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THE ARGUS, FRIDlVYv JUNE 14. 1907.
BILL IHE OF THE BOOMERANG
FAMOUS HUMORIST TO WHOSE GENIUS AND MEMORY
A MONUMENT IS TO BE ERECTED.
Characteristic Glimpses of a Man Who Made Millions Happy
Enough to Laugh Disliked Being Lionized and Carica
tured as a Baldhead Popular Lecturer and
Writer of Humor That Simply Made
You Laugh or Burst.
I- By ROBERTUS LOVE.
G'.ONE, lnit not forgotten, is Rill
Nye, most faiinxis of newsp::
' per humorists. He died eleven
years ago. Now there L; going
to he a liiil Nye monument. The an
nouncement (Mimes 1'rom the American
Press llmivirists. an organization of
"poets, paragraphias ami philosopher'
who .do their poetizing, paragraphing
ami philosophizing in the daily a;il
weekly papers. Tliis association is
raisins a fund to build a monument to
the memory of Pill Nye Hill Nye of
The lioomeraiig was twins. It ras
a mull! and a newspaper, hotli owned
by I'.ill Nyo. P.oth inhabited Laramie-,
Wyn. The Itonmcruug newspaper was
mined after the untie. The monu
ment is' to he erected at Laramie,
wo are told, because it was in that
far western town that 15:11 Nye tirst
discovered that lie was a humorist.
Prior to that discovery lie hail marie
the mistake of imagining that he was
a lawyer. The mistake
was well uigli
fatal, as he couf-.-sscd himself
.Though the definite announcement c?
the Nye monument as a consummation
to he achieved this year is a matter
of news, the project is three years old.
The matter was discussed in a vague
and irrelevant manner during the sec
ond annual convention of the American
Press Uum.irists in St. I.ouis in 11104.
Hut the members were seeing the
World's fair, including the Pike, nnc!
nothing il. 'finite was done. The nevt
year the humorist met in Cleveland,
P.ILL NYi; AS 1IL WAS AND AS
hut they visited .Tohu I. Rockefeller
and in tlieir awe of the living they
forgot the dead.
Last year Philadelphia was the place
of rendezvous, hut the study of ancient
history on the spot precluded tin coii
Blderation of the monument matter.
So the project was passed along to
I.ns . Angeles, where the tifth annus!
convention Is to be held during th6
week beginning Sept. l.. Secre
tary Frank T. Searitrht of the associa
tion, who lives there, proclaims that
the Pill Nye monument fund will lxj
brought to a fin:; I focus and fulfillment
at a monster entertainment to be held
In the Auditorium during the weeli.
The Auditorium, by the way. is quite
an appropriate place for such an en
tertainment, for on Sundays and pray
er meeting nights it is the edifice In
which the Kev. Robert Jones P.urdette.
pastor of the Temple Iapl!st church
of Los Angeles, preaches and prays.
Pastor P.urdette is also P.ol P.ur
dettc. Now you know him. For near
ly thirty years prior to his reforma
tion lie was a famous press humorist
and funny lecturer, lie lives at Pasa
dena, near by. and will be one of the
Nye monument fun 1 entertainer,!,
along with a dozen other press humor
ists who are bold enough to speak their
pieces on the stage. Mr. P.urdette Is
"perpetuul parson and pastor emeri
tus" of the American Press Humorists.
The elective officers are Thomas A.
Italy of Philadelphia, president; Rob
ert D. Towne, editor of Judge, New
York, vice president, and Mr. Searight,
who In addition to being secretary Is
also treasurer and in his latter capac
ity Is willing to receive and account
for Nye monument contributions from
any source and no questions asked.
Edgar Wilson Nye was liorn at Shir
ley, Me.. In lSro. lie told with par
donable pride how at the age of two
years he took his parents to Wisconsin
tnd grew up on a farm. Though Mr.
Nye from time to time furnishid the
world with much autobiographical in
formation, there is quite a wide gap
between the Maine village and the
Wyoming struggles, but ho once re
marked that when lie was fifteen years
old his father died and ho took charge
r.f the "no acre Wisconsin farm. It is
not to be doubted that he grew up
with more than a speaking acquaint
ance with hard work on the farm.
rPl t& Jr-C
This n, ay account for the familiar ease
with which he wrote of mules, turnips
and other farm products.
The world has a wholly erroneous
impression of liiil Nye's personal ap
pearance. This is due chiefly to Walt
McDoiigall. the comic artist who il
lustrated Mr. Nye's weekly output for
several years. It is true that during
the latter erid of his life the humor
ist was liuld on top of his head, hut he
had unite, a fring of hair at the sides
and rear. There is a photograph of
him taken in ls-7'.i, when he was editor
of the Laramie P.ooiuerang. which
shows him with a full set of whiskers,
though a fur cap serves to leave the
matter of his upper baldness at that
period an open question.
Those .MeldiugiU pictures, th igh
they enhanced the humor of Nye's
writings, were not pleasing to Nye him
self. It is related that Nye requested
the managing editor of the American
Press Association, which syndicated
his weekly letters during the last seven
years of his life, to get another artist.
Mcliougall, he said, made him look
ridiculous. A rd i ugly the artist ('.
(J. P.ush was cast for the Nye perform
ance. Put the newspapers taking the
service forthwith emitted such a roar
that it was deemed necessary to retr.rn
to Mr. Meloiigall. Mr. Push's pictures
were good, hut they had too much hair
to suit the public, which had been
dieted on baldness until baldness and
Nye had become brothers.
"Let rne illustrate the stuff myself,
then," rcipiestcd pill Nye.
Now, Mr. Nye was a humorist, but
A CARICATl.'RIST SAW II I M.
not an artist. Nevertheless be was
permitted to execute some crude
sketches, which were funny while they
lasted, but eventually the Mcliougall
pictures replaced all substitutes.
Measurably Handsome Man.
Nye was by no means a hairless liv
ing skeleton, though he was tall, nearly
six feet, and slim. After he became
famous he always shaved clean, per
haps on the theory that it would look
ridiculous to have his hair on the
wrong end of his head. lie wore
clothes, he confessed, to cover his body,
anil it must be admitted that he did
not waste his time in studying the
Parisian fashions. Put lie dressed
pretty much as the average man dress
es and therefore :.a in no sense a
comic Sunday supplement at large.
Nye was. in fact, a measurably hand
son, e man. Walt Mcl Mugali'x idea
seems to have been that he must make
Nye's personal appearance as exag
geratedly funny as were his writings,
which accounts fir the fact that those
who did not know Mr. Nye by sight
continue to think of him as .a cadaver
ous scarecrow with a benevolent grin
on its face.
As a jjiuth Nye put in six sorrowful
mouths trying to read HIackstone,
Coke, Chitty and other favorite au
thors in a Wisconsin law oflice. He
always maintained that he could read
those authors over and over again and
find them just as fresh and novel as
at the first reading. Nevertheless lie
managed to lie admitted to the bar at
Laramie, Wyo., in JSTc, where he set
tled down and made a feint at prac
ticing law. For pastime and Income
he sent a weekly letter of correspond
ence to the Cheyenne Sun, for which
he received f?l per column. In one of
liia numerous autobiographical confes
sions he .states that his income from
this source was nearly $io a year.
This, he said, was so much more than
lie made at tno law that he determined
to sink deeper into journalism. So
he secured a regular job on the Lar
I amie Sentinel at ??IJ a week. For a
short time he worked in Denver as a
reporter on the Tribune.' the paper on
which Euger.e Field somewhat later
made his first reputation as a humorist.
Returning to Laramie. Nye established
the Boomerang, which boomed once
a weiU. lie was also elected, nnpoint-
ed and otherwise erected into the dig
nities of justice of the peace, police
magistrate. United States commission
er, postmaster and Superintendent of
schools. They railed him Judge Nye,
which ii3 doubt helped some.
Put bciug the official pooh Hah of
Laramie was not particularly lucra
tive. Nye worked so hard to make a
living that his health broke down. The
Poomeraiig was not financially suc
cessful. He resigned his multitudinous
oflices. He wrote to the postmaster
general that he would lind the key of
the postolljce under the door mat. Then
Mr. Nye returned to Ihe vicinity of his
former home in St. Croix county. Wis.,
to iccupcrnte. That was about the
Quoted In A!l Quarters.
Put the Uoomerang. though dead,
had made its mark. It was a sheet
of modest appearance, making no par
ticular specialty of news, but bubbling
full of Pill Nye Stray copies floated
into eastern newspaper oflices. A gen
tleman who was connected editorially
with a Rochester newspaper in the
P.oomerang days told me recently that
he picked up a copy of the P.oomerang
on his desk one day just out of curios
ity, because it locked so lonesome and
was so far away from home. The
next thing he did was to put the
Poomeraiig on hi:; regular exchange
list, after sending a large section of
it, scissored out. to the composing
rooi.i. The P.oomerang was quoted
east and west, north and south, and
it was viuent that a now humorist
Pill Nye wrote a book about his!
I i nui era ii it ev perlieci -!ii!u lu. riitt- I
cated in Wisconsin ((Hers from big
eastern papers Ifgan pouring In, but
Nye was shy. Finally the New York
World induced hint to go to the me
tropolis and take a job as a regular
contributor. Incidentally he was in
great demand as a lecturer. His plat
form tours with James Whitcoinb
Kiley are recalled as events in th:;
lyceuin world. Nve declined to live in
New York city, but took a house in the
rural districts of Staieii Island, where
his children could play with the goats,
for he had married .-Mid multiplied.
Nye wrote for the World from lssi
until is'.), when his services were se
cured by the American Press Associa
tion. From that time until his death,
more than seven years later, he fur
nished a weekly letter of about two
columns, whether he was sick or well,
at home or on the road, missing oi.lv
our week. He wrote his mailer, we
are informed, with a lead pencil on
all sorts of paper, frequently on tin
homely stationery of some small ho
tel at which he stopped while chasing
a lyciMun, engagement. Much of his
work during the last three years of his
life was done at his farm home near
Asheville. N. C, where he built a hand
some residence near the George W.
Vanderhilt estate. It was there, on
Washington's birthday, 1S90, that the
Nye's weekly salary fim the: Amer
ican Prcs4ssii)chiti.:pVvWa,s,t,h.e hirgest
ever paid to a syndicate writer uu to j
First, that almost every operation
in our hospitals, performed upon
women, becomes necessary because
of neglect of such symptoms as
Backache, Irregularities, Displace
ments, Pain in the Side, Dragging
Sensations, Dizziness and Sleepless
ness. Second, that Lydia E. Pinkham's
Vegetable Compound, made from
liative roots and herbs, has cured
more cases of female ills than any
other one medicine known. It reg
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preparing women for child-birth and during the period of Change
Third, the great volume of unsolicited and grateful testimonials on
file at the Pinkham Laboratory at Lynn, Mass.. many of which are from
time to time being published by special permission, give absolute evi
dence of the valvie of Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and Mrs.
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For more than 30 years has been curing Female Complaints, tuch as
Dragging Sensations, Weak Back, Falling and Displacements, In
flammation and Ulceration, and Organic Diseases, and it dissolves
and expels Tumors at an early stage. ,
Mrs. Pinkham's Standing Invitation to Women
Women suffering from any form of female weakness are invited to
write Mrs. Pinkham, Lynn, Mass. for advice. She is the Mrs. Pinkham who
has been advising sick women free of charge for more than twenty
years, and before that she assisted her mother-in-law, Lydia E. Pink
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women back to health. Write today,
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but as the poison becomes more firmly rooted in the blood, the mouth and
throat ulcerate, copper-colored spots appear, a rash breaks out on the body,
the hair begins to come out, glands in the neck and groins swell, and often
ulcerating sores form on the limbs, hands or face. But this is not all : if
the poison is allowed to remain it works down and attacks the bones, causing
necrosis or decay, and makes a complete physical wreck of the sufferer. It
will not do to tamper with a disease so powerful as Contagious Blood Toison,
for every day the virus remains in the blood the trouble is progressing
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that period.- It figured up about 12V
cnts a word. Thus the Boomerang
came back to him after many days.
It is said that from his writing and
his plattorm work he earned at one
time about .PJ.mii a year.
Nve disaked being lioul.ed. About
fifteen years ago he wrote a play, "The
Cadi," which was to be produced in
New York. He was iu the city on
business connected with the play.
"Nye came Into the ollice one day,"
snys Dexter Marshall, who at that
time was managing editor for the
American Press Association, "and look
ed around in a bashful, hesitating man
ner. He said that he had to be lu
town for the day and he didn't want
to attract attention. Couldn't we hide
him .somewhere behind a screen, for
Instance? I fixed up a corner in the
oflice and screened it off. Nye sat
Town there, with books and papers,
and spent the day."
Had to Laugh or Burst.
Tlie Nye brand of humor was some
thing new under the sun. Arteinns
Ward, Petroleum V. Nasby and Josh
Billings had won wide recognition, but
each of them relied to some extent
upon distorted spelling to attract at
tention. Nye always spelled correctly
and used good grammar. His exag
geration was linguistic rather than or
thographic. Ho could string hifaluttii
adjective like chain lightning, making
the humblest, commonest object in our
everyday life fake on n glamour so much
out of proportion to its real importance
that the exaggeration was ludicrous.
The reader simply had to laugh or
'What w:i! the funniest thing you
ever wrote'.'" Bill Nye was asked
shortly before he crossed the great
"The funniest thing was borrowed
from my platform man.m.'r." replied
the humorist, who was nodest as well
as shy. "He gave me the idea, and I
put it like this: On being requested
one day to do the carving at dinner I
replied that I was not much of a suc
cess as a carver l.ec-iu.-e 1 couldn't
make the gravy match the wall paper."
Bill Nye' published hal? a doen
Inrnks. But the American Press Hu
morists are aware that these are not a
sutlic'uait monument to his genius.
They know too well that books of
avowed Inuiior which are made up of
fugitive pieces are subject to the stat
ute of limitations. Usually they reseiu
file tin household cookbook or the
campaign life of Garfield in reir gen
eral mechanical makeup. Their fa to
is to. end up on the bargain counter
along the sidewalk, marked down to ;:o
cents. Wherefore. ( lords and mas
ters, let the boys build a more endur-
iug monument to Bill Nye and long
let the prairie zephyrs of Laramie ca
ress the memorial of the man who
made millions of us happy enough to
; Lunching on the Curb.
' Luncheon served iu carriages lined
up along the curbstone 1s the latest fad
Introduced in Phifade'lphia. This In
novation was witnessed when a car-
don t wait until too late.
Blood Poison is usuallv a little sore or
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The coachman pot down from his seat
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DISCOURAGER OF MATRIMONY.
University Professor Says Cost of Liv
ing Is Too High.
Dr. J. Allen Smith, head of the de
partment of political science in Wash
ington university, has advised his
classes against matrimony during the
present era of high prices, says a Seat
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Providence in tlieir favor thereafter to
enable them to make both ends meet.
Until living expenses have decreased
I certainly would not advise any young
man to get married in Seattle."
A Remarkable Discovery.
A remarkable discovery has been
'made at the fishing village of Naza
reth, in the Portuguese province of
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une. The recent earthquake tremor
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this had receded the shore was found
to be strewn with a great quantity of
old arms, valuable coins of all nation
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once the haunt of buccaneers of the
Spanish main. The excavations are be
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further treasure remains to be un
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A meeting convened by the I.eyton
Ratepayers' association, held at I.ey
tonstone, England, has decided to ap
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Lake House estate. Lake House, In
which the poet Hood was born and
lived till early manhood, stands on the
conflufs of Wanstead lints, says the
London News. The house and estate
have recently been acquired for build
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strongly against the project, it being
felt that the house should be preserved
for the sake of its associations, while
the grounds would make charming
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