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THE TOPEKA. DAILY STATE JOURNAL MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 4, 1909.
TOPEKi STATE JOCRSAL - By FRANK P. MAC LENNAJf. tKntered July 1, 1873. as aecond-class . matter at the postoffice at . Topeka.. Kan., under the act of conKreaa. VOLUME XXXVI No. 3 Official State Paper. Official Paper City of Topeka. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. Dally edition, delivered by carrier. 10 , eenta a week to any part of Topeka, or suburb, or at the same price In any Kan sas town wbere the paper baa a carrier system. y mall, on year ...JS.0 By mail, three months . Saturday edition of dally, one year... 1.00 TELEPHONES. Business Office Ben 1C BodiMn riffle Tn1 101 Reporters' Room..I.".l".I"I.". Bell Tt ; eoorters' Room Ind. Tnk p. MacLenran Md PERMANENT HOME. Topeka State Journal building, sna and 0Z Kaunas avenue, comer of Elehth. New Tork Office: Flatlron buildln. at Twenty-third street, corner Fifth averae nd Broadwny. Paul Block, manager, Chlcaro Office: Hartford building. Paul Block, manager. "fTLI. T.FT4Fm WTRW; RFIPOTtT OF THE ASSOTTATFIl PRPW The State Journal is roembr of h Associated Press and receives the full day telegraph report of that irreat news or ganisation for the exclusive afternoon publication In Topeka. The news Is received In The State Jour nal butldin? over wires for this sole pur. Te From the descriptions recorded In the newspapers of the way the folks in the big cities ushered In the new year it is evident that their watch night services were held in restaur ants, rather than in churches. ; Frank A. Vanderlip is soon to be come the president of the National City bank of New Tork city, the larg est financial Institution In the United States. . And it wasn't so many years ago that he was a Chicago newspaper nan. It surely must be that Count Boni and Prince ' Helie did not help the people of France to save any of the billion dollars that they are alleged to bave put by during the past. year. Possibly the Gould moneyTor that por tion of it belonging to the daughter Anna, Is not looked upon as French coin. - r. One San Francisco court recently rent a man to prison for eight years for the theft of eight cents while an other court in the same city imprison ed a man for only a year and a half who was responsible for wrecking a bank with' a loss of 19,000,000. All of which Is another instance of the va riations of Justice. Here's a pleasant thought for the great army of baseball fans in the United States to contemplate: It will not be so many weeks now before the big nines will be on the diamond again playing practice games with scrub teams all over the country. In other words, the baseball season of IS 09 is fast approaching. A million dollars was expended last year In the crusade which has been started in this country against tuber culosis. Probably more than double that sum will be expended for the , same purpose during this year. It is money well spent for this terrible plague must be controlled and event ually stamped out. In New York city they have finally convicted a chauffeur of theft for using his employer's automobile with out permission. This seems to be a most equitable proceeding and one that should prevail throughout the coun try. If it becomes common the days, or rather the nights, of "Joy rides" which, frequently end so disastrously, jrill be numbered. v When it comes to being a little In advance of everyone else in doing the txnusual the medals will have to be pinned on the breasts of the French. They have established, on the top of a tall flat house in Paris, an airship station. It is called a garage, the same as is a rest house for automo biles, but it might, better be called a nest. That .would surely be more " appropriate. Ths response of Kansans to the ap peal made by Governor Hoch for funds to help the Italians in the great dis tress should be most liberal. Few people of any locality in the world bave enjoyed the material. prosperity that the residents of the Sunflower ataate have during the past year. They can well afford to be generous In this bour of dire need among their breth ren across the sea. ' . Railroad officials seem to be laying unusual emphasis on statements that "unreasonable anti-railroad agitation and legislation" should cease, in view of the fact that there does not seem to be much talk of this sort in any sec tion of the country. Railroad-baiting Is luckily a thing of the past. There does not "seem to be any disposition on the part of the people anywhere In the country to treat the railroads with anything but the fairnessdue them and they expect the same kind of treat ment in return. Another batch of bonds, amounting to $34,000, has been paid off by the Shawnee county commissioners. Dur ing the past few years they have made an enviable record in discharging the old debts of the county with the re sult that its present bonded indebted ness is only $149,090. The bonded debt of the county has been reduced by $400,000 in the past five years and this has not been done at the expense of needed Improvements. This is a record of which the county commis sioners may well be proud : and for which they should be heartily con gratulated. Evidently Mr. Root is going to leave the office of secretary of state with a record for unusual and brilliant achievements in the realms of diplo macy, it is reported mai ne ana jar. JBryce, me crmau aiiiuasaauur tu mis i country, have formally agreed on the I disposition of three main questions! which have been matters of more or leas dispute between the United States and Great Britain ever since 1818,- or for nearly a century. It is proposed to submit to The Hague for final de terminatiojt the Interpretation of the treaty of 1818 giving to Americans the same rights as are enjoyed by British subjects in the fisheries of Newfound land; the control of international waterways and the proper distribution of water to be used for power pur poses from Niagara Falls, and also the settlement of outstanding pecuniary claims of each government against the other. ,, A BRIDGE CRISIS. The city is facing what is called a bridge crisis. In other words, the flim sy inadequate structures across the many creeks running through the city, and which have been dignified with the designation of bridges, are fast falling in decay. Some of them need immedi ate repair to prevent them from becom ing absolutely dangerous. Others will be in that condition soon. :It is a state of affairs which never ought to have been permitted to de velop. If there is one thing that should be safe beyond peradventure and at all times it is a bridge which is used ex tensively for all kinds of traffic. Par ticularly is this true of bridges span ning such creeks as course through To peka. Most of them run in deep cyts and If a wagon load of people or any thing else should break through any of them a disastrous accident would inev itably occur. That the city .officials who have charge of these matters are alive to the situation is a 'Rood sign. They believe that steps should be taken to replace all of the defective bridges with good substantial structures that will stand the wear of time and that will be just as serviceable, with such re pairing as is always requisite fr6m time to time, 20 years from now as they are on the day they are opened. The city councllmen. who will really have the final say as to what shall be done In the premises, ought to see the situation in the same light as does the street commissioner and the city engi neer. It will be a snort-signtea policy that will provide for the repair of these bridges. Many of them are really be-1 yond repair. It will cost more In the long run to keep tinkering away at them and keeping them serviceable and reasonably safe than It will to replace them with structures of the permanent sort. Now is -the time to undertake this work. Any delay in taking the steps which are necessary may mean a fatal accident which will cost the city more for damages than would a good bridge. DISASTERS OP A YEAR. Because of the overwhemllng dis- aster in southern Italy which was brought about on December 2 8 by' an earthquake and a tidal wave, atten tion is directed to the fact that dur ing the past twelve months there have been many calamities of unusual size. In fact, the year 1908 has made an unenviable record in this re ,-,1 A nn,nn.31.im nt Vi rtiaaatCT BtMti. si. " I , . . . ... . Happening curing tne past J '" cannot fail to be of Interest has been made by the Chicago-Record Herald as follows: Next to the earthquake in Italy , J , .i VvZ 7,VA,?tliIhi 7..! storms and the uncontrollable forces i of the ocean caused the greatest loss of life in 1908. A sudden tidal wave in the Yangtse Kiang caused the loss of nearly 10.000 lives at Hankow in the spring of the year. Without warn ing the gigantic wave, twenty-six feet high, flooded the river, wrecking thou sands of vessels. Next in numbers killed by the power of the orient seas was the wreck of fifty fishing boats off the coast of Japan by a typhoon June 16, in which 350 men were drowned. Nearer at home and of more con cern to the people of the United States was the great series of tor nadoes that swept over Texas, Okla homa, Louisiana, Mississippi. Ten nessee. Alabama and Georgia April 23, causing the loss of 350 lives and much property. A typhoon July 28 near Hongkong caused the foundering of the passenger steamer Ying Ching and the loss of 300 lives. Another typhoon off the coast of Australia June 4 destroyed a pearling fleet and the lives of 270 men. A number of other typhoons, in which the aggre gate loss of life was large, occurred in the year. The record of naval ' and steamship disasters of the year is not so formidable as in former years, though containing many calamities. In maneuvers off the Isle of Wight April 2 the British torpedo boat de stroyer Tiger was cut in two and sunk, and thirty-four men were drowned. Near the same island the American liner St. Paul and the Brit ish cruiser Gladiator collided April 2 5, causing the loss of twenty-eight lives on the Gladiator. June 23 the Spanish steamship Larache sank off Ximelia, with the result of thirty-five deaths. The Norwegian coast steamer Folgefonden was wrecked near Skonediks Aug. 23. forty being drowned. Three days later the Brit ish steamer Dunearn foundered off the coast of Japan and fifty-two were lost. The greatest ocean disaster of the -year aside from the storms, was the destruction by fire of the steamer Sardinia outside the port of Valetta, Malta, Nov. 25, in which 100 persons were drowned or burnt to death. Mines were the scenes of the most calamities on land. March 28 more than sixty miners were entombed by an explosion in the mine . of the Union Pacific Coast company at Hanna, Wyo. An explosion of gas in the Rikovski mine. Russia, caused 300 deaths July 2. Gas again killed 339 miners by an explosion Nov. 12 in the Rabod mine near Hamm, Westphalia, Germany. The most serious mine ex plosion in the United States occurred Nov 28, .when more than 138 were killed Tn the mines of the Pittsburg Buffalo Coal company, at Marianne, Pa. Fires were numerous in the year, cause of the lack of rain and large forest areas were burnt over and de stroyed. The most, serious fire in a city was that in Chelsea, Mass., April 12, in which property to the value of $16,000,000 was destroyed, and twelve persons were killed and more than fifty were injuredk In the forest fires in " the Kootenay Valley, Montana, early in August, more than $6,000,000 of property was destroyed, and the loss of life was estimated at fifty, while several thousand people were made homeless. Early in September forest fires in Minnesota and Mich igan destroyed several towns and mil lions of dollars worth of property. A fire on the water Icront of Boston July 8 caused a loss of more than $3,000,0000. Railway accidents were not so numerous or so fatal as" in some'for mer years. The most serious one of the year occurred in Belgium, May 21. In a collision of passenger trains sixty persons were killed and 100 were injured. A collision in-Mexico April 25. caused the loss of twenty-eight lives. In an elevated railway col lision In Berlin, Germany, September 6, twenty persons were killed. JOURNAL ENTRIES The doing of things does not count ror very mucn unless they are doue weu. ' A person often makes a break by insisting on silence while he Is talk' lng. - w Probably it is speaking the truth to say that some of the new leaves have already begun to fall. Some folks are so unfortunate that they always have something to do whenever they have any leisure. It's the wise girl who asks a man to call for the ring he has asked to have returned, that is if she wants to keep it. JAYHAWKER JOTS Salina will soon be a real citv. Three miles of side walks were laid in it during the year 1908. Something in the way of barns is on tne iocKe farm In Rawlins county, near Atwooa. it cost $1,500. An automobile is now attracting at tention in McPherson, but this is only oecause or tne fact tnat it Is the first one of its make that has appeared in tnat city. A clerk In an Atchison store olaved in a nttie nartt luck tne other day. While he was stooping over to pick up something a young lady customer, beautiful, of course, fainted and fell across his back. A gentleman of Atlanta. Ga.. in nav. ing his subscription to the Atchison Weekly Globe for five years in advance wrote to the distinguished editor of that paper: "If W. R. Hearst pays Arthur Brisbane $75,000 a year to edit the New York American, the editor of tne Cilobe should receive a hundred thousand." This is not the first proper recognition tnat Ed Howe has receiv ed. John Junkin and -Clark Conkling, the two Rice county editors, who us ually hold the banner of right-living nign in tneir communities, are having a very unseemly quarrel just now about the proposed new court house for their county and indulging in an intemperance of language that is no credit to them. Such outbreaks are almost as bad as belonging to a ma chine or indulging in other unpardon able conduct. Hutchinson News. Parker Moore says he saw two fine flocks of prairie chickens last Wednes day. Every effort should be made to preserve this remnant of our native game bird. They naturally belong here and would soon be plentiful again if protected from the deadly shot gun. Every bird that is allowed to live de stroys thousands of the farmers ene mies every year. The prairie chicken is man s friend but man is not his friend, says a Jewell City paper. ' VVCSl lino UCCI1 V lumen tell. TV, nvll- ! i 1 WW. Ill 11 V. dl 1 1 II 111 I. .. I 'J I .11 I V. 1 .1 1 II L with a maiden there. The other even jn ne called upon her and they sat in the parlor. Presently the old man came in and saw that John had his arm around the girl's swaist; and then old man pranced around and . t. lLnty, aA .at ,a frothed at the mouth and went away to a justice of the peace and swore out a warrant for John. The evidence showed that the damsel had no pro tects to make against the hunting, and John was honorably discharged and the stern parent went to the horse trough and soaked his head. Em poria Gazette. m i GLOBE SIGHTS. From the Atchison Globe. It is about time for-the new year's almanacs to appear, with last year's jokes. A man's pocket book is also his wife's and her purse is also her child ren's. Every man thinks he works his best, but he would likely do more for a bonus A candidate's talk is like a circus performance: no one remembers one that was different. When a woman in a crowd fails to laugh at a man's jokes, you can bet that she is his wife, It is a pity that people cannot die temporarily, to see how they like it before doing it for good. A kicker' mav be successful in a petty way, but the real big successes are not helped by Kicking. Some people talk of the New Year as If it gave them a chance to be born again, and start life all over. The best thing about making a New Year resolution is the resolution to keep it, and never tell it was made. It Is a mistake to admit your faults. Other people will not admit theirs, and you will seem a sinner among saints. We may be alone in the opinion, but we hold that a pipe organ and fruit cake are two things that are greatly overestimated. Incidentally you may have observed that the New Year resolutions never seem to have a bearish effect upon the whisky or tobacco markets. When a man dies, his body is bur ied, and he is no longer expected to do a man's work, but when love dies, so many people expect it to be as strong and vigorous as ever. Love is all right while It is alive. You can't convince a man of your side of the question by betting on It, but the betting argument will some times accomplish more than the verbal kind: it will sometimes cause your opponent to keep still. Every man thinks he does more mis sionary work than any other man in the world. By "missionary work," he means work for which he receives no pay; kindnesses he performs for people. Possibly he does a man a five cent fa vor, and then fusses because he doesn't receive a 20 cent favor in return. Many of us have that failing. REFLECTIONS OP A BACHELOR, From the New York Press. J A woman wants to get into society so as to help to keep the rest but. Where a woman has real brains is to be able to fool all men without them. The reason the average man stays so long in the bathroom is to keep the rest of the family from it. An optimist is such a poor guesser that he can think he's sailing a flying machine when he is tumbling out of it. A man always imagines you mean to insult him when you don't take a deep Interest in hbw he's trying to get rid of a cold. KANSAS COMMENT DON'T BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS. In Cincinnati several wealthy ladies, imbued with the spirit of the day. arranged a Christmas, tree for their feline and canine pets. They gave parties to which the animals were invited, the ladles acting as chaperons for their pets. Of course the trees were laden with such pretty ribbons and dainty morsels as well groomed cats and dogs could appre ciate. Fortunately there were no crying babies or fussy children to mar tne tranquillity of the occasion. If an occasional child intruded in this aristocratic circle, it was turned over to the nurse to mind while the im portant function was in progress. The optimist will rejoice at this evidence of humane growth among the rich. He will point to the com mon herd who-treat their dogs and cats with ordinary attention only, some going so far as to make the poor animals eat such food as the household has left, forcing them to the second table as it were. Did these lovely Cincinnati dames do a heartless thing like that? Never. a hey gave of the choicest to their pets, allowing the remnants to go to some poverty stricken children in an other neighborhood. There are many dogs and cats In city and country alike that serve their masters faithfully, the dogs watching the homes and guarding the children, the cats keeping the pantry clear of mice, and all they get for it is lodging ana coarse rood, the lodging fre quently the stable and the food bones which the children have already picked. But in Cincinnati, be it thankfully noted, are cats and dogs which re ceive the tenderest care and prove that humanity is gradually learning to treat the animal kingdom with the most loving kindness. Such tender solicitude for the dumb brutes, assiduously cultivated, cannot help leading gradually to the amelioration of child life, and in time the poor children of Cincinnati will be as tenderly nurtured as the dogs and cats. Wichita Eagle. CRIPPLING" THE OCTOPUS. For many years the trusts found the traveling easy. , They Journeyed through pleasant dells and shady lanes and by the murmuring waters; but recently their path has lain through gravel pits and on steep mountainsides and perilous places; and ever and anon a trust loses . its footing and goes shrieking into the abyss. The fight against the trusts has been a hard one. for these great combinations have been like a well defended city; all the outworks have been carefully guarded, and sarraed lawyers have stood upon the battre ments defying the foe. Reverses were expected by the besiegers, and reverses came; skirmishes were lost, but the battle went . on and now the victories begin to come to those out side the walls. They are minor vic tories so far, but they give heart and comfort to the fighters and are pro phetic of greater triumphs. ' The trusts are doomed, the term "trusts" being meant to designate those combinations which have no respect for laws, which operate upon the principle that they can buy Im munity from punishment, and. which ruin competition and. thus destroy honest men. They are doomed, because the peo ple have learned haw to' fig-ht them, and so the people will continue to elect aggressive. ambitious, honest men to represent them in the courts. The great victory in Missouri would not have been possible had the pros ecuting attorney been languid or in different or incapable. Such men as Hadley are breaking up -rilleeal com binations, and sending rascals . to prison, all over this country: and men of their character and fearless ness, with varying degrees of ability, may be found in every community. and will be found, since the people nave Degun to iook lor them. Em poria Gazette. FROM OTHER PENS A LAND TAX FOR BRITAIN. A teapot tempest has been raised by a suggestion put forth in the London Chronicle, apparently as a governmental reeier, that a national tax on land be levied to meet the coming deficit. The writer estimates the capital value of land without buildings at $26,935,000,000. Upon this a tax of a penny in the pound $4.11 per $1,000, would yeld $117,500,000,' about the sum needed. The estimate of land values is, accord ing to American ideas, much too low. since it is based on income and not on sales. Lana is taxed heavily for local purposes, but assessments are based on income, not value. An instance is eiven In a recent correspondence of land rated at only ?10 an acre which is in demand at $5,000 an acre to build cottages for coal miners. It is hard that the labor er's cottage site should be heavily rated ana tne lora s aeer pane ngntiy. A land tax was imposed in Eneland in lbsa. or which some traces still re main. Every year a special act of par liament is passed exempting personal property from local rates, and imposing rates only on land, houses, tithes and underwoods. Personal property is levied upon only for government purposes tnrougn tne income tax. upon prin ciples of expediency as well as justice Britain neeU3 a tax reform w-tiich shall assess all landed property equitably on its purchase value much more than she needs to burden land usefully employed and heavily taxed with additional im posts for further waste of battleships. New York World. "HOME RULE" AND MISRULE. It is to be taken for granted that the Pittsburg councllmen and bankers who have been arrested on charges of cor ruption are in favor of "home rule." They were getting along finely up to the time tnat a tew rerormers began to In terfere with the conduct of the munici pal business. Then, there was trouble, but it was not noticeable until a lot of detectives from Scran ton were import ed and President Roosevelt took ad vantage of an invitation and "butted in." . And now see what has happened, and now Pittsburg has been advertised all over the country as a grafting cen ter. Of course, the meddling reformers are to blame, the Scranton detectives are a lot of sneaks, and Roosevelt is a busybody. That's the kind of talk that has been heard in a number of places besides Pittsburg. It has een In evidence in San Francisco. It was on many tongues in Minneapolis during a certain crisis in the affairs of the metropolis of Minnesota. It was reiterated time and again when there was an uprising against the contended corruptness of the government of Philadelphia. It pre vailed in Philadelphia -when the bood- lers were fighting for their -liberty. It is unfortunate that so many misrulers have appealed to "home rule" sentiment for protection In the course they have been pursuing. Newark News. IX AIRSHIP DAYS. I met with a typical airship man, ; Right out of the sky-blue way. He swallowed his grog, and at once began To arive me his stirring "lay," -"The trip was rough, some rough," said he. " 'Cause the Great Bear sure waa mad, And Venus and Jupiter bad a scrap. Which would make the Bailln' bad. "A tropical breeze from a far.oft shore Had curdled the Milky Way, And a meteorite, with a horrible roar, Went past without say in' 'good day;' And the rings of Saturn was vanished, auite She had hocked 'em. was what we . heard Oh, we passed full many an anxious night On the decks of the Gasoline Bird!" And he told strange tales of the cloud land ways Where none of the tramp ships go Of poising while bathed in Aurora's rays, O'er the strange white northern floe; And I scribbled the notes, with a writer's srreed. In my talk with the sailor man. And I thought: "On what did fair Ro mance feed In the daya ere our ships of air?" Denver Republican. Mail Order Wife Misfit. That the "mail order wife" as an investment does not fill the bill and rarely comes up to the description and specifications in the advertise ment is the testimony given in court here by Joseph Sturgis, a Lee farmer. Mr. Sturgis qualifying as an ex pert, swore he had thrice married what he called "mail order women," and found them unsatisfactory. After successfully escaping from two of them through the courts, he corresponded with one in New York city. On the stand he said he had sent the woman $500 before he saw her. Then she urged him to come to New York city and see her, sending her $500 more in advance to assure her of his coming. He forwarded the required sum, and when he got there found her an invalid in a wheel chair. She said she was awfully sorry to have deceived him so regarding her beauty, but that she had wealthy relatives in England whom she expected to die very soon, and just, as soon as they did she would pay him $10 for every dollar he had let her have. So Joseph gave her an other $500 and she sent him on an errand to a dressmaker. When Joseph got to the dress maker's she rushed to him threw her arms about his neck and wanted to marry him straightaway. Joseph agreed, and they were soon married. They came to Marshall and then went to live on the farm. The latest Mrs. Sturgis told "Joe" that the "corn fed lobsters" around this country "didn't look very good to her," and after she had spent her husband's money she returned to New York and Joseph applied for a di vorce. After this story the court thought Sturgis was certainly entitled to, a di vorce and it was granted upon the grounds of desertion. Joseph said Mrs. Sturgis' postoffiee address is un known to him. but he knows she is in New York because he received souvenir, postal card of the Singer building and knows she sent it. Marshall (Mich.) dispatch to New York Herald. Is Human Bacilli Breeder. Mary Mallen, who was taken to North Brother island fifteen months ago as being infected with typhoid germs and a danger to the city, is stiil confined there, under observation. She was first heard from on Long Island. A sporadic outbreak of typhoid fever occurred there, which was traced to her. She got away, but when an out break occurred in a family in another town it was found that Mary Mallen was the cook there. She left the place. and another outbreak in another town was traced to her. Mary Mallen, according to the physi clans, wars infected with the germ with out being ill, giving out the bacilli and Infecting members of the families where she worked through the food. It was not until a family in this borough where she was employed as cook was stricken with the disease that officials of the health department decided to take a hand. She was taken to North Brother island, where an examination revealed that she was thoroughly in fected with the germs. Since the woman's detention exami nations have been made daily, but while she would on some days seem to be free from the bacilli, the next day the germs would be round in large numbers. The health department in structed the officials at the island to discharge her if she was found to be free from the germs for two successive days, but for 450 days this" condition has not been met, and unless some method of driving the bacilli out of Mary Mallen's system is found her de tention may be fdr an indefinite period. New York 'Tribune. Prince Comes In Steerage. When the Nord Amerika, from Naples, arrived recently one of the steerage pas senKers a short, slender-built man, swarthy In complexion, who announced that he was Prince Immanuel. of Jerusa lem, informed the ship news reporters that he had come to the United States to raise funfla with which to build a universal university on the site of King Solomon's temple in the Holy City. If his plan is carried out. he said, any one may obtain a university education by correspondence at a small outlay. Prince Immanuel said tnat his-title was bequeathed to him by his father, now, according to his story, a reigning sov ereign in Europe. He wore a uniform of black, with silver braid and buttons. His cap was short in the peak and high in the crown, his coat hung below his knees, he wore boots of the Cossack variety and his sharp pointed beard was wavy and dsrlf. He said he had come to America on the invitation of Dr. Preston Conner, of Philadelphia: William McKinley of Washington, president of the National Correspondence Institute, and Prof. How ler, of Alexandria. Va.. who. he says, are Interested in the scheme for the Universal University. After telling several different stories as to how he came to have the title of nrlncp th voune man told a reDOrter for tti weraia last nignt tiiut nt? i a huh the sultan of Turkey, and that his mother, an Arabian Jewess, had given him to Robert Goldreich. a Jewish rabbi of Not tingham, England, and that he was brought up aa & member of the Goldreich family. He Is registered at the British consulate in Jerusalem, he said, as I. E. Goldreich. Now York Herald. First Giraffe In Europe. Dr, Johnson, as is well known, re fused for' many months to believe . in the Lisbon earthquake, and Parisians formerly were just as skeptical as to the existence of the giraffe, a new spec imen of which has just been added to the Jardin des Plantes. The -earliest specimen of these gentle creatures was seen in Paris in the reign of Louis XVI. We learn from a French contemporary that the giraffe was first heard of in 1787, when It was described by a French man named Levaillant, who had Jour neyed In the lands of the Hottentots and Kaffirs. When the explorer , referr ed to the animals with the long necks he was looked upon as a Munchausen and told that . he was such in not the politest language." It ' was only when some living speeiments arrived in the French capital that Levalllant's repu tation for veracity was re-established, and then the-animals for a long time formed the Bensation of Paris, not only among the multitude, but in all scien tific circles. London Globe. THE EVENING STOR Y Cupid on the Airline. tBy Littell McClung. "Look. Grant!" exclaimed the girl, touching the arm of her companion as they passed the exhibit of vegetables on the fair grounds, "There's the cap tive balloon they've all been talking so much about. Bessie and Sam went up in it yesterday, and they thought it simply dandy." The young man glanced ahead to where a crowd surrounded some taut guys that stretched up to a big balloon floating gracefully in the air 3C0 feet over their heads. A man stepped up on a platform and began to address his auditors in sten torian, yet persuasive, tones. "All right, Llla, we'll see it through, too!" declared Grant Allen, and they hurried up- close to the speaker. "This way, ladies and gentlemen," he cried; "who'll be the next to go up in the big gas bag? Here's a glorious chance to see the world as a bird sees it! This balloon is as safe as a trolley car, and safer experts say so. "It is fastened securely to the earth, ladles and gentlemen, and stays up ten minutes with each ascension, giving you plenty of time to enjoy th'j magnificent scenery. Come who'll be the next? the balloon holds only two at a time. Tickets are fifty cents apiece, two for a" "I'll take two tickets for the next trip," said Grant pushing forward with the necessary dollar in his hand. The man handed him the coupons to fame and stopped down from the platform to engineer the next ascension. By turning a sort of handle-and-wheel device that resembled a windlass the balloon was towed back to earth. A young man and a girl stepped out of the "basket" smiling triumphantly, and Lila and Grant stepped in. The wheel to Which the guide rope was attached began to turji again and Blowly the bal loon rose above the fair grounds. , When the rope gave out the basket was high enough for Its occupants to see the level country for miles around. "Oh. Isn't It Just perfectly grand!' cooed the girl, clapping her hands and peering down at the upturned faces, "Yes, It really is," he answered. "You feel apart from the world and above everything in more senses than one! No wonder aeronautics are almost epi demic!" The great bag above them swung off in a semicircle and then stood motion less, the basket swinging gently to and fro. Suddenly Lila glimpsed a thick cloud of dust whirling spiral-fashion across the fair erounds. "What is all that dust, Grant?" she asked Innocently. "Why. it's a whirlwind!" he exclaim ed "and a bie: one at that! And what's more, it's coming directly toward us. If it strikes us we'll get a lively little swing around in the air. I hope it does!" But the eirl seemed apprehensive and clung to his arm. Evidently his wish was about to be realized, for the whirl wind, gathering momentum every sec ond, was bearing straight down on the guide ropes of the balloon, carrying with it a dozen or more hats it had gathered from the crowds. In another second it hit the balloon, whirling it around like a bubble In a hundred-foot circle. Lila gave a little shriek of fear, but Grant laughed. "Don't be nervous," he said, "we're eettine a fine ride!" Then his face whitened as the sound of snapping ropes struck his ears. He glanced below to see uprooted pegs and stakes flying into the air. Anoth er crack followed and-the balloon tore loose the last line that bound it- to earth. 1 For a second it paused, then, like a rocket, it shot cloudward several hun dred feet, and encountering "upper currents," floated off across the fair grounds. Over the girl's face flashed an expres. slon of terror, but by a superhuman effort Grant kept calm. Below they could hear the wild shouts of the people who were running in the direction tne balloon had taken. "Keep your nerve, Lila," urged Grant quietly. "There is really no danger! Don't you see the gas can't possibly get out of the bag, and we'll begin to go down when the wind slackens a little!" But the wind continued strong and the balloon declined to descend an Inch Neither did it rise. It simply floated along rapidly but steadily about six or seven hundred feet above the ground. In five minutes the fair enclosure was fading in the distance, and in another five minutes so was the town. "Don't you see. Lila," said Grant with assurance, "we are perfectly safe. We've joined the first class aeronauts and we're coins: on a tour of the world! Just think how famous we'll be if we discover the north pole! This forced levity dispelled Lila's ter rified look, and gradually the color came back into her face. "I'm glad of one thing," she said as her courage returned; "papa, mamma and all the folks are up in the country today. Maybe they won't hear of our aerial disappearance until we lana somewhere and start back. They'd be frightened to death If they did!" 'Don't worry, Llla," he . answered, feeling now that there really was very little danger, after all. "Just look out over the country and let's enjoy the trip maybe we"won't have another one like this soon!" Their airship was sailing beautifully now, flying over orchards and farm lands and throwing into a state or in tense excitement hundreds of peaceful country folk. It is simply heavenly!" tne gin sud denly exclaimed. "I'm not a bit fraid now. Grant, and I don't care much how hard we sail. I've always longed for some exciting adventure, and surely this is it and you are with me! I'm so glad It's you!" Whv are you glad It's me?" ne de manded seizing her hand and Ignoring the cries of the farm hands in the val lew below. "Oh, I don't know exactly. Just be cause isn't that-reason enough?" she questioned, her eyes a-twinkle. "Guess it is, dear girl." he replied, and he might have but at that second the careless balloon careened sharply t starboard, reminding him that he must keep the ship "trimmed" if he ever ex pected to land safely. They were now passing over a good sized town, and hundreds of people were out in the streets gazing skyward. Of a sudden the wind died away, and the balloon sank within two hundred feet of the housetops. Then, without an instant's warning, there was a vio lent tug at the basket and Its flight ended with startling abruptness. Grant felt his heart bob up in his throat, but he peered over the side, then he drew breath again. An iron peg, dangling from the end of one of the ropes, had caught under the edge of a slate roof. "Well, Lila, we're certainly anchored at last!" he announced. "Guess, they'll be hauling us down pretty quick, for they're running into the house!" His surmise was correct v for in a mo ment several men climbed out onto the roof through the skylight and seized the rope. Then, hand over hand, they began pulling down the balloon while the street throngs shouted enthusias tically. In another moment Llla and Grant clambered out of the basket, to be greeted by a dozen men who bombard ed them with questions. They did nol know -which way to turn, until a tall mild-eyed man in clerical garb mau his way through the throng. "It's my house that caught yoa'," h laughed. "We received a telephone mes sage asking us to be on the lookout fot a runaway balloon with two passenger! which was drifting in our direction, and we are mere than glad to have been able to rescue both you and the bal loon!" Rapid-fire thanks and Introduction followed, with hand-shaking all around, and after the balloon was made fast to a chimney and a man set to guard it, the minister led the way to the kylight. In a few minutes the young aeronauts found themselves in a spaciouj parlor, hemmed in by an animated, qurstlanlug group. "Lila?" whispered Grant at the first opportunity. - . The girl inclined her head. "Lila, don't you think, dearie, it Is sort of providential that that we land ed at a minister's house? Don't you hope so, at any rate?" For a moment she was silent, the color deepening in her cheek. ' -. "Don't you?" he repeated, eagrly. "No! that is, yes! Yes I do. Grant, dear," she whispered back, giving his arm a little corroborating squees. Five minutes later Grant Allen waa hurrying up the street. On the corner he met a policeman. "Which way to the office of the marriage license clerk?" he asked breathlessly. (Copyrighted, 1909, by Associated Literary Press.) HUMOR OF THE DAY City Editor Why do you say that this man "passed away," instead of "died?" Reporter He owed me money and I don't like to feel that he is really dead. Har per's Weekly. Tommy Pop, what is retribution? Tom my's Pop Retribution, my son. Is some thing that we are sure wiih eventually overtake other people. Philadelphia Rec ord. He I wonder if we can get along all right. She Certainly. We can buy the auto with the money father left me and you will surely make, enough to pay for running it, don't you think? Puck. She I suppose your uncle didn't fail to remember you In his will? He It waa scarcely a remembrance more like a faint recollection. Philadelphia Inquirer. Caller Sir I am collecting for the Poets' hospital. Will you contribute anything? ' Editor With pleasure. Call tonight with the ambulance and I will have some poets ready. Judge. In developing the idea of truthfulness, a teacher asked the question, "What la the best thing in the world to do, and at the same time the hardest?" A little girl raised her hand timidly. "Well. Emma?" "To Ket married." "I say. Elsa. what are you going to serve for dessert?" "Oh. the usual things. cakes, candy and opera singers; then ices, liaueurs and professional soloists; afterward fruit, coffee and poets." Fliegende Blaetter. , Misa Knox What was it you said about Miss Gidday? Mr. Goodley I said her age surprised me greatly. She doesn't look thirty, does she? Miss Knox No. not now. I suppose she did, though, at one time. Stray Stories. "What Is it. madam?" asked the man be hind the desk in1 an intelligence office. "I want a cook." explained tne lady, patting the directoire knot on the back of her head, "and I want her bad." "Quite sim ple, madam." the clerk assured her. "We have no other kind." New York Herald. The Spinster Why don't you marry, Mr. Scratch? He I'm too nervous, and a faint heart never won fair lady. The Spinster (coylv) Yes. but I'm dark. Harper's Weekly. Professor What is vour Idea of the the ory of "Natural Selection"? Flippant Friend Choosing; a silk umbrella from the hallrack and leaving a cotton one. Mistress When I eneaged you, Lucinda, you said you had no male friends. Now, almost every time I come Into the kitchen I find a man. Lucinda Lor' sakea, he am no male- fren' ob mine. Mistress Then who is he? Lucinda Ma husband! Puck. First Young Lady (learning golf) Dear me. what shall I do now? This ball is in a hole. Second Younsr Lady (looking over a book of instructions) Let me see. I presume you will have to take a stick of the rieht shaoe to ret it out. First Young Iadv Oh. ves. of course. See if you can find one like a dustpan and brush Phil adelphia Inquirer. QUAKER MEDITATIONS. fFrom the ' Philadelphia Record. Has - sterling qualities the silver smith. Even the oculist Is sometimes all at sea. , . s Many a fellow who tries to do others finds himself undone. The measurement of a'girl's waist should be about the same as a man's arm. Some people only hope for the best under protest and are disappointed when It happens. About the only time we can borrow without interest is when distance lend3 enchantment to the view. It, seems strange to the masculine intelligence- that many a woman who is afraid of a mouse isn't a bit afraid of her husband. j When a woman notes the arrival cfV her first gray hair it fills her wit al- ' most as much gloom as a man feels when he sees his last one go. Wlgg "That fellow Doollttle Is a hard worker." Wagg "Yes, ater he has been at it so many years I should think it would be hard to find anyone he can work." Mr. Bugglns "There Is a theory that people who live together for a long time get to look alike." Mrs. Bugglns There must be some truth In it. I really think I was quite goodlooking when I married you. dear." POINTED PARAGRAPHS. From the Chicago News.l Better a big dog's bark than the bite of a little dog. In measuring a man's deeds by his talk use inverse ratio. A young widow with a fortune is for tunate if she remains a widow. The average husband is a silent part ner in the domestic firm. Your opinion Is all right if you can get the right people to Indorse it. We feel sorry for some men who are compelled to listen to- their own talk. From the winner's viewpoint there was nothing the matter with the game as played. A woman's interest in a divorced man never lets up until she discovers why he was divorced. If every man was taken at his own valuation there wouldn't be half enough halos to go around. It Is easier to tell how a thing ought to be done than it is to make good when you try to do it yourself. It takes an awful lot of self-control to enable a man to go up In the attic ev ery time he feels like swearing. A man never realizes how old fash ioned his clothes are until he beholds his son's glad rags on his return from college.