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state . i:mL Ey FRANK P. 3IAC LESXAX. Issued for Every Day fa the Year. tr.n tared July 1. 15, as second class matter Rt the postoffice at Topeka, Kan., i.nrr 1 1 j act of congress. VOLUME XXXIII ....NO. 25 O.TicirsI Paper City of Topeka. 0"ciai Paper Kansas State Federation Women's Clubs. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. .Week Day Edition and Edition for Sun day Morning. 10 Cents Per Week Everywhere. City, Town cr Country. , BY MAIL: ,c -n r-sily, including gDdiy, 1 year ?. I 'ally, lnclud-ng Sunday. 6 months I'.-niy, Including Sunday. 3 months 1's. ly, without Sundav, 1 year -JJJ Daily, without Sunday, 6 months J-'J 3'r.iiy, without Sunday. 3 months ; ' fundav edition, colored comics, year.. '- Saturday edition, 1 year 1 TELEPHONES. Business OTiee Fusir.e.s Oftce r eporters' Room . ?--porters' Room jf rank P. MacLennan Roll. 117 .Ind. 1"7 Hell 577 ....Ind. Ind. 700 FULL LEASKO WRE REPORT OF TtlK A.SOCIATKI FUKrfti EVERY VSKF.'fi D. AXD Pl'BMSUKKS VH E-S HEPORT ON f.VflTKIAV Mfi ! IT I OH THE EDlllON l OH SINMV MOKM.VG. The 5tate Journal is a member of ' PRfc!ated Preps and receives the full day t-iearru p!i report o that great news er jianlzat.on for exclusive evening publi cation. , . 1 he gfte Journal receives for exclusive r-ibiiration the leased wire report of the T"t. b!isher3' Press for the edition for Sun cav oTornlncr. The news is received in the State Jour-r-t.1 building over wires for this Bole, pur pose. If W. Tt. Stubbs et al. will be good fn the railroad question here-after, ex Senator Harry McMillan is willing to let by-gones bo by-gones. The weather man seems to be doing the right thing by the Midwinter fair after all. The weather man manages to please once in a while all right. One of the grievances of the railroad commission against Attorney Carr Tay lor sepms t0 be that Mr. Taylor does not have much respect for the dignity c-f the commission. Well, Mr. Taylor is also correctly representing,the sentiment of the people of Kansas in that. "Governor Hoch," sass W. R. Stubbs, "must be given credit for his honest appointments," but as he said it he crossed his fingers and mentally reserv ed the appointment of bank commission er from the list of "his honest appoint ments." "If I were in the state treasurer's of fice I should insist upon a most rigid in vestigation and I would clean my office up and remove the stigma," says . R. Stubbs. The State Journal differs from Mr. Stubbs in many things but it wishes to agree with him wherever possible, and it therefore hastens to applaud this sentiment. The Lawrence Journal professes to believe that in a primary election Chas. F. Scott would carry about every coun ty in the Second district. Henry Allen is insisting on a primary because it win be perfectly fair, and he believes it will show that a majority of the Re publicans are for. him. It is evident that a primary holds a great surprise in store for somebody. It is announced that the friends of J. W. Creech are coming to Topeka, Kan sas Lay to boom Mr. Creech for gover nor, and that they have engaged quar ters at the Copeland for that purpose. In this instance it is suspected that "the friends of J. W. Creech" are iden tical with the enemies of E. W. Hoch who became such because of Governor Uoth's failure to appoint I. W. Naill warden of the penitentiary. It turns out that Harry Williams, the negro who attempted to loot the Mer chants' National bank, has not been out of the penitentiary very long, where he was sent for making a similar at tempt on a Wichita bank. The question naturally arises, what good did it do to send Williams to the penitentiary the first time? It appears that the fear cf being sent back did not deter him IVcm committing the same crime in exarUy the same way as soon as op portunity was offered. wciiy s defenders insist that the "ap I "nl ' shortages in the school fund ( - due to the poor system of book I'li g However, the samb "poor j ? K.fi,i of bookkeeping" was in vogue v. li. H. Heflebower was state treas ... r, and there was not a penny of j.naient" shortages in the school f then. Funny this poor system of bookkeeping should begin to produce "apparent" shortages just as soon as Kelly got into the state treasury and should pile up over $00,000 of them. Thomas Dixon is very much averse to negro equality, but he appears to be anxious to meet Booker T. Wash ington on the lecture platform; Rev. Mr. Dixon would doubtless be horrified if he were obliged to shake hands with Mr. Washington as an equal, and if he were asked to eat at the same table with a negro he would have spasms. Yet Ids challenge to Mr. Washington to meet him in debate is a virtual recogni tion of the equality of Booker T. Wash ington with him. and in some respects it is suspected that Mr. Washington is his superior. Of course it may be true, as Mr. Robi son seems to imagine, that the people ere vitally interested in his quarrel with Carr Taylor about the use of his ef"i-e desk, but the State Journal is in caned to doubt it. It is certain, how ever, that the people are intensely in terested in the way Mr. Taylor ap pears to be doing his duty in the way cf trying to secure fair railroad rates for the people of Kansas, and in the pay Mr. Robison and his associates are epparertly harassing him in his efforts excepting Commissioner Wheatley in the grain rate case. It appears that the federation of commercial interests has been paying for Attorney Carr Taylor's stenog- tiifcer, according to Air. Robison's statement, and therefore the board of railroad commissioners does not feel called upon to furnish a stenographer for its attorney. Still some people may doubt the advisability of the state re quiring private interests to pay any of its expenses in this manner. If this is done very likely Mr. Taylor would naturally feel under obligations to pay more attention to cases la which mem bers of the federation are directly in terested than to those which are out side of the federation, although the lat ter may have just as much merit in them as the former. A XEWSr.M'EIt PROBLEM. Every once in a while and some times twice in a while a newspaper is confronted with a perplexing prob lem the problem of the advisibility of publishing something; and it is a prob lem that cannot be solved as easily as some people imagine. When it is simply a question of facts facts which are news and which the readers of the paper are entitled to know- about no problem is in voived. It is the newspaper's duty to give its readers the truth, the facts, which is what they pay the paper for. Otherwise the paper is defrauding its subscribers. But sometimes the story involved is not one of facts, but the opposite, and the problem becomes one of right and justice to those implicated. An instance: A few weeks ago there was circulated in Topeka a story about a prominent man a man of good pri vate character and excellent reputa tion. The editors of this paper did not believe there was a word of truth in it. There may have been, but it would require more positive evidence than whispered gossip to convince us of its truth. The State Journal heard the story, of course, and although doubting it, an immediate investigation was start ed to discover if there was any foun dation for the report. Had the State Journal verified the story it would certainly have published it, for the people of Kansas would have been en titled to know about it. But the story could not only not be verified, but as nearly as this paper could trace it, it emanated from cer tain parties who evidently sought to besmirch the victim named in the story in order to warn him from doing anything that might Injure them. The State Journal believes that the best course ordinarily under these cir cumstances is for the victim to meet such a story squarely and brand it as false. Otherwise it will spread among people who may believe it. In the course of its investigation the State Journal naturally interviewed the vic tim of the story the first thing. The report had reached him shortly be fore. Be it said to his credit that he was manly enough not to ask the State Jounal to suppress the rumor. But being only human he naturally shrank from the publicity which its publica tion and denunciation would cause. It is a heroic remedy to "squelch" such a thing by throwing it back to one's tra ducers in the public prints, and a victim cannot be censured for shrink ing from it. While believing that the other course would have been the better for the victim in the long run, out of con sideration for his evident, though not expressed, desire, the State Journal made no reference to the rumor. Not being true the public was not entitled to it. Today the story is traveling over the state, reaching the man's friends and enemies alike. Those who know him intimately will discredit it, but others may believe it. Doubtless other newspapers heard the story and pursued the same course as the State Journal. More or less gentle reader, what would you have done? MR. STUBBS' "FIND." "We are living too much in tradi tion. When I went into the legislature I found hundreds of fictitious names on the pay roll. I remonstrated. The politicians told me it was all right it was a long established custom, tradi tion, politics. I replied to them that it might be politics, tradition and cus tom, but it wasn't honest, and I would not stand for it. The result was we saved the state in legislative expenses over too, ouo. w. n. Stubbs in an interview at Independence. What a soft haze time spreads over past events! How different they are apt to appear in the course of years from what they really are! As a matter of fact instead of there being "hundreds of fictitious names on the payroll" when Mr. Stubbs went into ihe legislature, there were 'none; and Mr. Stubbs did not discover that there was anything the trouble with the payroll until the State Journal made a fuss about the surplus of em ployes; and it was several months aften that before Mr. Stubbs "remon strated." When the legislature of 1903 was about half through the State Journal made the disclosure that there were more employes on the payroll of the house than the house had authorized. Who was responsible for putting them on was never discovered in the rush of legislation, but the house was per suaded to authorize them and more besides. Then the State Journal made the point that there were so many em ployes in both house and senate that they got in one another's way, and that started the insurrection against the employe business. Some time after the legislature adjourned the "Sid Blakeman" incident was exposed, in which it was developed that Mr. Blakeman had refused to come to To peka to serve as an employe during the legislature, but his name had been left on the payroll by mistake. Some one had discovered this fact and had drawn the warrants which were in Blakeman's name and had forged Blakeman's signature on the warrant register in the auditor's office. This was as near as Mr. Stubbs ever came to finding "hundreds of fictitious names on the payroll." The publica tion of the Blakeman incident in the State Journal brought back the money in short order in an anonymous letter to the state auditor much as "A. R. Brown" sent back the Garden City money. It was shortly after the ex posure of the Blakeman incident that Mr. S'.ubbs began his "remonstrance." SOME MILD CRITICISM. Without desiring to encourage a law less spirit among the students of the To peka High school, the State Journal wishes to mildly suggest that the re cent action of the High school authori ties in suspending seventeen boys of the sophomore class is open to criticism. The reason assigned for the action is that the boys or some of the boys, sup posedly, and presumably the seventeen sophomores painted the asphalt pave ment in front of the High school build ing a bright yellow, one of their class colors. The boys assert that their ap pearing in yellow collars and blue neck ties also had something to do w ith it. Now the State Journal confesses that it is unable to preceive that any great amount of harm was done anyone what ever In painting the pavement; nor can it imagine any great crime in wearing yellow- collars and blue neckties. The act was done at a time when some exhibition of class spirit is sup posed to be allowable. Young; America is constantly being urged to have his fun but to be careful to respect the rights of others'in having it. What more innocent thing could the sophomores have done than paint the pavement? It did not infringe on the rights of others, nor did it injure property. Had the spirit taken the form of haz ing or a cane rush in which somebody might have been hurt and a great deal of clothing been spoiled, it would have certainly been censurable. Had the boys painted the High school building or otherwise marr or destroyed prop erty, suspension or some other punish ment would not only have been justifi able but necessary. But inasmuch as the boys respected the rights of other3 and carefuly refrained from the slight est Injury to property something that is unusual the State Journal is inclined to believe that the seventeen sophomores should have been given a vote of thanks instead of being suspended. The writer hereof is a great believer in obedience to law. It is incumbent upon teachers to insist upon respect for rules and obedience to them by the rising generation in order that the fu ture citizens of the country shall respect and obey the laws. But it is also in cumbent upon teachers to see that the rules are wise enough to command in telligent respect, and that punishment shall be given only when merited. Fool ish rules cannot fail to arouse the con tempt of Intelligent young Americans, and unmerited punishment very natur ally arouses resentment against law. The application of the term "four flusher" to Carr Taylor leads to the sus picion that Mr. Walker or Mr. Wheat ley prepared the statement, and not Mr. Robison. The job of heir apparent to the Chi nese throne is vacant, and the empress dowager has called for candidates. 'An nouncements may be inserted in the State Journal's candidate column at the usual rates. This particular brand of weather which Mr. Jennings is putting out just now- should certainly call forth a card of thanks from Colonel Ralph Brigham. Political note: Up to the hour of going to press Dick Thomas had not with drawn from the race for clerk of the district court because of the strenuous opposition to him. m m 9 Thomas Dixon has not been getting as much advertising recently as he seems to wish, and you will notice that he is utilizing Booker T. Washington to get some extra space. Mr. Dixon must admit that Booker has some uses: He affords Thomas another opportunity to break into the limelight. The city marshal of Concordia is not slow but he is always B. Hind. That's his name. The Kingman Journal calls atten tion to the fact that Fred Duraont Smith looks like Jim Dumps. The editor of the Robinson Index perpetrates a joke that it is a wonder some editor hasn't sprung long ago. Beneath the title of his paper is this line: "Entered at the Robinson, Kan sas, postoffice as second class matter, but is really a first class paper." Some observations by Ralph Tcnnal: Speaking of being of a saving disposi tion, a Sabetha woman made her wed ding clothes and the layette of her first baby, three years later, with the same needle. There is one thing about Ben Davis apples; you can peal as thick skins as you want to without being afraid of wasting any thing. There is a woman in Sabetha who is an expert in mak ing battenburg lace, but she can't keep her husband s socks darned. A Sabetha Sunday school teacher ask ed her infant class Sunday why they liked Sunday better than any other day. A small boy shot up his hand and piped out: " 'Cause that's the day the funny paper comes. The Onaga Herald tunes its lyre and warbles forth this on the ozone: In the shade of the old apple tree, I've waited so long, love, for thee, that the voice once I heard, grows faint with each word, till it's hardly a whisper to me. There is no more buzz left in the bee. the blossoms are withered, ah, me! and the tree that once grew where I waited for you, has changed to an old chestnut tree. In the shade of the old apple tree, where you hoar the blamed buzz of the bee, with a big carving knife that 1 swiped from my wife, I am waiting and watching by gee! Of daggers I have two or three and an av and a cutlass, you see; and I'll stick all these things in the next guy who sings. In the shade of the Old Apple Tree." Here is a paragraph that Seward Jones writes in the Concordia Blade that illustrates the growth and success of the telephone m Kansas: "Willis Dilworth. the big telephone magnate from Beloit. was a pleasant caller to day. Something like seven or eight years ago this writer had the pleasure of subscribing for the first telephone in the Beloit system. Mr. Dilworth was then putting in a sort of a coffee mill exchange, the capacity of the plant being one hundred phones. We told Mr. Dilworth that he would get more than a hundred, and he laughed at us. saying that if he got seventy- five he would be more than pleased He now has eight or nine hundred, possibly more than that, and is still adding them as fast as he can get them. His coffee mill system was thrown out the first year, and today he has a thoroughly up-to-date system with ail the business he can handle." S JAYHA WKER JOTS ! JjWtrL ENTRIES ' KMISAS COMMENT j TROUBLES. Governor Hoch, in speaking of the state treasury shortage, says "there is no use making our troubles any worse than they really are." Certainly not, governor, for except that the short age might have been larger, they cer tainly seem as bad as they could be. Parsons Sun. o MR. BIGELOW, ADVERTISER. Mr. Poultney Bigelow is probably the luckiest literary man in America today. It is rare indeed that a mere writer is able to secure so line a line of advertis ing as he has won recently. Not only has he been able to draw the fire of Sec retary Taft and Chairman Shonts but he was afforded an opportunity to ex hibit himself before a senate committee, and he certainly made the most of the opportunity. Headvised the public through his talk to the committee that he was a great man, that he knew and was respected by great men, he admit ted that he didn't know much about the subject that lie had written about but he was a great writer, which was proven by the fact that he was able finally to get his article accepted, even after it had been rejected by two of the best known publications in the country. It was a fine chance to advertise and Mr. Bigelow made the most of it. Hutchin son News. THE TREASURY SHORTAGE. At last the expert accountants have submitted the report of the state treas ury examination, and Gov. Bailey's ac countant, Rowett, has Leen proven true, in the report he submitted during the campaign of 1904. only this report goes farther and shows more thefts. The entire shortage, dating back through the Grimes and Kelly administrations is $78,000. The evidence is in plain figures and if no arrests are made Gov. Hoch will not be true to the claims made dur ing his campaign, that a full and com plete examination would be made of the treasury and no guilty man should es cape. We are indeed proud to know that Uncle DaDve Hflebower, the Popu list state treasurer, has had no irregu larities traced to his administration. Grimes and Kelly are a part of the Burton machine and it seems that the state must continue to sueer. Coleman, the attorney general, is also a part of this 'machine' and it is likely naught will come of the investigation. The voters are indeed easy marks if they will longer tolerate and foster such leeches. Let the people ioin in an "issue or a square deal" in politics, electing men of real worth rather than the man who can manipulate conventions, secure nom inations and win his election by snarp practice. Hill City Reveille. WORTH THE PRICE. A statistician of Iola who was over looked in the appointment of a state accountant, has discovered that the present session of the district court of Allen county is costing tne taxpayers two hundred dollars a day. Still, with several joinists convicted, it may be worth the pi ice. o THE PASS BUSINESS. A ToDeka young man is in the county- jail under charge of having sold railway passes. li ne is convicim il win hard with h m. The railroads wmcn have been selling passes for political support for favorable legislation, for the election of senators and congress men that will endorse ; no action un friendly to them, for the election of men as 1 members of - ;h. board of rail road commissioners and as members or the state board of railway assessors that will be attentive in then- behalf, have gone and are going unpunished. And the most drastic action contempiatec. is the revoking Of fha pass r.ns power. Leavenworth Times. SUGAR. The domestic sugar industry has nothing to fear from the opening of our market to the Philippine product. That market has already been opened without injury to Hawaiian sugar and Porto Rican sugar. It makes no prac tical difference here what concessions we grant to our own dependencies so long as against Cuba and the rest of the world trom wnicn we get nearly half of our annual supply we en force a duty ranging from SO to 100 per cent, of the present Dingley rate. New Y'ork Tribune. HARD TO CONTROL. John Sharp Williams might be par doned if about this time he recalled and returned certain Republican re marks earlier in the session regarding his inability to control his party. The majority does not seem to be much more amenable than the minority. Pittsburg Dispatch. STAND PATTERS. The stand-pat doctrine is adtnittedly in need of amendment already. The new German tariff presents a situation which is not "well enough" to be "Jet alone." Springfield Republican. THE POLITICIANS. Americans are said to yearn for a new sensation. Paying railroad fare gives this to some of them. Philadelphia Ledger. HORRIBLE! Suppose the brutalities of football should be superseded by competitive college hazing what would become of the humanities then? Philadelphia In quirer. OHIO. Though Ohio is not in the White House, it has managed to get next. Vice Presi dent Fairbanks was born in Ohio and so was the president's prospective son-in-law. St. Louis Globe-Democrat. SOMETIMES. . It is understood that one of Uncle Joe Cannon's New Year resolutions is to let congress have its own way in everything in which it does not inter fere with his. Philadelphia Inquirer. STILL aIrOBLEM. The two great problems how to fit the unemployed for employment and how- to find employment for them, are again carried over into a new- year. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "UNCLE YIM." Uncle Yim Hill protests that he does not intend to quit living an active life. From which his young men will under stand that he expect to keep a sharp eye on their doings. Chicago Tribune. - LONELY. Perhaps it was a fellow-feeling that induced Vice President Fairbanks to introduce a petition from a New Jersey spinstress providing pensions for the lonely. New York Herald. TOUGH ONTILLMAN. The Boston editor who claims that Booker T. Washington is greater than Roosevelt has at least gagged Mr. Till man of South Carolina. New York x World. FROM OTHER PENS . SOME CLEAN-HANDED MEN. We are weary of waiting that era of peace ; For the rescue to come for the plunder to cease. Place each spoil-laden thief serving time in his den ; Then graciously give us some clean-handed men. Seek the brave, faithful workers; the hope of the land. Whether thoughtfully silent or voicefully gra nd; From their toil of the traffic, the hoe and the pen, Call them forth and so give us some clean-handed men. These fierce restless prowlers that plot and combine With the sneak of the wolf and the greed of the swine From lairs filled with wreckage of city and glen. Hunt them out, while you give us some clean-handed men. They can shirk while they prowl, with an innocent look: They can give to the hungry advice and a book; They can lure like the gloom from a ghost-haunted fen: Cast them out and just give us some clean-handed men. Though they haughtily gloat on their ill gotten store, And trample the earth in their search af ter more; We shall win the great fight for humani ty when, Triumphant, you give us some clean handed men. Alson Sandon Woodward. Bogue, Kan., Jan. 23, 1908. Had Been a Change. "They had opened a bank at Abi lene." said the man with his arm in a sling, "and as I was in want of $50 I goes in and walks up to the cash winder and says to the feller behind the cage: " 'I want half a hundred.' " 'Whar's yer check?' says he. " 'Right yere,' says I, as I shoves my gun into the winder. " 'She's perfectly good." savs he. as he counts out the money. "I takes a little trip into the Indian Territory and back and then feels the need of fifty more. I goes down to the bank one morning and walks up to the same winder and says: " 'I want half a hundred.' " 'Whar's yer check?' asks the fel ler. ' 'Right yere,' says I, as I shoves my gun into the winder. " 'No good,' savs he. and he nulls trigger and sends hot lead through my shoulder." "But wasn't there some mistake somewhere?" was asked. "I guess there was, and I guess I made it. They had changed tellers while I was gone, and I was jest that fule that I never noticed it. I thought it was the same rag doll of a chap that took my first bluff." Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Clerk and the Women. "Women are funny things," said the night clerk at a Denver family hotel recently. "The other evening a young woman who lives here, asked , a friend, a married woman whose home is out on the hill, to go to a theater with her. After the show they sud denly remembered that they hadn't ar ranged for anyone to take the married woman home, so the young woman decided to go out with her. When they had gone about half wav thev sud denly remembered that somebody would have to bring the young woman back here. Finally the married wo man came back with her. Then they asked me for a way out of their pre dicament. I advised them1 to get a messenger to take the married woman home. " 'Here's the call box,' I said. 'Shall I ring for a boy?' " 'Yes. please do," replied the mar ried woman. I reached for the crank and they turned away. Just as I was about to pull the box the married wo man returned to the desk. " 'Say,' she said, 'please ring the box for a large messenger, I want one big enough to protect me.' "I tell you what, women are funny things sometimes." Denver Post. Good Advice. " 'Uncle Joe' Cannon is sometimes too homely and direct and harsh in his comments," said a young journalist. "I was not at all pleased with the re mark at the X banquet. Of course, I am an inexperienced speaker, I can't rattle off words like the veterans of the senate and house. I began, if I remember: " 'Gentlemen, my opinion is that the generality of mankind in general is disposed to take advantage of the generality of ' "Here 'Uncle Joe' interrupted me. " 'Sit down, son,' he said, 'you are coming out of the same hole you went m at.' " Washington Life. A Bit of Curran's Wit. An Irishman loves a joke so well that he keeps the memory of a good one al ways green. In a book of recollections by an old member of the Irish parlia ment is an amusing illustration of Cur ran's ready wit. A certain judge. Lord Norbury. was famous for the alacrity with which he condemned prisoners to death when he might have pronounced a more merci ful sentence. On one occasion when he was dining in public with the fore most members of the Dublin bar he helped himself to some meat, at the same time asking: "Is this hung beef?" "Not yet," said Curran, quickly. "Your lordship has not tried it." Los Angeles Times. GLOBE SIGHTS. From the Atchison Globe. A man who walks for exercise, is apt to be as big a liar as a fisherman. A woman rather enjoys it when her next door neighbor is a little jealous of her. You are interesting to your friends as long as you are keeping something from them. A woman's romance is liable to have this kind of an ending: Spending the insurance money. The day after a girl gets engaged, she looks around among her girl friends and picks out a press agent. People who really do not "talk" much never brag about being close mouthed: they won't even admit that much. A good many times when you think you are accepting a complimentary from a friend, you are getting a seat in the gallery at box prices. When some people want to express disdain, they say. "I don't see what there is to him." as if they were speaking of a mince pie at a restaur ant. The woman who complains because her husband likes to stay around home, and "doesn't want to go places," is awfully blind to the best of fortune and compliments. When a young man and young wo man go into a restaurant and do not look at each other all the time they are there, the people in the restaurant look at each other and smile: Bride and groom. The children -are always glad that father didn't marry his first love being perfectly satisfied with their Mother, but they always have a notion they would have been better off if Mother 1 had married hers. . . ' THE EVE NIIl G STORY BLUFFING AX OUTLAW. (By C. B. Lewis.) The "New Yorker" silver mine, located in Mexico, but owned and worked v--Americans, had been in running order a year before Jose Favara put in an appearance. He had been heard of, however. He was known as a cattle stealer, a claim-jumper and a general outlaw, and it was the popular belief that he stood in with the police. At any rate, they had not interfered with his operations to any extent, and he walked the streets of the towns as free as any other man. One day Jose ap peared at the mine. He walked straight to the superintendent's office, and doff ing his hat said: "Senor Barnes, I beg you to excuse me. My name is Jose Favara. I should have called on you weeks ago, but have been busy in other directions, I am now here to do business with you." "Well, what is your business?" queried the superintendent, although he had a pretty fair idea of it. "To arrange to draw my monthlv sal ary, senor." ' For performing what services?" "For, leaving your mine in peace" "In other words, you mean to levy tribute on us?" "The senor hits the nail on the head at the first blow. My terms are $200 per month in cash. I shall call for it myself. If accepted you will be under my protection. If not " "You will make trouble for us?" "The Senor Barnes hits the nail again. I like to do business with an Ameri cano." Jose Favara was told that he would have to wait a few days until his pro position could be submitted to the pres ident and board of directors in New York. He was agreeable. He went away bowing and smiling, and Mr. Barnes sat down and wrote a letter. The proposition was extortion pure and simple. The authorities could be appealed to, and would doubtless do something. Nevertheless, the fact re mained that Jose was a bigger man in that district than the authorities. He could scare every peon out of the mine in two weeks. He couud capture every mule and driver engaged in transport ing the ore over the mountains. He could do lots of things to make the situation uimleasant. and the superin tendent recommended that a monthly salary be paid. He added that $200 ner month was doe cheap. The president and his board looked upon it as a rather funny case, but followed the advice of Mr. Barnes. From that time on, for two years, Jose Favara regularly appeared on the 10th of each month and received his "sal ary." Twice during that time the peons would have struck for higher wages had he not appeared and threatened them with his vengeance. A Mexican lawyer discovered what he thought was a flaw in the title of the "New Yorker," and would have made cost and trouble had not Jose sent him word that he was after his scalp. It was conceded that the outlaw earned his wage. Things were goiiig on satisfactorily when the old president died and Mr. Goldsmith was elected in his place. While the dividends were large. Mr. Goldsmith wanted to increase them. He saw- a wav to do it by lopping off and cutting down. A cut of 10 per cent was made in wages and salaries, and the $200 per month to Jose Favara was cut off entirely. When Mr. Barnes wrote that this move would bring trouble, he was di rected to arm his staff and fight. When he asked for rifles a dozen old con demned Springfield muskets were sent him, but not a single cartridge. He wrote for cartridges, but was answered that the president would soon take a trip to Mexico in his private car, and would visit the mine and give further instructions in person. As a clothier Mr. Goldsmith had been known as a hustler. As president of a silver mine he determined to be a hummer. Jose Favara called, as usual, on the 10th of a certain month to be told that his salary was nix. He had been dis charged. Mr. Barnes entered into par ticulars with him, even to stating the probable date of the arrival of the president. Jose was impassive and im perturbable. He smiled the same old smiles and bowed the same old bows. He knew he had earned his money, but if he felt sore he gave no sign of it. He went away saying that he might call again, and things went on as usual for three weeks. Then President Goldsmith arrived. It was twenty miles over to the rail road, and he had to make this dis tance on the back of a burro, but he made it. He arrived at the mine at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. At 6 the peons came up from the shaft and an nounced that there was a strike on. There were 400 of them. Next morn ing Jose Favara appeared. He wanted to know if his salary was to be re stored. President Goldsmith flattered him self that he was a fighter. If not an actual lighter, then he was a good bluffer. He had been bluffing for thirty years, and had the art down pat. The miners might strike, and be hanged to them. They might be out for a week, but they would then be tumbling over each other to get back. As for Jose Favara, he was an outlaw a blackmailer an extortioner. Not another cent should he draw from the treaury. If he made one little move against the peace and harmony of the New- Yorker the majesty of the law would be invoked and he would find himself behind prison bars. He was talked to in the plainest English. Mr. Goldsmith talked in a loud voice. He conveyed the idea that he owned the earth. When he had tired himself out and was taking a rest, Jose quietly asked: "Am I, then, to understand that my services are no longer required?" "Of course you are." "But about this strike?" "I can settle it without your help." "And as to what I may do with my band?" "Poof! Look here, my man, let me give you a pointer: Don't come mon keying around here unless you are aching to get hurt. If the law won't protect us we will protect ourselves. Do vou savey?" The outlaw did. He bowed and smiled and took his departure. It was a cold bluff, and he meant to call it when the proper time came. "Do you think he will try to make us trouble?" asked the president of the superintendent when Jose had de parted. "Sure to." : "I don't. I think I bluffed him out. However, there are the muskets." "And not a cartridge for one of them." "Cartridges are awfully expensive. I think that empty muskets will do the trick. Nothing like a bluff if you rub it in hard enough. " The strike had lasted four days, with all quiet around the mines, when Jose Favara rode up. It was early in the morning, and President Goldsmith was eating a picnic breakfast. The outlaw had thirty men with him, and each and every one had a business look about him. "When the senor is quite through with breakfast I should like to see him," was the message sent to th magnate. Ten minutes later he appeared and or dered the outlaw to go way back and sit down. He was seized, bound and carried off amor.g tne mountains. He called for help, but there was no help. He-veiled "Police!" "Fire!" and "Mur der" bv turns, but the staff left behind numbered only five men, and tney naa no cartridges. An hour later President Goldsmith was at the outlaw's headquarters. Two hours later he had got over bluffing and was indicting a telegram to a New Yorn banker. The telegri-n asked for ten thousand dollars. The money was for warded to a town designated and a week after the abduction it was in the hands of Jose Favara. and President Goldsmith was set free within halt a mile of the mine, to find his way in. At called off. the hour of his arrival the stride wa "Didn't I tell you what the man could do?" asked the superintendent, as the president came staggering in. ; "Yes, but I thought he could b bluffed. He has taken $10,000 out of me. Wre must fix it some way to charge it up to machinery or repairs." Copy right, 1906, by McClure, Phillips & Co. "What is it," demanded the preacher, "that brings the most comfort to a maa in time of trial?" , "An acquittal." grunted Judga Giibba, waking up suddenly. Cleveland Leader. The oil magnate was on hand. "I" sure I don't know what you want of me, he said fretfully. "We want the truth. .... "I can give that in a nutshell. The truta is you won't get it." Nevertheless, they harried him witti bootless inquisition. Philadelphia Ledger. "My dear," said Mr. Jellus' lovely young wife, "I thought you ought t know; there's a married man who, is vio lentlv in love with me." "What?" he cried. "Who is he?'' "If I tell you will you give me that cir clet of diamonds I wanted?" "Yes. Who is it?" "you." Philadelphia Press. "What is worth doing, is worth doing well." said the philosopher. "Yes," replied the get-rich-quick artist, "but it is a mistake hanging around try ing to get it ail after you have reason to believe you've got the community skinned out of everything but a few dollars." Chicago Record-Herald. "Now. loogv yuh.. Claud!" said old Brother Utterback. addressing his callow nephew. "Don't be down hearted and mogger kase you's a nigger and can't git de political preponderance dat & white man can. To be sho' yo' ain't got no chance of goin' to de legislature; but, law suz, boy, a man don t hatter write an Hon.' to his name befo' he can steal." Puck. Up-to-Date What is that old say ing: "Put a beggar on a horse and " "He'll kick because it isn't an automo bile." Philadelphia Press. Blobbs When I get up to make a speech I feel as though I had forgotten everything I ever knew. Slobbs What an Ideal witness you would make in a trust investigation. Philadelphia Record. Hostess introducing first violin to sporting and non-musical guest) This is Professor Jingelheim, who leads the quar tet, you know. Sporting Guest "thinking to be highly complimentary) Leads-oh-ah-by several lengths, eh and the rest nowhere. What? Punch. Washington was crossing the Delawjire. He stood. "Better sit down, sir," sug gested an aide. "Sit down!" responded lustily the Fath er of His Country. "And pray, what sort of a picture would that make?" Blushing under the rebuke, the aide resolved to monkey no more with art. Philadelphia Ledger "She married an octogenarian, didn't she?" "I guess not. He looked to be as white as any of us." Cleveland Plain Dealer. POINTED PAI1AGKAPHS. From the Chicago News. A man loses more by lying than he gains. Furniture dealers are advocates of brief courtships. Many a man's meanness is due to choonic stomach trouble. Unless a man has faith, in his work he will not work faithfully. About the last thing on (jrlh a man wants to think of is his finish. Some men learn to fear treachery by studying their own natures. There is room at the top for the man who can push the other fellow off. Woman's rights furnish a topic for conversation more often than men's wrongs. All women are angels figuratively speaking and if wise they'll let -o at that. Among other lost arts is that of keep ing ones mouth closed when there's nothing more to say. An old man is as proud of his abilitv to do a day s work as a young man is of his ability to avoid it. The average woman is willing to patc h up a quarrel with her neighbor because of the pleasure it affords her to rip the patch off again. QUAKER REFLECTIONS. From the Philadelphia Record. Most men prefer the horn of plenty to the trump of fame. Many a man has become great over night, but he always wakes up in the morning. The two most important stages of a woman's life are before she is married and after. The footpad discovers that it s often necessary to knock a man down before you can hold him up. As a rule the fellow who takes whisky for a cold doesn't care whether he gets over it or not. If all the world's a stage the fellow who is fond of giving advice must im agine he is the prompter. He "You know, two can live as cheaply as one." She "Yes; but I don't want to live cheaply." It takes a certain amount cf nerve to succeed, but it takes more to explain successfully why you don't. When a girl first meets a man with whiskers she wonders if he wouldn't ba handsome with a smooth face. Mugeins "It costs more to live than it used to." Buggins "Yes; and the undertakers are raising their rates so it also costs more to die." "What would you do if vou were one of the law-makers, Willie?" as wed the great man. "I'd make more legal holi days," replied Willie. "We should all strive to let our light shine before men," remarked the min isterial individual. "Quite right " re plied the man with the red necktie' "but it isn't necessary to make a fireworks display." REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. When a man isn't afr-1-' r.t the rorfe it is because she is his wife. The way a boy gets disciplined is first to go to -school and then to get mar ried. The only will a man can exert with his own family is the one !ie writes for tnem with his lawyer. In spite of the grafters and officehold ers people continue to look down on burglars and highwaymen. llS Very irnf,,P'?'- for a girl -nt to make a man apologize for kisine ber When her mnflio,. ti.) i ... . , rr i, , miu lici ene must net let anybody do it,, . b DCt