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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, JULY 28, 190G.
Some Characteristic In
cidents of the Famous
Police Sergeant James McAdam of
.the East Thirty-fifth street station Id
.New York has been grieving over
the loss of the late Russell Sage, New
York's famous veteran financier. The
sergeant believes himself the possessor
of the only autograph recommendation
ever written by Mr. Sage, says the
New York Times. lie pulled the let
ter, a yellow and faded bit of paper,
out Of his desk and told this little pre
liminary story about it:
Before he Joined the force MeAdam
.was for several years in Mr. Sage's
employ. In 1897, being then a sergeant
at the Elizabeth street station, with a
good record behind him, McAdam ask
ed the police commissioners for promo
tion to a captaincy.
"What recommendations have you?"
the commissioners asked.
"Well, I have a letter from Russell
Sage," answered the sergeant, produc
ing his prize.
"Let us see this marvel," demanded
Theodore Roosevelt and General Fred
erick D. Grant, who were members of
the board- "You're the only niau in
America who ever got such a letter
from Russell Sage."
McAdam was told later that had. his
application been put In a day earlier
he would have obtained his captaincy.
For Mr. Sage, not content with his gen
eral letter of recommendation, which
he had written years before for Mc
Adam, also wrote personally to Gen
eral Grant In his Interest.
"I expected Fred to stand by me
better than that," McAdam reports Mr.
Sage as having said when told of the
action of the commission. Ulysses S.
Grant was a constant visitor at the
old Sage offices at 80 Broadway.
McAdam's letter, written on cheap
letterhead such as one sees In small
Tillage grocery stores, is dated Sept.
14. 1S31. and Is as follows:
To Whom It May Concern:
This Is to certify that I have known
James McAdam. the bearer of this, for
several years past and have always con
sidered him honest, capable and efficient
as an assistant broker. I think he could
and would adapt himself to any business
he would undertake. I therefore cheer
fully recommend him to any one In need
of such a young man.
"I reneniber. said McAdam, "a room
on the fourth floor of the building
which used to be at 80 Broadway, into
which no man ever went when Russell
Sage was there except myself. Jay
Gould. Cyrus W. Field, J. R. Dillon.
Washington E. Connor and Giovanni
Morosini. I never stayed in there long
at a time.
"It was the room In which the six
men named had luncheon served every
day between 1 and 2 o'clock, or where
they served them themselves, rather.
For no waiter was ever allowed In that
room while the picnic was on. A cater
er each day stocked the room with ma
terials for luncheon. Then the six men
came in, closed the doors and for an
hour waited upon themselves like boys
on a hunting expedition. Now and
then Ulysses S. Grant or some other
very good friend of the six would be
asked to Join them.
"How did I get in? At that time I
wjia an assistant broker, and my broth
er and I did considerable work for Mr.
Sage. Five of the financiers appar
ently forgot the market for the time
being when they went Into their ban
quet room. They rarely wanted to
know the ups and downs in prices on
'change between 1 and 2 o'clock. But
the sixth never forgot it. And he was
Russell Sage, of course. It was my
business to bring to him the market
changes In that hour and to run back
to his chief broker with his orders.
"The door being always locked. I
had a signal tap that called Mr. Sage to
open it. He'd always drop his knife
and fork Immediately to study the
noted market changes. Sometimes he'd
casually mention a change to the oth
ers. But when he penciled his orders
at the bottom of the letter to bis chief
broker he'd screen what he wrote with
his band like a gambler hiding his
"That was always a signal for a lit
tle quiet fun for the others. Jay Gould
would wink at Fields, and all the oth
ers would grin. But they'd never laugh
out. And when Mr. Sage had sealed
his orders and picked up his knife and
fork once more the faces of the five
wore no trace of the smiles that had
Just left them. After the six had fin
ished and bad left the room the caterer
and bis men would come in and clear
op the debris. Then the room would
be closed until the next day.
"Those walterless lunches went on
'as long ca I worked down there as an
assistant broker, which was until 1881,
when there came an absolute stagna
tion of business with the death of Gar
field. Then I left the business for the
police force. But the lunches of the six
kept on for some time after that. I
don't know Just how long.
It Is evident from the manner in
which he talks of his former employer
that Sergeant McAdam regarded Mr.
Sage as a high model in the stock
world, a model it behooves all ambi
,tlous and sensible young brokers to
study. And McAdam studied Mr. Sage.
The financier's smile was a rare and
a baffling thing to the young broker.
"He never did anything more than
sinil'," says McAdam.
"U was no effort for me to be quiet,
uncommunicative, mysterious and nev
er to exaggerate," the sergeant contin
ued. "It was natural for me to talk
slowly aud seldom. But Mr. Sage's
smile I could never get on to that.
Not that It was a freakish smile. It
was Just like that of anybody else a
little drier perhaps only I never could
tell when to put It on. Downtown Mr.
Sage rarely smiled except when he lost
and not always then. I remember once
or twice when he smiled because he
won. But you never could tell exactly
what his smile meant nor when it
would come. Others might well have
thought him greatly pleased with the
world and fortune's treatment of him
when In fact be was raging within
"Was his smile good to look at?"
"Yes. If you didn't know what it
Nearly every man who knew Mr.
Russell Sage can tell a story about
some financial transaction of his, but
the stories in which Mr. Sage put down
a cent and took up anything less are
rare, says Collier's Weekly. This story
Is one of disappointment.
One day a young man of Mr. Sage's
acquaintance in fact, the grandson of
an old friend of other days approached
him on the subject of a loan of ten
dollars for two weeks and got it. He
promised faithfully to return the.money
at a stated hour, and the promise was
as faithfully kept. Mr. Sage had very
little to say when he gave up the ten,
and quite as little" when he got it back.
A week or ten days later, the young
man came to see him again, and this
time asked, him for a hundred dollars,
making all sorts of representations of
what he would do with it.
Mr. Sage refused to ante. The young
man was surprised, not to say pained.
"Why," he exclaimed, "you know I'll
pay It all right. Didn't I say I'd have
that ten for you on Monday, and wasn't
I there to the minute with it 2"
Mr. Sage beamed softly on the grand
son of bis old friend.
"My boy," he said, with no trace of
uukindness in his tone, "you disap
pointed me once, and I don't waut you
to do it again."
"I lieg your pardon, I did not," ar
gued the youth. "I said I would pay
you back, and I did."
"Yes. yes. my boy," purred Mr. Sage,
"you paid back the ten. and I never
expected you would. Now, lfj Jet you
have a hundred I should expect you to
pay It bHck, and you wouldn't. One
disappointment at my time of life is
enough, my loy. Good morning."
Russell Sage in his later years gave
many bits of advice and suggestions
to those who asked for his views and
opinions, says the New York World.
One of the scrubwomen in the old
Arcade building approached him when
he had come back to his office after
the liomb throwing and thought she
could move his purse as well as his
sympathy. In tiew of his narrow es
cape. "Oh, Mr. Sage." she began, "these
are hard days for me, and I thought
you might give me a little help, for
you know that I'm a hard working
woman and my husband's down with
a broken leg and my daughter Is sick
and one of the children has got diph
theria, and If any one dies I have no
money for the funeral, and I can't
pay the doctor, and there's little to eat
in the house.
"Too bad. too bad," murmured the
financier, "but I'm afraid that money
would do you no good. How much do
you earn a week here?"
"Six dollars, sir."
"And how long have you been here?"
- "Six dollars a week is $.312 a year.
If you had been an economical woman
you would have saved at least 50 per
cent of your Income, or $1.VJ a year.
In ten years you would have had $1.
500, or. adding interest, almut $1,700.
Now, take my advice and make It a
point during the next ten years of
saving at least fo per cent of your
That Russell Sage had a perspicuous
mind Is shown by the following, which
was told by a New York banker in the
New Orleans States:
"He could see through nearly every
thing. I doubt If he was ever duped
on an Investment.
"They say that two promoters once
called on Mr. Sage to try to interest
him In a certain scheme of theirs. They
talked to the great financier about an
hour. Then they took their leave, hav
ing been told that Mr. Sage's decision
would be mailed to them In a few days.
"I believe we've got him, said the
first promoter hopefully, on the way
'I don't know,' rejoined the other.
'He seems very suspicious.'
"'Suspicious?' said the first. 'What
makes you think he was suspicious?'
" 'Didn't you notice,' : was the reply,
how he counted his fingers after I had
shaken hands with him?'
"Russell Sage," said a New York bar
ber to a reporter of the Boston Herald,
"was gifted with dry humor for which
he didn't get credit. One day he came
In to be shaved. To shave so great a
financier Is au honor, and to mark the
occasion I got out a new and fine cake
of shaving soap. As I prepared my
distinguished natron's beard I couldn't
help calling his attention to the soap,
which smelled and lathered beauti
fully. "This new soap Is very nice, sir. I
said 'cream, cocoa oil and a dash of
"'Alcohol, ehr said Mr. Sage. 'Well,
remember I'm a temperance man, so
don't put any more of It into my mouth
than you can help.' "
SQUID AND SNAIL FEAST.
Tasty Dishes Made From Sea Food
Served by Harvard Profeiior.
To prove that the cheapest of sea
food, abundantly within reach of a
slii pocketbook. i3 not only nourish
ing, but also calculated to appeal to the
palate of an epicure. Dr. I. A. Field of
Harvard made an excursion into cul
inary art the other night at Wood's
Hole, Mass., and figured as chef and
guest at a remarkable supper given by
Dr. F. B. Summer of New York City
college to sixty biologists, representing
nearly all the eastern universities and
Fried and Pickled Squid.
Boiled Snail. Hors d'Oeuvres.
Sand Lance Sardines. Slices of Lemon.
The guests were much in the condi
tion of Alice In Wonderland at her
famous feast. They were introduced
to the dishes as they went along, for
tunately with no embarrassing results.
The dishes fulfilled Professor Field's
three standards of the value of foods.
They were good to the taste, enough
so to insure them popularity. They
were digestible, and they contained
tissue building substance.
When the snail was attacked Pro
fessor Field introduced it as an Amer
ican of fifty years' citizenship. It was
first seen In Canadian domains on the
coast of Halifax In lSoO, but is now
common as far south as Long Island.
But the dish, par excellence, -was
the sand lance. Everybody vowed It
was delicious. Those who had toyed
uncertainly with the courses that pre
ceded were anxious to fill up space
with the tidbit of the evening. But the
professor, little realizing the run there
would be upon this particular delicacy,
had prepared all too little. He was
called upon for the recipe and admit
ted that he had first steamed the
beasties under pressure and then pre
served them In oil. .No sardines offer
ed in the market in the United States
can compare with them In flavor, ac
cording to the experts who devoured
them, and silver sides a la Field are
already expected to have a fashionable
DOLLAR TO SCRATCH A BACK
Mmnrngrr Boy "Who Caught Flies
For Pet Lizard Han a Illval.
A. D. T. No. 010, whose legal name
Is Joseph White, but who Is known In
the Chicago messenger service office as
"Slats," was recently burning with pro
fessional indignation over the fame of
a New York messenger boy who was
called by a wealthy woman to catch
flies at her home for- her pet lizard,
says a Chicago dispatch. No. 519 says
that he has the New York Mercury
skinned because he was called by a
portly guest of the Grand Pacific hotel
and forced to scratch the guest's back
for an hour and a half.
"Say, that New York guy wasn't so
many," declared No. 519 In recounting
his adventure to his companions at the
"I gets the call to the big hotel across
the street and the clerk says. 'Up in
No. 29, kid, and I hikes up to the room
and butts in. A big man was sitting in
a chair by the window copping all the
" 'How are you on scratching backs?'
" 'What's dat?' sez I quick like.
44 'I want you to scratch my back,' he
sez. 'I can't reach around and it's too
warm to rub against the door.'
"He had off his vest, and I went over
and began to rub between his shoul
ders. " 'Over to the other side, he sez.
'Now down a little that's the place,
he kept saying.
" 'Let's see your hand, he says, and
I holds 'em up.
"'Better get the hairbrush. he sez,
and I get the brush and rubbed him up
and down the back for more than an
"After awhile he says, 'That wilkslo,
bub, and hands me a dollar and I skid
dooed." Leather Neckties Now.
In keeping with other auto appoint
ments of wearing apparel leather cra
vats are now in the public eye, sayn
the New York Press. Four-in-hands are
preferred and ire tied by the wearer.
As pliable as silk, these goods come in
white, pearl, tan, brown, black, red and
mixtures. Solid colorings or combina
tion shades retail from $1 upward, ac
cording to length desired. For wom
en's wear the width Is narrower.
He Changed. N
"Greymalr's wife brought him home
a suit of clothes, but I understand he
mustered up the courage to tell her
that he had made up his mind to
"Did he change it?"
"Oh, yea; he changed his mind."
The first smile of an infant, with Its
toothless gums, Is one of the pleasant
est sights In nature. It Is innocence
claiming kinship and asking to be
loved in Its helplessness. Dr. D. Liv
Postal Savings Bank to
Given a Test In Phil
There has recc
itly been received in
the bureau of Inimlar affairs, war de
partment, a e.ipyjof the act adopted by
the Philippine commission on May 24
which provides . for the establishment
of a postal savings bank in the Philip
pines, says a Washington correspondent
of the Philadelphia Public Ledger. By
Its provisions there is created the iostal
savings bank division of the bureau of
posts, under the direction of the depart
ment of commerce and police, which is
to be under the immediate charge of an
officer who will be required to give
bond in such amotint as may be fixed
by the insular auditor and with sureties
approved by him. I
Postal savings bjjmks are to be imme
diately established in the principal
cities. Manila, IIo(lo and Cebu, and in
the other cities. tjwns and villages as
rapidly as iiossible-jf These banks are di
vided into three classes, first, second
and third respectively, and provision is
made whereby any person or society
having a deposit account with the 1 Vis
ta 1 Savings bank is permitted to make
deposits to the credit of w withdraw
als from said account at any postal
savings bank In the Philippines. Banks
of the first class may receive deposits
and permit withdrawals of any amount,
subject to the provisions of the enabling
act. A limitation is placed on the
amounts which may be deposited in or
withdrawn from those of the second
and third classes at any time and cm
the aggregate deposits which may be
made In one calendar month to the
credit of any one account.
Savings banks of the third class may
receive deposits only In the form of
postal savings bank stamps, while
those of the first and second classes
may receive lioth currency and stamps
on deposit. The maximum of deposits,
credits and withdrawals provided for
are doubled in the case of charitable
and benevolent societies. The postal
savings bank stamps referred to are
to be on sale at all postal saving-
banks in denominations of live, ten and
twenty centavos respectively, for thi'
purpose of facilitating deposits of
s-mall savings and extending the privi
leges of the postal savings banks to the
smaller communities. '
Any person purchasing these stamps
will be furnished, without charge, ap
propriate cards, arranged with ten or
twenty spaces, each liearing a distinc
tive manlier and of three different col
ors, arranged for the three denomina
tions of stamps which are to be pasted
on them. These? stamp cards on being
filled with stamps may be deposited
in any postal savings bank in the Phil
ippines as if they were money of the
amount represented by the face value
of the stamps. All such stamps receiv
ed for deposit are to be canceled at the
time the deposit entry is made to the
depositor's credit. ant when uncancel
ed they may be rodeetned at face value
in postage stamps. A11 employees of
the bank and all thoe intrusted with
the handling or custody of these
stamps, whether canceled or not, are
held responsible for them in the same
manner, and to the same extent as if
they were insular money of equal
Any person six years of age or over
residing in the Philippines and not un
der legal disability may open an ac
count to his own credit.
Any charitable or benevolent society
In the Philippines may open and main
tain an account in the iinstal savings
brink with the approval' in writing of
the director of posts, but no person or
society may have more than one ac
count to his or its credit in his or its
own name under the penalty of forfeit
ing under due process of law 23 per
cent of all deposits so held contrary to
law. A deposit book will be furnished
er.ch depositor free, into which all cred
its must be entered for deposits made
and Interest accrued.
Interest at 2' per cent per annum
will be allowed on all deposits until
practical experience shall demonstrate
that a higher rate can;be safc-ly guar
anteed. Money to the credit of "any
depositor In excess of 1.000 pesos shall
not bear Interest except in the case of
charitable and benevolent institutions,
when the maximum will be 2.0(H) pesos.
Should the earnings of any fiscal
year exceed the amount necessary for
the payment of interest and the ex
penses of administration the surplus Is
to be set aside as a postal savings re
serve fund, which will be invested and
permitted to accumulate until It shall
equal 5 per cent of Interest bearing de
posits, and any net earnings in addi
tion to the amount necessaTy to eab
lish and maintain this reserve fund is to
be used for the purpose of Increasing
the rate of interest payable on deposits-.
All the postal savings bank funds and
all proceeds therefrom are to lie kept
In a separate trust fund by the insular
treasurer, and Ifhe Investment of the
same will be In charge of a postal sav
ings bank investment board to be com
posed of the secretary of commerce and
police, the secretary of finance and Jus
tice, the director of posts, the Insular
treasurer and a business man to be ap
pointed by the governor general. .
Deposits In the postal savings bank'
will not tie subject to taxation by the
insular government or any provincial
or municipal government in the Philip-1
Rome's Great Fire.
In A. D, 01 ten of the fourteen. mu
nicipal districts or icome were destroy
ed by a conflagration Instigated, it i3
said, by tho Emperor Nero. The num
ber of lives lost Is known to amount up
into the hundreds, but the value of the
property destroyed cannot be estimat
ed. By the emperor's command thou
sands of Romans rendered homeless
and destitute were employed In re
moving the debris and rebuilding the
burned city. Nero, to divert the odium
of the crime from himself, charged it
upon the Christians, and thus began
one of the greatest persecutions in the
history of the early Christian church.
FATE OF THE JUNE BUGS.
Awful Punishment That Was De
creed by an. Ancient Council.
"Berne has an official collector of
June bugs," writes a correspondent of
the Chicago News from Switzerland.
"This personage Is appointed by the
city council when the triennial pest of
June bugs occurs, aud he is empow
ered to destroy all the Insects that mny
be brought to him. Each owner of a
small estate Is obliged to gather five
pounds of bugs, and those who happen
to be the proprietors of larger pieces
of property must collect proportion
ately more. For each pound that is
missing from this obligatory amount a
fine of 10 cents is imposed, but If more
than the required quota is forthcom
ing a premium of 2 cents a pound is
paid. This remuneration is offered
also to others besides the property
owners. A landholder who eutirely
neglects to gather any bugs at all is
subject to a fine of from $5 to $10.
School children receive permission to
enter large estates, where they shake
the trees 'and poke long sticks about iu
their endeavors to dislodge as many
bugs as possible.
"In times of old, the ancient chroni
clers tell us. It was the custom to at
tempt to rid the country of these un
welcome visitors by citing them into
court and by banishing them from the
country, but the wily iusects failed to
obey the summons and continued to
fly about in the face of the law, laying
egss prouisficuously and contrary to
edict. In a certain village It was de
termined to make a terrible and last
ing example of all the insects found
within its borders. With considerable
expenditure of time and patience quan
tities of bugs were cottected aud placed
In a huge sack. Deliberation was held
as to the fate of these hard backed
prisoners. Ordinary death was consid
ered too light a punishment for such
offenders. A hideous end must be
"A procession of the Inhabitants of
the village, advisers and councilors,
wise men and children, wended its way
slowly toward the place of execution,
the summit of a high peak. This was
laboriously climbed, au executioner
with, the bag of buzzing bugs in the
lead. With due regard for the respon
sibility and justness of their act. the
wise men approached the edge of the
precipice. The bugs were to be igno
miniously dashed to pieces on the
rocks thousands of feet below. The
executioner hung over the crag, the
bag, top downward, was opened and
the bugs shaken out to their death.
But instead of falling like so many
lumps of lead, as they ought to have
done on such an occasion, the bugs, to
the amazement of all, spread their
wings and flew away."
FORESTING SEMI-ARID HILLS
Federal Forest Service Plans Recla
mation of Middle West Tracts.
Reclaiming the barren sand hills of
the middle west with forest cover, to
supply timber when there is a dearth
of it. is one of the more striking of the
important forest planting projects of
the forest service, says the New York
Post. Four of the national forests have
been established in the uonagricultural
region with the express purpose of get
ting a firm grip ou methods whicli will
overcome natural difficulties and sot
up object lessons for the benefit of the
people. These are the Niobrara, the
Dismal river and the North Platte re
serves in Nebraska and the Garden
City reserve in Kansas. The Nebraska
reserves have responded so well to
careful treatment that hundreds of
thousands of seedlings have been
planted out, and millions more are be
ing raised in nurseries for use in other
reserves. Thus for the first planting
on the Garden City reserve, recently
completed, most of the trees were tak
en from the nurseries in the Dismal
The Kansas reserve lies in a region
of scattered, barren sand hills, inter
laced with prairie, on which -grass
thrives well enough to Bupport live
stock. The origin of these hills, in it
self Interesting, reminds one In a way
of that of the sand dunes which en
croached from the sea uiion the fertile
fields of western France and laid them
waste. In both cases the wind has
been the enemy of the soil, for In
France wind drove the sand of the
seashore Inland, and In the middle
western region of our own country
wind drove eastward the sand which
the Arkansas river had carried down
In floods and afterward exposed to
dry. The sand hills were formed long
ago, and the action of the wind is now
largely checked by the spread of the
carpet grass, which binds the sand
wherever there is enough moisture to
Honey locust, osage orange, Russian
mulberry, red cedar and western yel
low pine are the trees used In the new
project, of which 51,000 fame from the
government nursery, near Halsey,
Neb. The planting this season pro
gressed under highly favorable condi
tioaa as rcsajrd.3jvjja.lher andjhe pbys-
TASK FOR OKLAHOMA
leal condition ot ttie son, and at tne ex
piration of six and one-half days thir
teen men had completed the task, at a
total cost, exclusive of the trees, of
$3.8S per acre. A fence was built
about the three-fourths of a section In
which the planting was done, though
part of this area remains to be planted
next season. This was to exclude
stock. To exclude prairie fires a fire
guard was plowed about the planta
tion. TOY ENGINE FOR A PRINCE.
Slodel of en York Central Locomo
tive to Be Sent to Saxony.
One of. the oddest toys that have
ever been sent it of Connecticut is
now leiug made in Bridgeport, says u
special dispatch from Bridgeport to
the New York Tribune. It is a ruiufti
ture replica of one of the great en
gines of the New York Central and is
perfect In every detail. It will ba
shipped to Crown Prince Bonis, hon of
Prince Ferdinand of Saxony.
The toy locomotive Is the gift of C
R. Crane of Chicago, a member of ilia
company. Mr. Crane was recently iu
the Bulgarian capital and was there
entertained by Prince Ferdinand.
Prince Borus, who is a very small boy.
informed Mr. Crane that all he wanted
to be entirely happy was a "really loco
motive, with really steam in it ou a
really track." Mr. Crane promised to
have one made and on his return called
In an expert New York Central model
maker and gave him an order for a
miniature engine, which has since lieen
in the works In Bridgeport.
The engine Is three feet long and has
all the devices of a New York Central
latest model locomotive, with throttle,
whistle, pumps and electric headlight.
Under high pressure of steam it has
been found to be satisfactory. It can
be run over its own miniature rails,
which have beeu specially manufactur
ed for it.
How the masses Are Ground, Polish
ed and Finished.
In the manufacture of spectacle
lenses the bit of glass to be formed
into a Ions is fastened by moans of
pitch to a small block of hard rubiier,
so that It may be held. It is ground
by being pressed against a rapidly re
volving cast iron disk on a vertical
spindle and with curvature equal and
opposite to that desired in the Jens.
This is the "rough tool" and is kept
moistened with emery and water. Sev
eral grades of emery are used iu suc
cession, changing from coarse to line
as the grinding proceeds.
The glass is then transferred to the
"fine tool," made of brass, and com
pared from time to time to a standard
carve in order to insure accuracy. In
this second grinding the abrading ma
terial is rough.
Finally, the lens is polished by beiug
pressed against a piece of cloth pow.
dercd with rouge and fastened to the
rotating tool. The glass Is now loos
ened from its blok. turned over and
the reverse side of the lens ground
When this has been accomplished the
lens is placed ou a leather cushion and
held firmly in position by a rubber
tipped arm while a diamond glass cut
ter passing round an oval guide traces
a similar oval on the glass below. The
superfluous glass is removed by steel
pinchers and the rough edges are
ground smooth on Scotch wheels.
Man and Ills Money.
Almost every woman has her basis
for the valuation of a man. One girl
who recently broke off an engagement
to be married certainly has hers.
"I couldn't stand him." she said, "be
cause he carried his money In a fish
scale purse. That seemed to me the
limit. To my mind there is only one
really manly way for a man to carry
money, and that is to throw It around
loose in his trousers pockets, so that
when he wants a nickel he has to dig
up change by the handful to get It.
For bills, of coarse, I can stand one
of those flat leather pocketbojks. They
have a businesslike aspect and do not
detract from a man's dignity. But to
see a big strapping fellow who has the
appearance of a real live man draw a
little purse from his pocket and fish
around for a dime is too much for me.
New York Sun.
Old nnd New In South Carolina.
Carload shipments of autos are now
common events in all live towns In
South Carolina. The autos may take
the place of driving horses, says the
Sumter Herald, but they cannot sup
plant the good old mule.
The pleasures of a country life
Appeal to us Just now.
We want to roam the grassy meads
And watch the festive cow;
We want to climb the old stone wall
And find a shady nook
Where wo can loaf all afternoon
Beside the babbling brook.
But country life is not all Joy,
As you perhaps have learned.
The milk Is oftf-n water-, and
The steak la often burned;
Mosquitoes buzz around your bed;
The files are very thick;
They love t light on you for fun.
And. gracious, how they stick!
Yes. country life !i badly mixed
With pleasures ai: 1 with pains;
Some days the sky la clear and blue.
And other days it rains.
But, on the whole. It seems moat wis
To ruralize a space
Can anybody recommend
A good five dollar place?
Somervllle Journal. .
Future State Agitated
Over Choosing of
Oklahoma's statehood troubles are
just beginning, says a recent special
dispatch from Guthrie to the Chicr.go
Post. Scarcely had Its people become
accustomed to speaking of themselves
as residents of a state when wrnie ono
started the agitation over a pet name.
It spread like wildfire, and from" every
city and crossroads hamlet letters are
pouring in urging the claims of this
or that remarkable nickname. Some of
the arguments advanced are as strange
as the names, which Is saying much.
The competition has taken the form
of a voting -ontest, 11,491 ballots hav
ing been cast up to July 17, with new
names and new votes coming in hourly.
"Boomer" led with 2,274 votes, "Ban
ner" was a close second with 2.1G9 and
"O. K." was third with 2.120. "Boom
er" and "Banner" will prove much too
prosaic Iu the long run. It Is believed,
and something more typical of the
breezy west will win out. Already ob
jection has .been expressed to "Banner"
as "lacking iu inodesty."
A Guthrie resident answered this
"Oklahoma never has been backward
about letting the world know what it
has. It was necessary to show con
gress that we had the qualifications
before we could get statehood. We are
daily showing capitalists what we pos
sess and should not fear to stand a
the 'Banner State. If we could not
make good It would lie different, but
we can. The name fits Oklahoma as
much as the 'Empire State does New
This same man pointed out further
that the "O. K. State" is as boastful
as tlie Banner, but it has oa additional
advantage In being very catchy. Thi
O. K. should be read as a word aud
not as an abbreviation. P. S. Barnes,
postmaster of Ponca City, is one of the
hardest workers for the O. K. State,
believing that the state and the people
are ). K., and be is waking up his
part of Kay county.
Many of the old soldiers are voting
or the Banner State, while Eagle and
Itough Rider Is dividing the Bough III-
der vote. The ladies of the G. A. K.
all over the two territories are work
ing for the Flag Day State. The "In
dian State" Is popular among the poli
ticians, the "Iudiaiihoma" among tho
Ind'anhoma Farmers' union, the "Cold-
water" among the prohibitionist,
while the "Mistletoe" aud the "Fair
Cod State" are strong among thosa
desiring a pretty nickname.
From Okemah comes the suggestion
or the "Cow Puncher State" author.
Clyde Kerr. Mrs. E. L. Catlina of
Tulso favors "Big Gun," because, n
she explains, "two of our most Impor
tant events have depended on the re
port of a big gun (Cannon) at Wash
ington nnd the report of the big gun
thirteen years ago next Sep tern bcr that
gave the thousands the signal to start
to make the race. And who can deny
we are not a 'big gun' among the other
This is what Benjamin Dewald of
Euid has to say: "I would call our
state 'The Bird State. In houor of Bird
S. McGuire. lie certainly was the ono
man that brought theHilesslug of state
hood to us by securing the passage of
the statehood bill. Let the honor go
where it belongs, regardless of our
personal differences. Then look at our
birds of every kind and variety. Start
It, Mr. Editor, and I will stake my
money on the noblest Bird of all birds.
Bird S. McGuire." A protest has been
made that the selection of such a
name would mean that residents of
the state would be known henceforth
as "Birdies." A Darrow resident who
champions "Kazorback" thus defends
his choice: "Although It is Inelegant
and has no significance other than that
given It by that junketing committee,
Oklahoma Is much more likely to lie
known over the country as the 'Razor
back State' than by any of the cut an 1
dried nicknames yet given It."
Some of the more unusual names sug
gested aud the votes cast for each, are:
O. K 2.130 Composite f
Ragle 1.049 Variety 4
Flag Day &63 Empire of the
Indian 59 West 4
Square Peal 183
Fair God 171
Forty-six Shooter 121
Rough Rider .... 24
Cosmopolitan ... IS
GoJJ n Twin .... 11
Carpetbagger .... 3
Double KaIe .... 2
Big Chief 2
Home Run 1
ked Ant 1
Mountain Rose... 1
Itnw and Arrow.. 1
lilg Gun 1
Cow Puncher .... 1
The struggle still goes on, and no man
can predict the outcome.
All the old sea dogs at League Island
agree that the new battleship Tennes
see Is destined to experience some mis
fortune, says the Philadelphia Record.
When the commission pennant was un
furled, on the Tennessee Instead of
floating out In a long, narrow streamer
It wrapped Itself around the mast and
continued to do go every time It was
unwrapped. The sailors say that thi
happens rarely, but when It does It
forebodes evil. When the battleship
Missouri, on which the disastrous tur
ret explosion occurred, went Into com
mission her pennant did the suraa thing.