sale of absinth through
out Switzerland has resulted in an un
precedented boom in the beverage. The
prohibitive law does not go Into effect
until July, 1010, and In tho meantime
absinth manufacturers in the canton
of Neufchatef arc working day and
night with doubled staffs in order ta
Elect tho demand.
NEW SHORT STORIES
Obeyed Order to the Letter.
"When I sailed with Admiral Mark
ham some years ago," said a naval offi
cer, "he had already mado a reputa
tion as a rigid disciplinarian. .One day
it chanced that a midshipman whom
ho had sent ashore went a trifle be
yond the instructions given blm with
relation to his errand. The matter was
not of the least importance, but Mark-
ham chlded him sharply, saying:
"When you receive an order, sir,
do simply what you are told to do and
never a particle more or less.'
The midshipman touched his hat re
spectfully, but he thought tho rebuko
"AT THE POSTOFFICB, SIB."
was uncalled for. A few days later
Murkham summoned him ngain and
"'You will tako a boat, sir, and go
ashore to the postofflce. See if there
is n package addressed to me.'
" 'Aye, aye, sir.'
"The midshipman took tho boat and
went ashore. When he returned Mark
" 'Well, sir, was there a package for
me at the postofflce?'
"'Ytis, sir,' replied the midshipman,
touching his cap.
" 'Where is it?'
" 'At the postofHce, sir.'
"'What! You didn't bring it with
" 'No, sir.'
" 'Why not, sir?
" 'Because I had no order to do so,
" 'I told you to get the package.'
"'Beg pardon, sir, but I understood
you to tell me merely to see If there
was a packago for you at tho post-
ofllce, and I could not venture to do a
particle more nor less than my instruc
tions indicated.' "Boston Herald.
Why He Got a Pats.
SIg Conger, member of the state falr
board, has a big heart He believes
In repaying obligations. This Is the
reason he issued a pass to the recent
fair under unusual circumstances.
Conger was called from the adminis
tration building by a messenger, who
said he was wanted at ona of the
outer gates. Just outside the grounds
a man whom be did not know stepped
up to him.
"I'd like to get a pass to the fair,"
"Why so?" said Conger. "What rea
son have you for asking for a pass?"
"Don't you remember me?" said the
"Can't say that I do," said Conger.
"Why, that's strange," declared the
man. "I can't understand that Don't
you remember about five years ago
when I loaned you a wheelbarrow ?"-
- "The man took my breath away,"
said Conger, "his nerve was so great,
and I gave him a pass. But to save
my life I don't remember borrowing
a barrow from that man. This Is Just
ono of the Incidents that members of
the board of agriculture bavo to stack
up against" Indianapolis Star.
When Flanagan Sparred.
John Flanagan, the Irish athlete and
champion hammer thrower, who dis
tinguished himself with the American
team nt the Olympic games in London,
was telling some friends his first
night's experience as a New York po
liceman. ne was sent to a beat in one of the
toughest localities In the city and came
upon a crowd of drunken rowdies who
were disturbing the pence.
" 'Byes, ye'd better be all goin' along
home; it's growln late,' I says when I
camo up to them,' said Flanagan.
" Go to Texas, you big harp!' wan of
them yells back at me."
"And what happened then?" asked a
"Oh, I laid down me night stick, and
we sparred a bit," said Flanagan.
"And how did It turn out?"
"I arrested two of tho laddybucks,
and two others were carried home by
their friends," said Flanagan. New
Henry Farman, tho aviator, during
his American visit seemed as much
Impressed with tho primitive propor
tions of some of New York's flats as
with the height of her skyscrapers or
tho immensity of her hotel bills.
"I visited a Brooklyn aeronautical
experimenter the other night," said
Mr. Farman to a reporter, "and his
flat was the smallest I've seen yet.
It showed me the point of a Joke I
once heard an American make. I
laughed then at this Joke, which I
had beard two years before.
" 'Smith of Brooklyn,' I said to my
American friend, 'doesn't strike me as
at all literary, and yet he declares be
only feels really comfortable and con
tented when snugly ensconced in bis
" 'Well, you see,' my companion ex
plained, 'Smith's bookcase is a folding
s ( if
Got Left In the Ruth.
"Jessie Is engaged to be married."
"The mischief she Is! I Intended to
propose to that girl myself when I got
Umo." Chicago Rccord-nerald.
One of Many.
A literary bent ho thought
He had till he awolco
One day and found ho was
Not only bent, but broke.
Taking Him at His Word.
Wcerlus Old fellow, I know it's none
of my business, but
The Old Fellow Well, then, don't
butt into it Chicago Tribune.
The Retort Matrimonial.
"Madam, did you go through my
pockets last night?"
"Sir, you nsk too searching ques
lions." Baltimore' American.
"Oh, 1 can't thread this needle, ma!"
Was little Susie's cry.
"Just as the thread Is going through
Tho needle -winks Its eye!"
Woman's Home Companion.
He pried the biscuit In two parts.
Then said, not wishing to be rude,
"I truly, madam, never met
A really more substantial food."
New York Press.
Ursus Major What's the matter?
Ursus Minor I sec n shooting star
coming. New York Sun.
Dan Cupid's darts are costing more
Than they did In days of old.
For they arc not efTcctlvo now
Unless thcy'ro tipped with gold.
Our Stock Expressions.
"I can't see the point of this Joke.'
"That's funny." Boston Post.
This world's a stage so vastly set.
And every man's a trooper.
I long to bo a hero, yet
I'm only Just a super.
A Flattering Estimate.
"How do you like your new teacher
"Aw, fine. She dresses swell and
she knows a lot o' slang, nnd I guess
she'll get along with me all right."
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
He's sitting at his desk, deep bowed In
And as tho tiours pass grows daft and
No crimes are his; he's Just a bard I
Who somehow cannot find the rhyme
New York Telegram.
In a Hurry.
"The best men In Georgia," said the
old farmer to his son, "came from the
"That's where I want to come from,"
said the youth, "nn' mighty quick too!"
Out of Gear.
The strangest opinions from him you
It seems he's possessor of every whim.
Ho's full of caprice, nnd his thoughts arc
Why, even his food can't agree with
New York Telegram.
"My, but there was lots of fire and
brimstone In Mr. Bowers' sermon this
"I expected there would bo. Their
cook left them yesterday." Brooklyn
Tho leaves all turn to fairy gold.
Whoso brightness swiftly will forsake
The scene as skies grow black nnd cold
It's Just another nature fake.
The Airship Paradox.
Though they should tame the fickle wind,
Tbo skeptic still can scoff.
The more balloons there are, we find.
The more the falling off.
New York Evening Telegram.
Wanted at First Hand.
Gerald May I kiss you for your
Geraldlne I never receive anything
In trust New York Press.
These are the emnty days. Indeed.
When we come from the seaside nooks
Loaded down with empty shells
And empty pocketbooks.
Los Angeles Times.
A Different Young Man.
Gerald There Is a good deal
power in my arm.
Geraldlne I have never bad occa
slon to notice it Brooklyn Life.
One Case Explained.
The fisher would not overstate.
His catch to htm looked very great.
But all because his Jug of bait
Had made his eyes exaggerate.
Kansas City Times.
Miss Flurtle I don't care, he's just
nn expert at making love.
Mr. Chellus Yes, especially to him
self. Philadelphia Press.
Now doth the gay spellbinder note
Once more the scrapbook anecdote.
By changing just a name or two
He makes It seem as good as newl
"You say you bavo a date.
whom Is it?"
"With tho apple of my eye." Balti
Held Many of 'Em.
When sitting In her hammock
The 'Willies all grew bolder,
Which was the very reason
She called It her spoon holder.
. ATTORNEY a counbelor-at-law.V
Olllce Next door to post ofllce. Formerly '
occupied by V. 11. Dlmnilck. llonesdale, I'u.
WM. II. LEE,
ATTORNEY A COUNBELWU-AT-LAW.
Onicc over post olllcc. All legal business
promptly attended to. llonesdale, l'o.
. ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-LAW.
Office in Foster building rooms 9 and 10,
ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-LAW.
Otllro Liberty Hall bulldlne. oimnslti" thn
Post Office, Honesdulc, Pa.
Patents and pensions secured. Office In thn
Court House, llonesdale. Pa.
Charles a. Mccarty,
ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-1, AW.
Special and prompt attention elven to the
collection of claims. Olllec over Hell's new
store, llonesdale. Pa.
PETER II. 1LOFF,
ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-LAW.
Olllcc Second floor old Savings Hank
building, llonesdale. Pa.
ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-LAW.
Olllcc over the post ofllce. HoncsdalcJ'a.
ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-LAW.
Office near Court House, llonesdale. Pa.
ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-LAW.
Office over Post Olllcc. llonesdale. Pa.
ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-LAW.
Ollleo over Keif's store, llonesdale. Pa. .
ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-1. AW.
Office. Masonic livit.llnfr. sin-ond ftnnr.
K. T. BROWN,
Offlu Klrfct floor. old Savings Hunk build-
lnt:. Honesdulc. Pa.
Ollh-e and residence 1116 Church street
Telephones. Office Hours U0 to 4M) and
:uu to a:uu, p. m.
G1 II. WHITNEY,
f. LIVERY AND OMNIBUS LINE.
URcarof Allen House. llonesdale. Pa.
$22. OO Dining Room
BuSTet for $16.85
For this beautiful Buffet in goldon
Quartered Ontc. This Dining Room
pleec Is CO Inches hlcli. Base 42x21 inches,
French bevel plate mirror 10x10, Four
drawers and two cabinets, exquisitely
carved, French stylo lees. T&ree fancy
shaped front drawers, one lined for sil
ver. The equal cf t his Buffet retails for
122.00 In stores. Carefully packed and
shipped freightcharges prepaldforllft.85.
For 500 other styles of dependable
Furniture at factory prices see our
new catalogue. Send for one.
BIKGHAMTON, N. Y.
For New Late Novelties
SPENCER, The Jeweler
"Qurnlced articles only sold."
JOSEPH N. WELCH
The OLDEST Fire Insurance
Agency in Wayne County.
Office: Second floor Masonic Build,
ing, over O. C. Jadwin's drug store,