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THE ARGUS, THURSDAY. DECEMIiER-31. 1908.
Published Daily and Weekly at 1624
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Thursday, December 31, 1908.
Well, here's to nineteen-nme.
Isn't it too bad we've got to start
the new year on Friday?
A New York man predicted that the
world would end this week. It came
pretty near it over in Southern Italy
The soldier who whipped four row
dies is entitled to a medal, a month's
vacation and some good smoking
tobacco while on shore leave.
Owners of restaurants in Seattle
have pledged themselves not to exact
higher prices than usual next summer.
The exposition is making a good start.
There is one thing certain to occur
during the coming year. Teddy Roose
velt is to get out of the White house
and unless something happens, out of
A shocking story is told that Bos
ton baked beans are not so good as
they used to be. Is it possible that
somebody is putting out an imitation
J. Pierpont Morgan's dues in the
'' 35 clubs to which he belongs amount
to more than $7,000 annually. What n
lot of excuses he has for remaining
away from home at night!
Andrew Carnegie was financially
behind the Pittsburg graft exposure
There is a fine idea for Andy. If h'
really wants to die poor, let him 11
nance graft exposures in the large cit
ies of the world.
People are talking of undertaking to
teach women how to get oif a street
car without imperiling their necks.
Which suggests an alteration of an
old proverb: You can take a woman
to a street car, but can you hake her
get off in any other than the woman's
According to Dr. Mary Patrick
president of the girls' college at Con
stantinople, the Turkish women have
thrown off their veils and are lecturing
in different prominent cities like Con
stantinople and Salonica, and are also
forming woman's clubs. Not watch
Starvation and pestilence are fol
lowing the indescribable - horrors of
the earthquake in southern Italy
There is no better way to start the
new year than to yield to tho dictates
of your heart and open your purse for
the aid of the survivors of the greatest
disaster since the flood.
The divorce statistics just published
emphasize again the need of a uniform
national divorce law as tho only mean
by which the evil can be kept in check
As a chain is no stronger than it
weakest lick, neither 13 divorce in the
union more difficult than .in the state
with the most lax laws. There is no
use in passing a restriction law in one
state which can be nullified at Individ
ual pleasure in another.
Reaping Their Reward.
The aftermath of the November elec
tions Js disclosing some of the effec
tive means used by the republican
party managers to carry the day for
It will he . remembered that some
time before the election Prcsiden
Ripley of the Santa Fe railroad made
a statement to the effect that if Mr.
Eryan was elected president his road
would not expend any money for ex
tensions or improvements that wen
not imperative ,and that if Mr. Taft
was elected the Santa Fe would in
crease its mileage and expend large
sums of money for betterment both of
trackage and rolling stock. Other
railroads doubtless gave out the sam
or similar- statements in a more quie
way to their employes.
That these statements by the finan
clal heads of the railroad companies
of the country resulted in tens of
thousands of votes being cast for Taft
that otherwise would have been cas
against him cannot be doubted.
Now for the reward.
Eut a few weeks have elapsed since
the announcement of Mr.. Taft's elec
tion, and a very important and valua
ble concession has been made to the
railroads by the administration and
publicly announced - by Postmaster
General Meyer. Under the law gov
erning the letting of contracts for the
transportation of fast mail by the rail
roads a fine has been imposed an
Invariably collected for any failure on
ineir pare to - pertorm the service
promptly and "on time." These fines
amounted in the aggregate to a large
sum of money, and were costly to
every road that had contracts for fast j
The BOStmaster ereneral announced
the other day that no more fines should
be collected or assessed against rail-
roads for failure to make schedule
time, although the law requhres that
nes should be assessed ;nd collected,
end congress has not repealed or
amended the law. :
Is this action of the administration
taken to reward the railroads for the special sessions in the history of con
effective influence and assistance they gress.
rendered to the republican candidate
for president in the recent campaign
It looks lik it. It admits of that con
duction on us lace, if it is not m-
lcuuea a8 reara, wny was sucn an - mtm experiences another new .year,
important and valuable concession to'In hllt fpw hf)nra mrtS. which came in
the railroads made? i
Will the railroads be as anxious to
make schedule time with their fast!slope it will be forever dead. It has
mail trains with no fine for failure as i ,, in. fli, nf ,t, nrp,i,P(.s,n,5
they would with a fine staring them
n the face
If they do not make schedule time,
as the law and their contracts require
them to do, every time they fail the
public will be inconvenienced and
business men will suffer loss. These
were the reasons why fines were pro-
ided for. They were imposed for the
benefit of the public the taxpayers,
cut of whose pockets come the vast
sums of money the fast mail service
That the railroads exerted all the
V v. i V V . . .
ttiju iuus piucise Luc auuiiui&iraiiuii i
That the railroads are to be bene
fited by the order of the postmaster
eneral releasing them from the fines
provided by law no one will question.
If this and that are put together
what conclusion is it reasonable to
The Roosevelt administration has
;een conspicuous for its arbitrary
processes in evading the letter and
spirit of the law and flouting at the
itiict and reasonable construction Df
he constitution. "What are the law
and the constitution between friends?"
seems to be the policy that governs at
Washington. There was a determina
tion on the part of the republican ad
ministration to elect Taft and the
consoling thought is applied as a salve.
if the responsible paities need a salve,
that the end justifies the means.
A Special Session.
March 15 will be the date upon
which congress will be called in extra-
ordinary session by President Taft to
evise the taiilf, according to unofficial
advices. The COth congress will ex
pire by constitutional limitation on
March 4 and it is the expectation that
President Taft will at once issue his
proclamation convening the new con-
ress in special session.
The leaders believe the new con
gress will sit late into the summer.
While the tariff revision bill to be re
ported to the house may be passed in
that body early in April, its consider
ation in the senate will be marked by
more mature deliberation, that many
weeks will be consumed in debate up
on the measure in the senate. The
Dingley bill was in conference nearly
a month and all signs now point to a
determined struggle between the two
houses over many provisions of the
Whether the house will proceed to
the consideration of o'her legislation
after the tariff has been passed has
r.ot been determined. It is the under
standing that Speaker Cannon and the
leaders may decide to follow the
course adopted in the 55th congress.
The Argus Daily Short Story
Copyrighted, 1908, by
All Balmoral, wuh the exception of
Dan Eotterley and his sister, thought
Colonel Covell's joke a good one. The
Dsllerleys were excepted because the
joke was on Dan and the talk across
tho bar of the Brindle I'up snloon was
hushed on those rare occasions when
Ilctterley favored the place with his
company. At other times men shipped
each other on the back and roared as
Covcll detailed the progress of events.
The joke had sprung from a careless
remark made by' Iob Ilenders when
Julie Bettcrley had rofusei to marry
Howard Wetton on the ground that
she did not want to leave Ben alone
t keep house in bachelor discomfort.
"Some one would do Wotton a per
sonal favor by marrying off Ben," sug
gested Ilenders, and the rest of the
erowdhoutcd with delight at the Idea
of the silent Benjamin marrying.
"But he wouldn't know how to nsk
a girl," suggested Colonel CovelL
"Some one would have to pop the
ouestion for him. By John Uogers,"
he added, "I think I'll do it for him!
I've a maiden aunt back east who's
been ci azy to get married for more
years than I've lived. . Her name's
Adora Dcdrlck, and she must be about
"She's got a little money, and she
may think that he's marrying her for
that, but she'll take him. We'll carry
along the game until we've proposed
for him, and then we'll let Ben get
the answer or else we'll bring the old
lady on and let him fight It out with
"That would be great," declared
Ilenders approvingly. "Let her walk
right up to him and put her arms
around his neck and say 'Darling!' I'll
bet that will scare him Into talking."
"I'll be one to help pay the old lady's
traveling expenses on this here excur
sion," broke in Denver Bill, who dealt
I bank. "What will It cost?"
' ."Say S100." sucsested Covell as be
which passed the Dingley bill. Speaker )
Reed named only the committee on j
wavs nd msans which rpnnrled the
bill, and to or three other committees
necessary to enable the house to prop-J
erly discharge its routine business,
Adjournments were taken eery three
days, thHs-focusing public attention on
the senate. House lea-jars believe it
may tend to shctn the life of what
now promises to be one of the longest
The swiftly shifting scenes of life
have brought to the threshold of hu-
c,to.v,?i,. vmt chnrt while n
win have on totterin-r over tne
It brought its joys and sorrows, lt.s
surprises and disappointments, and it
left its trail of memories.
Meanwhile the book of time will be
opened on an unfingered page. It is
not for man to know what will have
been written there before the close of
The privilege of hoping is not de
nied, while we linger in this transitory
May the best that life affords bo the
portion of all in the year that is to
I v tit t .
That is .The Argus
hope for nine'
tecn - nine
r r- - r t I i-ri A 1 1
To Live More Faithfully by the Gclcien
Rule, Says Edwin Markhm.
The noblest resolution that i::iy cill
zeu could make fur the New Year
would be the resolution to live mere
faithfully by the Colden Ilule. that
sublime principle of conduct for this
wtrid and for all worlds. Failure to
live by thii; law :ui.a"j the chief sor
rows ami collisions among inei;.
! Let each earnest man search Into his
' words and ways, determined to find
the special manner In whh h lie breaks
the golden law. Win special habit that
works injustice cr uuhapplnoss in Ids
shop, his oilier, his heme, his city, says
Edwin MiirT-hnr.i In Success Mascar.in?
i for January. He will find porhau
that in the shop, he Is in the habit of
misplacing tools, and this hinders tho
work of his comrades; that in the of
fice he I.-i In the habit of being late i:i
keeping appointments and thus steaU
time; that In the tiuo
he Is In the habit of belittling worthy
competitors and thus joins the gang o
thieves who steal reputations; that In
the home he Is in the habit of monopo
lizing the conversation and thus fail
to draw out the powers of others; that
in the city he Is in the habit of spit
ting on the sidewalk and thus spoils
the comfort of his townsmen; that in
business he Is in the habit of misrep
resenting his goods and thus robs tin
"or the cover of custom.
These are problems in the Golden
Kulo and here are ample space and
verge for New Year resolutions, space
and verge for building character
character which is the. greatest thing
World's Biggest Log Raft.
What will unquestionably be the
biggest log raft ever set afloat will b
towed from the Columbia river to San
Diego. Cal.. next summer The raft
will be a cigar shaped bundle tf big
Oregon fir slicks and will be l.C0 feet
long by 00 feet wide, with the top ris
ing about ten feet out of the water
It will contain about 7.000.0C0 feet c
WILLIAM MORRIS, JR.
Associated Literary Press.
took off his hat and threw in
a few minutes uioie than the laeded
tsum had been realized, and, calling foi
pens and paper, Cornell .wrote the firs
letter, while the rest of the crowd
Betterley was not disliked in Bai
moral, but hl3 taciturn ways and hi
' refusal to make one of the crowd tha
nightly thronged the Brindle I'up
marked him a man apart from the rout
Hence the crowd was willing to pay
for the pleasure of seeing his amaze
ment when his uudesirable bride elec
Unmindful of all postal regulations.
the postmaster agreed to lot Cove!
have the letters addressed to Dan Bet
terley should any come from the little
New England town where Miss Ador;
Dedrick lived. Presently it came, i
, heavy letter in which Misd Dedrick ex
I pressed a willingness to correspond
with a man so well recommended by
'I guess she's forgotten you, Col,'
suggested Ilenders when this line was
reached, but Covell merely grinned p
preciatively and continued o read.
There was little to laugh at In the
letter. Indeed, more than one In the
crowd wished there was sonic one
j back east who would write letters' like
mat to mm, duc foveas vivm uescrip
tion of Miss Dedrick's overripe charms
and the thought of what Dan wcnW
Bay when she arrived kept the joke
alive during the correspondence that
followed.. Finally when Miss Dedrick
wrote that she was sending her pic
ture and the accompanying photo
graph proved to be that of a comely
girl scarcely out of, her teens Covell
rolled on the floor In his delight.
"Cousin Adora was that old before
I they knew how to take picture,?," he
insisted.. "She must have begged this
of a photographer. I think that it
jtime to spring the joke now. We'll
send her the money to come on with
and ask her to start at once. Dan will
Tiwdd ii-Stanas pMstaUTMasUSs
SlivW ;tta4anjf PIT the moineiTi- Ml
Will hsyonejoj jointhe depfflW
The stovioydL 'Tf
Before my timl" i
I kRowXfullwell - rfxM XTmL CTlW$
Memftiks fmg0fifte kali to wa-
in memriesleepreceSs y
i see , ..
- I I .
thenT cegsaUtKeir jtesr
tlow -we con
When I did
Now we're alon
as sne was
When with chuoby hand.
At your round face.
When ; you would toll
And now' Ct
' V jrsaX5iX3,
While we are ' waitinhere1
To welcome' in witlKlouc
Tl . 1- l:,.2
xiic iicw-uut lijytiii,
That in His 7 mercy He
A shield and guide
To both , of us
AlS An , the days t agone.
see this picture. ar.J wh?n Cousin
Adora eotues 1 reckon he'll be some
Covcll laboriously indited' a J-.'ngthy
letter, in which he declared Dan s in
ability to wait longer for his bride and
begging her to come "west at once.
A few days later a telegram tele
phoned from the railroad town to
?J?P.fyiooun??l Jier starL.and wJien
S 1 f i u r -' " ' - 1 It mm m f Vt f fill
r v? f .vi i-i x l m-j i it
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: the passini
they had learned the rense of - the
message the plotters allowed It lo be
delivered, while at the same time MI33
Adora's last letter and her picture. In
closed in the original letter, wore
placed back in the postornce and de
livered to Dan that evening.
The Brindle Pup kept open until 4
o'clock In the morning that the earli
est news might be learned, but Dan
. 1 1 1
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1 ' -fc Air. I
I M - I - I -
11 rr f 1
pubrbclaimed the hour H J
1 lust asrair 6 ; r
sM'd? points . W
I acclaiir e:
I pave no lcn thatNhe was disturbed. -j
A scent reported that his shack was ,
- "I don't think I'd lose sleep my
self," admitted- Ilenders with regret. '
"I Euppo?e it took him rather sudden
that some one's done his courting for
him, but he's willing to make j-ord for
bis unknown friend with the original
cf that photorrrtph."
"Wait until he sees what he draws,"
temiaded Covell. "He'll jro some shy
rf sleep when Cousin Adora gets after
'Jtlm with all these letters. She'll nev-
ir believe that be didn't write them."
The thought cheered tb? disappoint
ed nc?, and even when Dan went
quietly to his claim on the morrow
and did not even ask the postmaster
about the letter they chuckled as they
thought of the awakening that was In
Ftore for him.
Every man In the camp was on
hand when the stage came over from
Iuxton three days later.
Tar down the trail the driver waved
his hat three times as a signal that
the bride had arrived, and they were
all lined up about the front of the
hotel where they could watch Ben and
his sister without being so near that
he might suspect something.
There was a tense moment when
the veiled figure descended from the
Interior of the stage, but a murmur of
disappointment followed when it was
Keen that a heavy automobile veil was
Dan came forward, and the arrival
turned to him. He led her u; to his
sister, and the three climbed Into the
r.etterley Liukboard .and were off to
Dan's shack before the camp fairly
realized that it was being robbed of
"It's go'iig to be curious when she
takes off that there veil," said Ilen
ders, with a sigh, "but it's darned
mean that we can't declare in on tho
deal. I sort of feel that I've been
"Same here," chimed another voice.
and. though Covell urged that there
Ftill would 1 e plenty of fun. he was
decidedly unpopular for the moment
I In an effort to change the humor of
the crowd he invited them over to the
Urindle Tup, and they wore still hav
ing drinks at his expense when Dan
Betterley strode in and drew Covell
; to one side. .
I "IH-.k here." he said quietly, but
with a ring of determinrticn in hi
voice, "I ora has been asking tor our;- ;
in Covell.' and I suppose that menus I
you. If it does, you are at the bot
' torn of tliis trl.-k. I want to know
what it all means." .
'It was a sort of joke." explained
Covell. who did ret nppcnr b he
greatly enjoying the "joke." "fV.ne
of the boys thought that you ourht
to be married, so's Julie could marry
Howard Wetton. end I remembered
that I had a Cousin Adora back east
who's been wanting to be mart led for
the la.;t fifty years, so I thought I'd
make the whok"!ot of you happy and"
"And you ".:d the writ big." conclud
ed Dan. "From what Dora says I
gather that there were a number cf
letters I never saw. I want them."
From the saloon s-afe Cavcil extract
ed the nnckase cf letter:-, ar.d silently ;
turned them over to Dei terley .
"I suppose you km.w h;:t th-. pun
ishment is for illegal use of the mails V
he asked, raising his voice. "The tirit
hint from any one that roaches my
wife's ears to the effect that sh-j was
the victim of a rotten practical j-Ue
will bring a postal inspector here who
will see that you get what's coming to
"Tour wife:" gasped Covell. "You
don't mean to say that you're going to
marry that mummy!"
Doesn't the fact that you are stilt ,
alive arcrue that?" asked Eettorley. '
"The joke appears to be on you. Covell.
I fell in love with her photograph just
as Dora did with mine, and 1 was well
content to make the match you so
"She looks like that photograph?"
asked Covell gaspingly.
"It doesn't half do her justice." de
clared Betterley fondly. "The Adora
Dedrick that you have been corre
sponding with became Mrs. Henry
Spraguo some ten years ago. This
Adora Is her niece, her brother's liild.
named after her. She was the only
Miss Adora Dedrick, and she received
tho letters, i-he wants to see her
cousin, and if you dare hint anything
when you come up I'll"
(Continued on Page Eleven.)
A praijrr fm tlx? to $ ear
AEmiGRTV God. tfte unfailinj source of light and mercy.
who hast Drought n to the beginning or this war, &
and art sparing us to love thee and to keep thy t3
coaandiricnt$. prepare tis. we tescecft Cbce. Tor the eoraiaa
days. et thy grace enlighten cur darkness and stragthe lg
our weakness, fieip us to forget the sins and sorrows of the u3
past, cherishing only the wisdom and the humility they may
have taught us. Inspire us with new purposes and new l
hopes, deepen within our hearts the lore of truth tsd good- t3
ness. Renew in us the life cf that which alone makes nfe S
worth lining, enable us to discern the solemn meaning of i
these earthly days, and the high and sacred purpose for whicb
they are given. Suffer us not to tt unfaithful to thee. -JG
thou hast richly blessed us hitherto; still lead us by thy hi
hand; still admonish and guide us by thy spirit, asd leave us &
not to ourselves, troa Good Shepherd of the sheep. Eet not
the sorrow and weariness cf life roh us of cur faith in thee.
Whatever light may shine or shadow fail, keep us in the Tel- te
lowship and in the service of 3us Christ .our Cord, ftaeu! t
Humor end Philosophy
By bl'NCAN M. SMITH
don't take the
trouble to flatter
you. you at least
have the conso
lation that they
have no immedi
ate nor prospec
tive use for you.
A go.d guess
Is quite as elfl
ciont and as suf
ficient as accu
as long as it
kfps its identi
It makes a woman juxt aa mad ta
nave her new hat act up and get un
becoming as ii does her husband to
have it cost re:il money.
Avoid entrance to a quarrel. Man?
there be who ::re crowding to it. and it
is much more entertaining to sit on the
fence and set- discomfited contestants
and participators come flyiug bacU
through the l..or.
You never ;in toll by the dimension
cf a woman
sleeve how bi a' thin?
she mayhave up it.
Blessed are ike
fin re in heart,
for they can cen
crally see th fin
ish of their ene
mies. It is almr ! im
possible t en
dure the disap
proval of a com
munity un'--:s a
very high o-e is
The wor. : :i v.-'no i;:iTi-.'s a man to
reform uim may io dr-pendwl upon tw
Ki.e to it th.it he gets hi anyway.
EATCF? - BAH)
It really seems that the world has
to be amused, whether it is fed aud
clothed or not.
Don't blame your rel.itions-in-law it
they don1, like you. They are uot t
sponsible for you.
Her Daughter Anyway.
i:jxv old is Ann? i
I fain woc.id know.
i you an.
It pains me so.
How old. ynu say..
Is Ann? Dear nie,
And she so ca.y
Aud lair to see!
The question is, 'V
How old is Ann?
The dory's his
Who solve it can.
How oH is Ann? '
Can yon conceive?
You bet I can
As old as Kve.
Buying Him Off.
"lie wanted to borrow a Quarter
"Did you fall?"
"Yes; I made it a dollar.
"Why this generosity?"
"He might pay the quarter back, but
by making it a dollar I lose him for
ever, and It is a t-heao lose." . "
1 PONT LIKE TMCl
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