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Tour true poet is a Beer. No il<>nl>t about it. His clair
voyant eye pierces the gloom of the future and even points
the path that Science must follow in the quest of her
elusive goal. Thus it was that Dean Swift, long ago, be
fore science had done its duty by the flea, told how that
nimble domestic creature has "smaller fleas on him to
prey," and how these in turn have "smaller slill to bite
Tfem"- -which idea Lowell, two hundred years later, neatly
frisked from Swift's crown of glory ami dished up to the
nineteenth century as follows:
Now, two centuries after Swift divined the terrible
plight of the flea, comes plodding Science, with her dry
as-dust dissert ations on the lesser fleas. Witness this
bibliographic note, from a report of the United States
department of agriculture, hot from the press of the gov
ernment printing office:
" 'A parasitic and predatory enemy of the flea.' M. B.
Mitzmain (Pub. Health and Mar. Hosp. Serv. V. S. Pub.
Health Rpts., 25 (1910) No. 13, pp. 393-3870.)— Notes are
given on the occurrence and habits of a new tyroglyphid
mite, belonging to the genus Histiostma, to which Banks
lias given the manuscript name of 11. tarsalis. This mite
lias been observed by the author on adult fleas. * * *
A beetle (Staphylinus sp.) combed with fleas from the
hair of live squirrels, trapped in San Mateo county, Cal.,
lias been found to destroy fleas. Five of these beetles
were observed to render helpless i' 7 adult fleas in a period
of less than 5 minutes."
Thus is the vision of the poet verified by the micro
scope of modern science.
In justice to Science it should be added, however, that
she litis raised the ante on Poesy in the matter of the
"predatory beetle." No poet ever yet dreamed of a beetle
so magnificently militant that five of them could "render
helpless !>7 adult fleas in a period of less than 5 minutes."
A BROTHERLY POUNDING.
Edison says the golden rule would settle everything and
he is in favor of having it enforced by policemen.
But the idea of whacking a man over the head to make
him live up to the golden rule seems incongrous, doesn't it?
Mary Baker Eddy
A strange, triumphant life was hers, possibly more in
fluential than that of any other woman, not an hereditary
queen, who ever lived.
The test of her works is still to come. A poet of the day
''Stone cities melt like mist away,
But footsteps in the sand —endure."
Mrs. Eddy's influence reared many a pile of stone, but
these are nothing compared to the school of thought and
the spiritual atmosphere she spread through many lands.
Mark Twain predicted that in a hundred years two
churches would divide the world between them—the
Roman Catholic and the Christian Science. If that predic
tion is fulfilled, the name of Mary Baker Eddy will live
long in human history.
THE SISTERHOOD OF WOMAN.
More and more the well-provided women of the great
cities show their sympathy for workingwomen, as in the case
of recent strikes.
And it is a good sign, this growing sense of common
sisterhood, God bless 'em!
ARIZONA constitutionalists declare for the recall of the judiciary.
'Rah for Arizona! But, Taft is an ex-judge and congress is lousy with
LET joy be unconfined! The president's daughter has been pre
senter! to society, and society cottons to her.
IF Peary also thinks that he may have missed the north pole by a
few inches, now's the time for him to chirp.
PSH! Don't make any noise! Knute Nelson's in Washington re
vising that majority report on Bellinger, Several places where the
whitewash has got Worn thin.
PREMIER ASQUITH has got to calling Balfour "almost indecent,"
which is real moderate in a tariff campaign.
TRUE to his threat, Fobs has taken the stump in Massachusetts
against Ix>dge. Says the only legislation that bears Lodge's name is the
Force bill, a measure that would make intelligent bartenders blush. And
H. Cabot goes quietly on greasing the machine.
ASKED to surrender his night key, Harry Smith of Oaklnd, Cal.,
shot the mouth off his father. Father will put his requests in writing
hereafter, perhaps, like a real family diplomat.
WILLIAM, son of Pauline Wayne, the White House cow, was one of
the 100-pounders who died without being considered for appointment
to the V. 8. supreme bench.
TAFT ssys his mind is open for consideration of supreme court ap
point merits. Even Pete Grosscup could squeeze into an opening like
KANSAS man sues for divorce because the only thing his wife has
had ready since he married hei wus her tongue, and he couldn't eat that.
GENTLEMEN, do your Christmas shopping early, or not at all.
FIRST step by Washington's enfranchised women is to protest to
Taft against putting ex-Senator Turner on the supreme bench. Good for
you, girls! Speak your minds early and often!
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STANDARD OIL sdvsncsd 20 points, after the price cut. Possible
that Brother Rockefeller has got a new twist on us?
UNCLE KiTCHEL PIXLEY writes: "Our ornery old constable,
Beth Beardsley, Is a goin" in for reform. Saw a picture of one of those
Halomey dancers on the town hall and tried to hide it with a hosa blau
ket. Everybody's snlckerlu', far the near-sighted old ijut covered up the
jrruug and of the girl."
Poets and Fleas
"Great fleas have little fleas
I'pon their backs to bite 'em.
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
And so, ad infinitum."
NOW DEY ARE NOD BOY SCOUIDS--DEY ARE UNDIDDED
BY FRED SCHAEFER
Having got rid of Kit Carson
Boone, the real Hoy Scout. Osgar
joyously led Adolf on a foray. The
object was a farm where the lady
of the house looked benevolent. Os
gar planned to secure a good feed
for Schnitzelbank Patrol Xo. 1 on
the strength of being "Boy Scouids"
and therefore deserving. Little
did he reek that the wreck of his
hopes was not far off.
* * *
Osgar—Blease, kint laty, we are
footloose, and hungrified from hik
ing. Haf you got for us some nice
The Lady—Land sakes, how
queer you look. What are you?
Osgar—We are Boy Scouids,
laty; der real ding.
The l^ady—But, you look like
Osgar—Veil—we are in our sec
ont chilthood, tee-hee!
Adolf —Yes, going on our tirt,
The Lady—Do tell! Why. I have
a son who is a Hoy Scout, Kit Car
Osgar—Vot, a nice liddle boy mit
light eyes und blue hair? Say, he
iss a member mit us.
Avoid the hurly-burly
These are words of wisdom, pearly.
Late shoppers are surly ,
THE world is made up of all
kinds of people. Including those
who think they can shop late and
get away with it.
AXYWAY. nothing is gained by
postponing it. It all goes on the
CHAMP CLARK has handed
himself the speakership on a sil
ver platter. But if he gets fresh
there's no reason why it can't be
taken away from him with a
IX LONDON* there are an aver
age of 3300 births every week.
THE WOMEN of Bayauzi. on
the Kongo, wear wedding rings
of brass welded around their
OUR MYSTERY STORY.
This, the last chapter of Our
Mystery Story, completes the
longest word ever written in any
language. It occurs in Arista
phanes' "Ekklesiasousai," a very
excellent comedy in Greek, and
was glibly spoken by the actors of
two centuries or more ago. But no
one seems to know now just what
it means. That's the mystery.
"WHAT doth the Lord require of
thee, but to do justly, and to love
mercy, and to walk humbly with
AUSTRIAN'S claim that horses
ire shod better In their country
than any place else in the world.
LITTLE COMMANDMENTS FOR
For the United States Steel cor
poration: "Thou shalt not kill."
"EFFIE." said Margaret, who
was trying to read a first reader,
"how can I tell a 'd' from a 'b'?"
"Why," said Effie, "the 'd' has
Its tummy on its back/
"If We Don't Hang Together I
We May Hang Separately"
EDITOR THE PRESS: As a
property owner along the Boone
avenue district, I wish to add my
decided protest against the petition
being circulated by the Hassam
Paving company or any other pav
ing interest, which is attempting
to force an Improvement upon the
residents of said avenue at this
most inopportune time. Many of
the property owners on this avenue;
are already burdened bf> the sewer!
Improvement which was lately put
In. Some are also still further as
sessed by certain cross street im- j
proveiuents which have been or
dered. To have this paviug im-1
proveuieut added to their already |
1 Adolf —No, nod now —we haf dis
Osgar (hastily) — Nefer mind
aboud dot —just to show you vol
fine Hoy Scouids we are I vill put
Adolf drough hls« efolutions. (To
Adolf) Als! Present elbows!
March! Halt! Now scouid. Don'd
trafel in a lump—your formadlon
Iss too tick —you valk single file
almosd two abreast. You shoult
act like you don'd belong to der
party. Alzo spread ovid more,
tinner like a piece of tissue paber.
Now go hebint und bring up der
rear —1 am so lonely in front.
Hlease pay less inattention to my
sharp, quick-vittet commants. See
vot you are looking ad. Ef you
oxamine a pretzel, hass id got salt
on id? Iss id a left-handet or a
right-handet pretzel? Now can you
remember id der negst time you
don'd see id? Goot. How does a
locomotife vistle for a pig on der
track? A ox? Corregt. Now
stant on der track und prof Id.
The I.ady—That was very enter
taining. Here is a delicious huck
leberry pie to divide between you.
Adolf —Led me haf der fairst
bite. I bromise to safe some for
Osgar —Yess, yess, T know a Boy
1 Scoufd's honor iss to be trutet. bur
INSANITY LURKS IN
OVID, Mich., Dec. 10.—John B.
Cross of this place, who died at
time. This un
naturaJ position of his head
strained certain spina! muscles
and softening of brain resulted.
This case has caused specula
tion as to what will happen to
those who gaze skyward at earo
planes. The inference seems sim
BRIDGKWATER. Mass., Deo. 10.
—Bingo, Miss Ellen Bell's pet dog,
which received funeral honors as
great as those accorded to many
human beings, lies buried in Miss
Bell's back yard in South street,
after having been refused inter
ment in the local cemetery.
The funeral service held over
Bingo's body was simple but im
pressive. Every one cried and
wasn't one little bit ashamed or
After Scripture had been read,
prayer offered and a religious song
sung, the body of Bingo was placed
in the little grave which will be
later marked by a miniature tomb
THREE SHOT OVER $1
SHARON, Pa., Dec. 10.—Pat
Husky shot two men and a boy at
South Sharon in a dispuate over a
dollar. Husy was surrounded by a
mob, who threatened to lynch him.
His arrest prevented further
BULLET FOR DRY HMO.
LYNCHBURG, Va., Dec. [O.—A
shot, was fired through the t Indow
at Rev. J. D. McAllster, prol bitlon
fight leader, as he sat In tl: s anti
saloon league headquarter last
night. The bullet lodged in t c wall
above his head.
heavy burden would cause! many
persons who are still undeflmurt
gage Indebtedness on their "(homes
to lose their property. There
seems to be undue haste in this
matter, a seeming effort to rush
matters and force the Issue before
the new city charter becomes an
Let us refuse to sign any petition
until the charter is In effect. If we
don't hang together In this matter
we will probably Linn separately
on the belt of some over-anxious
paving company which Is so eager
to obtain th's job that its age.its
work overtime on Sundays to force
the issue with us—W. B. Charles,
Wl9lO Boone avenue.
In your case better we haf a afff
The Lady—Why, here is my boy
now. He will be so glad to see
Osgar (Paling)—Biease, who iss
dot mit him?
The I^ady—That is Mr. Sianimer,
the town marshal. .
Kit Carson Boone —There are t£e
culprits, Mr. Officer. Grizzly Bear
Patrol No. 88 has trailed them re
lentlessly ever since they robbed
that freight car, and the damning
evidence against them is the stolen
paraphernalia they wear. Do your
* * Vt
Tanbark Junction—Two tramps
were pailed here for pilfering from
a freight car. They gave the names
of Osgar and Adolf and were
dressed in outlandish garb pretend
ing to be Boy Scouts. Being evi
dently irresponsible they will be
given their liberty by Christma*.
Both admit that since being "Boy
Scouids" they have aged terribly.
was made * in
to the doctors,
by his peculiar
as a tree trim
mer, and was
compelled to he
most of the
IF YOU MUST PATRONIZE EXPRESS TRUST
HERE'S ADVICE ABOUT CHRISTMAS BOXES
If you expect to patronize some express company this Christmas, it
would be well* to bear in mind these suggestions, submitted by an ex
Ship your package early, by December 18 if possible. The express
company will give you a small label to paste on the package, reading:
"Don't open until Christmas.; Tills will Insure the package- reaching
its destination before Christinas.
Use wooden boxes for packing. Glass or fragile articles Bhould be
well protected. It may cost a lew cents more, but the danger of toss or
damage is very much reduced. True, if the shipment is lost or dam
aged, the express company will pay for it (MAYBE), but that will
give your friend no pleasure.
Write the address in full, state, county, cily, street and number, in
the box or package with ink or crayon. Tags are frequently torn off
If you want to prepay charges, write the word "paid" in large plain
letters on the package.
Insist on a receipt and see the amount paid is marked on the receipt
and package, and the value of the package declared thereon.
Write your own address in full somewhere on the package, follow
ing the prefix "From '
Enclose a card in each box or package reading:
From (Your address her°)
To (Consignee's address here)
This in order that should the outer marking be destroyed, the inner
mark will insure prompt forwaiding and delivery.
If not convenient to ship in wooden boxes, use strong wrapping
paper (not newspaper), and tie with strong cord.
If package contains anything of perishable nature, write word "PER
ISHABLE" in plain letters on the package, to insure special attention
and first delivery.
If you will observe these suggestions, you will greatly assist in In
suring the prompt delivery of your gilt in good condition.
And you MIGHT give the express trust the go-by, and patroni/.e
I'ncle Sam's mail as much as possible. In which case about t!.e
same rules apply. __
GID SNOOZED, BUT
IT COST, BY HECK
M'ALESTER, Okla., Dec. 10.—It
Is true that some of the big hotels
in the big cities charge about the
same, especially around convention
time, but Gid Miller of Gainesville,
Tex., thinks he holds the highest
record for high prices for sleep.
Gid was going to Missouri to buy
some apples and wearying of Okla
homa scenery, snoozed off In his
seat. When he awoke he found
the money intended for the Mis
souri apple growers gone. Some
one had taken it from his pocket
while he dozed.
Suggestion for Xmas for Out-of-Town Friends
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BOSTON, Dec. 10.—With a
unique debutante party, to take the
form of an exclusive Ice skating
carnival whereby Misses Clara and
Eleanor Crocker are to be brought
out. as full-fledged society buds,
members of Huston's exclusive cir
cles are to witness the inaugura
tion of a new fad here.
The coming out party of the
Misses Crocker is to take place
today In the new Arena and Is to
be sponsored by Miss Sarah
Crocker, the grand-aunt of the two
Send to —Name
Dec. 10, 1910
SHE'S A PIONEER GIRL
A LICK MISZ
Scoutmistress of Sacajawea Patrol.
ST. PAUL, Dec. 10.—"Get next
to Nature" is the motto of Sacaja
wea patrol, OIRL scouts, the first
organization of its kind in this sec
tion of the country. Instead of the
ax, staff, pennant, knapsack and
signal flag of the boy scout, a mem
ber of Sacajawea patrol takes
along a "bug box," a butterfly net
and a camera. Automobile veils
are the distinctive emblem and the
15 girls tn the patrol say they en
joy woodcraft and "hiking" as
much as the boys.
"We don't care much about the
way Indians or soldiers would ap
proach an enemy, but we feel that
It's good to get out In the open and
study nature," says Scoutmistress
Alice Miss. "Next spring we may
adopt a distinctive uniform and a