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Strong Plea lor a Clean Town by
Rev. D. M. Gandier
Dear Mr. Editor:
It Is frequently said that prohibition
tends to produce ••blind-pigs." whereas
•high license prevents their existence.
The argument Is that when a man pays
a heavy license tax he will see that no
one else Infringes upon his rights with
out a license, whereas under prohibition
the temptation to sell without a licence
Is great and no one has any financial
Interest In preventing "blind-pigs" from
This theory has commended Mself
to many good temperance people. But
it has one radical weakness, and that
Is that the facts are against It. Ex
perience has shown conclusively that
high license does not keep ••blind-pigs''
out, but on the contrary, seems to
nourish them. The reasons for this
are. many, Three may be mentioned.
First, by licensing the traffic govern
ment recognizes its right to exist. At
the same time the right to sell Is de
nied to all except a prlveleged few.
The result Is, a spirit of resentment Is
stirred up in those who are denied the
: right, and they proceed to sell without
legal permission. On the other hand
rvprnplete prohibition stamps the traffic
fs a crime and treats everybody alike.
For this reason It is more easily en
forced than any license law.
Second, there is hardly a saloon in
the country which does not violate the
license law every day In the week.
No one knows this better than the sa
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of the Valley that they are opening a 3fc
brand new Stock of General Merchandise
and will be pleased to have you all come .
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loon-keepers themselves and their
friends who run the ••blind-pigs."
Hence the saloon-keepers do not dare
to "squeal" about the "blind-pigs" lest
they get "pinched" themselves. How
many liquor men have ever been en
listed In the effort to get rid of Illicit
dives in any community?
Third, the brewers and wholesale li
quor men own or control eighty per
cent of the saloons In this country.
These men sell to the "blind-pigs," as
well as through their own saloons.
They make a good profit on the sales
to the Illicit places and these sales
have hardly any appreciable affect up
on the sales of their licensed saloons.
Hence they have no desire to Interfere
with the "bllnd-plgs."
If anyone doubts the accuracy of
these, statements he has but to exam
ine carefully any license city. Look
at Los Angeles. A short time ago the
chief of police there reported to the
police commissioners the names and
locations ot 144 "blind-pigs." Doubt
less there were enough more not known
to him to make the number of "blind
pigs" greater than the number of sa
loons. 200 licensed saloons, and 200
or more "blind-pigs!" Think of that
and then think of what a howl would
go up if 200 "blind-pigs" were found
in a "dry" city of that size Spring
field, 111., illustrates the same truth.
In that city of 36.000 careful inquiry
showed that there were 148 licensed
saloons and 100 "blind-pigs" which had
taken out Federal tax receipts. Add
to these the ones which took out no
kind of license and It Is probable that
there were more dives than licensed
saloons in the place.
Think again of the fact that during
the eight years from 1893 to 1901,
only 52,000 barrels of beer were con
sumed in prohibition Kansas, while
500.000 barrels were consumed in li
cense Nebraska, although Kansas had
400,000 more people. In other words
under license the consumption of beer
Is 29 times as great as under prohibi
tion. Evidently, -bllnd-plgs" do not
sell nearly asjnuch of the stuff as the
licensed saloons do. This Is why whis
key sellers of every kind are willing to
spend thousands of dollars to prevent
the carrying of prohibitory laws. They
know right well that In spite of "blind
pigs," prohibition does prohibit to a
very great extent. Let no temperance
worker be deceived by the old He,
-prohibition don't prohibit." It does
prohibit to a great extent and with a
little careful work 1 we can and will
make It prohibit still more.
Yours for a clean country.
D. M. Gandier.
Across the river from Brawley in No.
5, 100 acres line, soft, sandy land, nil
in crop, 2 1-2 niijes from railroad. Don't
answer unless you are a cash buyer.
Bert R. Chaplin, Imperial, Cal.
W%& Doctors Arc Puzzled
The remarkable recovery of Ken
neth Mclver, of Vanceboro, Me., is the
subject of much interest to the medl
ical fraternity and a wide circle of
friends. He says of his case; "Owing
to severe inflammation of the Throat
and congestion of the Lungs, three
doctors gave me up to die, when, as a
last resort. I was Induced to try Dr
King's New Discovery and I am hap
py to say. it saved my life.'' Cures
the worst Coughs and Colds, Bron
chitis, Tonsilitls, Weak Lungs, Hoarse
ness and La Grippe. Guaranteed at
Air Druggists, at 50c and $1.00.
Trial bottle free. *
When the gtnte" Fixed tiotel Prices.
Before, during and for a time after
the Revolutionary wnr the courts of
the commonwealth used to fix the
prices of tavern board nnd liquor, so
when the sojourning stronger from
afar struck Richmond lie could pretty
nearly know what "horse feed and
breakfast" cosf. There wns also nn
assize of bread as well ns of drink.
The price of bread wns regulated by
the price of whent. A fourpenny white
lonf, n twopenny white loaf, a four
penny brick lonf and a fourpenny
brown lonf hnd each to weigh so much,
according as they had other Ingredi
ents mixed with flour. In those days
a "Hoston biscuit" costing 1 cent lind
to weigh six ounces nnd two drams
nnd so on. The connection between a
lonf of bread and sixty pounds of
wheat at so much per bushel has
grown beyond the grasp of tko modern
mind. However, in the old time In
Virginia the custom of regulntlng the
price, or, rather, the weight, of a loaf
of bread by the price of the whent of
which It was made was universal. So
far as liquor wns concerned, the courts
used to fix not; only the price of a sin
gle drink, a quart or a gallon of the
stuff, but also "a gorum of punch."—
When Friends Arc IQnemles.
"One of our greatest troubles is to
prevent patients from being killed by
kindness," said n trained nurse in one
of the public hospitals."* "On visiting
days, vrhen relations or friends are ad
mitted, we Lave in many cases to exer
cise extreme vigilance. The amount of
improper, even dangerous, food which
one ablebodied relative can smuggle In
under cover of a satchel or a volumi
nous cloak is almost Incredible.
"Only a few weeks ago I captured
and carried away from the bed of a
convalescent typhoid case a pasteboard
box containing two big green pickles'
and a piece of exceptionally rich cocoa
nut cake. It was the boy's mother
who brought the dainties, and presum
ably she did not wish to shorten her
son's days in the land.
"This sort of thing is of frequent oc
currence in a hospital. It Is strangely
'illustrative of how little the average
man or woman understands the deli
cate mechanism of the stomach | and
stomachic disease."— New York Press.
The Great Eastern.
The Great Eastern was 680 feet long,
83 feet beam, 28 feet draft when load
ed, 23,000 tonnage; paddle engines,
1,000 horsepower nominal; screw en
gines, 1,700 horsepower nominal. She
was commenced to be built at Millwall
in the spring of 1854 and was launch
ed after many difficulties on Jan. 30,
1858. The history of the Great Eastern
was from the first financially an un
fortunate one. She made several voy
ages to the United States at a great
loss to her owners, but in 1865 and 1860
she somewhat redeemed her character
by ( successfully laying the Atlantic ca
ble. Subsequently, owing to her vast
size, she was instrumental in laying
most of the important cables across the
Atlantic, in the Mediterranean, through
the lied sea, etc. In 1888 she was sold
at auction in Liverpool to be broken
up, bringing the sum of $280,720.—L0n
The Human Body's Tireless Organs.
Man has within him a stationary en
gine called his heart, which, with its
veins and arteries, constitutes a per
fect system of hydraulics, compared
with which man's best work is clumsy,
intricate and wasteful. The lungs are
a working bellows, the most perfect
method of sanitary ventilation. The
stomach is a working vat of marvelous
perfection. The brain is a wondrous
condenser, and the skin is a great
working evaporator, with reserve auto
matic appliances, ready for extra work
in moments of need. All these are In
action at all times, day and night, tire
less, unceasing, self winding and re :
pairing, for seventy years or more.
What is a dramatic death? Of course
the most, dramatic death ever recorded
was that of Placut, who dropped dead
while paying a bill. Then there was
the death of Fablus, who was choked
by a hair In some milk; that of Loulh
VI., who met his doom because a pig
ran under his horse and caused him
to stumble; that of Saufelus; who was
poisoned! by the albumen In a soft boil
ed egg, and that of Zeuxis, who died
from laughter at sight of a hag he bad
Iler Feet Too.
"That new saleslady," said the blond
at tho ribbon counter, "has false hair
"Yes," replied the brunette, who con
descended to sell handkerchiefs occa
sionally, "and It seems that's not the
only thing. I beard, her complaining
that sho hadn't had a chance to get off
her feet all day."//!
She Works at Hume.
Hicks— l understand Mrs. Bias has
learned how to /keep her husband at'
home. Wicks— Nonsense! Ulan is out
with "the boys*' nearly every night, j
Hicks— You misunderstand inc. I mean
the work she does at home keeps him. '
She's a dressmaker, you know.— Phlla- j
delphla Ledger. '-> ; •
A Lighthouse Which In Without »
Llßlit'Of ll* Ovrn.
The most extraordinary of all light
bouses is to bo found on Arnlsh rock,
Storuoway bay, a rock which Is sepa*
rated from the island of Lewis by a
channel over DOO feet wide. It is In the
Hebrides, Scotland. On this rock a
conical beacon is erected, and on Its
summit a lantern is fixed, from which,
bight after night, shines a light which
is seen by the fishermen far and wide.
Yet there is no burning lamp in the
lantern, and no attendant ever goes to
it, for the simple reason that there Is
no lump to attend to, no wick to train
and no oil well to replenish.
The way In which this peculiar light
house is Illuminated is this: "On the
island of Lewis, 500 feet or so away,
is a lighthouse, and from a window in
the tower a stream of light is project
ed on a mirror in the lantern on the
summit of Arnishi rock. These rays
nro reflected to an arrangement of
prisms and by their action are con
verged to a focus outside the lantern,
from which they diverge In the neces
The consequence is thnt to nil Intents
and purposes n lighthouse exists which
lias neither lamp nor lighthouse keeper
and yet which gives as serviceable a
light, taking into account the require
ments of the locality, as If an elaborate
and costly lighthouse, with lamp's, serv
ice room, bedroom, living room, store
room, oil room, water tanks and all
other accessories, were erected on the
summit of the rock.
THE ISLAND OF FIRE.
Java's Wonderful Lake of Boiling
Mad nnd Slime.
The greatest natural wonder in Java,
■t not in the entire world, Is the justly
celebrated Gheko Kamdka Gumko, or
Home of the Hot Devils, known to the
world as the Island of Fire. This geo
logical singularity is really a lake of
boiling mud situated at about the cen
ter of the plains of Grobogana and is
called an island because the great em
erald sea of vegetation which surrounds
it gives it that appearance. The island
is about two miles in circumference
and is situated at a distance of almost
exactly fifty miles from Solo. Near the
center of this geological freak immense
columns of soft hot mud may be seen
continually rising and falling like great
timbers thrust through the boiling sub-,
stratum by giant hands and then again
quickly withdrawn. Besides the phe
nomenon of boiling mud columns there
are scores of gigantic bubbles of hot
slime that fill up like huge balloons and
keep up a series of constant explosions,
the Intensity of the detonations vary
ing with the size of the bubble. In
times past, so the Javanese authorities
4ay. there was -a tall, spirelike column
of baked mud on the west side of the
lake which constantly belched a pure
stream ofcold water, but this > 3 long
been obliterated, and everythiL o is now
a seething mass of bubbling mud and
slime, a marvel to the visitors who
come from great distances to see it.
Bnrmn . Custom*.
Two ceremonies in Burma mark when
childhood stops and manhood or wom
anhood begins. The boys Lave their
thighs tattooed and the girls their ears
bored. The boring of a girl's ears is
commenced with a needle, and the
puncture is gradually increased until
the tip of the finger can be introduced.
The enlarging process is the one. car?
ried out in the Polynesian islands,
where a native can carry a good sized
knife hanging in the lobe of his ear.
The ugliest mutilatiou is that of the
Eskimo, who punches a hole in his
cheek and puts a bone stud into it. The
Burmese boy suffers great pain from
the elaborate ornamentation of his legs,
which are decorated in blue and red
Organ Grinder* In England.
By turning the handle of an organ
the Italian in England obtains nearly
eight times as much per week as he
can earn in Italy, more than four times
as much as the English farm laborer
and nearly three times the pay of the
policeman "who moves him on when
requested. Thousands of skilled ar
tisans who have served apprenticeship
as carpenters, painters and joiners get
only half the organ grinder's pay, for
the Italian reckons it a very poor week
Indeed if he makes less than $15, and
he often gets $17.50 to $20 or more.
The Anorler Fish.
The angler fish angles for bis prey.
From the upper part of his bead project
two long tentacles, with fleshy extrem
ities, which wave about In tho water
and attract small fish, that, approach*
ing and attempting to seize the sup
posed bait, are themselves captured, by
the angler. Without this device to at
tract his prey lie would probably starve
to death, as he Is heavy and of com
paratively slow motion.
, X. (an Incorrigible borrower)— Lend
me a flyer, old man. Y. (weakly lend
ing him £4 10s.)--I'm keeping the other
Bhllliug to pay for the postage of the
tetters which I shall have to write you
before I get my money back. X. (cool
ly)— Keep p shillings, then. That will
"live me more time.— London Tit-Bits.