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THE 'ARGUS. THURSDAY; FEBRUARY 22, 190G.
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Thursday, Feb. 22, 1906.
What about the anti-spitting ordin
ance? Everybo.ly has seen it violated.
These be perilous days for the slen
der hyphen that purports to unite
King Edward read his regular uies
sase at the opening of parliament,
after which he dropped out of sight
A New York professor says the Fil
ipinos have an innate dislike for
work. If that i.s the case there is a
danger that some day they will own
the Tnited States.
There may be something of deep jh
litical significance back of that rumor
from Springfield that the new primary
election law was about to be declared
unconsritutiunal by the supreme court.
Ask Richard Yates.
Cleveland ministers denounce Tom
Johnson as an autocrat because he
does not enforce all the laws on the
statute books. J-ast summer, it will be
recalled, Johnson was pronounced the
best mayor Cleveland ever had.
If the democrats of the house are in
the humor for caucusing they might
get together and agree to present, as
a substitute for the tonnage bounty,
an amendment to the shij-subsidy bill
admitting on a strictly revenue-tariff
basis all fmiortations of shipbuilding
The IJurlir.gton Hawkeye says Hint
A. M. Bruner. railway Y. M. C. A. sec
retary of Illinois, formerly of this
city, delivered an address at the down
river town Sunday and converted sev
en men. This will cause some sur
prise in Rock Island, not because Mr.
Ilruner's iower and ability as a pulpit
orator has been underestimated but
for the reason the impression here has
teen that William A. Sunday did not
leave sever unrepentant sinners in
Some reigning sovereigns in Europe
would be able to earn a living even if
deprived of their crowns. The late
king of Denmark was a clever artist
and could give drawing lessons. The
German emperor has several strings
of that kind to his bow. and the prince
of Wales would find himself at home
at the carpenter's bench. King Edward
once declared with a laugh that if ho
found his present occupation gone he
would come to this country and be
come a lecturer.
An extraordinary miser was "Father"
Aeby, who died the other day in Berne,
Switzerland. He has been referred to
by newspaper correspondents as "the
most miserable miser in all Europe.'
Since he was 20 years of age, when he
inherited a large fortune, he had lived
on charity and an expenditure of three
cents a day. H died at the age of 70.
and his body was so emaciated that it
resembled a mummy. He left securi
ties valued at $750,000, $100,000 in gold
and silver coin concealed about his
house, and no relatives.
Mini ol'a Broken Heart.
John A. McCall, former president of
the New York Life, died a victim of a
broken heart. He was CO years old
and in strong health and spirit' when
the legislative committee was called
together to investigate the affairs and
methods of the great life insurance
companies. The sensational revela
tions which followed were too much for
the former president. Though drawing
a salary of 5100,000 a year as presi
dent of the New York Life and living
in luxury as a prince, McCall was not
a wealthy man. He had promised,
when the Andrew Hamilton disclos
ures were first made, to pay the
amount named if by a certain date a
satisfactory statement was not made!
by Judge Hamilton, who is now so
journing in Paris. McCall has already
turned back into the treasury of the
New York Life $2.15.000, selling his
country home, wheh is said to cost
nearly $1,000,000. for less than half
that amount. He is also responsible
for the payment of $59,000 to Hamilton
out of the New York Life's profits in
the United Ctates syndicate. Should I
he be held liable for the republican
ramrnlen contribution the total will i
amount to over $500,000.
Hamilton ran away to Paris as soon
as the developments got uncomfort-J
ably warm, and he has refused to re
turn, alleging ill health, but if he be
indicted for felony there is no country
on earth that will shelter him, and
he will have to return and answer to
the charge of looting the funds of the
insurance company. So all parties are
in a very tight comer, and the general
verdict is that It serves them right.
l'ersoiial Taxea anil Others.
While people are talking about taxes
it is well to bear in mind that taxation
of invisible personal property is of the
inquisitorial kind almost universally
condemned by the oIitical economists.
There are many reasons besides tax
dodging why a man often hates to
state the amount of his personal be
longings. Very ofteu, says the St. Iuis Re
public, he does not know and cannot
make a half intelligent estimate how
much his personal property is worth.
He may have receipted bills which tell
how much he paid, for his furniture,
his watch, his diamonds, his carriages,
his wagons, his horses, mules and cat
tle, his tools in industry, his baby's
cradle and his wife's cook stove, but
nobody but the auctioneer can find
out how much they are worth now.
There are gold bricks galore wrap
ped up in many of the paper securities
locked up in the safe deposit boxes,
and many a man when the time comes
to give in the assessment of his per
sonalty would be comforted to know
that certain of his securities are worth
anything at all.
Even if he knows what his person
alty is worth he has the certain know
ledge that if he gives it in fairly he
will be paying out of all proportion to
his fair share of the public burdens,
for his neighbors will with impunity
and clear consciences swear theirs in
at gross undervaluations. This simple
fact ought eternally to condemn the
taxation of personal property as a
makeshift too clumsy to be retained
in any form by a civilized community
a day longer than it is absolutely ne
cessary to provide the requisite1 public
The personal property tax, like the
income tax. is open to the objection
that it is part of human nature to ob
ject to answering impertinent ques
tions alxmt one's private affairs. Often
there are business reasons why the
information should not be disclosed.
A concern in difficulties, which it
might otherwise pull out of. may be
seriously hurt, if not ruined, by the
premature disclosure of decline in the
value of Its personalty or in the
amount of money it receives in a given
The easiest taxes to collect are those
which subject the payer to no annoy
ances in the assessment or payment,
ami in the assessment of which he has
no opportunity to falsification. The
interim! revenue tax on tobacco, dis
tilled and malt liquors is paid without
a murmur since its only inconvenient
incident is the higher price of the ar
ticle purchased. The internal revenue
tax which requires the citizen person
ally to alfix a stamp to every check he
signs or telegram he sends or to ev-
very legal document executed is uni
versally voted a lKre and a nuisance
and legislators who continue that form
of taxation a month longer than is ab
solutely necessary an' likely to take a
vacation at home.
Death and taxes are considered by
the majority of mankind as equally in
evitable, and the one as only less
odious than the other. The true philo
sophy is to make both as easy as pos
sible, and at. the taxation end of the
combination one of the most, effectual
steps to this end is to cut out the per
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WAR OVER A SONG
, Legend That Washington Sarg
T..,- Kfn the nleht be- m" tO ElltWO.th
fore Mardi Gras. Twins Disputed
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"Our nobles, Gilderstane." said the
nriuce to bis prime minister, "are fast
degenerating. While thee is no evil in
them, there is no good. Some wizard,
lias cast npou tbeui the spell of frivoli
ty. Their days are given to out of door
soorts. their nights to dancing and
"I Lave pondered, your highness, on
their condition and have concluded that
they can only be brought to their senses
by some Impressive lesson."
"Have you a plauV"
"I have. I would suggest that your
highness issue an order for a grand
masquerade to be given at the palace.'
"Do you desire our attendance?"
"Only for a brief space."
The prince sat in deep thought.
"Gilderstane," he said at last, "you
have given us uiauyproofs of your wis
doui as well as of yur fidelity. It shall
be as you desire."
A royal command was issued for a
iuasuiierade that was to exceed in
splendor any fete thai had been yre
viously given. Stwiety .at ome dropped
pleasure in the present to take u tinner
hold ou pleasure in thojfulure. All were
busv hunting original costumes. The
principality was seotu ed for the oddest.
the richest costumes, while art ists were
called upon to produce the most fantas
The evening arrived. The palace was
a blaze of lights and, though It was
winter, its interior resembled u garden
of the tropics. The arriving guests
sprung from their carnages with eager
steps and hurried into the palace.
Pleasure had been pent during the In
terval of preparation ami was now
readv to burst forth with new vigor.
Brilliant lights fell on respleudeut cos
tumes. Jewels received the rays, broke
them aud sent them back in dazzling
hues. The music had' in it a quickening
thrill to set the blood coursing, the feet
riving. There were girls with supple
figures, women with queenly out's,
slender youths and lueu of stately mien
all swaying, rocking in the dance. As
the hours Hew by the nnisle.crew mad
der, the dancing more abandoned
From a supper room came popping of
corks, bursts of laughter, shouts of
merriment. The dancers, breaking
from prescribed forms, danced alone.
Ivorv arms waved aloft. Beneath a
fringe of silk and lace shapely feet in
kid fluttered like the wings of n swarm
of white butterflies.
The clock struck 12.
The music stopped.
The dancers, wondering, paused and
Two lackeys threw open a portal, and
the prince, attended by bis suit, en
tered, moving silently and amid silence
to the throne. When he was seated
four masked men came through a side
door bearing a bier covered with a
canopy of satin and velvet and. mak
ing their way through the guests, who
opened before them, set It down in the
center of the ballroom. Tbeu, while
the revelers looked on with repressed
expectation, one of the bearers remov
ed a pall and uncovered n figure mask
ed and In costume.
"What a singular feature!"
"His hlubness has outdone himself
"Who could have consented to play
so grewsome a part the part of the
"Is he dead?"
"Head! He will arise presently and
give us a novel dance, something never
seen before. Come, let us form a ring
and spin nlout him to give him inspira
The speaker seized the band of a
girl look lug on. and. willy nilly. she was
carried along, others joining till a cir
cle was formed extending to the very
limits of the ballroom, all dancing,
shouting, singing round and round.
Presently one of the dancers broke
from the ring and advanced to the bier.
"Come, he said, "arise aud give us
the dance of death." And he tore
away the mask.
A thrill of horror shot through the
crowd. There, rigid, a form of clay, a
face of marble, cheeks hollow, eyes
sunken, chin drop ted upon the breast,
lay the earthly part of one who a few
days before had beeu the merriest man
in the principality.
The assembly stood as if petrified.
If there were sounds, they were gasps
of horror; if there were movement. It
was by some who had fainted. The
prince sat Immovable. From the foot
of the throue the prime minister ad
vanced a few paces, then stopped and
"Fool, this night thy soul shall le
required of thee."
There was a silence during which the
speaker kept his finger pointed to the
corpse aud his eye fixed on the people.
The prince sat silent on his throne,
rigid as a figure of stone. For a time
no one moved or seemed to move, but
presently the throng grew thinner.
When nil were gone the prince de
scended from his throne and, hand In
hand with his prime minister, left the
room. Lastly the bearers took up the
corpse and bore it away, the lights
were turned off, and where there had
been a flare of splendor a single star
looked in through a window.
From that time the prince had the
satisfaction to see his people enter
upon a new era. Temples to the arts
and sciences sprang up; homes for the
poor and the sick were erect ed; li
braries were collected. Where Itefore
only the playhouse and the ballroom
were attended, now emineut think
ers spoke to crowded audiences, while
those whose work it was to cultivate
the soul reaped a rich harvest. A
splendor of pleasure had given way to
CONNECTICUT WOMEN ARGUE
Daughters of American Revolution Di
vided on the Subject Words
of the Song.
Whether or not Washington sang
"The Darby Ram' to the Ellsworth
twins is a question which is exeitinr;
Interest among the Connecticut Daugh
ters of the American Revolution, says a
special dispatch from Derby, Conn., to
the Washington Post.
At the dedication of the Ellsworth
home to the use of the D. A. 11. one of
the songs sung was "The Darby Ram."
It was stated that as Washington one
night enjoyed the hospitality of Oliver
Ellsworth he took the twins upon His
knees and in jovial tones poured forth
the song. This is the D. A. R. version
As I was goInK to Darby
I'poti a market day
I spied the bissest ram. sir.
That was ever fed ou hay.
Oh. hokey. dinkey. Darby rarn;
Oh. hokey. dinkey, da!
Oh. hokey. dinkey. Darby ram;
Oh, liokey. dinkty. du!
lie had fo'ir feet to walk, sir;
lie had four feet to stand,
And every foot he had. sir.
Coveted an acre of land.
The wool upon his back, sir.
It rpached to the sky;
The cables built their nests there.
For I heard the young ones cry.
The wool upon his tall, sir,
1 heard the weaver say
It made three thousand yards of cloth.
For lie wove it in a day.
The butcher who cut his throat, sir.
Was drowned In the blOt'W.
And the little boy who held the bowl
Was carried away in the flood.
Heard nl I. A. It. Merlins.
Since the dedication this song has
been heard at many D. A. R. gather
ings in tne state of Connecticut, belli
sung upon the recent visits to Derby of
Mrs. Donald McLean of New York, the
president general of the D. A. R.. and
the excuse for singing it has been that
it was a favorite of Washington.
Some of the members of the Sarah
Riggs Humphreys chapter of Derby
scout the idea that the Father of His
Country ever poured forth his soul in
such trifling melody, even to entertain
the famous Ellsworth twins. They say
that the prototype of the Darby rain
was a merino sheep brought from
Spain to Derby by a Connecticut man.
Colonel David Humphreys. It Is al
leged that Washington could never
have heard the words of the song used
today, for they were written after the
sheep had teat bed this country, in ISO J.
several years after his death.
Colonel David Humphreys and his
merino sheep were at oue time the talk
of nil New England. The Massachu
setts Foriety For Promoting Agricul
ture voted him a gold medal for his
"patriotic exertions in Introducing Into
New England" this breed of sheep. The
song parodied the feeling following the
landing of the sheep at the Derby
When the vessel reached Derby peo
ple flocked from, all the country around
to see the high prices offered, but Colo
nel Humphreys declined to speculate
and distributed the sheep to responsible
farmers In Connecticut and Massnchu
setts, selliug them at$10i) a head, which
sum did not cover the cost. Hut ns ev
ery one saw a fortune in tne mixture of
the merino and native breeds some of
the farmers were not proof against the
tempting offers, and soon Humphreys'
merino bucks brought from $1.."00 to
$2,000 and ewos brought from $1,000 to
$1,500. A few bucks brought $.'$,000
I.OMt tu Sheep.
Authentic statements, which have
come down show that the people were
merino sheep crazy. Many farmers
suffered heavy losses on account of ac
cidents which overtook their valuable
property. For Instance. John Basset t
of Derby refused an offer of $1,000 for
a full blooded merino ewe lamb. A
few days later a fox tdole the lamb
from the sheepfold and carried the
body nearly to its den before the loss
was discovered, and the trail was tak
en up. Iwo young farmers paid $1,000
for a buck, and iu less than an hour
after the purchase the buck died while
attempting to swallow an apple. In
view of this excitement it is not sur
prising that the Darby ram was cele
brated In verse.
Colonel Humphreys opened a fulling
mill in Seymour after bringing the
merinos to the country and produced
fine broadcloths, and there the cloth for
the American made suit of clothing
which was worn by Jefferson at his
second inauguration was made from
the wool of merino sheep.
While the Connecticut Daughters
may not be able to determine whether '
Washington sang "The Darby Ram"
to the Ellsworth twins, they have
brought to light a good deal of infor
mation about one of Connecticut's dis
tinguished citizens and about one of
Connecticut's almost forgotten Indus
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