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I I wr.HE-l IVIIIF IlKPORT OF THE ASSOHAI KO R1T55 The State Journal t a mBJ d? Associated Press and receives the full day teles-riph report oi that rreat newt i o r ranlMtlon for the exclusive afternoon ' Te new, 1. rVceed m The State .Tonr frsl buildTrs over wire, for this sole pur- m. The -weather man is doing a good Job cf It now, anyway. Pretty soon now the Tillman problem nill be greater than the negro pro Hem. Mars Is said to bo trying to signal the earth. Hang out the busy sign. "We can't bother with Mars while we are electing a United States senator. Mr. Hearst says he will serve in the ranks hereafter. He has had advertis ing enough for awhile, and serving In jthe ranks is cheaper than running for efflce. i Caruso has been tried and convicted , in a New Tork police court. He has 'been tried and acquitted by the direc tors of the concern he sings for. Take 5our choice. ; Borne New Mexico politicians are 'after the scalp of Governor Hagerman fcf that territory, charging that he has ; disorganized the Republican party In 'the southwest. Fearful charge, that. J The noise that you did not hear from , Washington on Monday, according to the Salina Journal, was the welcome !hls fellow senators were giving LaFol lette. Noticed how cordial it was, didn't ' j-ou ? Since Victor Murdock has got Into the senatorial race. Uncle Bent is torn be tween love for his brilliant red-headed nephew and his devotion to another red-headed man who lives at Law rence. Among the other senators who are not enthusiastic In praise of LaFollette. there is Mr. Dryden, of New Jersey, who will probably fall of re-election this winter as a result of the Wisconsin man's vl;it to his state. This coal confiscation Idea can be made to work both ways. The officials cf McCracken caught a carload of coal cn a sidetrack there the other day, and they promptly "confiscated" It and dis tributed it to suffering people. Since the editor of the Salina Jour nal has been running for United States enator and currying favor with legis lators, that paper has become so en slaved to the "Hon." habit that it even peaks of Hon. W. R. Hearst. It Is something of a disappointment to learn that a robber who held up a Pawnee county farmer who had been marketing t.'.s wheat, got only $390. It was supposed that a Kansas farmer Who had marketed his wheat never car ried less than $500 or $1,000 around with ' The New York World "cannot see ,kow any good can come from Senator Tillman's incendiary speeches on the race question." But if they keep Till jman In the senate, isn't some good ac 'cOmpllGhsd from Tillman's standpoint, however the rest of the country may flook at It? I i Of course it Is perfectly legitimate for Senator Bailey to practice law, but there is a serious doubt whether he ought to represent a corporation which J Is opposed to the people, when the peo iPle are also paying him to represent them. On second thought, there is no doubt about It. It's a sure thing that he ought not to do it. ! Says the Hutchinson News: "The Chicago Inter-Ocean having eliminated all the Republican presidential candi dates except Speaker Cannon and Vice : President Fairbanks, and the Topeka 'State Journal having eliminated these, the Republicans seem to be up against It for a standard bearer next time." What's the matter with drafting some body? Teddy, for instance. Some of the newer cities of the first class in Kansas are wondering what all this "government by commission" talk is about, and they are Inclined to resent It. Would It not be well to make the commission plan" optional with all first and second class cities, allowing those that wish to do so to keep the present council system? Mr. Bryan calls attention to the fact that the only president who has moved from Albany to the White House in thirty years was Grover Cleveland. T'..e New York governorship, he says, is not a stepping stone to the presi dency. If he had said that before elec tion it might have helped Hearst some. People were afraid he might go from Albany to Washington. President Roosevelt, -rays & dispatch, rome time ago Insisted that Mr. Cortel you, then chairman of the Republican national committee, should return to the big Insurance companies the money they had contributed to th Hepubliean campaign fund, on the ground that the money belonged to the policyholders and the Insurance magnates had no right to use it for political purposes. Mr. Cortelyou and Treasurer Bliss, says the dispatch, firmly refused to return the money, but the president is still Insisting that it must be returned. This will not weaken the president with the people, but it may be a trifle rough on Mr. Cortelyou's budding presidential boom. TI1E SPEAKERSHIP. It Is to be hoped that the speaker of the house in the coming legislature will not be chosen solely on the sena torial issue. Important legislation ought to be enacted by the coming legislatuie and the house should be or ganized with that in view rather than to farther the Interests of some senatorial candidate. The election of a United States senator is, of course, a matter of great importance, but it is a matter on which the appointment of legislative committees and the rules cf the house ought to have no bearing. In electing a senator each legislator ought simply to reflect the sentiment of the people whom he represents. The speaker's chair calls for a man of strong character, who will use his power impartially, but to expedite leg islation. A number of good men have been suggested for the place. At present the speakership contest appears to be between John S. Simmons of Lane county, and Cyrus Leland, of Doniphan. W. B. Ham, of Rooks, has been mentioned but for some reason his candidacy does not seem to be "tak ing," possibly because he is regarded as extreme "square deal." Nor is the boom of J. W. Creech, of Dickinson, progressing much more than did the same gentleman's gubernatorial boom last spring. Mr. Creech is regarded as the exponent of the opposite extreme from Mr. Ham. The situation Involving Mr. Sim mons and Mr. Leland is interesting. The former will have the support of the Seventh district generally and what is known as "the Long crowd." This is the result of the rupture between Mr. Leland and Senator Long. It is also stated that Congressman Curtis is inclined to favor Mr. Simmons, although Mr. Simmons himself will probably vote for J. L. Brlstow for ITnlted States senator, because the people of that section are strongly for Brlstow. It is a fact, however, that some of the ele ments that seem to be most strongly opposed to Brlstow are for Simmons for speaker. Mr. Leland, strange as It may seem, has considerable support among the "square dealers" and those who are op posed to "the Long crowd." He has refrslned from declaring himself on the senatorshlrp. There is an element, however, that appears to be dissatisfied with all of these candidates. It includes some of those who have heretofore been oppos ed to Mr. Leland politically, but who are now busy fighting those elements that are pushing Mr. Simmons' candi dacy. Thr re has been some rumors re cently that this element would unite on C. A. Stannard, of Lyon county, anoth er representative whose position on the senatorshlp is unknown. With this sort of a field to draw on it ought not to be difficult to elect a speaker with a view to securing good legislation rather than to farther the interests cf some senatorial candidate. THE CAR FAMINE. Complaints are coming in from all quarters these days concerning the car shortage. Shippers of all kinds allege that they cannot get enough cars to do their business. Grain men have their elevators overflowing, but they cannot get the railroads to empty them because no cars are to be had. Some localities are suffering for coal. Alleged reason: Shortage of coal cars. Cattle shippers are compelled to feed their stock long after they are ready for market because their requests for cars go unheeded. But is there really a car shortage? Along with these complaints come stories of empty cars standing unused on the sidings for weeks, and the ques tion arises, why? A cattle feeder wrote the State Journal a few days ago that he had given an order for three cattle cars over a month before and they had not yet been delivered to him, although only 43 miles away he had counted 39 empty cattle cars standing on a siding, while nine others were loaded with brick. The writer hereof was recently told of an Instance in Oklahoma where a cotton buyer ships In cotton seed for grinding and ships out baled cotton. Cars of seed have come in to him which he has speedily unloaded, and he has then asked for the cars in which to ship out cotton. The request was refused although the empty cars remained for three weeks on a side track. A man who does business In a north ern Kansas town stated to the State Journal recently that it takes freight shipments ten days to come from Chi cago at present, whereas two or three years ago it came through in four days. These stories would indicate that the shortage is somewhere else than In cars. Either motive power or labor must be lacking, if the railroads are doing their utmost to relieve the situation and it stands to reason that they would do so. A lack of motive power or too few train crews would explain why some empty cars are left unused. The man with cattle to ship Is not furnished cars because the moment they are loaded they must be moved by the railroad, and the motive power may be lacking. The man who wanted to use the empty cars at hand for shipping cotton was not allowed to do so for the cars may have beei. promised elsewhere, but the engines and crews may have been lack ing to haul them. People who receive freight are mak ing complaints about its delivery, Just as did the northern Kansas man. This might bo caused by a lack of motive power, or It might be caused by some other reason. If there is a shortage of cars, however, this slowness of move ment will contribute to It mightily. If it takes ten dys for a car of merchan dise to travel from Chicago to Kansas, where it formerly covered the distance in four days, it is evident that that car is not doing more than half the work it formerly did. With the same expedition an formerly, that car would come through in four days, be unloaded the fifth, loaded with wheat the sixth, and return to Chicago by the tenth. It is difficult to believe that the rail roads are not doing all they can to handle the business, but it appears that there has either been mismanage ment, or else that business has grown faster than the facilities for caring for it. The fact that the same conditions exist on practically all roads all over the country indicates that It is not mis management. Serious car famines first made their appearance in Kansas about six years ago. At first they lasted only for a few weeks while the wheat was being rush ed to market from July to September 1 or October. The railroads then declined to load up on sufficient equipment to handle the entire wheat crop in a few weeks, claiming that the cars would then remain idle the balance of the y-ar. Besides they could haul the wheat when they pleased. But business has expanded much more rapidly than was anticipated until now the car fam ine lasts most of the year. Too much prosp-rity evidently. Wellington was thankful because it Is unlike Leavenworth, Wichita or To peka. It is easy to understand why it should rejoice at being- unlike Wichita or Leavenworth, but now that To peka has repaved Kansas avenue, it is difficult to comprehend the Topeka part of Wellington's gladness. Per haps Wichita can point it out. That Rhode Island man who always sends the president his Thanksgiving turkey came near losing his advertis ing this year. Very few papers print ed double column pictures of the bird. Congress may think it is some pumpkins, but when W. R. Stubbs gets the Kansas legislature to performing congress will see Just how little it amounts to. If any other tenor singers wish to get their names into the headlines ;hcy now know how to proceed. Still, there is apparently nothing to do but to excuse Peary for not discov ering the pole, provided he promises not to let it occur araln. JAYHAWKER JOTS The country "lyceum" is 1n full tloom once more. There is some curiosity to know whether the recent revival at Emporia was sufficient to quench the Town Row. Billy Morgan points out that it was very natural when Mayor Gabriel blew his trumpet in Parsons, the Joints closed. The announcement that a woman is to try to reach the North Pole leads Roy Tapley to Jump at the conclusion that there are men at the North Pole. The mean thing! W. H. Thompson, who defeated Col onel Hopkins for Judge in the extreme southwestern district of the state, proudly displays a letter of congratu lation from W. J. Bryan. A woman writing to the Caldwell News asked for "a little space" in which to defend Christian Science, and she very thoughtfully confined her re marks to two and a half columns. Noting that Mayor Schmitz says he will neither give nor take quarter, Fred Trigg remarks that the San Francisco mayor has never been accused of tak ing anything as small as a quarter. Western Kansas Is not the only part of the state that is booming In all sorts of ways these days. Newspapers irom every nttie locality are braee nir of the growth and prosperity in their parts, fcven Arkansas Cltv is nro- grcsslng along all lines. Proud Reno countv hnast from the Hutchinson Nevis: Sedgwick county Doasis or zou.wo bushels of apples this year. Six Reno county growers could be selected, the aggregate of whose crops would equal this amount. One who knows" sends this news item to the Garden city Reflector: "Yesterday Rev. Mr. Robertson was at tacked in the pulpit of the Christian church by J. L. Seeds, not with har mony and tongs, but with bare fists. We learn that Mr. Seeds has been fined 50 cents for assault and 50 cents for dis- turDlng the peace." Walter Johnson was left In rhnrM of the Hutchinson News the other day and he handed out a delicate hint to W. Y. Morgan, the editor. After dis cussing the question of raising the sal aries of state officers he says: "Then let us have an increase in the salaries of newspaper writers also. This partic ular editorial is written, not by the editor, but by the hired man and it may voice the editor's opinion not at all, or in whole, or only in part. Here's nopin u meets ms unqualified ap proval.' GLOBE SIGHTS. From the Atchison Globe. A shoemaker's main business is sole saving. When a man Is poky, old fashioned people say: "He is too slow to catch a cold." To be successful one must know when to grant and when to refuse con cessions. There are days when every time a man turns his head around, his neck gets the axe. There is something missing out of the children's lives if there isn't a va cant lot next door. There are as many different vari eties of dangerous women as there are styles of doing the hair. There is this in favor of the woman who thinks theater going is wicked: she never takes her babies there. During a cold, disagreeable day, it Is a fortunate loafer who knows a store or office where he will be wel come. The average woman keeps a cook Just long enough for the cook to peer Into all the closets and get good looks at the family skeletons. A dyspeptic said today: "I can diet all right in summer, but in winter, when sausage, and mince pies, and spare ribs come on, I'm lost." The motherly Instinct in a woman Is a noble trait, no doubt, but it Is also aften the cause of a girl falling in love with a worthless failure of a man. Note how Full of Trouble the Farm er's Wife Is: She Is having Difficulty In Counting up Hard rains this year to Account for the "Scarlty of Turkeys." Having broken the women of the habit of keeping their hat on in the theater, the reformers should go after the young girls who wear such big bows of such wide ribbons on their heads that the man behind feels as if he is peering over the ribbon counter at a. drygoods store. JOURNAL ENTRIES J KANSAS COMMENT TILLMAN'S SPEECH. Have you read Ben Tillman's speech, in Chicago. A great row was made over this speech, before Its delivery. We have read a stenographic report of it. He says, in effect, that in seven of the leading southern states, the ne groes outnumber the whites; that un der the law adopted by northern people, these negroes would control the south, although they do not pay a hundredth part of the taxes, or represent a hun dredth part of the education or intel ligence of the south. He argues that the whites haye. always controlled th ?v.?ck races' and that the exception in this case is because of the quarrel be tween the north and the south over slavery; that the northern people them selves dislike the negroes as much as do southern people, and have shown their dislike in many ferocious ways; that the northern people would do ex actly as the southern people are doing, under like circumstances. He didn't say, "To hell with the law," but "To hell with such a law," meaning the law forming negro equality or the peo ple of the south, adopted at a time when the northern people were wrought up because of a long war. He says the old time negroes were all right, that during the war, the slaves protected their mistresses, while the men were away fighting, but that a new race has grown up, which is impudent and dan gerous. The speech Is not as bad as it has been represented, in any particu lar. Atchison Globe. PUBLIC OWNERSHIP. Bill Allen White, who is always but ting in, says this land of the free and home of the brave already has "public ownership" of all the newspapers that are any account; and that editors and publishers are but "hired men," who print these papers to meet the require ments of the sovereign squats. If an editor doesn't print a paper that meets the approbation of the people, his pa per goes to pot, while the editor ceases to be. And there is a lot of truth in what Bill Allen, says. El Dorado Re publican. JOBBERS. Anthony Is getting to be quite a wholesale point, but you would never know it from her newspapers any more than you would other towns that we might mention. Jobbers are always ask ing for newspaper support, but never patronize the newspaper. Hutchinson News. LUCKY. J. R. Burton is writing a book ex posing certain prominent Kansans. Certain prominent Kansans are to be congratulated upon their good luck. Lawrence World. THE ELOPEMENT. Woman continues to occupy at least her share of space in the public prints. J. his by no means detracts from one's interest in those publica tions, lor it may not be a violation of confidence to say that many men really feel an interest in women. In deed, in nearly every sensational story about woman a man may be found at tne Dottom or it. oman is not alto gether to blame for her prominence in the newspapers, for every woman who gets into the news is described as beautiful, and this, is the only chance many of- them ever -have to be thus described. -i This -chance nresents a great tetnfctatliin ffwwoman, and every man who has'ever read the story of Eve and the apple knows how readily woman may yield to temptation. One of the late news items con cerning woman is this: "Braddock Pa. Fifty-two young women oi a Braddock Lutheran church, at a meeting held last night, signed a paper pledging themselves not to be parties to elopements." a he young ladies who have signed this rledge probably mean to keep it. There is no harm in that. Nearly every one who signs a pledge means to keep it. But, if 50 per cent of the pledges signed were kept the anti saloon league could safely disband. Is it logical that these young ladies should throw the welfjht of their in fluence against elopement? The elopement has its uses. In the first place, it is romantic, and if people do not get their romance before marriage they are apt never to know much about romance. The elopement Is a good thing for the poor man. It en ables a. six-dollar-a-week man to as pire to the hand of a maid he could never hope to win with the consent of her mother. Moreover, the elopement excels in the matter of economy. It is very much cheaper than a church wedding. There is also much less excitement about it. The young lady does not have to wrestle with the awful prob lem of the invitation list. On the other hand, it is true that the elopers have to forego many wedding presents, but thiq also is economy. Wedding pres ents are the most expensive things a young married couple can accept. When it comes to paying Dack wee ding presents it is astounding to learn the number of school chums the young wife had, and the rapidity and per sistency with which they marry. Washington Star. A CHAPTER TO BE CLOSED. The statement is made with such cir cumstantial warrant that Senator Thos. r Piatt of New York will soon retire from the upper branch of congress that It is being generally acceptea as ac curate. His recent family disclosures have been such as to make nis pnysicai presence in the senate unendurable and his reception bythe president impossi hie Resicnation therefore from a mor al point of view Is inevitable. The situation in which Mr. Piatt finds him self necessarily revives interest in the resignation of both senators rrom tne mint of view of the right of the slate of New York to enjoy the best representa tion. It will be well ror tne tmpirH state If this chapter in its history can be permanently closed at oncv. New Haven Register. 1 DANGEROUS ANARCHISM. . xr T la ng-.nin hpM nn tn scorn as a nest of anarchists, and pos sibly she deserves it. But the anarch ism of Paterson, N. J., is not so danger ous as the anarchism of a citizen of New Bedford, Mass.. who was heard to exult the other day on the prospect of getting five dollars for his vote at the coming municipal election. New Bed ford Evening Standard. NAUGHTY TRUSTS! Now the sugar trust has been con victed of accepting rebates. These trusts certainly are a guilty lot. Pitts burg Gazette-Times. TICKLED. President Roosevelt seems to be as greatly rleased with the Panama canal as If he had dug it himself. Toledo Blade. WIDOWS' UNION WILL OBJECT. A Massachusetts club woman de clares the law should prohibit women from marrying more than once. Houston Post. FROM OTHER PENS PRECEPT AND PRACTICE. Young men should never smoke. It dulls the mind, And costs moreover many shekels bright. The which invested In gold-bearing bonds (Gimme a light!) Would bring much profit. Always pay your debts With promptness and the confidence of men You will acquire (Tell that persistent guy To call aeain!) And never, never drink! It's poison rank And he who uses it a stupid lout To failure all foredoomed. (Say, Jimmy, boy. Bring mine without!) And as for swearing, oh, the naughty act! Ill-bred and wicked to be wholly frank (Say, why'n the thunder don't you close that door! Blank Blank!) New Orleans Times-Demovrat. Harnessing a River. The railroad dams contrived and built to turn the Colorado river back into its course have at last succeeded after several failures and a profuse ex penditure of money, expert skill, and hard work. The flow into the remark able Salton sink Is checked, and the very considerable body of water which has accumulated in the great depres sion, which stretches from United States territory well down into Mexico, will now evaporate in the course of timo unless it is further replenished. The lake now covers hundreds of square miles of desert to a depth that varies from ten to one hundred and twenty feet, and is a feature of the far southwest that provokes thoughtful persons to meditation. Some of them strongly favor its retention by co operation of the United States and Mexican governments, on the ground that it has proved exceedingly bene ficial to the climate of the whole southwest of the United States and of northern Mexico. The rainfall, it seems, has been abundant and bene ficent beyond precedent in that region during the last two years, and crops have been raised by its help where it had not been supposed that crops could be raised without irrigation. The theory is that the influence of the new Salton sea has made it possible for the rain-clouds from the Pacific ocean to cross the desert, whereas aforetime its blasting heat used to dissipate them, leaving arid the lands beyond, which of late have sot their share of rain. This is an interesting theory and will doubtless get the full investigation which its importance merits. A very stout string will be tied to the Colo rado river before It is let out of its course again, but if there is a profit In having part of it maintain a great lake in the Salton sink instead of running into the Gulf of California, the diver sion can doubtless be arranged and managed row with safety under com petent restriction. The river has shown what it could do. Perhaps it was worth doing. Harper's Weekly. The Flight of Time. Two darkies swapped mules. One of them was an old hand at the business, and in making the trade he represented his mule to be seven years old. This was in February. A few months later the other darky began to real'ze he had been swindled, and that the beast was fully twelve years old. i?o he went back to tell the swindler h? had lied to him about the animal's ati?. "You say," said the other fellow, "dat when you got de mule in February, he was seven years old, and now it's June and he's twelve years old?" "Yes, I do," was the angry response "Well, sah, time sure do fly." Phila delphia Ledger. Roosevelt and Ills Book. President Roosevelt often tells with relish this story on himself. He visited a bookseller's shop in Idaho Just after he had written his "The Winning of tTtc West." He picked up a copy of his book from the counter and salt to the book seller, with feigned curiosity: "Who Is the author Roosevelt?" "Oh," was the answer, "he's a ranch driver up in the cattle country." "What do you think of his book?" "Well," said the dealer. "I've always thought I'd like to meet that author and tell him if he'd stuck to running ranches and not tried to write books he'd have cut a heap bigger figure at his trade and been a bigger man." Boston Her ald. Knew Whnt He Meant. Rev. Wlllinm Sheafe Chase, rector of Christ church, Brooklyn, N. Y., now prominent in the crusade for Sunday law enforcement In New York, has an un controllable wink. His many Rhode Is land friends will recall that when he is talking earnestly one eye will, by an in voluntary muscular contraction, appear to be giving point to the conversation. At that time, when he was rector of St. James' church in Woonsocket, he vis. Ited a printing office with a rush order for some work. "I can't do the Job In time for you un less I work Sunday." said the printer, "and I don't suppose you approve of th'I will leave the copy." said Mr. Chase, "and you must do the best you can, but pertainlv von must not work on Sunday," he concluded with emphasis. When the rector received the printing he said with some surprise: "I did not think it would be delivered so early." "It would not have been ready but for the Sunday work," replied the honest printer. Surprised at this, Mr. Chase asked: "Didn't I say that the work must not be done on Sunday?" "You surely did. but you winked, and I knew what that meant," was the sa-ge answer of the man of the types.' St. Paul Pioneer Press. POINTED PARAGRAPHS. From the Chicago News. 3 Never Judge a girl's beauty by her photo. Life isn't worth livlns for those who think it isn't. About the easiest way to settle an argument is to shut up. Highly colored stories are never in the white-lie class. The people who succeed are those who make use of each other. A woman's train of thought is apt t run toward her dressmaker. Many an otherwise honest young man doesn't hesitate to steal a kiss. It's difficult for a woman to love a man that no other woman admires. It is permissible to blow your own horn if you are a member of a brass band. When a man is unable to choose be tween two evils he usually hunts up a third. Crops may come and crops may go, but the forbidden-fruit crop is always with us. Many a fellow tries to run a forty horse power automobile on a five horse power salary. Riches may have wings, but don't sit down and wait for another man's riches to fly your way. There never was a pretty girt so stupid that she couldn't fool the clev erest man of her acquaintance. A married man thinks he could, have saved a lot of money had he remained a bachelor, but he couldn't. When you see a boy of 10 with a clean face and his hair carefully oombed it'e a safe bet that he Is In love with his school teacher. I THE EVENING STORY . Beth's Hero. TBy Colin S. Collins.! Beth looked curiously about the hall. Behind the scenes had always been a domain of Fairylt.nd to her.The thought that she was to witness a renearsai, and a dress rehearsal at that, over powered her. It was not at al las she had pictured It Th lono- low-pel lin a-ert hall W3S very unlike the stage, and the mass of properties and scenery thrown aDout i apparent cluios bewildered her. A huge boulder lay against an Italian fountain, and flower beds, stacked one above the other, looked very unlike the ilower beds she knew. Over in one corner a group of men were pulling and hauling at a girl dressed as an Indian. In the center of the hall half a dozen men were strug gling through some unfamiliar music, and not far away a heavily built man was deliberately slitting a new leather coat Into shreds and rubbing it on the dirty floor to take off its aspect of new ness. Other girls were going through danc ing steps at the behest of a stocky lit tle man, who beat time with a thick pole he carried when he was not using the stick to threaten some unruly girl. And over all presided a thin, nervous looking man, who seemed to have the faculty of being in three places at once. Tom Seaton detached himself from the group about a cage in one coiner and came toward her. "It doesn't seem much when you see it close to, does it?" he laughed. "It is a little disappointing," she ad mitted, "but I find it very interesting." "They are going to dress soon," he said carelessly, "and then run through the pantomime. It's a pity that they cannot get the hall upstairs, where they can get the scenery up. There's a wedding or something going on up there." "It was awfully good of you to bring me," she said impulsively. "It's good for you to come," he laughed. "A glimpse of a dress re hearsal is the best cure for the stage fever that I know of. It was lucky that Hermes was in a good humor last night when I asked him if I might bring you over." "Is that Hermes?" she asked, point ing to a tall, handsome fellow who posed in one corner. "That's the man who made the cos tumes," he laughed. "Hermes is that little fellow who is all over the place. He and St. Elmo, the ballet master that little fellow with the stick are doing about half the work." Beth glanced with new Interest at the flying figure. She had seen him on the stage dressed in mystic robes, and with all of the advantage of scenic environ ment. He looked vastly different as he flew about the place in an old pair of trousers and a tattered flannel shirt. Even when the players who had slipped out of the room began to come back in gaudy costumes, the illusion was not restored, for the nervous little ballet master kept Jumping into the space outlined by chairs to represent the stage and, roughly throwing some one aside, took her place to show what he wanted done. Not until they came to the trick to which the pantomime worked up did Beth regain her interest. The beauti ful white girl was supposed to be thrown into a lion's den, but an Indian maiden, by virtue of a talisman, took the place of the Infuriated beast. The others crowded about the cage to see the trick worked, and Tom dragged Beth over, with a whispered: "You musn't tell the trick to any one." She noded assent with a delightful feeling of mystery, and watched with interest the "elaborate working of a trick that seemed simple enough front, the audience-. Half a dozen times the trick was tried before Hermes straightened up with an "All riffht! Dress for the next act," and the crowd of fantastically dre'ssed players rushed off to the ante- rTorri led Beth back to the tiny plat form that formed her seat of vantage. "Disillusioned?" he said, with a smile. "Entirely so," she shuddered. Of coursa I knew It was all play, but 1 never dreamed it was such hard work." "You should have been to one of the early rehearsals," he laughed. "There was one afternoon when St. Elmo got so excited at the way one of the stupid girls behaved that I had to Jump In and catch his arm to keep him from striking her. He's a genius, but his temper is something awful. It's no worse, though, than with some of the big companies." "I don't think I shall want any of It," she shuddered. "It has cured me completely of my desire to go on the St3o you think you could settle down to being Just Mrs. Tom Seaton?" he pleaded. "I want you so, dear." "Don't, please," she begged. "You know how I feel." He turned away. He knew all too well how she felt. That some roman ticism that urged her to the stage acted against him. He was Just Tom Seaton, big, good natured and a faith ful friend, but entirely too unromantlc to appeal to her heart. He had de stroyed the glamor of the stage for her by brlngtng her to rehearsal. Only a miracle could work the other change. He had slipped his coat off when he had come in. following the example of the rest and now he turned to a cigar for solace. He was carefully selecting one from his case when a cry from Beth caused him to turn. There Just below the platform stood King, the Hon used in the trick. In the excitement some one had neglected to fasten the door of the cage and while they had been talking he had slipped out and started on a tour of Investiga tion. , , ' All of the players had gone to change their costumes and the property man had taken advantage of Hermes' ab sence to slip out to the corner for a glass of beer. They were alone. Just below him, on the edge of the plat form were a couple of revolvers loaded with blank cartridges. With A bound he caught one of these up and discharged it into King'3 face. With an angrv snarl the brute turned and charged toward the other end of the room. . , , Tom caught up the other revolver and slipped it into his pocket. Then he seized St. Elmo's wand and followed the retreating form. Back and forth they went up and down the hall until, at last with a quick turn, Tom headed the brute into his cage Just as Hermes rushed in. It was he who latched the door of the cage, for now that the danger was over Beth was clinging to Tom, mur muring praises that sounded sweet ta 1 fl xs Hermes came forward but Tom, dis engaging himself from Beth's clasp, went toward him and whispered In his eiar Hermes smiled knowingly and darted out. Presently he was back arraln. "There Is a carriage at the dooT," he said. "I am sorry that Miss Albright should have had so unpleasant an ex perience while my guest." "All's well that ends well," laughed Tom. "Good night, Hermes, and many thanks for your courtesy. I'll see you tomorrow." In the carriage Beth clung to Tom as though the danger were not yet over. "And to think," she sobbed penitently, "that I did not realize what a brave man you were. I do love you, Tom, but somehow " "I know," he eald gently as she fal tered. "You wanted a hero and I was so dreadfully commonplace." "You're not," she cried, indignantly. "Only I well, I never realized before how big and brave you were." "All's wll that ends well," he chuck led. "Tomorrow morning you will be wearing the biggest solitaire that an engaged girl ever had." "I don't deserve it," she said meekly. "You're awfully good, Tom." Some hours later Seaton sat In his little den, absorbing a brandy and soda in absolute content. He looked up at Beth's picture on the mantel. "I guess you've had a lot of Ideals smashed tonight, little girl," he mused. "But it was good for you and if anyone ever tells you that that poor old brute was a darned sight more scared than you ever could be, I'll knock his blamed head off." (Copyright, 196, by Homer Sprague.). 1 HUMOR OP THE DAY The Park Cop Come on! Git up out v here! The Tramp (dreamily.) Wot's da matter, porter? Goin' ter make up da berths? Griggs "Dropped Into the court house this morning and lost my overcoat there, confound the luck." Briggs "That nothing. Last week I lost a. whole suit there." Boston Transcript. "Well, Mary, I'm going to smoke those cigars you gave me last Christmas." "I knew you would smoke them some time." "I didn't think I ever would, but the doc tor has Just told me that I must not use tobacco any more." "Did the Judge give hlnA a long sen tence?" "No." "I thought he said: 'Ten years.' " "Well, you don't call a sentence long that has only two words, do you?" Cleveland Plain Dealer. "What caused the trouble between Blinkers and his wife?" "They got Into a row over an automobile." "I didn't know they owned one." "They didn't. That's how the row started." Minneap olis News. "Johnny, didn't you lose two fingers celebrating the Fourth of July last year?" "You bet!" "Then you are not go ing to do any celebratng this year, are you?" "1011 bet I am! 1 can't lose them fingers again, can I." Chicago Tribune. "Oh, what do you call those things you hang clothes on?" said Dumlev, who was trying to think of "clothes tree." "What things?" asked Jigglns. "Why, they have arms that stick out like this, and" "Oh, dudes!" Philadelphia Ledger. "Life is so uncertain," she said. "I know it," he replied, "let's get married. One of us may die within a few years." Chicago Record-Herald. Teacher Miss Badger, what do you un derstand by "the privileged classes?" Coed The botany classes. They can go out in the woods once in a while. Chl caeo Tribune. "I see Katie, that New York is to have one policeman to every 521 Inhabitants," said the lady of the house. "Well, ma'am, I've got mine," was Katie's reply. Yonkers Statesman. "Do you enjoy delivering speeches to your constituents?" "Oh, yes," a.nswered the statesman; "only it hurts me to have some of them sny that speeches are the only kind of goods I can be relied upon to deliver." Washington Star. Bacon She says she is 21 years old. Egbert Well, she looks as If she would lay she was about that old. Tonkers Statesman. . "De man dat nurses unreasonable hopes," said Uncle Eben, "may be fool ish, but he ain't as foolish as de one dat nurses vain regrets." Washington Star. "I suppose a professional pugllfst." said Jokesley, "may properlv be called a 'box party.' " "Yes,-1 replied Wiseman, "pugilists don't do much but talk." Philadelphia Ledger. "How does It happen." asked the nort ly dowager on the overland express, "that you have managed to keep the same cook for thirty years?" "I married one." answered the chnnne acquaintance, shrugging her ample shoulders. Chicaeo Tribune. A Sure Sign. Policeman What made you think that your passenger was a foreigner? Driver He nsked me If I would like a glass of beer! Nobody lt a foreigner would ask me such a stupii thing as that. Fllegendc Blatter. "See here," said the Popley. "I don't propose to have that burclar alarm in our room. -We'll rig It up down in the hall." "But," protested his wife, "we wouldn't hear it and wake up when It roes off " 'Neither will the baby." Philadelphia Ledger. "A woman should always denerd on her husband for advice." .ald "the de voted wife. "Yes." answered the visitor "but it does grow monotonous not to gt any advice except to economize." Wash ington Star. QUAKER REFLECTIONS. From the Philadelphia Record. Nothing can be much more anti quated than lost year's popular song. Some men actually feel the pangs of remorse before they are found out. The pugilist can put his man to sleep almost as successfully as the preacher. Some fellows are not satisfied to kill time unless it belongs to somebody else. The average woman Is usually will ing to forgive the man she has of fended. Any old maid will tell you that such a thing as marriage has never occurred to her. Ague is one of the things that will give a fellow the shake and still stay right with him. The man who thinks twice before he speaks will soon learn to think a dozen times before he sings. Blobbs "Yes. when she sings people forget everything else." Slobbs "Gee! Is It as bad as that?" Wigg "He's rich enough to do pret ty much as he pleases, Isn't he'" Wagg "Well, pretty much as his wlifa pleases." REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. The time to ask a girl for a kiss Is after you have done it. The best way never to settle a ques tion is to o to law about it. The best way to win an argument is to let the other fellow do the talk ing. A man is an awful liar to enjoy spending the evening home with his family. The average man is more afraid of going to hell than of not going to Heaven. Even bald-headed men have the nerve to criticise the way others part their hair. A woman can't help having more confidence In a man's bravery if h uses cuss words. When a girl shakes hands with a man either she is afraid he will squeeze her finders or that he won't. A man always tries to make out that It is much worse for a woman to have a pet dog than for him to have a bad habit.