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Tuesday, October 18, 1910.
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The San Jose Scale
FARMERS in the Rio Grande valley have it in their power to protect this region
from serious ravages of the San Jose scale. It is time right now, when the
horticultural industry in this valley is virtually beginning to organize an in
spection and quarantine service for the purpose of eradicating the scale where it
now exists and keeping out nursery stock or fruit infected with scale.
It is only in recent years that Texas has suffered heavy damage from the scale.
1 t bulletin from the state experiment station tells how the San jfose scale, a native
of northern China, was accidentally introduced in California in the 60's or 70's on
a shipment of fruit trees from Asia. In the early 70's the insect8 was already doing
ronsiderable damage to orchards in the San Jose valley of California, whence the
pest gets its name. Seventeen years ago the scale appeared in Virginia and in New
Jersey; the United States department of agriculture made effortf to exterminate
the scale in the east but without success. Since then it has spread over nearly all
of the United States, mainly through the shipping of nursery stock.
The scale- has prevailed in Texas since 1899, but even to this day many fruit
growers "believe that the Texas climate is not favorable to the development of the
scale. Indifference in Texas to the spread of the pest persisted so long, indeed up
to four or five years ago, that the insect gained a firm foothold in the orchards of
It is Impossible to exterminate the San Jose scale after it has once established
itself in an orchard. It can, however, be controled, and the orchard, though infested
n some degree with scale, will go on producing heavy crops of fruit year after year.
Cutting down the infested trees, unless they be actually dead or dying, is wasteful
and -unnecessary. The United States department of agriculture recommends treat
ment with a strong lime-sulphur wash; the trees" can be sprayed after the leaves
have fallen from the trees in the fall and after the orchards have been duly pruned.
The agricultural experiment stations will furnish any farmer with directions as to
preparing and applying this washT So far the San Jose scale has not appeared wide
ly in the Rio Grande valley. It is present, however, in several localities. It "is
spread in many different ways from tree to tree and from orchard to orchard. The
farmers and fruit growers or this valley should combine in a vigorous, compact,
and powerful organization for self defence against this and other pests from which
the valley is now wholly or comparatively free, but which in the future may cause
fosses aggregating millions of dollars if preventive measures be not taken in time.
In the west and south the volume of general business is considerably ahead of
last year at this time. New York shows a decrease in bank clearings of 26 percent,
and Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago show nominal decreases. Western cities,
however, show a substantial increase over last year, such as Minneapolis 17 per
cent, San Prancisco 13 percent, Los Angeles 22 percent. The south, too, is experi
encing a substantial increase in business; Galveston shows 30 percent increase in
hank clearings over a corresponding period last year and Atlanta 15 percent.
It is estimated that 20,000 persons committed suicide in the United States in
1909. The death rate from this cause tends to increase.
The Cost of
N 1885 each individual in the United States consumed on the average 52 pounds
of sugar per year; by 1909 'the per capita consumption had increased to 82
pounds for each individual per year, an increase of 30 pounds or nearly 60 per
cent. The average individual in the United States is constantly consuming more
sugar; the average price of sugar tends downwards, but the increase of nearly 60
ipercent in the per capita anaual consumption accounts in a measure for the general
'complaint of increased cost of living.
The same reasoning applies in a general way to almost everything of common
Xise and consumption ameng the American people. The average family wears bet
ter clothes, uses better furniture and better dishes, prepares more elaborate foods,
wastes more in every line, occupies better houses, rides more in street cars and
railroad trains, and demands more amusements and more costly amusements every
jyear. Under such circumstances even a marked tendency towards decrease in the
fprices of commonly used commodities will not manifest itself readily in arr actual
3-edtiction of the "cost of living" of the average family.
Since the beginning of summer there has been a steady reduction month by
month in the prices of most common commodities, both raw materials and manu
factured goods. Wholesale prices in the domestic market are in most cases lower
now than they have been for many months. The tendency toward cheaper com
modities of all sorts is so marked although gradual, that -with the exercise of a
little more than ordinary economy on the part of the average family a real decrease
in the "cost of living" would soon become manifest.
The remark of J. J. Hill, who besides being a great railroader is a profound
fctudent of worldwide economic tendencies, is worth remembering; says he, "What
ails the people of this country is not the high cost of living bu the cost of living
The Arizona constitutional convention is thoroughly representative of ,the va
"hous occupations and. professions of the people of the territory. There are 12 cat
tlemen and ranchmen, 14 lawyers, four miners, one plumber, one railroad switch
man, one railroad engineer, bne machinist, one railroad trainman, one mining engi
neer, four merchants, one saloonkeeper, one capitalist, one farmer, two physicians,
one minister, one clerk, one railroad traffic expert, two bankers, and even one news
paperman. It is composed of 41 Democrats and 11. Republicans, so that there will
be no interference with the Democratic program.
The laws in Oregon to he submitted to the people this year under the initiative
and referendum occupy 65 columns of newspaper space. The people of Colorado
will YOte this year on adopting the Oregon plan, and the Denver Times estimates
that to carry out the terms of the proposed Colorado law as to advertising the ini
tiated and referred laws 'four weeks prior to the election would cost the people
("based on the volume published in Oregon) 417,625. This only illustrates the ab
surd possibilities of some of these new-fangled notions of "popular government"
which are in fact only a confession of popular incompetence to choose and elect fit
nen to office
Theodore Roosevelt won in. Hew York fair and square against a powerful and
thoroughly entrenched machine. Yet the defeated faction is talking of "rebuking
the one man power" by voting for the head of the Democratic ticket for governor.
If the anti-Roosevelt leaders in the machine had been playing the game squarely,
they would now accept defeat gracefully. But instead they are adopting the fa
miliar "rule or ruin" policy of the discredited minority, and are ready to smash the
sarty if they cannot have their way through
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U walts Denatured Poem
THEY'RE giving all manner pf knowledge, the teachers infesting this vale;
you store up your head in a college, or gain erudition "by mail. Alas, but in
all of our questing, the thing that's most useful is missed; the beautiful
science of resting is never put down on the list. The people who rustle around me
pursuing the kopeck and yen, astonish, disgust and confound me, they're such
blamed industrious men! They never let up for a second, all
day they are working tor gam; at night, when their profits are
reckoned, they're planning another campaign. They're plan
ning some skirmish or sortie, some ambush they think may be
sprung; they're older than ZSToah at forty, and die of old age
while they're young. The thought of a let-up js funny; suggest
Lit, and get a rebuff: "We'll rest when
uci) iiic omu. -ohm. tin uuuugu unc jvfuui..j .tuuii imu. em, ior money iuev
labor and grub, as though the old lick were behind 'em, a-touching 'em up with
a club. All this may look good to the miser who lives by his big money chest,
but some who are calmer and wiser insist on the beauties of Best.
Copyright, 1910, by George Matthews
Your Neighbor's Goods
By Henri Daveraols.
O LINETTE the word bouquet3
was the symbol of all rustic joy
and during the first years of
their married life Gaston adored this
childishness in her. Though he placed
the flowers together in the most abom
inable manner he was delighted to
help her arrange the immnese bou
quets which were so troublesome when
they were to return to Paris in the
evening. In the poorly illuminated
compartment, where Linette sat lean
ing against her husband she pointed to
the result of the efforts of the day and
said sadly: f
"Oh, just look at my pretty flowers,
dear. They look like a bunch of with
ered grass now."
"Why don't you throw them away?"
She moved away from him quickly,
as if he had struck her, and said in a
tone of reproach:
"You dont' care for me any more, it
you can say such a thing."
Linette was always looking forward
with great impatience to the coming
of Sunday, for then they always went
to Ithe country. "When there were
no more flowers she picked autumn
leaves and branches and arranged
them tastefully in the vases in jtheir
Most people have some fixed idea and
Linefcte's was this: Of all flowers the
preferred those overhanging the road
from the gardens and with the stealth
iness of a burglar she would sneak
along the garden fences to get them.
Gaston had to go into the middle of
the road to watch that nobody saw j
from the houses and in case of dan
ger he was to call out "Twenty-three."
He often did it without any reason,
for he was a great respecter of the
sanctity of vour neighbor's goods and
lunette's passion often spoiled his Sun
day pleasure, making him feel like a
thief, but Linette soon found -him out
and he had to promise her that he
would never again give false alarm.
She was so slight and alert, she
could sneak up so noiselessly and
sometimes climb like a cat to get hold
of a lilac or a jessamine-'foc her bou
quet. Occasionally she was caught, but
Linette had an opinion of her own J
and when the owner would scold sire tage. if you care to, come next Sun
would reply. I -day. I shall be very g'lad to see you-"
"Anything that overhangs the road They went there again next Sunday
Is anybody's property. Why don't you j and the strange thing happened that
pick your lilacs yourself? It is rather
I -who might make a complaint of you
because you block the road."
"Well, I never heard anything like
"Oh, I am surprised. To make such
a lot of fuss about a flower!"
"A person always begins by stealing
"Gaston was listening In silence, very
"Why don't you help me?" she said.
"One might almost think you were
"The bouquets." he said.
An ugly looking peasant, hiding be
hind some bushes, once fired a shot
at them without hitting any of them,
e a trice pairfax
HAVE just been reading a book a
dreadful, heartbreaking book, tnat
kept me awake at night brooding
over its horrors; for I am atraia
that, though written under the heading
"fiction," it is only too true.
The heroine is a 16yearold girl, who
tired of drudgery and poverty, rebel
lious at the abuse and beatings she
received at home, falls a prey to the
first sympathetic villain she meets.
He tells her of the wonders of the
city, the luxurious life she will lead,
the beautiful clothes she will wear.
Every dream of her short life, and
much more will be realized.
She has allowed him, an utter
stranger, to speak to her and tak her
t a moving picture show; she is afraid
to go home, after that, to the beating
she is sure to receive.
The "Wolf and the Lamli.
Of course he tells her that they will
bo married that night, just as soon as
they reach New York. And so the
poor, little, ignorant, unsuspecting
lamb follows the wolf gratefully and
She has never tasted spirits in her
life. He gives her champagne and she
takes it, hardly knowing what it is.
It has the same magic sound, in her
ears, as automobiles, diamonds, sables,
satins; it mean money and luxuries.
Next morning the poor child awak
ens only to close her eys with a sick,
shuddering misery, an J wishes she
She dare not go home, and all the
world is against her.
It is a pitiful, horrible story, and, I
am afraid, it is true, and many more
Very often, my girls are indignant
when I tell them that they must not
nllow men to speak to them without
being rperly introducedr
The- Danger of J5trnnger
Don t you see, gyis now important it
is that you should know something j
about the men whom you admit to the J
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circle of your fr endship
All men are n't good; that is a hard
lesson for a yoiing girl to learn, but
shr must learn it and remember it.
There are many men who would sac
rifice your youth and innocence, with
out a qualm, and then pass on to their
At the first suggestion from a man
that does not ring true, send him
about his business, and tell him that
you will tell your parents.
That will settle him, for all men of
that class are cowards.
we have enough money, and monev is
Daily Short Story
however. Another thrashed Gaston
mercilessly while his wife tore lun
ette's hat off, but Linette only worried
over the loss of her lilacs, which were
scattered all over the ground.
"Some time we shall get into serious
trouble," said Gaston. "I will buy
the most beautiful flowers for you,
just as many as you want "
"That is not the same thing at all,"
Linette answered. "Flowers for a
shop. That is just the same as if you
could tell a hunter to buy him game
from a dealer."
For a month she resisted the temp
tation, but one Sunday afternoon when
she was walking with Gaston, she saw
a beautiful pink hortensia hanging
over a low garden wall.
Pale with excitement she exclaimed:
"Oh, Is not that beautiful!"
Gaston pretended not to understand
what he meant, and said: "Yes, it is
beautiful, but come along this way
now; I know a farm where we can
get delicious fresh milk."
"Oh, Gaston, dear, I must have that
flower. Do let me ta"ke it. I promise
you I shall never steal another flower.
Nobody can see us. All the shutters
are closed. Oh, do let me take It J"
He could not refuse and in a mo
ment she held the flower In her hand,
but at the same moment the gate
opened and an elderly gentleman ap
peared. He did not look ithe least bit
angry, however, but even smiled.
"The flower was way outside the
wall." stammered Linette, blushing
w'th confusion," and then it belongs
to anybody who cares to pick it."
"Well. I would not say that," the old
gentleman replied, still smiling, "but
It does not matter and since you are
so fond of flowers, madam, would you
j not like to come inside and pick all
"Yes. thank you, but my husband is
standing over , there," Linette stam
mered. "He is welcome, too, if he cares to
look at my garden."
"I am dreadfully ashamed, sir,' said
Gaston, "and I beg your pardon for
what we have done."
Oh, dont mention it. Pick all the
flowers you want. I am leaviner in a
few weeks and want to sell the cot-
.L.inetie said to the old gentleman: "Do
you know that it almost hurts me to
1 pick flowers here; it is as if I were
murdering them. I almost feel as if
this were my own home. I will just
take this one rose."
All the following weak she was un
usually quiet. Gaston guessed her un
spoken wish, and as he had a little
monej' saved up and the price was
reasonable he bought the cottas-o tii1
one beautiful Sunday in the fall they
entered their new house.
To Linette the whole thing seemed
a fairy tale. She said to the oak tree:
"You are my oak tree." and the same
thing she said to all the flowers, many
of whose names she did not even
On Mothers, Guard
t Dont be misled by all his promises.
"i ten you ot the luxuries and
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btautlful things he will gi-e you; but
don't, for a moment, think tviot ti,
things' will be given for nothing. You
must 'pay for them, and the price will
De jTour honor.
There are many parents who. while
they would die for their children, are
yet instrumental in driving them from
They are unnecessarily severe, and
their children are afraid of them.
TVln Her Confidence.
T" mother makes her daughter
afraid of her, she will never win her
The girl will do things on the sly;
will make friends her parents know
nothing about, and deceive them in
Find out what kind of girl compan
ions your daughter seeks. l
One gfirl of lax moral sense can poi
son the mind of everv e-irl h mte
Remember that youth must have re
iaation and don't make a drudge of
If she goes to school and, helps a
little with the housework, that Is all
that can be expected of her.
That a child should be struck, or
beaten. Is dreadful, and yet many par
ents think nothing of beating their
children, both young and grown up.
Keep a ceaseless watch on your
young daughter. She thinks she can
take are of herself, but she can't.
Don't make her afraid of you; if you
show a sympathetic forgiveness for
her small transgressions, she will not
deceive vou in greater things.
Xothlno: 3Iore Bcantlfnl.
There is nothing more beautiful than
a friendship between mother and
I know it J hard for thf overworked
mother of half a dozen children to keep
her eye on he"r growing daughter, but
remember that she reeds your care
now. even more than when she was a
She is at the age when temptations
come thickest There are so manv to
help a srirl stray from the right nath,
and so fpw to heln her find it again.
Poor little girls! Through youth,
ignorance, a longing for the pretty
thines that every woman loves and the
leautv that has been their curse tbev
Found tthe depths of "woe and degrada
tion. Heln vour daughters to escane such
p fate by winning their confidence.
The girl who ronfides in her mother
rarelv roes astray.
Bureau of American Republics
and Other Federal Ogranizations Frederic
XV THE GOVERNMENT AT WORK I
N addition to the departments and
bureaus described in previous arti
cles, there are a number of Inde
pendent organizations in the govern
ment service. Foremost among these
if the bureau of American republics,
whose principal aim is th? cc'rnon'ing
of international ties of friendship be
tween the various republics of the
new world. Prior to 1889 there was
only a half-hearted understanding be
tween the United States and Its sister
nations in Central and South America,
and much was to be desired in the way
of International comity. In that year j
the foremost statesmen of the Ameri
cas became impressed with tne belief
that the best interests of all the re
publics would be conserved by holding
an international American conference,
in which all the governments, from
Canada to the Straits of Magellan,
would take part. Such a conference
was held at Washington.
Bnrean of American Republics.
The most Important outcome of this
conference was a resolution favoring
the establishment of a bureau to be
supported bjr the combined efforts of
the American republics. The mission
of this bureau was to bring about such
a state of international neighborliness
that the Americas should be united ir
one great governmental union for pur
poses of commercial intercourse. How
well the bureau of American republics
has fulfilled this purpose is illustrated
by the present feeling of friendship
between the people of the United
States and those of the republic south
cf the Rio rande. Under the director
ship of John G. Barrett this bureau has
encouraged the upbuilding of profitable
trade relations between the United
States and her southern neighbors, and
has Improved every opportunity fo
bring about international cooperation
for the best interests of all the repub-
lies. The bureau issues a publication
known as the Bulletin of the Bureau of
American Republics. This bulletin
ives a monthly synopsis of all mat-
ters of Pan-American interest, and
publishes such literature as enables the
United States on one hand, and the
Latin-American republics on the other,
to get one another's viewpoint on
questions of international concern. It
alsK publishes a list of all Important
opportunities for extending trade re
lations between the various republics.
The Columbus Memorial library, main
tained under the auspices of the bu
reau, contains the finest collection of
Pan-American literature in the world.
The Geographic Board.
The United States geographic board
renders final decisions as to the name
and proper spelling of the hundreds of
thousands of places in the United
States and its possessions. In the pub-
I licatlon of its literature the govern
ment must have uniformity of name
and spelling, so it has decided that the
geographic board shall canvass each
case of disputed name or spelling and
make a decision. In doing this jt may
write dozens of letters and in other
ways make inquiries as to what name
or spelling has the best sanction ot
mi.i, - n-.- Joi ,
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and all other governmental publica-
know. Every moment she discovered
new wonders, new sources of joy.
One evening as they were sitting
on the piazza in the dust, Linette
said: "Do you remember the first time
we came this way. You wanted me
to turn right, but luckily I stole the j
hortensia. That was the best thing
I ever did. But, what is that? Some
body is stealing my ivy? '
She rushed down to the gate. A
vonna- larlv had hroken a small bunch
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of the ivy and a gentleman was wait- j qp HE attempted suicide of a beau-i Pon his bad habits and to have re
ing for her a lit.le way off just like j I tiful and gifted young girl which solved to live for his wife's happiness
Gaston." i has recentlv sHr-Ar? tmt "v-t- t would hnv cVin-nr-. , -.- i.i
"Well, I must say I like the cheek
of these people," cried Linette.
"I only took three miserable little
I leaves," said the lady.
j 'SV'e are willing to pay for them,
I said the gentleman. "Come now, Ga
brielle, I told you, we should get into,
trouble. You have no right to steal
other people's flowers."
j The couple disappeared.
I Gaston laughed heartily at this little
! scene, but Linette was quite pale with
When he came down into the garden
early next morning, she stood there
with a blower in her hand sprinkling
fl- -. .!, n
..Wh nrp ,.m, rtn
you doing.' he ex
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"What am I doing?" I am sprink
ling my flowers with sulphur. Then
if people try to steal them, they will
Years Ago To-
From The Herald Oi
This Date ISPS.
"Will Brown's mother is visiting him
Mrs. D. "W. Reckhart has returned
from her San Marcial trip.
County attorney S. "W. Storms has
returned from a two months' visit with
old friends in Michigan.
Dan Stuart has gone west. The
governor of Arizona will please take
notice and order out the militia.
Secretary Johns, engineer Campbell
and alderman Roberts went up to the
Selden dam, to meet president Engle
due. rThe offices of the city clerk and the
city assessor have been made gorgeous
with spick and span new stoves.
There was a big dance given last
night in Juarez in honor of Gen. Her
nandez. A gentleman just over from England,
who met Charles B. Eddy in London,
says that there is little doubt but that
the money to build the White Oaks
railway will be ready soon after the
election if McKinley wins.
'The paid firemen have had a gong
placed in their reading room at the
city hall so that they may sleep there
in cold weather.
Collector Da'is's cattle, which he has
been transferring from Presidio coun
ty to his Midland ranch, have had two
stampedes and several hundred head
havo been lost.
The Bank saloon is among the things
that were. Its license ran out and was
Married In this city, the 17th in
stant, Charles Beisswenger and Miss
Elise Lohn, -by Rev. Mr. Simon of the
Henry "Ware Allen, of this city, has
an article in Public Opinion, New York,
on "Henry Georgeism in New Zealand."
Mr. Sloan, who is to once more offi-
ciate as the "i. M. C. A. secretary,
writes that he hopes to be in El Paso
by tho 25th.
tions conform to these decisions. This
board also has advisory powers with
reference to the making of air maps
under the government jurisdiction.
The national home for disabled vol
unteer soldiers has nine different
branches, situated in as many diferent
localities in the United States. Any
volunteer soldier who has been in the
military service of the United States
may go to one of these homes, when
ever he desires, and find a haven of
refuge from poverty. These homes ar6
supported by appropriations from the
federal government. In addition to the
homes there is a sanitarium in South
Dakota, where those who are suffer
ing from tuberculosis and like diseases
may go for treatment.
Veteran Soldiers' Home.
There is also a natonal home for
veterans of the regular army. This
home js situated on the outskirts of
Washington, surrounded by some of the
most beautiful and well kept grounds
in the United States. It now has about
800 inmates, of whom 250 are bedrid
den and need the constant care and at
tention of the physicians of the home.
Each month every soldier in the regu
lar army has 12 cents deducted from
his monthly pay, and this goes toward
the maintenance of the home. Any dis
abled soldier and any soldier who has
served for, twenty years m the regu
lar army has a right to live there.
Here he can feel that he is in no way
the recipient of charity, as he has con
tributed his share'toward its mainten
ance. Those veterans who desire to
work need not go outside the home
to do so. An allowance of 45 cents a
day is given to those who help care
for the home and its surroundings. "
When Abraham Lincoln was presi
dent he found at this home a retreat
from the cares of state, and other chief
magistrates since that day have gone
mere ior rest in what is known as
the president's cottage. The old sol
diers constitute a fitting guard of hon-
or while the head of the nation rests
i liluon6 mem. ine nome was founded
mrougn tne active work of Gen. Win-
field Scott. After the Mexican war,
funds were available through the con
fiscation of property, and Gen. Scott,
seeing that many of his veterans need
ed a home in which to spend their
declining years, addressed himself to
the task of founding this institution.
Hospital for Insane.
The government hospital for the in
sane, known locally as St. Elizabeth's,
is one of the most remarkable institu
tions for the feeble minded in the
world. In addition to caring for all
the insane of the District of Columbia,
and of the army and navy, it cares for
the constant stream of poor unfortu
nates who seek the aid of the
presidsnt. congress and the de
partments in righting imaginary
wrongs, or protectinj
chimerical foes. Few
tnat some poor crank does not turn up
at the white house to enlist the aid of
tfie president. Some of them are arm
ed and dangerous. One" finds in St.
Elizabeth's the man with the perpetual
motion scheme; the woman who was
converted b3 John the Baptist and is
one of the characters in the wonderful
prophecy of Revelation; the deluded
fellow who thinks every man in
Ella S Wilcox
Copyright, 1910, by the New York
has recently stirred New York.
where suicides are almost daily events,
makes a rediscussion of that painful
oia topic timely.
There are few people of mature
years possessed of emotional tempera
ments who cannot recall some hour or
day when the thought of self-destruction
entered their minds.
It may have come and gone, like a
bat flying into and out of a room
with one motion of its wings, or it
may have come to p'erch like a bird of
j evil omen on the tense-strung heart-
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strings for hours or days.
But the- memory of such grim and
"unwelcome visitors who invaded the
kingdom of mind should make every
human being feel a sense of nitv for
I the weak souls who have allowed them
to remain ana dominate the kingdom
instead of saying to them: "Get the
behind me, Satan."
Suicides Xot Heroes.
Yet. while we feel pity, it is well to
strip the suicidal mania of theNro
mantic decorations which give it a
morbid fascination to many observers.
It is not wise to idealize the subjeqt
or to make heroes of suicides.
There is oftentimes in the mind of
the suicide a great passion to be spec
tacular, to stand in the limelight, to
attract the gaze of the multitude; and
if this passion does not wind gratifi
cation in life, it is sought in death.
Half-grown children have been
known to attempt suicide, in order to
make their parents sorry for having
punished them, or to show the world
how they had been wronged.
The mental picture drawn by many
suicides, of the excitement and sorrow
which their act will produce on those
who are left behind, would make inter
esting reading, could it be written out
exactly as they thought it out.
Sometimes the letters left to sur
vivorsx give glimpses of this morbid
reasoning and not infrequently a
frank avowal of a desire to revenge
their wrongs is betrayed by their let
ters. Suicide a Disease.
Suicidal mania is a disease and it
should be regarded as such by the vic
tim of it, the moment the Idea comes
into his mind. It does not require
great sorrow, or great disappointment
or great tragedy to produce this dis
ease, for it is oftentimes found among
the prosperous and successful and
those who have all the blessings of life.
The mind that harbors thoughts of
suicide is almost always a self-centered
mind, for if the thoughts turn
out to others, and there is a deep
seated wish to save others sorrow and
give others happiness, suicide will not
be entertained in the same mind.
A man killed himself recently, leav
ing a letter in which he stated that he
committed the act In order to give his
wife the chance to marry some richer
man ana io una nappiness. .tie said
he had failed in his effort to please
her. But this man had refused his
wife's plea to give up drink and the
gambling table, where he wasted his
means of livelihood.
To have turned his back resolutely
Tell Binkley says th' saddest words o'
tongue er pen er "I have to- buy new
tires agin." Th' feller that laughs at
nothin' is alius pop'lar.
America is against him, and who was
caught "with the court seals and other
equipment in his possession through
which he fabricated judgments for
damages amounting to 530,000,000; and
the demented citizen who imagines he
is "Uncle Joe" Cannon.
There are a number of other Inde
pendent organizations in the executive
service of the government whose activ
ities are ful of interest and fraught
with many possibilities. The Isthmian
canal commission is directing the great
ttvsk of dividing the Americas and
uniting the commercial world. It main
tains a staff in Washington, through
which the home end of the operation
of the greatest commissary and supply
department in the world, an important
railroad system, and a complete steam
ship line is directed. The Philippine
commission is to the legislative assem
bly of the Philippines what the senate
is to the congress of the United
States, and upon it devolves the admin
istrative end oi giving to those islands
a stable government suited to the needs
of their inhabitants.
The Library of congress is not, accu
rately speaking, a part of the executive
branch of the government, but Its du
ties are closely related to the executive
service. It is the custodian ot several
million books and pamphlets, the su
pervisory agent of the copyright or
ganization and the practical head of
the American library system. Its card
Index of literature is the most com
plete in the new world. Just now It is
engaged in the work of establishing a
card Index of all literature in the li-
i hraries of America, thus amalgamating
' lh-eIr treasures into one vast collection.
o iiDrary m tne country has a com
plete collection of literature- At ev
ery one of tham works are frequently
called for that cannot be supplied. It
is the aim of this new system- to cre
ate a sort of literacy flying squadron,
made up of the rarer publications,
ready to move to the demands of the
serious student, wherever he may be.
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! would have shown a far- nnWar
I ase, than to die by his own hand.
-ne very old, the hooelesslv ill.
sometimes commit suicide withi-a de
sire to save others trouble and them
selves continued pain. There is an un
utterable pathos in such cases.
But, with all the pity one may feel
for the despairing young who under
take self-destruftion, there is, too, a
sense of Impatience with them for
their lack of courage and persever
ance. They seem, like the angry children
who fling themselves upon the ground
and kick and scream and refuse to
walk along with their nurse, to where
food and rest await them.
"Walt for the ShhshIhc
There is always hope for the young.
However dark the day may be at 10
oclock, bright sunshine may illumine
the skies at 11 oclock. If not at 11.
at 12, and there Is a long afternoon in
which to enjoy the sunlight. Hundreds,
thousands of happy, successful men
and women today can look back on
desperate hours of youth when there
was no star in the sky and no hope
of a dawn visible on the horizon.
A famous man once told how he
planned to commit suicide because of
repeated failures and sorrows. His at
tempt was frustrated by a seeming ac
cident and the very next day unexpect
ed fortune came to him.
The morbid girl who tried to end her
life so recently complained of lack of
appreciation she found in the liter
ary circles of the east. That was
one of the causes which led her to
this rash act.
Always a Heavier Load.
"Were she Jcf know the history of
most successful literary people in the
world. sh would find that they had
passed in their journey all those mile
stones oi defeat and discouragement
which seefeied so disheartening to her.
There isae thing which every
troubled human being ought to realize,
however unhappy .hls environment
may be, however heavy the load he Is
obliged to carry somewhere there is
another human being with a heavier
load who goes whistling along life's
highway hopeful and courageous.
One ship sails east.
And another sails west.
In the very same winds that blow;
'Tis the set of the sail
And not the gale
"Which tells them the way to go.
lAtc After Death.
No soul can find surcease from sor
row by an attempt at self-destruction.
Life goes on after death very much as
it goes on here, and unless we have
learned hope, courage, faith, resigna
tion and a desire for self-development
through all experiences, we shall ba
obliged to learn it there.
"We did not give ourselves life: we
cannot give ourselves death. Better
brace .up and go on where we are now
and change our environment by forca
of will and concentration and aspira
tion, than to attempt to change it on
another plane to which we have not