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Friday, May 13, 1910.
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The New Insurance Rates.
HAT is El Paso going to do about the new insurance rates? The revised
ratings have been received by the agents, and they show an average in
crease throughout fhe business section of more than 100 percent, while
many rates in town are multiplied by three, four, or five. It is estimated that
this city will pay out $250,000 per year more for fire insurance, while the fire loss
will tend steadily to decrease- The insurance companies are taking much less risk
than ever before by reason of the new 80 percent co-insurance clause, and this vir
tually amounts to another increase in the rates to property owners.
Presumably the rates have been applied in this city in the same way as in all
ether cities in the state, and the legitimate protest is not limited to El Paso, but
comes from every other city as well. The question is, Shall El Paso sit idly by and
take without a murmur whatever is handed out to her by the insurance companies?
Individual action will avail but little, but community action, and especially the
action of all the cities of the state in common, may avail much.
The purpose of the state fire rating board law was to prevent discrimination,
favoritism, rate cutting, and the growth of wild cat companies. Under cover of
the well intended law the companies have multiplied the rates out of all reason.
They hit us coming and going. The actuaries very kindly point out how by spend
ing vast sums of money, tearing down and rebuilding, and making costly changes
and additions, our people may be able to reduce their new rates down to a basis
only 50 percent or 100 percent higher than rates that have prevailed during all
previous years- 1
The Herald believes that the spirit and purpose of the new law are good and
that the result should be beneficial to the state and to the business interests, while
tending to conserve the interests of the companies- But in putting the new law
into effect, the representatives of the fire insurance companies have exceeded their
moral right, they have taken advantage of the legal license, and they have over
reached themselves. They have gone so far that they have aroused a spirit of op
position that may result in the repeal of the law despite its general ments,for
the people of this state are in no mood to trifle with the outrageous impositions
which the companies seek to perpetrate under the cover of a law which should be
beneficial if fairly applied. . . .
As for El Paso's position, considered separately from all the other cities in the
state, this city is unique by reason of the absence of frame buildings. There is no
city in the state and no other city of this size in the United States so substantial
ly built as El Paso. The schedules filed by the companies with the state rating
board do not admit of any premium being allowed to this city by reason of its
splendid solidity of construction as compared with the wooden cities of the eastern
wart of this state and of all other states in the union.
The Herald d.ea not condemn the law as a whole, and does not fail to appre
ciate the justice of the principles underlying the law and underlying the re-rating
of fire risks; but we should like to see El Paso inaugurate a vigorous protest, a
statewide protest against the excesses that have been committed by the companies
under cover of a law which was never intended to be used for the sole benefit of
the companies, and against the unjust oppression exerted upon every property in
terest and business interest in the state of Texas.
The fire insurance companies ought to realize that the protest which is going
up over the state does not come from corporation baiters, fanatics, demagogs, and
irresponsible politicians, but that it comes from the solidest and most conservative
business interests of the state. The companies ought to "realize that by their ex
cesses under the cover of a good law, they are making it impossible for their best
friends and sincerest wellwishers to support them and are doing their level best to j
bring about a condition of chaos beside which the unsatisfactory conditions prevail
ing before the law -was enacted will appearideally perfect. The companies have
started a worse conflagration than Texas ever knew and it will take more than
smooth talks and prettily printed books of rules to stop the fire before it gets clear
beyond control. The companies have gone too far and the reaction is going to be
Paso may as well take the lead in a statewide protest because we can go at
the matter in a conservative, businesslike, and reasonable way, while if some of
the demagogs and politicians of east Texas are allowed to take a leading part, I
J JNCLE WALT'S
J Denatured Poem
fc k rTH S life too short," said the bearded sago, who pondered over the mystic
I page: "if man lived longer, methinks I'd wrest a lot of secrets from Xa-
ture's breast; alns! I'm feeble, mv eyes are dim, and Death's preparing
io douse mj' glim, and all the triumphs that I have planned, and all mv visions will
soon be canned, f I could live for two hundred years, I'd make the universe prick j
its ears." "This life's too long," said, in languid tones, the j
slothful man with a heap of bones. Avhose highest aim, as he
THE SPAN went his way, was just to murder another day. "one year's
OF LIFE jCj the same as the year before, and the whole blamed thing is a
v'q beastly bore." '"This life's just right," said the Cheerful
Jay, ''and I wouldn't alter it by a day; the man who works
as a man should do, enjoys his task .till the day is through, and tfoen he's glad
that his task is sped, and gladder still when he goes tombed. And what is life,"
asks the Cheerful Jay, "but a longer port of a summer day? All day we hustle
and do our best, and when evening comes we are glad of rest."
Many Slate Tricks, New and Old, p
Spiritualists Use To Obtain Funds Frea!fic
II SPIRITUALISM AND MAGIC
4"J'Yv-'4'' "i'T 1i'"r
riQNEER PHILOSOPHY. 4
Copyright, J 910. by George Matthews Adams.
(From The Herald of this date, 1896)
1A. Years Ago To-
jt m ; doyi
Municipal Ownership Discussed; AJr
County Collector's Office Repaired
F ALL. the arts of deception" of the slate-writing performances is that in
commercial medium in spiritual- wnicn a medium gives tne prospective
ism, none is practiced Jn a wider I sitter a little piece of chalk and asks
mm 10 seal it up Detween iwo siaica,
using any amount of sealing wax or
other material to make it absolutely im
possible for the medium to reach the
interior of the slates. While the pair
of slates Is held in plain view of the
sitter, arf message is written, and the sit
ter is asked to open it. He does so and
there Is the message, in b,adly formed
characters, it may be, but certainly
produced without the medium's reaching
the inside of the slates.
The secret is this: Thp little nipo of
chalk was filled with minute Iron fil- i
ings. A magnet was secreted In the
sleeve of the medium, and he passed it
to the seance a pair of slates, glued, along the underside of the slate In a way
screwed, hinered and nadlocked toceth- I to -pull the chalk about and so to write
er. and when vou take them back home r the message desired.
or more mystifying variety of ways
than that of slate-writing. Mediums
will write a message on a slate with
no trace of a pencil or other material
thing with which to write it. You may
take a sponge and wipe the slate to
your heart's content, and then they will
take the slate and by a few magic
words produce the message right under
your very eyes. Or, If you are skepti
cal and wish to supply your own slate,
never letting it pass out of your hand
from the time of arrival at the seance
to the time of departure, the message
will appear with equal certainty. If
not satisfied with that, you can bring
John B. Hawley, engineer in cnarge was authorized to have the collector's
of the Fort Worth water works, has
written the El Paso city council ad
vising the establishment of a munici
Leigh Clark received a letter this
morning from San Antonio stating that
the court of appeals had affirmed the
judgment of the district court allowing
Harry Mitten $5000 damages for per
sonal injuries in his suit against the
Mexican Central railroad.
Judge Crosby's surveyors were 25
miles out on the Corralitos line when
last heard from.
Deputy warden Gibbons of Canyon
City arrived this morning and will
leave Friday, having in custody Pedro
Baca, who escaped from the Colorado
At a meeting of the county commis
sioners, held last night, Chaf. F. Slack
office repaired. A request for a wash
stand, pitcher and bowl made by the
district clerk was denied. The county
salary list amounting to S5S3 was ap
proved. Six indictments were returned by the
grand jury this morning and an ad
journment was taken until Friday.
Ascencion Day services will be held
at the Catholic churches and at St.
Clement's Episcopal church tomorrow.
Mayor Arriola of Juarez has written
mayor Campbell a letter of thanks for
sending the fire department to Juarez
when consul Mallen's building was afire.
Water was struck in the Sheldon well
at a depth of 49 feet, but the d'-ill
will probably be sunk SO feet, it being
down 65 feet at the present time.
Metal market; Silver 6Sc; lead
$2.90; copper 10c; Mexican pesos 53c.
HELP SAVE THE BABIES
A large Ice box Is the latest gift to the W. C. A. School for Mothers, and
a most useful one. Horace B. Stevens Is the donor. The Consumers' Tee
company is contributing the Ice.
Donations of milk and crackers arc now needed In order to carry out one
of the most practical plans for help undertaken by the W. C. A. Scliool for
It Is proposed to have the nursing and expectant mothers call at the
school each day, and while there partake of a glass of milk and a cracker.
This will mean nourishment for the children.
Eighteen sick babies were brought to the dispensary Thursday morning.
Who will furnish the scnles for weighing the babies?
From An Insurance Agent
El Paso. May 12.
Editor El Paso Herald:
I received this afternoon a copy of
the new insurance rates for El Paso
and find thatthe advance in rates on
business risks range from 50 to 30S per
cent; and in addition to this the agents
are required to write all policies on
mercantile risks with the 80 percent co
insurance clause as a part of the pol
icy. I was prepared for and expected some
advances in the rates, but it seems to
t-hn-r infliiPTir -cHll Tip. whnllTr flerVii rfive unf tnilv reformative anfl eonKrnir.tivp. . me that the Increase is out of all reason,
and the business interests of thestate will suffer along with the companies which -d lTols LLl TVZ
nave committed tnis serious tactical error.
The game of throwing pepper into each other's eyes is a poor game for real
estate agents and bankers to play. The disposition to knock each other's trade
never did much to build up business.
The big panhandle fair to be held at Amarillo is coming along all right and re
ceives the enthusiastic approval of all the panhandle towns and counties.
Trash and Utter around a building add one-fourth of 1 percent to the insurance
rate. This is one charge that is justifiable on the part of the insurance com
panies and that .can easily be removed by any property owner, without cost to him
Still no fair and no active preparations. The cities all around us will hold suc
Victory For Municipal Ownership
IHE most astonishing thing about., the water election on Thursday is not that
municipal ownership won because that fight will have to be fought all
over again for the bond election in June and public sentiment was known to
be in favor ofit as a general proposition but that less than one-fourth of the
qualified voters cared to express any opinion whatever on the question. The howl
goes up from "the people" about the "referendum and recall" and yet here is the
most vital public question that has been submitted to the voters of El Paso in many
years, affecting directly every person's property, health, and pocketbook, yet ex-
merce to call a mass meeting for the
purpose of protesting against the new
rates created by the insurance commis
sioners, and -would suggest that said
meeting pass suitable resolutions look
ing to a repeal of the law.
Every city and town In the state of
Texas should, and probably will, take
steps to have the said law repealed by
the legislature at the earliest possible
moment, and I think It would be well
for El Paso to take the Initiative and
urge that all other cities join in the
It is possible that upon close inves
tigation of the Increased expense to the
business communities of the state, that
It may become advisable to petition the
governor to call a special session of the
legislature for the purpose of having
this new insurance law repealed, and It
Is certainly a matter that justifies
every individual who pays on Insurance
to use his or her influence with the
senators and representatives, looking to
the repeal of the law. These matters
can, however, be discussed at the meet
I have just had a conversation with
D. M. Payne, president of the chamber
of commerce, in reference to the calling
of a mass meeting by the chamber, and
am advised by him that the regular
monthly meeting of the board will be
held Friday night, the 13th. and he
thinks it would be well for all the In
surance agents to be present. In order
to talk the matter over with the board.
I attach a list showing a few compari
sons of the old and new rates. This
comparison shows many of the extreme
cases, however. N
This is a matter of vital Importance
to the business community and I have
no doubt that all of the insurance
agents In this city will heartily co
operate with the chamber of commerce,
and citzens generally, in bringing about
the desired result.
Knowing The Herald's policy is to
work for the interest of El Paso at all
times. I feel sure you will give this
letter space in the paper.
Thanking you in advance for the
:ourtesy, I am,
Tours very truly,
TV. F. Payne.
(Following is the list of comparisons
Asuredl Rate Rate
Angelus Hotel S2.25 $5.31
Krakauer, Zork & Move. 1.45 2.22
Popular Dry Goods Co... 1.25
City National Bank 1.25
First Natl. Bank 1.75
Jas. . Dick Co 1.00
Guarantee Shoe Co 1.95
D. M. Payne Produce Co. 1.60
McMath Tea & Coffee Co. 1.75
Orndorff Hotel 3.75
Calisher Dry Goods Co.. 1.25
Ind. Electric Co 2.00
Kelly & Pollard," ware
BIdg. cor. St. Louis &
Stanton Sts 2.50 7.G7
PAPER MONEY TO
BE SHAVED DOWN
r"f"Ticr en ""ff1 "ntprpsf that nut nf this rifv nf 40.000 neotile nnlv 800 r.ould hf
found to take the trouble to express any preference between municipal ownership j J-S J. 00 J3lg IOP OOnveHieilCG
of waterworks and the alternative of raising' rates 75 percent to the private com
pany. Such indifference is positively astounding. As The Herald sees it, the low
vote is not so muchan indication of actual indifference to the waiter question
solely, but it is an indication of a low barometer and disturbed condition in this
community, a weak pulse, and lack of coordination. There is something wrong
with the health of intelligent men who will allow such a tremendous question as
this to be settled as it were by default. If it be true that voters simply could not
make up their minds, then it is still more an evidence of an impairment of our
Under all the circumstances presented to us, municipal ownership is by far the
wisest solution of our problem. The proportion of the vote cast in favor of nra
nicipa ownership is overwhelming, and it is reported from the different precincts
that the bulk of the voting was done by taxpayers and that no influence was ex
erted in any quarter to carry the election for one or the other proposition.
Important bond elections have often been carried in this city by a much small
er vote when public sentiment was known to be strongly in favor of such bond
issues and few taxpayers took the trouble to go to the polls. But here is a ques
tion in which every citizen is interested, whether taxpayer or not, and every quali
fied voter holding a poll tax receipt had a right to express his choice and the
choice of the majority was binding. In view of the fact that the election carried
so overwhelmingly for municipal ownership, it is safe to assume that the majority
of the people of this city are well satisfied with the result as shown by the elec
tion. The Herald chose municipal ownership for advocacy as against the raising of
rates only after very thorough, careful and prolonged investigation of the whole
subject and in full knowledge of all the points involved. The judgment of The Her
ald has now been fully vindicated by the voice of the majority, and it only remains
to see that the bond issue in June is ratified by the taxpayers.
We have a month more to thrash out every point involved in this question.
The Herald would like to see more public interest manifested, and this paper will
be glad to publish contributions bearing in any way on the water problem. Such
contributions, however, must be signed with the real name of the writer and must
not exceed 500 words in length.
and Costs Too Much
Chicago, 111., May 13. A special from
Washington says a reduction in the
size of the paper money of the United
States will be made if secretary of the
treasury "Wayne MacVeagh accepts the
recommendations that will be made him
within a few weeks by a committee of
treasury officials appointed to investi
gate this and other proposed reforms.
The object of the proposed change is
to supply the country with a size of
currency more convenient for handling
and save the government half a million
dollars a year in paper and engraving.
The new size bank, note to be recom
mended will be about three-fourths the
size of tne present bill.
URGE ELECTIRC WORKERS
TO JOIN UNION AT FT. WORTH
Ft. Worth, Tex.. May 13. In an ef
fort to get the strike breakers im
ported by the Southwestern Telephone
company to join the union, pickets were
posted today at the union station to
interview any who may arrive. There
are about 40 members of the electrical
workers' union on a strike formerly em
ployed by the telephone company,
which is importing strike breakers fol
lowing the walk out by the men when
they demanded 50 cents per day wage
increase. J. T. White, district organizer
of the union, who Is here, declares
there will be no violence.
there is a message on the inside that Is
clear and to the point.
A Mystifying Experience.
It is absolute folly for any ordinary
person to expect to discover by his own
exertions the explanation of all these
tricks. At every point in his investiga
tion he is facing unequal odds. Com
bining the art of the magician with the
powers of the hypnotist, the mediums
( have made thcusa ds willing c swear
that a pair of slates has never passed
from their hands throughout the sitting.
But the senses have Jecet'd.
Here is a case in point. A visitor to a
seance wished to test the niedlum's pow
ers, so he wrote a message on ie side
of a slate. He then placed another slate
on top of this and sealed the two to
gether with sealing wax, screwed them
together, and then put padlocks on
them. He took them to the medium
and afterward carried his slates home
and opened them for examination. There
he found a full and satisfactory an
swer to his question. He declared that
the slate had never left his hands, and
that there was -no possible natural way
of accounting for It.
But let us look Into that. When he
seated himself at the table on the oppo
site side of which was the medium, he
passed the slate under the table. Here
the medium held one side of the slates
and he the other. Then followed a se
ries of jerklngs and twistings, and
finally, during a fit of coughing -vyhlch
opportunely seized the medium, the
slates were momentarily jerked from
the sitter's hands.
But in that one unconscious moment
a confederate had passed a set of slates
through a trap door in the floor and
the sitter caught hold of them. He took
the sitter's slates out of the hands of
the medium and substituted the other
set. While the medium and the sitter
were wrestling with those slates under
the table, deft fingers below were
opening the slates, writing the answer
to the question, closing them up again,
and passing them back for substitution.
Another fit of coughing and the orig
inals are substituted for the duplicates.
The sitter then takes his slates away
opens them, and reads his message. He
never realizes what happened while he
was holding slates under that table.
A Joker Joked.
One of the most amusing exposures
was that of Henry Slade, a medium who
was popular some years ago. An inves
tigator who was up to all the tricks of
the trade went to a Slade seance. While
Slade was absent from the seance room
for a few moments the investigator
slipped around, erased a message that
had been written in advance by Slade
and substituted this one: "Henry, you
had better watch this fellow; he's up to
snuff. Alclnda." ,
Alcinda was the name of Slade's de
ceased wife. When he came to Dro-
) duce the message he read ft and was
furious. He could take all sorts of lib
erties with the memories of other's de
parted ones, but it made a difference
when his own dead wife was concerned.
Finally, seeing that anger would not
suffice to hide his predicament he
wheedled his 'Investigator into a bond
of secrecy and told him how he operated
his tricks. Slade ended his career In
a lunatic asylum.
Natural Means Used.
A slate writer named Eglington man
aged so to Impress the spiritualists with
the belief that he was possesd of ac
tual occult powers that "hey defied any
one to disprove his claims. At last, an
admirer of Eglington agreed with Dr.
Hodgson to seek to accomplish the same
things Eglington did by natural means.
He succeeded in doing so, and then
posed as a medium. He in turn was in
vestigated by the spiritualists, and they
all certified that he was Indeed pos
sessed of supernatural powers, and that
they could not discover the faintest
trace of fraud in his phenomena. Then
he and Dr. Hodgson produced their con
tract and showed by it that only natural
means were used to accomplish every
slate-writing trick he had performed.
One of the most mystifying of all
Other Slate Tricks.
In, another slate test the medium
brings Into the room eight small slates
and one large one. The sitter is shown
the small slates one by one, he washes
them If he chooses, dries them, and
places them on the table. After they
are all laid on the table, the medium
asks the sitter to write his name and
the date of his birth on the large slate.
After this the large slate is placed in
'the sitter's lap, a rubber band Is placed
over the stack of small slates, and they
are placed on the large slate In the
sitter's lap, with the request that he
place the palms of his hands upon them.
After some time has elapsed the sitter
Is requested to examine his slates, one
by one. On the small slate at the bot
toriTof the pile he finds a message writ
ten out, addressed to the sitter himself.
He goes away firmly believing in spir
its. Prepared Slate Was Used.
As a matter of fact, the medium used
nine small slates instead of eight, and
at an unobserved moment, while he was
writing his name, the ninth slate, pre
viously prepared, was slipped from un
der the large slate and inserted in the
stack of small ones. Tnis trick is va
ried in many ways. Sometimes the pre
pared slate Is concealed under a rug and
no large slate is used. In another case
the prepared slate is concealed on a
mantelpiece near the medium's table. He
stands somewhat behind the sitter, wh&
is cleaning the slates to his heart's
content. When the fifth or sixth slate
is cleaned the medium diverts the atten
tion of the sitter while he substitutes
the prepared slate for the one just hand
ed him by the sitter.
One might continue indefinitely in at
tempting to describe the slate-writing
methods that have been exposed from
time to time by the magicians and ex
mediums who have written on the sub
ject. He might tell of the slate cov
ered with silk that hides the message
until the proper time and is then torn
off and hidden in the medium's sleeve.
He might describe the double-pointed
slate pencil, the one end of slate and
the other of nitrate of silver, in which
a message Is written by using both end,
and the one part comes out again after
the slate has been'enised and dried.
Then there is the camel's hair brush
and the hydrochloric acid with a little
zinc dissolved in It. Another trick Is?
for the medium to have a tiny piece of
pencil under the finger nail. A corset
steel, a tiny bit of slate pencil, and a
little wedge often make possible a mes
sage on the inside of two slates brought
by the sitter and sealed and screwed
and padlocked together.
The Rubber Stamp Ruse.
A rubber stamp message concealed In
j. the medium's sleeve in a little tin box
covered with prepared chalk will make
Itself visible on the slate brought by
the sitter and placed under the me
dium's table or held vertically above
the table. It
band that carries it back into the sleeve
when the job is done. Writing with the
toes while medium and sitter hold hands
Is another solution. A message in any
colored chalk is selected, written inside
of two locked and hinged slates Is pro
duced by a duplicate key and a thimble
wth the different colors in tiny cray
ons attached to It.
Typewriters and Black Thread.
Even a typewriter nnay be made to
produce a message while the medium
and the sitter are ten feet away. Black
silk threads and a confederate form the
connection.. Messages reproduced on
slates that are in their original wrap
ping from the .stationary store are pro-
Xotliing makes a man madder than to
read about all the cheap summer trips
and .still have an. unpaid note in the
bank that Is fast coming due. In the
old days lots of men left for their
health overnight and there weren't any
cheap excursions either.
cities of these counties, and we want
to get a move onto us or they will be
building an airline road right over us.
What say the board of county commis
sioners? Shall Valencia county be the
last county to build its link in the
great scenic highway of New -Mexico
from Santa Fe to El Paso?
. HE MAY.
From Knowles (N. M.) News.
"Will T. R. attend the Jack-Jeff
fight?" is the query of a correspond
ent in the El Paso Herald. "Oh. will
he? No, not unless he can fight' himself."
THE CUST03I HERE.
From Bisbee (Ariz.) Miner.
Tucson's city council has responded
to the request of the lnXurance people
that there be no fireworks allowed in
the Old Pueb1 on July 4th.
(Continued from Page One.)
ris. Klaw & Erlanger, Florence Zleg
field. Augustus PItou, Charles R. Dil
lingham. Joseph M. Gzites, Wagenhals
& Kemper, FredericrThompson, Al HI
Woods, Joseph Weber, Henry Miller,
Daniel Frohman, William Harris and
others. These managers, who own and
control 200 of the leading traveling
combinations in the country, to say
nothing of their individual ownership
of theaters or leases of theaters in the
big cities, have placed the booking of
their various combinations and inter
ests exclusively in the hands of Klaw
& Erlanger. with instructions to piay
only in such territory and in sue l
theaters as will give the producing
?agers the support to which they
are entitled for tho vast outlay in
volved in making their productions.
"The significance of this combina
tion can best be told by the statement
that heretofore all alliances that have
been formed in the theatrical business
have been made by owners or lessees
i of theaters, .but this combination is of
worldwide interest, as it supplies the
stars, plays and productions to the
various theaters throughout the coun
try." Trust's Clever Move.
It would appear that the trust has
this time got the better of some of
the circuits in the countrv. Whn
.... . ' the man?("r5 nf Vn u...!i. ....
is attached to a rubber i . ""- x-l-ul ere taiK-
lllK OI ETOlTlfi nmr n V. C1...1 a
the Shubertc ct
opening tneir houses to shows of all
classes against, their agreement wit'i
Klaw & Erlanger to book only "trust"
shows Messrs. Klaw & Erlanger have
"tied up" the majority of the big pro
ducers so that the managers can only
get the shows by-coming to the trus
as usual. Times agone "K. & R," as
as they are called In the profession,
controled things by organizing the cir
cuit chiefs and forcing the producers
to come to terms; when the circuit
managers began to kick. "K. & E."
turned around and organized the pro
ducers so that the house managers will
have to come to terms. It still looks
duced through, a confederate and a hole ( . . Trust ad the upper hartdZ
in the wall. Tne list of tricks Is so
large as to defy enumeration, and it
is being extended every day. Many of
them baffle even the magicians who try
to learn them. How, then, can the un
initiated expect to solve them?
Tomorrow III Sealed Letters and
Mfffi The Exchanges
FINE HORSES SOLD
Sacramento, Cal., May 13. Rancho Del
Paso, the famous former home of James
B. Haggin and his string of thorough
breds, 'have been sold by the Haggin
and Tevis heirs to the Minneapolis Land
company. The price paid is between a
million, seven hundred and fifty thou
sand and two million 'dollars. The
ranch contains 44,000 acres.
STRIKERS RESUME WORK.
San Antnoio, Tex., May 13. One hun
dred and twenty-five leatherworkers
who have been on a strike Xor three
months returned to work, today- under
old conditions, the employers refusing
to grant their demands. .'
SUCCESS OF COMMISSION GOVERN
From Tucson (Ariz.) Cltize'h.
Many El Pasoans were oppesed to
the commission plan of government
when the city's amended charter was
before the legislature, but every El
Pasoan is now praising that plan as the
city has made more progress during the
years it has been governed by the com
mission plan than In all the years pre
vious. Other cities operating under the com
mission form of government have had
HEAn JUDGMENT ASKED -,. iic halnr .limh.ioH ml rV,0 M.
FR03I HOUSTON .MILLIONAIRE ermen or commissioners being elected
Houston, Tex., May 13. A sensation
was caused here this morning when it
became known that a suit had been
filed in the district court asking 850,000
damages against J. L. Mitchell, a manu
facturing jewelry millionaire, on ac
count of the killing of John Bonner of
LaPorte, by Mitchell on July 2, 1908.
The petition was filed by a son and
daughter of Bonner, who claim the sum
named for mental anguish and the loss
of their father's services. Mitchell was
acquitted.at his criminal court trial. He
claimed self defence.
RAIN FALLS OVER NORTHERN
AND CENTRAL WESTERN TEXAS
Ft. Worth. Tex., May 13. This sec
tion had good rains today in northern
Texas, Panhandle and central western,
according to reports received from
Strawn, Witchlta Falls. Decatur, Hen
rietta, Bowie, Vernon. Quanah, Archer
City. Seymour, Jacksboro, Childress.
Weatherford'and Eastland.-' It Is a great
benefit to crops.
at large. With one alderman at the
head of one or more departments he
gives his attention to the work under
his jurisdiction and tjy holding the
head of all departments responsible for
the appropriations made annually, the
cities operating under the commission
plan get a more business like adminis
tration of public affairs. Much routine
business Is transacted by each alder
man, independently of the others, and
when they meet regularly the commis
sion, or council as a whole, approves
the acts of the department heads.
In EI Paso, as elsewhere, all pur
chases for the city are on a competitive
basis and bj' this means a great saving
One of El Paso's greatest progressive
movements, under tho commission gov
ernment, is the paving of Its streets. A
"revolving" plan" of payment for street
Improvement was adopted by Joseph U.
Sweeney when he was in the mayor's
chair, on much the same plan as that
inaugurated by the reclamation service.
Property owners were allowed to bor
row money from the city on the city's
credit. El Paso having voted bonds in
the sum of $200,000 to get the first
start for paving in the residence dis
tricts. This money is being worked
over and over again as the individual
property owners make their payments
back to the city and Is resulting in tho
construction of miles of permanent
streets in the Pass City.
The fire and police departments are
also governed by commissioners ap
pointed by the mayor as advisory
boards. By this means the departments
are taken out of politics and an appli
cant for a place In either department Is
not asked who he voted for in the last
eleczlon or how he will vote In the next,
efffcieney being the first requisite.
El Paso's experience is not an ex-i
ceptlon to the rule, under the commis-1
slon plan, a Tucson -ould soon ascer
tain If the city should adopt irtiis meth
od of city government.
BANKERS AND ROOSEVELT.
From San Antonio (Texas) Express:
The Texas bankers cheered Roosevelt.
Perhaps they read the suggestion In a
New York publication that Rockefeller's
fortune will be turned over to the
colonel, thus solving two problems at
EL PASO THE MECCA.
From Belen (N. M.) Tribune.
Good roads, good roads; that is what
we want In Valencia county. We are
pleased to see that both Bernalillo coun
ty and Socorro county are talking up
the subject, with some prospect of some
thing doing between these counties in
the way of better roads. Now Valencia
county lies between the two principal I
While the Shuberts have lots of srood
attractions, they have net nearly the
number that the trust controls, neith
er have they been able to link up their
circuits so that they can handle the
Merely "Open Honses."
Contrary to the general belief, the
circuits reported as having gone over
to the Shuberts such as the Wels cir
cuit in Texas and the Cort circuit in
the northwest have not really done
so: they have merely opened their
houses and declared that they will play
shows of either "the trust" or the
Shuberts. L. M. Crawford, of the Craw
ford circuit In Illinois, Missouri and
El Paso, tried this last year, but was
soon glad to get back with "K. & E.,"
inasmuch as the latter refused to book
any shows on such an arrangement and
the Shuberts were not able to furnish
enough shows to keep the circuit go
ing. Cort tried the same thine- thl
year and Klaw & Erlanger at once
canceled all his time, leaving him
either to come back and "be good,"
or to take what the Shuberts can give
Arizona With "Trust.
Not all of Cort's theaters will stick
with him, however, in his fight on
"the trust." Already all the Arizona
houses are said to have pulled out
of his booking management. It is re
ported here that Frank Rich, of El
Paso, will now book "K. & E." shows
for his El Paso house and the Arizona
houses. Rich has already obtained
control of the Douglas. Arizona, house
and has made arrangement with the
Phoenix and Tucson houses to book
for them. Bisbee will have to come
in, for the Shuberts cannot sand shows
there for that particular town with no
other place to play in the territory.
Should the Wels circuit in Arkansas
and Texas remain out of the "K. & E."
circuit, .however, this might have the
effect of curtailing the attractions in
El Paso, as it would make a long
jump "forthe trust" shows into that
city from Louisiana, unless they wero
routod down from Kansas, which is
SNYDER'S SATURDAY SPECI A.L
(Removal Sale Now Oa).
Tomorrow only, we will sV "1S47
Rrr-rs" Vrfvs 3nd forks, .7ir-ir ze,
worth regularlv $5.55 per ;pf at $3.45.
Snyder nJcwelry Co.,
20S Texas St.