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THE OMAIIA DAILY BEE: SATURDAY, DECEMHER 12, 1908.
Tiie Omaiia Daily Dee,
FOUNDED BT EDWARD ROBEWATER.
VICTOR ROSBWATER, EDITOR.
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STATEMENT Of CIRCULATION.
State of Nebraska, Douglas County, as.:
George B. Tsschurk, treasurer of The
Bee Publishing company, being duly sworn,
says that the actual number of full and
complete copies of The Dally, Morning.
Evening and Sunday Bee printed during the
noma or November, 1808, was as ioiiows
1 44,000 ,
t ; .49,860
t ......... . 37,400
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Subecrfbed In my presence and sworn to
before ma this 1st day of December, 190S.
(Seal) I .1 ," M. P. WALKER.
trmcif -out of towir.
tabaerltwra leavlag the city ten
Borarlly ahoald fcave The Be
mailed to thesa. Address will ha
ehajtced as aftea aa - reaestd.
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The Hay t ten outlook ; Is still dark.
Now i Year's resolu-
No one 'objects to. Santa Clans do
ing a night-riding stunt.
Anyway, Senator Foraker baa not
been "mentioned" for a cabinet position.
Mrs. Carrie Catt has ; got." her back
up, and catted the president a tree
toad. . ... . .v..- ........
. Venesuela without Castro would be
another cas4 of- t,he omelet with the
egg ellmlnatjwU .!
Jay Gould, jr.; is taking a course In
aeronautics. .Most of,' the Goulds
have had experience In taking fliers.
Conditions In the far east may be
different when China gets strong
enough to open or close its own door.
There are 116 vacancies In the ca
det ship at West Point.; The army
service does not appeal in times of
If Castro really has $60,000,000
and la looking' tor a home he would
be welcomed by congenial ' spirits In
) a. , . .
If Mr. Cannon baa his way there
will be standing pat room only in the
house when the, , tariff revision bill
The letter from western Nebraska
published In The Bee is not only perti
nent, but one that deserves careful
consideration. The writer of the let
ter, who signs himself "A Citizen of
the Unorganized Territory West of Lo
gan County," is a man not only of
prominence and Influence in that sec
tion, but also well known throughout
the state, whose name Is permanently
fixed to the history of the state as the
author of some of its best laws and to
whose utterances heed should be paid.
It is much to be regretted that such
feeling as Is expressed In the letter
should exist In any part of Nebraska,
and yet the ground for resentment felt
by the people who have built up the
empire west of the hundredth merid
ian la natural. Many times in the past
The Bee has called public attention to
the injustice of continuing certain con
ditions that were established In Ne
braska at a time- when practically the
whole state west of North Platte was
In the matter of legislative appor
tionment alone this injustice is most
glaring. Representation In the legis
lature of Nebraska at present is based
on a census taken in 1885. The popu
lation of Nebraska has not only in
creased many fold since that date, but
its center has shifted and there is no
fairness in the continuation of the fe-
sult of that census. The constitution
of the state provides that the legisla
tive apportionment can only be made
after a census has been taken, and
that a census can only be taken by the
state on the half decade year. Four
opportunities to make this apportion
ment have been neglected by the leg
islature, and It Is impossible that a
remedy can be applied by the coming
So the people of western Nebraska
will be compelled for at least two more
sessions of the general assembly to pa
tiently bear the wrong of which they
complain. But they must not think
that this condition voices the attitude
Of the people of the eastern part of
the state. .The general interests of
Nebraska are the same from the Mis
souri river to the Wyoming line and
from South Dakota to Kansas, and
there should be no division of opinion
along geographical lines. The tradi
tional North and South Platte separa
tion has beert the occasion of a tre
mendous amount of political mischief
in Nebraska in the past and it should
be wiped out. A man should be se
lected for office, not because he cornea
from a particular section of the state,
but because he is qualified for the po
sition to which he aspires or Is ap
pointed. The interests of the people of
the ."unorganized territory west of Lo
gan county" in Nebraska are Identical
with those of the people of Omaha or
any, other community along the river.
Taxes are levied against property
through the same means and are ex
pended by officers in whose choosing
all of the people have had a voice. The
government of the state exists for all
The danger of the segregation of
the "panhandle" of Nebraska, or the
secession of its inhabitants is remote.
It is absurd that a senator of Nebraska
should not know of the wonderful
progress that has been made In those
counties that were considered impos
sible twenty-five years ago. The vlg
orous and energetic citizenship of
whom the writer of the letter referred
to is a splendid representative, has
wrought wonders ' in that region and
deserves the utmost credit. The Bee
congratulates these people on their
achievement and believes that at the
proper time justice will be done to
them. It must be remembered, always
that Douglaa county suffers equally
with the "unorganized territory west
of Logan county" because of the pres
ent unfair apportionment for legisla
atlon to the house in the next congress.
That committee may decide upon a
bearing of its own. In any event, the
bill prepared as a result of the pres
ent hearings will be subject to amend
ment when It is reported to the house
and may be changed entirely. The
promise is, however, for legislation
that will scale down 'the duties that
are too high, reduce the protection no
longer needed to prosperous Indus
tries and fulfil the obligations of the
party to the people, as promised In
the Chicago platform.
It may be noticed that, all .of the
opposition to-Mr. Bryan being a can
didate againin 1912 la being shown
Champ Clark is certain to make a
record aa the minority leader in the
house at Washington, Champ is a
The congress that devises a plan
for turning a, deficit Into a surplus la
going to have a first lien on the sup
port of the people.'
"Navy men are "never fluent: speak
ers," aays Admiral Evans. That's
equivalent to declaring that Hobson
is Dot a navy man.
Mr. Roosevelt's assailants In the
Panama canal case will observe that
he did not use up all' his ginger In the
"Kissing will remove freckles." says
a physician. . Possibly, but the fact
holds no encouragement to those of
ua who are not freckled.
"Why do hens 'quit laying when
egga are 5 centa a dozen?" asks a
Brooklyn paper. Probably because
egga are S5 cents a dozen when hens
A London paper refers to the kaiser
as "a dashing young man." Since
bis experience with the Reichstag the
kaiser doubtless feels . more like a
dashed young man.
A Georgia man says he has Invented
a nonintoxlcatlng beverage that tastes
exactly like beer. ; still, you never
think of a Georgia colonel as having
en appetite for beer.
Secretary Straus of the Department
of Commerce' and Labor calls atten
tiou to the fact that our foreign-born
population is not increasing as rap
idly as th patlva .population. The
American stork Is not on a' strike.
THE CONVICTION OF BVEF.
The conviction of Abraham Ruef. a
political boss of San Francisco, on a
charge of bribery, marks the first step
toward success In the ending of the
corrupt ring which has held San Fran
cisco in its grasp for many years. The
fight against Ruef and his associates
has been the most sensational in many
years in the history of attempts at
municipal reform. The defendants
have hid resources which .apparently
extended to every class of citizens In
San Francisco. This influence was
shown in many ways, in Jurors who
admitted that they bad been bribed,
In officials who pleaded the constitu
tional privilege as excuse for falling
to answer questions in the courts, in
personal attacks on the men prosecut
ing the cases and in decisions setting
the accused men at liberty after they
had entered pleas of guilty.
How much truth there may be in
the report that many of the men who
have been most active In the prosecu
tion of Ruef and bis associates have
themeslves been connected with cor
poration cliques for the looting of the
city does not enter Into the case at
present. The conviction of Ruef is
only Incidental to the existence of a
red-hot public sentiment against
grafting and corruption in high places
which has been created in San Fran
cisco and which promises to ulti
mately result In a much-needed, al
though long-delayed, municipal house
made by Auditor Searle that the state
debt, which was piled up under the
former popocratic administration of
Nebraska affairs, will be wiped out by
July 1 next. This will give the demo
crats an opportunity to throw them
While the corn show Is getting Its
share of attention in Omaha the fruit
show at Council Bluffs is not being
neglected. A wonderfully fine array
of fruits is on display across the river
and prizes are being competed for as
eagerly by the orchardiatu as they are
in Omaha by the field farmers.
Nebraska farmers are to have a ser
ies of lectures by experts from the ag
ricultural department and these ex
perts" will find the Nebraska farmers
eafffr to listen and ready to assimi
late any new ideas, for farming In Ne
braska is rapidly rising to the condi
tion of a fine art.
According to Mr. Harrlnian's figures
the reduction in the revenues of the
Union Pacific as a result of the "panic"
was so small as to be entirely negli
gible from the standpoint of a man to
whom an item of some $7,000,000 was
A Boston man has sued the minister
who performed the marriage cere
mony for him for a return of the por
tion of the fee, alleging that "the
service was not worth the price."
Wonder what his wife thinks about
Adlat Stevenson is going to make a
contest of the gubernatorial election
n Illinois. He is probably anxious to
keep his name before the public as a
preliminary to making a fight for the
nomination for vice president In 1912.
- FOB REAL TARIFF" REVISION.
Mr. Taft's public statement that,
after a conference with Mr. Cannon
and other republican leaders in con
gress, he is convinced that the special
session of congress, to be called in
next March, will pass a bill which
shall provide for a thorough revision
of the tariff on the basis of the plat
form of the republican party, will be
cheering news to the whole people.
The statement is an assurance that no
matter what influences may attempt
to interfere with the action of the
next congress, Mr. Taft is going to
do his utmost to fill the pledges made
by the republican party and endorsed
and intensified by him. Mr. Taft's
policy on the question of tariff re
vision was enunciated long before be
was a candidate for the presidency
and he Is. clearly determined to make
good on his promises to the people.
Mr. Taft will have a distinct ad
vantage when the tariff revision pro
gram lr called for consideration in
congress. He Is in position to demand
that the party's pledges be made good,
and failure to respond to that demand
will rest upon the congressmen who
will have to report to their people in
the middle of Mr. Taft's administra
tion. The present mood of the coun
try Is emphatically in favor of a real
revision of the tariff and even the
most ardent standpatters la the senate
and house must appreciate this fact.
Speaker Cannon and some of bis inv
mediate followers In the house under
stand the public sentiment on the
question and are already showing a
disposition to co-operate with the
president in carrying out the pledges
of the party platform. Few congress
men will care to go home and face an
election with the brand of treachery
to party promise burned into their
records. The "reactionaries." so
called, know this and are showing'
that they know it.
The hearings now being held by the
ways and means committee of the
boute will only serve as a recommend-
THE PANAMA CANAL SCANDAL.
William Nelson Cromwell has com
pleted the work of President Roose
velt in cutting short, tleing up and
putting away on the shelf a most un
pleasant and disgraceful rumor to the
effect that ' certain officials of the
American government were parties to
or cognizant of a deal by which sev
eral millions of dollars of the amount
paid to the French company by this
government In securing the transfer
of rights, franchises and holdings in
the Panama canal property from the
French government and French com
panies were distributed among the
members of a syndicate formed for
the purpose of handling the deal. Mr.
Cromwell denies explicitly any such
syndicate ever had an existence, and
be denounces as wholly false all of
the charges made by the newspapers
concerning corruption in connection
with the deal.
It should be remembered that the
entire Panama canal question was In
vestigated by a senate committee, in
1906, under the direction of Senator
Morgan of Alabama, a bitter opponent
of the Panama route, it was devel
oped in that inquiry that the United
States made the offer of $40,000,000
for the property and franchises of the
French company. Of this amount
$25,000,000 was paid to the old Pan
ama Canal company, $12,000,000 to
the new French company and $3,000,
000 held awaiting final disposition,
the method of which was In litigation
in the courts of France. The testi
mony before the hearing also showed
that Mr. Cromwell had received a fee
of something near $1,000,000 and
that J. Pierpont Morgan. & Co., act
ing as fiscal agents of the French gov
ernment and the French Panama com-
pany, received commissions amount
ing to about $35,000. There Is no
record or even tangible hint that any
other person or firm in this country
received any money or emolument
whatever for the transaction.
For the sake of keeping the record
clear, President Roosevelt and Mr
Cromwell have performed a distinct
service in properly branding as false
the loosely drawn charges against the
administration's part in the Panama
canal enterprise. Every document
connected with the enterprise, from
its inception to the present day, Is on
file In Washington, open to the Inspec
tion of any American citizen and. this
record presents a showing of which
all Americana should be proud.
The implement men of South Da
kota have resolved that the news
papers are the best of advertising me
diums. It only remains now for the
implement men to put into practice the
Douglas county pioneers move along
In an unobtrusive way, but their mod
esty will not prevent them, from com
ing under public notice. The early
settlers of this country deserve all they
are likely to get.
Mr. Bryan says he has never cared
much for foot ball. Still, it might
have helped him, as the game teaches
its participants how to run.
It is too late to be an early Christ
mas shopper, but It Is still possible
for you to get Into the near-early
Yea Won't Be Lonesome.
1 Baltimore Sun. '
Says Taft to the south'. "Come on In;
the water'B fine."
Chose an Idle Moment.
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
That counterfeiter who surrendered to
the United States authorities by telephone
no doubt would have been greatly annoyed
If told the line was busy.
The Dig Corn Show.
St. Louis Globe Democrat.
The National Corn exposition at Omaha
will be open until December 19. More than
half the states are represented and the
others will be sorry for themselves when
they discover the extent and Interesting
nature of the big show.
Potent Uuarantee of 1'eare.
New York Tribune.
A little while ago relations between
America and Japan were said to be the
chief menace to the world's peace. Now
they are declared to be Its most potent
guarantee. We are inclined to think that
the latter estimate Is far more accurate
than the former.
Ananias Candidate Balks.
, Indianapolis News.
From It all we conclude that one Is not
compelled to accept an election to the
Ananias club, and that unless there Is an
acceptance, express or Implied, the elec
tion does not become effective. It is well
that It should be within the power of the
citizen to decline so distinguished an
Healthful cream of tartar, de
rived solely from grapes, refined
to absolute purity, is the active
principle of every pound of Royal
Hence it is that Royal Baking Powder
produces food remarkable both in fine
flavor and wholesomeness.
ROYAL BAKING POWDER CO.. NEW VOflK.
Economy Moat Be Practiced.
New York Tribune.
That the "national administration appre
ciates the temper in which the budget mak
ing should be approached la Indicated by the
Instructions to various departments against
salary raising. Congress should exhibit a
similar spirit. The results of the last national
election were much more favorable to the
republican party in general than to the
party in congress. The public is likely to
be unusually critical of Its work In pro
ducing this year's budget, for the need of
economy Is vividly before the minds of the
people by reason of the cutting down of
I expenses that business has had to resort
to, and of the attention that has been at
tracted In the wastefulness of municipal
OTHKIl LAM DS THAN OVIIS.
The liberal ministry .of Great Britain at
the present moment la In a pitiable plight.
Coming Into power with an overwhelming
majority, the party has striven manfully
to redeem Its pledges to the people. Many
measures of practical benefit have passed
the Commons, but comparatively few have
received the sanction of the House of
Lords. Only two measures of general Im
portance received the sanction of the peers
the old age pension bill and the Irish
National university bill. The liquor license
reform measure, on which the ministry
staked much, was recently rejected by the
peers with peculiarly defiant emphasis.
The second education bill, designed to secu
larize national Br.hools throughout the king
dom, failed to secure sufficient support tc
Justify pressing it to passage, and It was
withdrawn. These measures constituted
the mlnsterial legislative program for the
present session, and their defeat leaves only
routine measures for consideration. Prom
a party standpoint, the situation is de
morajlzlng. Failure to redeem pledges
shakes public confidence to an extent that
most observers think an appeal to the coun
try on the rejected measures would result
In defeat. The liberals have gained so
heavily at the general election that It
could forego much of Its advance without
n,ifinrnrinir lt normal strength. Scores
of bye-electlons, supposed to reflect public
sentiment in spots, went against the lib
erals. Each local victory stiffened the
backbone of the peers, so much so that
the dominant tory majority give scant con
sideration to liberal party measures and
boldly challenge the ministry to a test of
public sentiment by a general election.
There Is no indication that the Asqulth
ministry will accept the challenge. Mean
while, falling to produce expected results,
the various factions of the party are drift
ing apart, and accentuating the embarrass
ments of the ministry.
The divine right of the German emperor
promises to become a magnificent lift.
Five proposals are pending in the Reich
stag, each aiming to secure such constitu
tional changes as will result in ministerial
responsibility to Parliament. The vital
feature of the proposed amendments would
divest the emperor of supreme power and
vest It In the ministry created by and re
sponsible to the Reichstag. The present
constitution was made by Bismarck In 1879.
and with the exception of three amend
ments In 1873 and one In 188S It remains to
day precisely as he made it. So far as it
relates to ministers it creates no imperial
cabinet. The only federal or imperial mln
ter is the chancellor. He has subordinates,
but no colleagues. He Is not responsible
criminally, and he is responsible politically
to nobody but the sovereign. As for amend
ments to the constitution, they may be
proposed by the Reichstag, but must be
actually made by the Bundearath. In the
latter body the negative vote of the seven
teen Prussian representatives consUtutes
an absolute veto upon any change In the
constitution, and those seventeen members
are appointed by the emperor, or by the
king of Prussia, and their votes are all
cast for them by the chancellor precisely
s he pleases. In brief, any change In the
constitution or In the Imperial laws relat
ing to the army, the navy or taxation Is
utterly Impossible without the assent of
he emperor. "It is. of course, possible."
says the New York Tribune, "that if the
Reichstag should by a substantial majority
present a request for a constitutional
amendment establishing a responsible mln-Istry-it
has never yet thus made any re
quest for a constitutional amendment of
ov. Vind-the Bundesrath would grant it.
But It Is obvious that such a grant would
in fact a personal grant rrom ma eui
peror, Just as much aa the grant of a con
stitution by the czar, the sultan or the
AMERICA'S MINERAL PRODUCTION.
The annual report of the geological
survey for tho fiscal year ending with
June, 1908, contains some surprising
information concerning the produc
tion of precious matals for that pe
riod. Compared with 1907 'there was
a decrease of $4,000,000 in gold,
$1,000,000 in silver and $4,000,000 In
While there was a falling off in the
production of the money metals, an
Increase was shown in every other line
of mineral production. The increase
in pig Iron was $24,000,000. Tho coal
production was $103,000,000 above
that of 1907 and the oil output was
$18,000,000 greater. The total value
of metallic and non-metallic products
in 1907 was In excess of $2,000,000,
000, which added to the $8,000,000,-
000 produced on the farms furnishes
a healthy showing of $10,000,000,000
added to the nation's wealth during
One Prof. Slmkovitch declares that
Robert Burns did not write "Auld
Lang Syne." That will ba about all
for Prof. Slmkovitch, who evidently
wants the advertising.
The democrats can look with con
siderable Jubilation on the promise
PEJIHONAL, AMU OT II EH WISE.
iRichard C. Kerens of Missouri spent
So9,570 in his campaign for the United States
senate at the November primaries. He got
Even in the excitement of congress and
other untoward events, It' Is worth while
to notice that the government has con
victed a land thief.
President Roosevelt has accepted honor
ary membership in the Chicago Historical
society and a portrait of the president,
painted by A. Benzlnger, has been pre
sented to the society.
In a recent speech Mayor Hlbbard of Bos
ton declared that the city is giving away
annually to public service corporations,
without anything tangible in return, J1.000.
000 worth of privileges.
H. P. Ingalls, said to be the last of the
group of old-time showmen that Included
Barnum, Forepaugh and John Robinson,
the elder, died at his home in Huntsville,
O. He was 82 years old. Infirmities of age
caused his death.
One of the most Interesting characters
at the American Mining congress was Mia
Nellie Vpham of Colorado, who. through
a special dispensation, represented the Dis
trict of Columbia, where she formerly
lived, and where her husband. Dr. M. S.
Upham, still lives.
The only woman who ever ran for office
In Florida, Mrs. 8. F. J. Linn, the aoclallst
candidate for state superintendent ' of
schools, received nearly 4,000 votes, fclie
had 1,5:5 votes more to her credit than the
candidate for governor on that ticket, ac
cording to the Florida Times-Union.
be chosen by the entire body of the peer
age. This would transform the theoretical
constitution of the House of Lords, but
would leave Its actual personal composition
little changed, save by the formal exclusion
of a great many peers who are now entitled
to sit, but beldom exercise that privilege.
The proposed new body would include all
the best of the present members with some
Infusion of new blood. Tho political com
plexion of the body would not be altered.
It would leave the Liberals, aa at present,
hopelessly In the minority, and the so
called "Interests" fortified against radical
reforms. It is apparent the present min
istry will not challenge the country on the
old Issue of "ending or mending" the upper
house, and should the mending come at all
It must come from within.
Carrie Nation's advent into Great Britian
Is peculiarly well timed. The petticoat
warrior of Kansas scents trouble from afar,
and when she cannot conveniently butt
Into trouble started by others, she starts a
bunch of trouble by herself. Evidently
she scented the reaction In England and
saw an opening for fresh notoriety. Unfor
tunately for her reputation as a smasher,
she is hopelessly outclassed In youth,
beauty, vocal power and scrappy talent
by her English sisters. The recent affair
In the House of Commons, where auffra
gottes chained themselves to tho gallery
grill and hooted the members, and lately
at Albert hall, London, where they howled
and groaned at a representative of the
ministry, attacked policemen with whips,
and started a "rough house" surpassing
the best record of Topeka, clearly puts
tho Kansas smasher In tho kindergarten
class. Carrie Is a gentle May breeso com
pared with the suffragist cyclone. She
la learning new tricks for her trade.
On of tho notable legislative triumphs
of the present British ministry was the
solution of the university education prob
lem in Ireland, whereby several existing
colleges ware formed into great groups, ad
ditions authorized and treasury grants
mado for their support. Tho Catholics con
trol one, the Presbyterians the other, leav
ing Trinity of Dublin, now, as heretofore,
representing the interests of tho estab
lished church. Royal letters patent have
Just been issued giving practical effect to
legislation which ends an acute educational
grievance and puts a large score to tho
credit of Irish nationalism.
expecting a batch of bills from some of
those dogs of tradesmen." Philadelphia
Intelligence Office Manager I have a
servant here now, madam, but she a dumb.
Madam Oh, a dumb girl wouldn't answer
at all. Boston Transcript.
Detroit Free Press.
Treading lanes that lead today
Into Toyland, wondrous fair.
Hand In hand we go our way
To the home of Teddy bears;
To the land of Noan s ark.
To the camps of soldiers tin.
Where no day Is ever dark,
And where only young get in.
Young of heart and young of years
Hand In hand together stray.
Vanished are all cares or fears,
This the season of play.
Now we dance adown the lanes,
Filled with laughter and delight,
Naught of worry here remains,
Toyland daya are always bright.
Where the china dollle dwells,
Now a-visltlng we go;
Laughter sweet as chime of bells
Bets our pulses all aglow.
Eyes are bright and open wide.
Lips are always smiling there;
Love, the boy who acts as guide,
Leads us into wonders rare.
Now we wander in and out
Lanes of tinsel and of paint;
Here are brownies strangely stout.
Here are little ladles quaint;
Here are dolls of wondrous size,
Wooed by soldiers gay and bold;
Here's a land of great surprise.
More than ever could be told.
Little laughing boy of mine.
Soon, too soon, you'll older grow.
And these Journeys you'll resign;
Toyland never more will know
You again, or hear your shout
Till the day a baby hand
Steals In yours to lead you out
To the Joys of toy-shop land.
FRAGMENTS OK FUS.
"I wish my dentist wasn't so realistic,"
said Mrs. Jenner Lee Ondego. "He calls
his dental parlor his drawing room."
"What shall be done with out ex-presl-
"This continent has problems enough of
Its own," aald the statesman. "Let Africa
worry about that for a while." Washington
"What is Pegasus?"
"The only horse In the world," an
swered the poet, "that can live without
oats," Louisville Courier-Journal.
Indignant Citizen Your boy Just threw
a stone at me and barely missed me!
ir. urown-tou aay
Indignant Citizen That's
he missed you?
lat'a what I under
stood myself to remark.
Mr. Brown Then It wasn't my boy. St.
The youthful George Washington bad
just declared that he couldn't tell a lie.
"How would it look," he said, "for a
futere president of the United States to be
eligible for membership in an Ananias
Thereupon he trimmed the cherry tree
he had cut down, and proceeded to make a
big stick out of It. Chicago Tribune.
"Any mall this morning" ashed the shah
"Only a notice that the people have sen
tenced you to death," replied his faithful
secretary, "but nothing worth mention
ing." "Qood." exclaimed the shah, his uiMk.
face breaking Into a smile. "I had been
Weather conditions are not often classed
as factors in the peace of the world. Just
now tho weather
practical peace-maker. Winter baa turned
loose in the Balkana with sufficient force
to effectually chill the ardor of warriors
sobbing for gore. Meanwhile, diplomacy Is
energetically at work striving for a satis
factory solution of the problem. Everx
day that passes without a border conflict
makes for peace, but within the past week
there has developed a much more positive
force making for an amicable adjustment.
Rumors from Vienna of a restraining hand
held out by the old emperor upon his
turbulent heir and ambitious foreign min
ister have become more and more definite,
until It Is generally accepted In Europe as
a fact that the Austria-Hungarian polioy
has suddenly become a pacific one. Not
only was the threatened withdrawal of the
Austrian ambassador from Constantinople
forgotten, but still more significant Is tho
announcement from the Vienna Foreign
office that there are no insuperable diffi
culties in the way of a settlement, and
that Austria Is only awaiting the framing
of the formula upon which all powers are
to agree upon a conference. Kmperor
Francis Joseph wisely exerts every avail
able Influence to avert a conflict which
would sudden and shadow the December of
his life. y
The commission appointed by the British
House of Lords, for the purpose of consid
ering changes In that body, proposes radi
cal reconstruction of the elements of its
make-up. Most Important of the changes
recommended Is the abolition of the prin
ciple that all noblemen of certain rank have
an hereditary right to sit In that house
and to make the majority of the house
elective for a single parliamentary terra.
Of the remainder of the house the majority
would consist of life peers selected by the
crown for distinguished services and quail,
firatloni. There would also be represen
tees of the chief colonies and a few
spiritual peers. The elected' peers would
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While we sold a good many of these broken lines
yesterday you will still find a good assortment to select
from, and your size is here.
These suits and overcoats are all made by Browning,
King & Co., so style and fit are guaranteed.
We take stock January 1st and must dose out all
these broken lines so have made these low prices. Our
loss your gain.
Suits and Overcoats that sold from $18 to $25, now
Overcoats that sold from $30 to $45, now
You can afford to buy and hold for next year.
Cor. 15th and Douglas.
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