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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Railway Has an Anniversary.
TwelTe Years Ago Yesterday It
Went into Hands of Keceivers
GREAT PROGRESS SINCE
Gross Earnings More Than
Doubled in Ten Years.
Gossips and Matters of Interest
in Railroad Circles.
Twelve years ago yesterday, De
cember 23, 1S93, the Atchison, To
peka & Santa Fe Railway company
went into the hands of receivers, and
for many months succeeding that
date things looked black for a suc
cessful future for the big railroad sys
tem. But when the work of the re
ceivers was concluded in about two
years and a reorganization effected,
the tottering property gained in
ecrength by the minute almost, and
with leaps and bounds, sprang to the
position it occupies today one of the
most substantial railroad properties
In the country.
When the road went into the hands
of the receivers not one of those who
knew of the possibilities of the many
lines comprising the system, h.-.d the
temerity to dream that if the prop
erty was saved, it would within a doz
en years, and this is a short time in
t);e life of a railroad, considerably
more than double its earning capacity
snd become one of the big dividend
paving roads of the west.
Details of the bankruptcy of the
road, the appointment of the receiv
ers, their work and the reorganiza
tion of the property, are matter of
railroad history which are generally
known in this part of the country.
During the financial depression of
1S93, the Santa Fe, with all others
Buffered, and that depression was
worse in the territory lapped by the
railroad than anywhere else. Bot
toms dropped from all sorts of booms
In cities and towns ail along the line.
People actually were becoming prov-ertv-stricken.
There was no business
for" railroads or any other industry
for a time. Those managing the
Santa Fe had just undertaken the
augmentation of the system. It was
found necessary to default in the pay
ment of the interests on the bonds of
the company and this resulted in some
foreign bondholders bringing suit for
the appointment of receivers. This
suit was successful and J. V. Rein
hardt of New York, then president of
the company; John J. Mccook of New
York, and Joseph C. Wilson of To
reka. were named as the receivers.
Theirs was no easy task and some
months after the creation of the re
ceivership Mr. Reinhardt retired from
it and was succeeded by Col. Aldace
F. Walker of New York.
On mere than one occasion the re
ceivers thought that they would have
to wind up the affairs of the corpor
ation but money men eventually came
to the rescue and two years after the
receivers were appointed a reorgani
zation of the property was effected
and they were discharged.
"During the first few months of the
receivership hardly any of the force
in the general offices received any
pay and there are many working in
the offices now who remember these
hard times. It is not generally known
but it is a fact that the late Edward
Wilder, secretary and treasurer of the
company, did as much as any one man j
to keep the property afloat, and on j
several occasions when a crash i
seemed imminent he borrowed some
hundreds of thousands of dollars on
his own name to tide things over.
Rut after the reorganization a
change for the better was not long in
coming and tt has continued ever
since. Nothing shows better the most
remarkable progress made by the road
in the ten years since the reorgani
zation than a glance at the gross
earnings of the company. For the
first six months after the reorganiza
tion ending June 30. 1896. the gross
earnings were 1 3.;00.234. For the
succeeding year up to June 30. 1897,
they were $30,621,230. and for the
last fiscal year ending June 30. 1905,
they totaled in round figures $69,000,
000. When James K. Hurley, general
manager of the company, had his at
tention called yesterday to the fact
that it was the anniversary, as it
were, of the road's going into the
hands of receivers, and had looked
up the figures given above, he was
greatly surprised at the actual
growth in the gross earnings of the
road.
"It is a most remarkable showing."
said Mr. Hurley. "I knew that the
progress had been wonderful but not
to such an extent. It was my im
pression that the gross earnings for
the first year after the reorganiza
tion were around the forty-million
mark. Think of it. the road within
the last eight years has considerably
more than doubled its earning ca
pacity. It is a record that has few
equals. For the month of October of
this year the gross earnings on that
part of the system under my charge
were $4,093,594. and for trie entire
sustem $6,793,290. or a good deal
more than one-fifth of the entire
gross earnings the finii year after re
organization. Of course these gross
earning figures show the progress of
the company, but they hardly tell the
real story of what has been done. It
mould be pretty hard to give an idea
3f it off-hand. Rut since the time of
-eorgiinization every mile of steel on
the entire system has been relaid with
heavier steel, and some portions of it
have been relaid two and three times.
Improvements of all sorts have been
made to the roadbed until It is in the
best possible shape. Stations have
been rebuilt and replaced by new
ones. Mammoth elevators and ice
reirigei atmg plants have been erect-
ed.
in fact improvements of all kinds
have been made on all parts of the
property and at a great expense. Mil
lions have been spent for equipment.
An idea of the amount of money that
has been spent for improvements may
be gained when it is known that on
the Santa Fe system proper, that part
of the system under my jurisdiction,
$6,000,000 was expended for improve
ments this last year.
"It is certainly a wonderful rec
ord for progress that the company
has made during the few short years
that has elapsed since it went into
the hands of receivers."
SCHOOL FOR APPRENTICES.
One Has Been Established lv South
ern Pacific at Sparks, Nevada.
A technical school has been estab
ttsh.ed.by the Southern Pacific Rail-
liaiLllUiiy NLi
way company at Sparks, Nev., for the
benefit, of the apprentices in the shops.
A small building for an instruction
room in mechanical drawing has been
erected, and two nights a week are
devoted to practice of drafting, un
der the direction of Prof. J. G.
Scrugham of Nevada State university.
Later it is probable that instruction
will be given in electricity by some
official of the Harriman lines. The
matter is under consideration of ex
tending the instruction to the Ogden
and Pocatello shoj?s.
HIS CONFESSION A FAKE.
Lohrenz Had Oflieers Thinking They
Were on Trail of Wreckers.
Newton, Kan., Dec. 23. In connec
tion with the wreck at Lang on Tues
day morning and the wreck in the
same vicinity eight months ago an in
teresting story with some rather sen
sational features has come to light.
A few weeks ago, a young man,
Charles Lohrenz, by name, surrender
ed himself to the sheriff of Harvey
county, saying he had broken his pa
role to the Ohio state reformatory at
Mansfield, Ohio, and was tired of elud
ing the officers. He was held here
while the Story was investigated. It
developed that he had told the truth;
that he had broken his parole and was
also wanted at St. Louis for robbing a
room mate, iiut the Ohio authorities
did not seem to want him and after
holding him a week, the sheriff re
leased him. The voung man went
from Newton to Peabody and reached
mere cold and hungry. He was ar
rested in the yards there cn a tin fur
nished by another tramp with whom
ne naa Deen traveling. This tramrj
told the officers that Lohrenz knew
something about the train wrecking at
Jang last May and the officers put him
through a severe sweating. Then it
was that he gave what he claimed was
the whole story. He put it down in
writing and swore to it. According to
tnis story, he, with five other in
mates of the Ohio reformatory, were
approached by a stranger immediately
alter tneir release from that institu
tion. This stranger told them he had
a job for which he would pay each of
tnem auu and expenses. He induced
them to go west with him, paying all
their expense and showing them a
good time in the theaters at Chicago
and Kansas City en route. At Kansas
City they learned that the job they
were to tackle was the wrecking of
train 17 on the Santa Fe, the leader
claiming to have knowledge that a
large shipment of money was to be
made as the motive for wrecking the
train.
Lohrenz's story of the details of the
wreck was accurate in every detail and
he told the Santa Fe special officers
where they could find the tools that
had been used. These tools the officers
afterwards found at the place he in
dicated. After the wreck the gang
separated, with an understanding that
they were to meet at a certain time in
a Nevada city and if for any reason
this meeting failed, at another desig
nated point at a stated time. Lohrenz's
story seemed perfectly straight and
was conveyed to the general manager
of the Santa Fe. The Santa Fe de
tectives got another statement from
Lohrenz and it tallied fully with his
first statement. The efforts of the
Santa Fe police were then directed to
finding the other members of the gang
if possible and especially the leader.
The latter was supposed to be in Ne
vada and an officer was sent there for
him, but without success. Another
officer was sent back to Ohio, where
it was learned that Lohrenz could not
have been mixed up in the deal, as he
was in Ohio at the time the wreck took
place. The officers gave Lohrenz a
sweating the Monday evening before
the last wreck occurred and they are
now inclined to put little credence in
his story. He will probably be re
leased. CHANCE TO INVEST IN BONDS.
There Will Be Plenty of Railroad Se
curities on Market.
During the coming year there is
likely to be a large amount of rail
road bonds coming upon the market,
says the Railway World. Well se
cured railroad bonds are regarded as
desirable investments and old issues
are so firmly held that they command
large premiums. But George Gould's
new Western Pacific is likely to sup
ply $73,000,000 of bonds, and the St.
Paul extension to the Pacific coast will
supply more, for it is hardly likely
that the road will be built entirely
out of the proceeds of sales of stock.
Besides, Mr. Harriman contemplates
the construction of a new line across
the state of Oregon, which will open
up new territory and be a feeder for
his other roads, and more bonds are
likely to come from this source. The
Northern Pacific is doing something in
the way of extension in the northwest
also. While there are no new lines of
importance being built in the east, un
less it be the Gould project, extensive
improvements are under way by the
Baltimore & Ohio, the Pennsylvania,
the Erie and the New York Central,
which will call for many millions of
capital to be raised either by issues of
stock or bonds. The wealth of the
country will therefore find an abund
ance of new securities into which it
may be put to advantage during the
year 1906.
SLOWEST TRAIN IN WORLD.
Runs in Spain and Takes Nearly Two
Hours to Go 13 Miles.
M. Georges Irade, writing in the
French journal, Les Sports, claims
that after a long and conscientious
search he has run to earth the slowest
ordinary passenger train in the world.
This record holder performs in Spain,
a country in which 12 miles an hour
is by no means an uncommon rate of
speed on the railway between Soto-de-Rey
and Ciano-Santa-Ana. This
line is 134 miles long and it has one
station en route, viz., Sama, which is
12 miles from Soto-de-Rey and 1
miles from Ciano-Santa-Ana. Leaving
the last named place at 6:25 a. m. the
train reaches Sama at 6:55 and Soto-de-Rey
at S:20. Thus the average rate
of speed of the train is under seven
miles an hour, while from Ciano-Santa-Ana
to Sama the speed is only
3 miles an hour. Commenting: upon
this the Railway Engineer (London)
says: "At all events, serious railway
accidents ousht not to be feared by
the travelers on this line; even if the
train ran off the line the consequences
would not be startlingly disastrous,
and there is always the great advant
age of such a train in that if one
misses it at Ciano, one. if a good walk
er, can catch it up at Sama."
FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Western Roads Ask for Conference
With Commerce Commission.
Chicago. Dec. 23. Railroad interests
of the entire country, as has been an
nounced, have decided to hold out the
olive branch to the government, and
join hands with the interstate commerce
commission to secure a rigid enforce
ment of the anti-rebate law and all
other laws affecting railroad corpora
tions as well. To this end two move
ments have been begun, one embracing
all the railroads east of Chicago and
St. Louis, and the other taking in all
the roads west of those points to the
Pacific coast.
J. C. Stubbs, traffic director of the
Harriman lines, in charge of the west-
ern movement, has wired the interstate
commerce commission, asking for an
early conference between that body and
a committee representing every western
railroad, the purpose of the conference
being to discuss plans for a joint effort
to prevent further violations of the
laws affecting transportation.
It is expected that a date will be set,
which will be before the close of the year.
The railroads insist that they are in
earnest, and that if the commission is
sympathy with the move it means the
death knell of the freight rebate, of
the secret rate, of "midnight tariffs," of
preferential rates, of arrangements with
industrial railroads, payment of un
lawful commissions, and, in short, the
end of everything which comes within
the purview of the interstate commerce
act or the Elkins amendment.
FIREMEN'S BALL AT EMPORIA.
Members of Cottonwood Lodge No. 116
Hold Successful Affair.
Emporia, Dec. 23. Members of the
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen,
Cottonwood lodge No. 116. and their
many friends and guests enjoyed the
twelfth annual ball of the organization
which was held Thursday evening in
the new- rooms of the society. Decora
tions were in red and white and- each
of the dancers were presented with a
carnation of those colors.
There were visitors from Newton,
Strong City, Florence and ether towns,
in all about thirty couples being pres
ent from out of town. Two hundred
programs had been printed and there
was not enough to go around. If any
of the dancers stayed until the program
was completed, they must have stayed
until the one-two-three hours in the
morning. Those who were responsible
for the success of the affair were:
Entertainment committee D. H. Rob
erts, F. W. Gillham. D. R. Hamilton,
Thos. Cloud, E. E. Utt, Thos. Keeley,
W. N. Breen, C. D. Hayman, W. D.
Johnson.
Arrangement committee C. F. Hart
man. J. A. Kowalski, George Vaughn,
Thos. Kelley, W; N. Breen. D. H. Rob
erts. Reception committee C. E. Jackson,
G. R. Mcintosh, L. A. Simons, W. T.
Roberts. C. N. Roush, J. A. Kowalski,
Fred Ruggley, C. L. Oneal, M. E.
Michaelson, N. W. Smith.
Floor committee O. L Williams,
R. T.; C. T. Brandt. B. of L. E. ; J.
Cheshire, O. R. C; Geo. Heuser, D.
Hamilton, C. F. Hartman.
Doorkeepers J. A. Kowalski, E.
Utt, T. J. Kelley, D. H, Roberts.
J. H. Cheshire, prompter.
SEW Oil BURNING
DEVICE.
One Will Be Given a Test on a
Fc Engine.
Santa
Albuquerque, N. M., Dec. 23. A new
oil burning device, known as the Lassoe
Lovekin, which has been used with
great success on oil burning steamships,
is to be given a trial in the Atchison,
Topeka & Santa Fe railway service.
Engine No. Ib28, one of the new big
freight engines of the Santa Fe. has
been equipped with one of the new
burners, and will pull a train from this
city to Needles, Cal., to demonstrate the
possibilities of the new burner, both for
the information of the railroad company
and the Scully Steel & Iron company,
of Chicago, the agents of the firm,
which owns the patents. The differences
in the burner are merely technical, but
the leading virtue of the new device is
that it does away with the fire brick
lining in the firebox and in this partic
ular makes a great saving in expense
and trouble, as one of the chief difficul
ties connected w ith the use of oil as
fuel in locomotives, with the Santa Fe
has been to find brick that would stand
the immense heat of the firebox without
melting down. Another feature is the
saving of oil, which is claimed for the
new burner. The company asserts that
the burner will do an equal amount of
work with half the fuel used in one of
the old style burners.
'Charles F. Lape, who was for several
years superintendent of motive power
of the Santa Fe at San Bernardino, and
w-ho first introduced the oil as fuel into
the road service of the Santa Fe, is in
the city and w ill go out with the train.
F. S. Dupuy of New York, an expert
on oil burners, will also accompany the
train over the road.
No. 162S is a brand new decapod, and
no test of speed will be made, as the
engine is not worn down to any extent.
The burner will be thoroughly tested,
howeve.'.
"In case the burner comes up to ex
pectations," said an official of the Santa
Fe, who is in the city, "they will in all
probability be adopted over the system.
The saving of fire brick for the fire
boxes of engines is a big item, and the
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saving of fuel will be a big considera
tion. The burner has been very suc
cessfully used on ocean liners, but rail
road service is about the most severe
test to which it could be put.
"This will be the first test ever made
of the new burner on a locomotive, and
the outcome will be eagerly watched.
Then, too, it means much for the sale
of the burner, for rb-the Santa e
adopt it, it will find favor among other
roads using oil for fuel.
HOLIDAY
TRAVEL HEAVY.
More
Persons on the Go Thi
Year
Than Ever Before.
During the last two days all of the
passenger trains on the various rail
roads running through Topeka have
been crowded to the doors with per
sons who have been taking advantage
of the unusually low holiday rates to
return home or visit friends for Christ
mas. A couple of the roads have been
hard pushed to provide a sufficient
number of cars to meet the demands
of the people. Not a passenger train
has gone through here in the last two
days on which there has not been two
or more extra cars and on some trains
the rush has been so great that it has
been necessary to split the train up in
sections.
According to J. M. Connell, general
passenger agent of the Atchison, To
peka & Santa Fe. the holiday travel
has been heavier this year in this sec
tion of the country than ever before.
"Holiday travel this year." said Mr.
Connell, "is really unprecedented. It
is heavier than it was last year by a
good deal and last year was consid
ered a record one. It is only in the
last few years that the railroads have
been making special rates for the holi
days and the people have not been
slow to take advantage of them. This
big travel reflects a prosperous condi
tion throughout the country. There is
no better guide to prosperity than pas
senger traffic. When people rye
plenty of money to spare they travel,
and a large passenger traffic on the
railroads means that the people gen
erally are prosperous."
WILLIE PLAYED CONDUCTOR,
His
Aunt, the Engineer,
pressive Orders.
Gets Ex-
A small boy who lives near an im
portant railroad station has been ac
customed to visit it and has made
friends with many of the officials and
the trainmen. He is indeed a pre
cocious lad. He persuaded his aunt
to play train with him the other day,
and soon had a lot of chairs ranged
in line.
"You be the engineer," he said, "and
I'll be the conductor. Lend me your
watch and get into the cab." The
aunt climbed on the forward chair and
the boy strutted up and down along
his play train with watch in hand.
All of a sudden he shouted: "Pull
out, you red headed, pie faced jay."
"Why, Willie," exclaimed the aunt
in amazement.
"That's right, chew- the rag." he re
torted. "Pull out you, we are five
minutes late already."
That boy is not allowed to fraternize
with railroad men any more.
CONTRACT MUST STAND.
Conrt
Holds That Royal Arcanum
Can't Change Its Rate.
New- York, Dec. 2 3. Justice Gaynor
in the Brooklyn supreme court handed
down a decision today that will prob
ably put an end to the controversies
that have threatened the disorganiza
tion of the Royal Arcanum for many
months past.
He held that the supreme council of
the Royal Arcanum has no right to in
crease the assessments or change the
rates under which its members were
admitted to the benefits of the order.
Though his decision is vastly im
portant and affects hundreds of thou
sands of members of the Royal Ar
canum it is very brief. Justice Gay
nor's decision read:
"The amendments complained of
which increase the assessments are
void for the reason that they change
the contract of the members with the
organization. I need add nothing to
what I have said in the case of Lange
versus the American Legion of Honor
on the same head."
Lee Tung Foo, famous Chinese
baritone, at the Novelty all this week.
A HINT TA THE CHARITABLE.
t this on and be our Santa this Christmas.
CHESS.
By
the Kansas State Chess
Forecaster.
IThe material for this column is furnish
ed by The Kansas State Chess associa
tion. A. L. Wagenseller, Junction City,
president, and O. C. Brett of Humboldt,
secretary.
A lively game, of the light and enter
taining order, recently played in the
Manhattan Chess club.
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NORTON'S FIRST HOTEL
Was Also Home of One ot First News
papers In the Country.
Norton, Kan., Dec. 23. The build
ing which is reproduced in the State
Journal today was for some time used
as a hotel, the first one Norton ever
had. It was erected of logs in 1873,
at the then promising town of Reed
town, a few miles west of the( thrifty
town of Norton. It was erected on a
claim owned by a man named Gray
and built by a carpenter named Chap
man. In 18 74 it was bought by Matt
Baker and -moved to Leota, a town
that was contesting for the county seat
of Norton county with Norton. It was
used by Mr. Baker for a printing office
and the Norton County Locomotive
was printed under its roof. In 1875 it
was bought by C. W. Posson and
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moved to Norton, where it was used
by him for a hotel, the first one the
town ever had. More than fifteen peo
ple have slept under its roof at one
time, and for several years the county
prisoners were fed there, as well as
slept, when Mr. Posson was sheriff.
The building is a small one, but it has
also been used as a postofiice and store.
In 18S4 George Griffin purchased the
property, and in 1904 he presented it
to the several women's clubs of Nor
ton, and it was moved to their beauti
ful park Elmwood where it has
been fitted up as a reception room and
souvenir of the first hotel Norton had.
The Norton women's clubs will make
good use of it, as they will point it
out with pride as being a part of the
pioneer history of their town and
county. It will be carpeted and fur
nished and books and papers will be
added. Mr. Griffin could not have
placed this souvenir in more careful
hands than the Norton women's clubs.
"fe i ll to
Our salespeople for two solid weeks, through
fifteen hours a day of the heaviest holiday trade
in all our experience, we feel that it would be
little short of inhuman, not to say barbarous
treatment, to ask them to report for duty
Christmas morning, and we believe that every
fairminded man, woman or child in the civilized
world will agree with us.
I life "Fully Realize
That as usual ours will be the only clothing
store in Topeka that will close Christmas day
and, of course, by remaining closed, we will lose
a few. hundred dollars in sales which will go to
the other clothiers, but we feel that there is
something to business besides "grabbing for
nickles."
Thanking the public for the generous patronage
accorded us and wishing you a Merry Christmas,
we ask you to continue to
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PAVING-CURBING QUESTION.
Mr. Humphrey Discusses Action ot the
City Council.
To the Editor of The State Journal:
It is to be regretted that the city coun
cil so unceremoniously snowed under the
Norton. Kansas.
Green resolution relating to paving peti
tions, especially if one-half is true -that
is stated about the methods of getting up
these petitions. It looks as though in a
large number of instances the residents
do not feel the need of pavements until
a petition is put in circulation by the rep
resentatives, either directly or indirectly,
of the paving men or the paving trusts.
From the report of the proceedings of
the streets and walks committee that ap
pear in vour paper, it would appear that
the committee was afraid that they wer
bound bv the petition absolutely and in
that report Mr. Webster, the Ft. Scott
curbing stone man, is reported in sub
stance to have said "that the council had
no right to state what character of curb
ing should be used, that the petition ask
ing for the curbing should state this and
that the council must follow the wishes
of the petitioners. To substantiate this
he introduced a legal opinion handed
down bv Judge 55. T. Hazen. Thoug.h in
petitions for paving curbing is not defin
itely stated. Judge Hazen states that
curbing is meant to be included in the
words paving and that it is broad enough
to cover this interpretation, be therefore
takes the stand that the people have the
riht to snecifv the kind of curbing want
ed and that the council must abide by
their request the same as it does with
resrard to the character of paving mater
ial." This is hardly born out by the recent
decision of our supreme roui-r. Case No.
14,-,HCarev Salt Co. vs. City of Hutchin
son filed Oct. 7. 1905.
This was an original proceeding in man
damus to compel the city of Hutchinson
to pave a certain portion of Main street
with vitrified brick. A petition had been
duly signed as provided by section 106S
of the general statutes of 1901 to pave
with vitrified brick. After the reception
of the petition an ordinance was duly
drawn up and passed by the council, pro
viding for this kind of pavement. A sec
ond oetition was circulated, which also
was in accordance with the statute, the
necessary number of resident property
owners signing, asking for the street to
be paved with bitulithic. On the reception
of this second petition a second ordinance
was drawn up and passed the council, re
pealing the first ordinance and pro-iding
for the pavement to be bitulithic. (This
oueht to suit Mr. Webster.)
The proceedings in mandamus were to
restrain the paving with bitulirhic and to
compel the paving with vitrified brick.
The w-rit was denied, and the court in
their decision said: "Whatever the peti
tion may contain as to the character of
such improvement must be taken as mere
advisory suggestions, which may or may
not be followed."
"The mavor and council are elected by
the public." they have general supervision
over the streets and allys. they are in a
situation to know th financial condition
of resident citizens' needs, wishes, etc."
"The court could not assume, that the
legislature intended to place this import
ant duty in the control of petitioners who
simplv represent themselves and are un
der no official or other obligation to pro
tect the interest which the public have
in such pavement."
"While the netitloners in a great mea
sure pav for the improvements, yet it is
of importance to the general public who
pay for oavement in the areas and
squares made by the crossing of streets,
and who use the streets for business and
for pleasure."
It appears to me that the council were
rather hasty in turning down a resolution
which was right in soirit and which spirit
seems to be embodied in the foregoing de
cision. Whilst it is true that the decision
was in the case of a city of second class,
still the Drinciple laid down in that de
cision is the same principle that is con
tained in the Green resolution.
I killed one of these petitions a few
months ago bv pointing out to the prop
erty owners that the pavement provided
for in the petition was not what they
wanted. Bv the time the new petition
was prepared the resident property own
ers had their eyes opened and then con
cluded that they did not want the pave
ment anyhow. T. D. HUMPHREYS.
Housekeeper "Didn't you see that sign
out there 'Beware of the dog'?" Tramp
"No, mum." Housekeeper "There is a
sign there, and it is especially intended
to warn just such fellows as you, so that
you will keep away." Tramp "I didn't
see no sign. mum. I only saw the dog."
New York Weekly.
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Grand Confetti Ball, Christmas
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THEY ARE A SUCCESS.
New
Warner Lamps Tried by City
Fill the Bill.
The new enclosed Warner arc lampa
are giving satisfaction and have not
told yet upon the machinery in the
speeding up which was necessary to
take care of them on lower amper
age. "I am perfectly satisfied with tha
show-ing which the lamps have made
this far," said Superintendent Good
rich. "They are working finely bar
ring a few little difficulties which al
ways attend an installation when it
has just been made. When they have
been fully adjusted they will meet
everything that has been claimed for
them. The machinery is showing no
appreciable ".fference in wear or tear
even though we have speeded it up.
I am only sorroy that I did not as
sert myself more strongly in favor of
the lamps than I did at the time the
question came up as to their pur
chase." Not a Paying Proposition.
Norcross Brothers had the contract
for building Holy Cross college. A
gang of men were engaged to prepare
the cellar for concreting. One rainy
day the foreman, wishing to keep hi3
men employed, sent too many to work
i nthe cellar. The result was that each
man was in the way of the others.
The foreman, happening along,
stood watching the men at work.
Finally he said: "I'd like to get a dol
lar apiece to throw every one of you
out of the window."
A stalwart Irishman, some six feet
tall and very muscular, glanced up and
casually remarked: "Be jabers, but
you'd starve at it." Cleveland Plain
Dealer.
Competition.
A farmer, during a long continued
drouth, invented a machine for water
ing his fields. The first day he was
trying it there suddenly came a down
pour of rain. He put away his ma
chine. "It's no use," he said; "ye can dae
naething nooadays without competi
tion." Cleveland Leader.
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