THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOURNAt WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 18, 1908.
WPEKV STUE JOFMAl.
By FRANK P. MAC LKNNAX.
CHntered July 1. 1875. as second-class
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Under the act of congress.
VOLUME XXXV No. 286
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OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.
The State Journal is i member of the
Associated Press and receives the full day
telegraph report of that great news or
ganization for the exclusiva afternoon
publication in Topeka.
The news is received In The State Jour
nal buildtntr over wires for this sole pur
pose. One of the joyous delights of the fal!
Season is the chrysanthemums. Just
stop and drink in the beauties of these
flowers whenever the opportunity is af
forded. They are inspiring.
It's a good thing for the pocketbooks
of the men that their wives, do not fol
low their example of betting hats in a
promiscuous fashion on ths results of
election, or on any other proposition.
for that matter.
There was no need or excuse for the
Greek ship, the Panaghylykiardopoula
which arrived at the port of New York
the other day, to have carried any
freight. She would have done very well
to have just brought in her name with
It is Just about time for the admoni
tion to Christmas shoppers to do their
shopping early. As -a stitch in time
eaves nine so does early Christmas
chopping, when the stores are not over
crowded, save the patienee both of the
customer and clerk.
The county commissioners have
been petitioned formally to improve
the Seabrook road for .a mile south
of that town. It probably needs It as
do many of the other roads radiating
from Topeka. Some of them are lit
tle less than an actual disgrace to the
county. Good roads are not only good
for the town they enter but they
greatly enhance the value of all the
property along them.
Certainly the Democrats made no
mistake in one way through, putting
Korman E. Mack at the head of their
national committee, He. is going to
make good the deficit, financial, of
course, incurred by this committee in
the campaign out of his own pocket.
If he had only so fixed things that
there would not have been any deficit
In the votes given to his party's can
didates he would now be a great man,
Mr. Gompers announces that if he
Is adjudged guilty of contempt of
court in the proceedings against him
which are pending in this regard he
will go to jail before he will pay a
fine or permit the American Federa
tion of Labor to pay it ' for him.
That's his privilege but when the
judgment is pronounced against him
It may be that he will have no alter
native. There have been such things
as sentences to jail for contempt of
court in place of fines and sometimes
both penalties have been meted out.
The court room at San Francisco
rhere the Reuf trial has been re
sumed is likened to an arsenal with
the armed guards that now infest and
eurround it. This is only another
case of locking the stable door after
the horse has made an exit. Perhaps
there would have been no attempted
assassination of Mr. Heney if San
Eranclsco had an ample ordinance
regulating the sale of fire arms. And
the outrage against justice which was
recently perpetrated there ought to be
a sufficient pointer for the other com
munities in the land to adopt ordi
nances of this sort.
The wife of a New Tork millionaire
lias started an anti-noise crusade and
ihas had several phonograph records
made of the noises that may be heard
every day and night In the week on the
thoroughfares of New York city. She
turned a few of these loose before an
audience in Boston which she was try
ing to get interested to the extent of
starting a similar reform in that city
and such a terrific din was made by the
noise records that the police felt called
upon to stop the exhibition of them. A
Boston newspaper describes the noise
as sounding like a medley of cats on a
back fence, with a good sized dog fight
In the foreground, and three or four
cheering throngs at Yale-Harvard foot
ball games in the distance 'tuned up
with a circus parade and its bands.
Everyone ought to be willing to admit
that this reformer has proved the worth
of her cause.
Another fond - illusion has been
Shattered. A national lecturer for the
Theosophical society recently de
livered himself in Chicago of the In
formation that the snakes seen by the
drunken man are real. He says that
the intoxicated person who sees
snakes actually sees them on the
astral plane. The drunken state
serves to develop the psychic eye and
thus objects are seen on the astral
plane instead of the physical. The
horrors that the intoxicated man
Bees are perfectly real on the plane
that his vision is focused, says this
gentleman, and he continues that "It
la Karma on the astral plane that is
mmishlng the man for his violation
of the law of sobriety. The penalties
meted out on the astral plane are as
painful as the penalties which men
suffer in the material world." All of
which is interesting; and should be a
sufficient warning to men not to get
into such a condition that they will
get a peek into the astral plane. And
all may be thankful that the astral
plane is so far removed from the ken
of normal folks.
THE STATE FAIR.
It is quite time thai the business
men of this city were getting busy
with plans to do their share in im
pressing upon the members of the
legislature the necessity for the es
tablishment of a real state fair in
Kansas and also for its location at
the city of Topeka. From now on,
the business men of the city, in fact,
all of the men in this locality, should
use every possible effort, and
through concerted action, to bring
these things about. Surely the time
is ripe for legislative action making
good substantial appropriations for
the creation of a state fair. Indeed,
the time has been long since ripe.
How it is that Kansas, agricultural
queen that she is,, has never had a
fair of commensurate proportions
with the position that she holds In
the agricultural and horticultural
world, which has been established
and supported by the state, is as in
explicable as it is mysterious. It
would assuredly be a matter for
laughter if it were not such a serious
one. Kansas is renowned for her lib
erai treatment of educational in
stitutions and yet she has been sadly
negligent in providing a state fair, an
institution whose educational ad
vantages to an agricultural . people
cannot well be measured. That an
appropriation for a state fair, and a
large one. too, will be forthcoming at
the session of the legislature, but
couple of months distant can almost
be taken for granted.
Next in importance to this is the
location of the fair. And Topekans
can well say that this, the capital city
of the commonwealth, Is the ideal
place for it. Surely there is not a
locality in the state that can boast of
such ample and adequate fair grounds
as the ones already In existence in
Shawnee county. There can be little
doubt that these, having an immense
intrinsic value because of their near
location to the very heart of the city,
would be generously deeded to the
state if it decided to hold its fair
here. They are really unsurpassed
for exposition purposes. They are not
by any means a big barren stretch of
land with a race course in the cen
ter of them as are a good many fair
grounds. There are groves of large
trees on two sides of them which
make them peculiarly attrac
tive and serviceable. They are plenti
fully supplied with water. As a mat
ter of fact it would be difficult to find
exposition grounds any place which
are so perfectly adapted for all the
purposes demanded of them.
Topeka, has unrivaled railroad ser
vice with four large railroad systems
tapping it and one of which has spur
tracks right into the fair grounds.
Topeka also has incomparable hotel
accommodations for the handling of
large crowds. In fact, Topeka, with
her fair grounds, presents facilities
unequaled by any other place in Kan
sas for the location of the state fair,
and this is not said in disparagement
of other cities in Kansas who . ill be
bidders to become the state ex
And it behooves Topekans to get
together and work with might and
main for the founding of the state
fair in this city. The task should not
be difficult in view of the material
with which they have to work, nor
should it be a hard Job to convince
honest minded legislators, or a com
mission, if the matter is left to one,
of the righteousness of Topeka's
claims as being the proper place for
the great exposition.
MR. STUBBS' GOOD PLANS.
Not even the most captious of critics
can discover a good reason to find fault
with the plans for the betterment of
the affairs of Kansas and Kansans that
Mr. Stubbs, the governor-elect, has in
mind and which he will suggest that !
the legislature pass measures to bring
about their accomplishment. On the
contrary all persons in the state ought
to look with favor on Mr. Stubbs pro
paganda in most of its essential details
and do whatever lies within their pow
er to aid him in making it become a
Among other things he proposes to
direct his energies to giving the state
good roads; to lay the foundation for a
comprehensive scheme for the develop
ment of a state forestry policy; to
establish a more liberal policy for the
educational institutions of the state; to
raise the standard of the rural school
system; to amend the primary and tax
laws in needed particulars and to
amend the act authorizing the govern
ment of cities of first and second class
by commissions. And he also believes
that the railroad laws already on the
statute books should be perfected.
As to this proposition, last referred
to, there is room for some honest dif
ference of opinion, although Mr. Stubbs
has not been specific, as yet. as to
which of the state railroad laws need
to be perfected or in what way. Cer
tainly all the laws on the statute books
of the state should be perfected so that
they will be made as effective as pos
sible and the railroad laws are of that
number, of course. But it will be
doubtful in the minds of many whether
any conditions now exist in the rail
road world or will develop by the time
the legislature meets, which will war
rant any new and general railroad leg
islation. Kansas is already surfeited
with railroad laws and it is likely that
a few of them need perfecting as to
their details. But in the remodelling
of them great care should be taken
that nothing will be done which might
turn out to be oppressive to the rail
roads in the slightest way. The rail
roads have really been over-legislated
against during the past few years, not j
only in Kansas but all over the nation.
They, above all others, feit the heaviest
blows of the financial panic of a year
ago. They are dust getting on their
feet again, as it were, from the effects
of those turbulent financial times, and
the coming legislature should go slow
with its railroad legislation. There
would seem to be plenty of it on the
state's statute books right now to do
about everything that it is possible for
a state to do to railroads, and it would
probably be a good plan to let well
enough alone in this regard. . .
Kansas would not occupy the proud
position she does today among her sis
ter states in the union if it had not
been for her many and excellent rail
road systems which have made her de
velopment possible. In times past, and
tot so long gone by either, the rail
roads undoubtedly engaged in a variety
of practices that were reprehensible, to
say the least, but those times have
passed. The railroads have been shown
the error of their ways and have heed
ed. It is the desire of their officials, as
they have shown It of late, to keep well
within the mandates of the laws that
were found necessary to govern them
and which have already been enacted,
and care should be taken that they are
not asked by statute to do anything
unreasonable. A prosperous country
needs prosperous railroads. One can
not do without the other. Their inter
ests are in common and the sooner leg
islators realize this great truth the bet
ter it will be for the railroads, the
commonwealth, and all concerned.
Frequently, a man who is a good
dancer and is particularly light on his
feet is also light in his upper end.
When some folks at a party start in
to sing that's the signal for an in
creased activity in talking among the
Maybe a horse is safer than an auto
mobile because the driver does not have
to depend entirely on his own intelli
gence. Many men never get the opportunity
of learning Just how lucky they were
when certain girls refused their offers
It takes a real diplomat to ascertain
what friends or relatives would like
for Christmas presents without leaving
with them the idea that they may ex
J A YHA WKER JOTS
The Garden City Telegram Is urging
people to boll their water. Ordinarily
water Is too scarce In that part of the
state for any of it to be wasted in
steam, advises the Hutchinson News.
A five-eared stalk of corn is the
latest thing in the corn freak line
around Emporia, according to the Ga
zette. It was raised on the Hlnshaw
farm east of the town.
Mrs. Cusey, Mrs. Bradiy and Mrs.
Bowelby, three sisters who live near
Burlington, glory In the fact that their
ages total 26 5 years. Mrs. Cusey Is 86
years old, Mrs. Bradley Is 91 and Mrs.
Bowelby Is 88. Congratulations to
Careful Inquiry made by the King
man Journal among the real estate
men of Kingman county fails to dis
close a single sale of valuable property
to anyone who got rich recently by
patronizing Thomas W. Lawson's latest
A Hutchinson traveling man tells a
good story on a certain prominent'
hotel proprietor of this city. It seems
that the said hotel man lost his grip
while In Hutchinson and had to pay $7
to get It out of a pawn shop where he
found It. Great Bend Tribune.
Edgar Wlllett, the famous Detroit
pitcher, returned to his home in this
city the past week and was greeted by
all his admiring friends. The story in
circulation about his having got mar
ried is a fake, so Willett says. Cald
well News. And Mr. Willett ought to
One Marlon county poet has discov
ered a way to get his rhyme into print.
He sent, with appropriate inclosure,
this stanza to the editor:
I am in arrears to the Record,
So my subscription please renew.
Enclosed you'll find a dollar
Mailed in this to you.
From the Atchison Globe.
Every married man is chaperoned by
There is entirely too much remedy, in
this country that is not applied.
As soon as a man discovers that he
cannot reform himself, he begins on
When a farmer comes to town with a
young colt following an old mare, he Is
as proud of It as a woman Is of a baby.
A widower with seven children
stands a better show matrimonially
than a Spin, with beauty, family, char
acter, and money.
When an honest old farmer takes his
pen in hand, and proceeds to write
copy for a poster advertising a Fourth
of July celebration in his pasture, he
lies like a circus man.
The French have an expression about
"cab wit." That is. a Frenchman, re
turning from a party, and alone in his
cab, thinks of lots of clever things he
might have said. There is a great deal
of cab wit outside of France.
The girls are not stopping to catch
their breaths in their chase for a new
young man in town. He has neither
looks nor money to recommend him.
but he has something more: He spent
a whole evening recently declaring that
No Wife of His Should Ever Put Her
Hands in Dishwater.
Mrs. Lysander John Appleton has
estimated that a wedding, counting
supper, bridal clothes, carriages, etc..
costs about J800 at the lowest, and that
an elopement doesn t cost 8. She is
therefore advocating the revival of
Romance; Considering that times are
hard she believes that this revival of
Romance is due to the father who foots
In the average family, pa picks at
ma, and ma picks at pa. Brother picks
at sister, and sister picks at brother.
No member of the family has any lib
erty or content; no member of the
family Is ever praised. Yet the mem
bers of the family are pretty decent;
all are good people, and deserving of
occasional commendation. It seems to
be an American habit to pick at our
neighbors; at members of our family;
at the national government, the state
government, and the local government.
Yet in spite of it all, ours Is the great
est country In existence, and we are
the greatest people. Why are we not
more genteel, and more sensible? Why
are we all so quarrelsome? Why are
we all more wretched than we need be?
CONDITION OF THE ROCK ISLAND
It is understood in financial centers
that the controlling interests in the
Rock Island system are very well sat
isfied with the present status of the
nnances or the Chicago, KocK island St
Pacific Railway company. The pro
ceeds of the 19,000,000 bonds, recently
sold to Speyer & Co., were turned into
the treasury of the company and ,will
be used for general purposes. It is
authoritatively stated that the com
pany now has no floating debt and
that in its treasury, in addition to a
comfortable amount of cash, there are
the bonds of the Toledo, St. Louis &
Western Railroad company, received
in payment for the Chicago & Alton
stock which the Rock Island sold to
the "Clover Leaf," and also other
valuable assets considerably in excess
in the aggregate of current liabilities.
It can not be learned that the Rock
Island management intends to do any
rurther financing in the near iuture.
Speyer & Co. had an option on $6,-
000,000 of the 9, 000, 000 which they
recently took from the company. This
option would have expired in the near
future and apparently the bankers
were sufficiently well satisfied with the
bond market to think best to exercise
their privilege. Not only this, but they
decided to take an additional d,uuu,
000 of the same security.
It is learned that the agreement be
tween the St. Louis & San Francisco
Railroad company and Kuhn, Loeb &
Co., with respect to taking care of the
S7.l2R.B0o notes which mature on De
cember 1 next, provides that the rail
road company shall pay ore ji.uuu.uuv
of the total amount and the bankers
the remaining $6,125,000. Representa
tives of the former say that, by the
terms of this agreement they are re
lieved of all responsibility regarding
the J7, 000. 000 obligation, witn tne ex
ception of the $1, 000, 000 which the
company has agreed to pay at ma
turity. So far it has not been possible
to learn whether the bankers contem
plate offering an extension or whether
they purpose to simply pay oft the
notes on December 1. It is under
stood that, according to the agree
ment, the collateral under the $6,
125.000 notes will be the same in
amount as it now is under the total
According to a high authority in
Rock Island affairs, no step is being
taken looking to a separation or tne
St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad
company from the Rock Island system.
Earnings on the Rock Island lines
continue to improve, Due tne leading
interests in the system do not look for
further rapid Improvements during the
next two months. On the Rock Island
railway (proper) the gross returns are
about the same as they were at this
time last year. Wichita Eagle.
DEMOCRACY NEEDS A NEW
It will be a hard matter for the rank
and file of Democracy to give up the
leadership of Mr, Bryan, but it must be
done. He has been fairly tried in three
battles, and he has failed. The last
was the fairest test and the Republi
can victory was most complete. In the
two former battles there was a handi
cap of money against Mr. Bryan, but
this was not the case this year. In the
campaign just closed the Democrats
were as well off lor money as were tne
Republicans.' and possibly better off,
There was no artificial stimulus such
as parades and posters. There were no
announcements . qf. disaffection to
amount to anything.' The influence of
labor leaders was on the Democratic
side, and the tin bucket brigade acted
with him as much as. its generals could
make it. The vote was silent and unln-
flamed. The people were allowed to
vote according to their judgment, and
thev declared against Mr. Bryan. He
had at least one fair day In court and
he failed to win his case.
There is only one thing for the Dem
ocrats to do, and that is to get another
leader. Nebraska can send Mr. Bryan
to the senate. It is better than putting
him on the shelf and wm go a long
way towards reconciling them to a new
The Democrats can never run this
country until they cease to be protest
ers. They must be for something, in
stead of against everything the Repub
licans stand for. Wichita Eagle.
FROM OTHER PENS
HOLLAND AND VENEZUELA.
Holland's action in revoking her
treaty of 1894 with Venezuela is an
act of retaliation that may have ser
ious results for President Castro's
country. Castro's own performance
in closing the Venezuelan ports to
ships coming from the Dutch Island
of Curacao was such a heavy com
mercial blow to the Dutch colonial
port of Willemstad thar Holland's
counter blow is the natural result of
a retaliation policy. But its ultimate
significance is in the fact that the
annulment of the treaty of 1894 opens
Willemstad to the export trade In war
materials and thus makes it possible
for Venezuelan revolutionists to use
the Dutch port as a base of military
supplies. This alone would stimulate
...t.,t; n..r.. m nvpmpniH in Vene
zuela, but the Dutch government goes
much rartner. in annuuuuuB msn. n
will not interfere with filibustering
34Ana i amtlv RPPlTS t CI T T O -
voke a revolutionary outbreak against
President castro in ma t,jui. j.
Such an announcement is so far hos
tile to Venezuela as to be a breach of
international law and could be
i : . .- i . , wnn-n-?Ar1 hv the Venfi-
zuelan president as a casus belli. But
Holland for sometime has been ready,
apparently, for extremes in her deal
ings with the South American coun
try. Springfield Republican.
AMERICAN PROFESSORS ABROAD
Undoubted success na. aiieuucu
the operation of the system by which
American and German universities
have been exchanging representative
professors and lecturers. It is re
ported that splendid impressions were
made last week Dy .."-Ican-Berlln
exchange professors, Wil
liam Mnrri rwvi of Harvard, and
Felix Adler, of Columbia, who de
livered their inaugural addresses at
the University of Berlin. The Ger
man emperor's second son. Prince
Eitel, was present as the representa
tive of his father, and the American
professors were introduced by the
rector of the university. Professor
Adler was presented as a former stu
dent both at Berlin and Heidelberg
The reception of Professor Adler,
T T 1 ..1. n.taln find WhftBfi Cdll-
w uuso rfcniau
cation for the Jewish ministry are
officially catalogued in me uenm uni
versity, has more than an educational
; i i Ac on American pro
fessor at a Prussian university he re
ceives honors and distinctions for
which, it is Said, German Jewish
scholars must aspire in vain. In his
present position he rightfully repre
sents the greeting of American
scholarship to that of Germany, and
the pledge as between all America
and all Germany "of mutual good
will, of mutual respect and of mutual
service." Boston Globe. I
THE PASSING OP THE PET.
Mary had a little pup.
His fleas were black as jet;
If him they had not eaten up
She might have had him yet.
Why did the fleas the pup love so?
Oh. that is hard to guess;
But as they thrived he had to grow
Just less and less and less.
The fact of being so bereft
Made Mary's spirits flag.
For of him she had only left
His .collar and his tag.
Found a Deed of 1768.
A deerskin parchment deed or In
denture, dated at Trenton, N. J Au
gust 20, 1768 140 years ago was
found in the waste brought to the
Burnside paper mill a few days ago,
and now reposes in the Connecticut
state library at the capitol as one of
the finest specimens in a most remark
able collection of ancient documents.
Its recent history is hardly less in
teresting than the history which It tells
" 13 , i y tne muenture, Andrew
Reed and Charles Peljlt, assignees,
transferred nine acres of land to Heze
The story of the parchment's trav
els to the waste heap is unknown, jt
came here with tons of other scrap
tied up in bags for paper "stock."
After the bags had been opened and
the contents scattered about for sort
i n tr this dpprstin .i-i o nui, v..
David C. Burnham. It was as neatly
iuiucu ana practically in as good con
dition as on the day Mr. Howell filed
it, nearly a century and a half ago.
When C. W. Vibbert, an expert, saw
the great sheet, which is about a yard
square, he immediately advised send
ing it to the state collection, and It
delighted the heart of the librarian,
George S. Godard.
After the manner of the period, the
deed is indented with scallops across
the top, a part of the parchment hav
ing been left behind as a stub. The
writing is very plain and distinct.
The nine acres transferred were in
Trenton, bounded by property of
James Trent, Elizabeth and Benjamin
Elles, and Samuel Johnson. The sum
of 30 16s was given for It. The
names of the assie-nors are Hugh Rob
erts, Benjamin Clew, Abel James. John
Kidd, William Humphreys. Joseph
Reed. Jr., Moore Truman, and Thomas
Wharton. -Jr Thoii- tn. n. -. r
Reed, and the form of giving power of
"u""j is cieany Drought out.
Stephen Skinner, as "king's counsel."
attested for the lawyer.
A remarkable feature Is the seals.
The lawyers signed for each assignor.
Then opposite each name was placed
a red seal, stamped with a Pine Tree
shilling. On each seal is the plain
print of a thumb mark, no two alike.
Evidently this was an early form of
the Bertillon method used in place of
the cross "his mark." Hartford dis
patch to New York Herald.
Citizen Crusoe of Boston.
Judge Dodge, of the United States
district court, was at his desk the oth
er day when William H. Fraser, sec
retary of the Seamen's union, and the
Rev. George L. Small, of the Mariners'
Home, came in conducting a weather
beaten sailor who wanted to be nat
uralized. The sailor laid his papers
before the Judge, who glanced at the
name, then looked again, and then
"Do I understand that your name Is
Robinson Crusoe?" said he.
"Yes. sir; Robinson Crusoe."
Further questioning brought out that
he was born in Wnfrtn vni.n.alr aa
years ago and that he 'is a mariner,
engaged mostly on coastwise vessels on
umicu oiaicH KHurtrq. ne nrst came to
this country in 1897 larriin n mi
York pn the ship Jason, although not
me jiuiun or tne tioiden Fleece expedi
tion. Crusoe did not know how he get
his name ttjs Tia hmA iai i A i i
t - - - ..us ' . "JV. luilg, UUL
he was called Andorf in Norway. In
spector Moore asked him various ques
tions, to which he answered diffidently.
He thouarht PrpsiHpnt RnAeovau i, ., ,i
been a farmer in the country and that
it ne oiea someDody else would be
president. The Judge had to admit the
Crusoe is now a full-fledged citizen of
the United States. Boston Transcript.
Sight Restored by a Rabbit's Eye.
Much interest was aroused among
physcians yesterday by the announce
ment of the successful grafting of the
cornea from the eye of a rabbit upon
the eye of a young man who had been
blind since his ninth year.
The case was reported to the medi
cal board by Henry R. Lesser, of 4
West Ninety-third street. According to
his account the patient, a man of 24.
had been without useful sight for 15
years, from leucoma, a disease of the
Three months after the operation. Dr.
Lesser said, the graft Is in perfect po
sition and the patient is able to count
fingers at a distance of 1Z inches. He
Is gradually learning to distinguish col
ors and is able to go about unattended.
Specialists In optical surgery said
yesterday that while the transplanta
tion of the rabbit's cornea is one of
the oldest of plastic operations, it is
not common and often does not yield
such good results as in this case. New
The human population of country
villages, most sad to see. Is every year
rendered less intelligent than it was 100
years ago. All the enterprising, intel
ligent young men and maidens are
"fished" away, drawn by baits and
hooks to the great towns; only the
dull and relatively incapable are left
in the village to marry and produce a
new generation. The village popula
tion necessarily becomes made up of a
dull stock incapable, as appears from
official reports, of being educated be
yond a very low stage. In some dis
tricts 70 per cent of the children are
thus unintelligent, though not un
healthy or Imbecile. Sir E. Ray Lan
kaster in the London Telegraph.
Does Your Spine Shiver?
"A shivering spine." said a psycholo
gist, "is the one infallible proof of an
artistic temperament. Does a shiver
run up and down your spine when you
listen to beautiful music, or read a
lovely poem, or look at a superb paint
ing? If not, the gates of art are closed
to you forever.
"All great artists and all good critics
experience this shivering sensation of
the backbone before a worthy work of
art, some of these men use the shiver
as a measure; the work that does not
evoke It they- pronounce a failure. My
own spine shivers best to music. The
violin solo that precedes tne last aci
of Massenet's 'Thais' sets up in me
a tremolo movement that wrinkles the
back of my coat." Minneapolis Jour
REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR.
From the New York Press.
The reason the baby is always so
smart is because its parents aren't.
When a girl meets a man she likes in
the street by accident it hardly ever is.
All a woman has to do to be able to
manage a man is not to be married to
A woman can deceive everybody
about how she trusts her husband,
If a man didn't waste his money on
his own favorite foolishness he would
on some other fellow's.
TNE EVENING STORY
Hunting a Homemaker.
By Lulu Johnson.)
A mere toddler of a boy stood on
the bank above the railroad track. In
his hand was a stone. Aiming blind
ly, he tossed the stone upon the track,
and It snuggled against the gleaming
In less than forty-eight hours, that
stone, tossed by a baby hand, had
thrown Wall street and the money
market of the country into a panic
The single track of the little west
ern road afforded rough traveling.
Not many of the travelers aboard that
particular train even noticed the
somewhat harder jolt when th car
wheel struck the stone.
But Gilbert Fairbain, smoking a
"goodnight cigar" as he leaned alone
against the railing of the observation
car s piatiorm reit tne jar and then
felt nothing more.
And it was two weeks before Wall
street learned that Fairbain. the one
man who could have stopped the pan
ic, had been found beside the tracks
and removed to a farmhouse on the
quarter section nearest the road.
For ten days he had been uncon
scious, and for two days or more, he
had been in no condition to be left
alone. There was but one Inmate of
that farmhouse besides himself, and
she had been too busy nursing him to
make the trip to the nearest town to
report that he had been found.
As soon as his whereabouts had
been discovered, the lonesome little
town was overrun with people. Grave
and learned physicians, from the east,
were hurried westward on special
trains and a regiment of nurses attend
ed them; but Fairbain waved them all
"I don't need you," he said irritably.
"Little Mrs. Bodlngton pulled me
through without a lot of palaver or
thousand-dollar doctors to help her.
Leave a couple of nurses to wait on
her, and the rest of you go away."
"There is an excellent hospital not
fifty miles from here," suggested the
family physician. "I can look after
you with better assurance of success
"Sugden, you're an ass," declared
Fairbain, irritably. "This little wo
man nursed me single-handed
through an attack of brain fever. I
guess she can attend to the conval
escence." "I will not undertake to be respon
sible for the consequences," said Sug
den. with ponderous emphasis,
"You don't have to be," was the
acid response. "You are going to be
packed out of here, the whole lot of
you. I've spent most of my life with
a doctor on one side or me and a
lawyer on the other. I'm sick of it
all, and I'm entitled to a rest."
He looked contentedly about the
tiny room. The outlook from the
narrow-paned windows was dreary,
and the room Itself was walled with
rough plaster and decorated with
cheap prints in home-made frames.
The bed on which he rested was a
wooden affair with a cotton mattress
and coarse cotton sheets, but the
sheets were immaculately clean, and
there was an air of hominess about
the place that Fairhaln had not
known in years.
He closed his eyes contentedly and
dozed off. Sugden, mindful of his fat
fees, waited in deferential silence
during the half hour the nap lasted
Fairbain's glance fell first on him as
his eyes opened again.
"You still here!" he cried. "Sugden,
if you don't take the first train back
to New York, I'll make you sue for
whatever I owe you and I'll take it
on appeal, and appeal until you spend
every cent you ever made off of me.
Now get out of here."
Sugden took his departure vowing
that his patient was insane, but ialr
bain only smiled contentedly, and
turned to the sweet-faced woman,
who sat beside the bed.
"That's the way I talk to those
sharks," he declared. "I have a head
ache, and Sugden gives me something
to make It worse. Then he doctors
me for the new 'disease' and sends in
a bill a yard long. This is the time I
"I am glad that you were not
moved," said the woman, softly. "I
think that the excitement would have
been bad for you."
"It is not the trip I was dreading,
admitted Flarbain, frankly. "I like il
here, and I want to stay a little while.
My secretary will stay over In town
and bring my important mail every
day, and the two nurses will relieve
you of the watchful nights.
If you want anything else, buy it
or hire it or something. Wilson will
give you what money I need. Wilson
is a fine fellow," he added. "He came
into my office this fall as a clerk, and
T. took a fancy to him and made him
my confidential man. He took to the
job as though he had known me and
my affairs since he was born."
"It must be very nice to have some
one to do your work the way you want
It done," she said softly. "I am glad
that you are so pleased with him."
"I'm pleased with him," said Fair
bain, meaningly, "so long as you are
not too well pleased with' him. You
won't be pleased with him?" he
"N more than I am now," she
promised, and with that Fairbain was
content. He was convinced that
monev was omnipotent and that even
here on the prairie it could purchase
the love of the little woman, who had
made him so comfortable.
Fairbain was in love with his newly
found home comforts rather than with
the woman herself, but this he did not
know although, when there was no
longer any pretext for prolonging the
stay, he spoke bravely enough.
"I need you very much," he said,
earnestly. "I have a house that covers
half a square In the most expensive
residential district in New York, I
have three yachts, something like a
dozen automobiles and all that sort of
thing, but I have no home. Not since
I was a boy, have I realized what
home was like. My wife was no
homemaker. and when she died, I
never dared repeat the experiment
with the women in the set I lived in.
You are different. For years I have
been hungry. Don't you think that
you can come and make it for me?"
The little woman paused for a mo
ment and scanned the face of the
multi-millionaire as earnestly as
though she had not devoted weeks In
There was no ardent afTection in
tone or look. Fairbain discussed the
matter with as much feeling as though
he was discussing the making of some
railroad deal with his fellow magnates.
He was not the young lover, out the
elderly widower. In need . of a home
maker. The girl she was little more than
that nodded her head in an affirma
tive. "I'll make the home for you but
not as your wife. I am not a widow,
"I am married," continued the girl
hurriedly. "I married when I was on
the stage. I married a boy, who never
had had a home and I made one for
him out here where nothing matters.
He was home-hungry. I knew that I
would spoil all his chances if I mar
ried him. I also knew that he would I
spoil his own chances if I didn't, so I
"After our boy was born that was
the second year, we were here he went
back east, and took a name that was
neither his nor mine, to show his father
that he was able to work for the wo
man he loved. I am married to your
son, Mr. Fairbain. I guess you've for
gotten that Gregory married Martha
Bodlngton. From what Gregory told
me, you called me everything but my
right name at that last interview."
"Perhaps I did," was the shamefaced
reply. "I guess I did not know what I
was saying, and I'm certain that I
didn't know the sort of a girl I was
"We'll forget that now," offered Mar
tha. "Let the past be forgotten for the
sake of the boy."
"But Gregory?" asked Fairbain.
"There," Martha pointed out over the
prairie, where the secretary was to be
seen riding across the section with the
"And Wilson Is Gregory? You mean
to say I didn't know my own boy when
I hired him?" asked Fairbain. with a
chuckle. "To think that all the time
he has been here. I've been fretting be
cause I feared that you might learn to
love him. And all that time you were
married to him. I'm rather glad, my
dear, that I made my second marriage
by proxy, so long as you will make a
home for Greg and the boy and me."
"I was so afraid that you would rec
ognize Greg." said Martha as she re
garded the tall figure of the secretary
with a look of frank admiration.
"He assumed an excellent disguise,"
reminded Fairbain. "I never thought to
find my son a worker, my dear. That's
another thing I have to thank you for,"
and Fairbain sighed with relief. He had
found a home, while retaining his do
mestic independence, and the son for
whom his heart cried out was restored
to him again. (Copyrighted, 1908, by
Associated Literary Press.)
liVMOR OP THE DAY
"Does your husband play poker?' "I
don't know. When he comes home broke I
always feel that it is necessary for him
to be able to sit down and think undis
turbed, and when he seems to be flush I
consider it foolish to ask embarrassing
questions." Chicago Record-Herald.
Captain, Ocean Liner What's giving us
such a list to starboard? Cargo shifted?
First Officer No, sir; the passengers. A
woman has just come out on the prome
nade deck with a sheath-skirt on. Puck.
An advertisement of a nursing bottle
printed in a Canadian newspaper conclud
ed with the following: "When the baby is
done drinking: it must be unscrewed and
laid in a cool place under a tap. If the
baby does not thrive on fresh milk, it
should be boiled." Argonaut.
"Marsraret. it was very naughty of you
to make such a fuss. You said If I'd buy
you that new dollie you'd go to the den
tist's without a murmur." I didn't mur
mur, muvver, I screamed." Lippincott's.
Stranger That hat of yours has seen
some service, I reckon. Undertaker's Man
Aye. young feller, I've buried a good
many people in that 'at. Tit-Bits.
"He isn't so stuck on himself as he
used to be, is he?" "No. He got into hot
water a while ago, and the mucilage
seemed to dissolve." Cleveland Leader.
"Papa, dear, I feel it in my bones that
you are going to buy me a new hat."
"Which bone, darling?" "I'm not sure,
but, I think it's in my wishbone." London
"I suppose," said the society baby to Its
nurse, "that mv inclination at present is
due to the Influence of heredity." . "In
what way do your inclinations trend?"
asked the society baby, "to give a bawl."
Willie Oceanbreeze What did her father
say to the match? Tesale SummerKirl
Oh. he made light of It. The Smart Set.
T wish I were an ostrich," said Hicks,
angrily, as he tried to eat one of his
wife's biscuits, but couldn't." "I wish
you were," returned Mrs. Hioks. "I'd get
a few feathers for my hat." Boston
She I hear that Mr. and Mrs. Newly
wed have lust Joined the church. He-
Well, turn about Is fair play. Didn't the
church, loin tnemr illustrated bus.
"What kind of poetry do you prefer?"
"Poetical poetrv. answered the Old
Grouch. "It ain't so all-fired common as
some might think." Louisville Courier
Journal. Collector This bill here has been run
ning twenty-five years. Scraggs V hat
billr collector 1 ne one in my mhmh, m
course. Scrairgs Thanks, l mougni may
be you meant the one on your coat. I
see that vou are wearing a campaign
"I tell vou. sir." thundered old Galley,
"i ! wnnn'f for me vou'd be the most
forlorn and disreputable creature in this
neiRhborhood." "True for you, pop." re
torted voung Galley. "I won't be able to
claim first honors until you die." Phila
From the Chicago News.
A man la never sure he knows until
he makes good.
An ounce of accomplishment Is
worth a ton of theories.
A silly woman tries to drive a man, a
wise one leads him.
You can't always Judge the show by
the price of admission.
A woman will do a lot or eneeky
things to improve her complexion.
Fortune is sometime fickle, but mis
fortune Is always sincere.
vou'll do the right thing !f you stop
growling about an imaginary wron.
rinn't invest your money in a
scheme because it figures out well on
The only way to get the best or
some people is to catch them at their
When a lealous man marries a Jeal
ous woman there is something doing
Every mother knows that her own
children are superior to any other
children on the market.
Give people what you think they
want instead of what they ior.
and you'll make a lot of enemies.
(From the Philadelphia Record.
A man is also the architect of his
The manufacturer of cradles makes
plenty of rocks.
We speak of a fellow as a coming
man when he makes a go of It.
Artists' models, as well as book
keepers, should be good at figures.
A coat of paint won't always make
an old woman look as good as new.
The best way for a woman to man
age her husband is not to let him
A seat In a crowded car is a conum
drum that a gallant man always gives
A chestnut sometimes demonstrates
the fact that a worm will turn when
Without being a student of physiog
nomy the barber can generally size
up a man by his mug.
Blobbs "Most whisky is blended,
isn't it?" Slobbs "Yes, rye, should al
ways be mixed with a grain of common-sense."
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