THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOURNAL SATURDAY EVENING-MAY 31, 1913-
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' By FRANK P. MAC LENNAJl.
fEtered July 1. 1875. as Becand-elai
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a::der the act of congress.
VOLUME XXXV No. 119
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Anybody familiar with mint Juleps
will be disposed to excuse the colonel
on that score.
The Kansas grirl who is marrying one
of the wealthiest men in Europe, is re
versing the usual order.
The trial at Marquette affords one
more evidence that anybody who want3
a fight out of the colonel can get it.
Profiting by a contemplation of what
has happened to the colonel, Mr. Bryan
is taking no chances while the supply
of grape juice holds out.
The roaring of guns prevents the
hatching of chickens near New Tork
And the Chicago Post suggests putting
ear muffs on the hens.
A Brooklyn jury awards $7,500 for the
loss of three fingers. Considering the
number of times they have saved a
man's life, says the Washington Post,
it is not a cent too much.
A New York millionaire while ex
hibiting a huge "souse" in Jackson
ville, Fla., declared that he was the
only origAial Jack Johnson. He must
have taken a serious dislike to him
self. The expensive ditch-digging ma
chinery of the Panama canal will not
be of any use in digging that canal
across Nicaragua. The handiest tool
for tne Nicaragua enterprise would
be a pair of sharp scissors, as the
whole thing is on paper
Saturday last was a red-letter day
on the Isthmus of Panama. The steam
shovels, which have been eating their i
way through Culebra hill from east and
west,-met at grade, and the cut is com
plete. There is still a lot of dirt to be
removed but the cut has been made.
Nobody knew how wide spread was
the habit of taking mercury tablets
until that Georgia banker died as a
result of his experience. Since then
there has hardly been a day that the
dispatches have not carried a story
of the swallowing of the poison by some
The Mahin law, which has been of
great benefit to Topeka officers in
the enforcement of burning thirst, is
not doing so well in Smith Center, the
home of Senator Ike. Smith Center
is only 20 miles from the nearest Ne
braska saloons, and the automobile
roads are in excellent condition.
Missouri refuses to view with alarm
since some enterprising newspaper
statistician has counted them and
found but 112 Japanese in the whole
state. The count has not been com
pleted in Kansas but it is probable
that the subjects of the Mikado are
Btlll fewer than in Missouri.
Ottawa puts on a town fair, and gets
away with it without a rain, up to
date, although it was cloudy and
threatening every day of the show. It
is such an unusual experience that Ot
tawans brag about the phenomenal
weather and forget to brag about the
rather nifty little show in progress.
Harrison Parkman is a "bear" to
work. The duties of his office as
state fire marshal would satisfy the
cravings of an ordinary man, but he
has cut out a larger slice of trouble
for himself by starting a state-wide
safe-and-sane" Fourth of July cru
sade. The late Lew Schmucker, who was
buried at ElDorado this week, held an
enviable record among Kansas news
paper men. Schmucker had friends
galore and no enemies. And the
Schmucker method should be food for
thought to "cubs" who are just start
ing in the game. This is the secret
in a nutshell: Schmucker was a fear
less writer, and he slammed where
slams were required, but he never
slammed a man by reason of personal
enmity, and would rather abandon a
punitive campaign than to resort to
the bushwhacking methods of the
Washburn college, like numerous
other educational institutions of the
United States, Is not self sustaining.
To keep up an institution of the cali
bre of Washburn would make It ex
elusive. The country boys, who have
graduated from Washburn into law,
medicine or other professions or arts.
would still be following a cultivator,
but for outside donations to Wash
burn college. To be self sustaining,
Washburn would require a prohibitive
tuition fee, and would be thinly pat
ronized by pampered pets of the rich.
The boys and girls from ordinary fam
ilies would derive no benefits from
Topeka's leading educational institu
tion. But the fame of Washburn is such
that it is constantly within the sight
of the philanthropists of the world; its
value as an institution is known and
appreciated. Donations and endow
ments from known and unknown
sources have supported and improved
the college until it ranks in the first
division of sectarian colleges of the
This year ,the college has in sight
about $350,000 in endowments, which
puts it in excellent shape, and guaran
tees several needed improvements.
The endowments Include a gift of $50,-
000 from Andrew Carnegie, who does
not want to die rich, and has the best
idea for getting practical results from
his money. He has spent years in
proving his theory that money spent
n the education of young people gets
better results than money spent in
paying the grocery and beer bills of
the old down-and-outers.
A young man, just out of high
school, may go to an endowment col
lege, pay a moderate tuition fee and
acquire a science or profession that
would be prohibited to him if that
college was left on its own resources,
and compelled to collect a tuition that
would make the school self-sustaining.
He does not lose his self respect, be
cause it is not a "charity" Institution.
He graduates into the world of busi
ness, science, profession or art, and is
in a position to help himself and oth
With the first signs of a slowing
down of certain phases of business ac
tivity in eastern centers a check
noticed in orders for the future rather
than in the actual handling of mer
chandise of any kind came indica
tions of widening exports. The in
stant American manufacturers and
other producers felt less concerned
than they had been for many months
with the problem of supplying the de
mands of their customers, they began
to push their foreign trade, with im
In April the value of the exports of
domestic merchandise was $20,000,000
in excess of the figures for the corre
sponding month of 1912. Imports fell
off more than $18,000,000 in the same
time. The surplus of exports over im
ports was less- than $14,000,000 in
April, 1912. Last month it was more
than $52,000,000. For the ten months
ending with April the excess of ex
ports over imports was almost $562,
000,000, a margin which has been sur
passed but twice in the history of the
Such facts tell an impressive story
of immense national resources and a
wide margin of safety in the foreign
trade of the country. Any serious de
crease in domestic trade would quick
ly be followed by so great an expan
sion of the exports of American prod
ucts that many lines of industry would
find the loss at home wholly or in
large part offset. It is evident, also,
that there would be a rapid accumula
tion of credits in Europe which might
be drawn upon for gold in case of any
monetary stringency on this side of
This change, in turn, would tend
powerfully to stimulate large use of
capital in the United States in new
undertakings, with a trade and indus
trial revival the natural result. Na
tional prosperity rests on a wider and
surer base now than ever before. For
eign trade goes farther than at any
other time in the country's history to
insure great and continuous business
SUBSIDIES ARE UNPOPULAR.
But little has been said, recently,
about that thinly veneered subsidy
graft, the scheme to give the Amer
ican merchant marine a free pass
through the Panama canal. Last win
ter a few congressmen, backed by a
lobby of ship owners, were waving the
flag and spreading eagle feathers in
their attempt to skin the government
out of millions. They were using an
"American improvements for Ameri
cans" talk as ammunition in the bat
tle of hot air. They proposed that all
American vessels pass through the
Panama canal without paying tolls,
and the foreign vessels be held up
for an excessive fee. And they had
the nerve to use the word "American"
in connection with their demand.
When England and other maritime
nations protested against the idea, and
suggested that it would be no more
than fair to open the canal to the
world, if the merchant marine of one
nation couldn't afford to pay tolls,
the , lobby came back with a regular
shower of stars and stripes, pleas of
patriotism and a lot of other bunk.
They advised war with England and
a lot of other foolishness. They call
ed attention to the gee-rand old flag,
but they neglected to touch on the
vital points of the question; they neg
lected to admit that the canal was not
digged by the ship-owing gang, but by
Hi Haskins, of Punkin Center, Wis
consin, Jab Sisselburg of Last Chance,
Arkansas, et al. The Panama canal,
now, and when it is finished, belongs
to the American people, and not to a
few marine trusts.
Years ago this country knocked out
a ship subsidy scheme, and it is not
probable that it will stand for a sub
sidy, sugar coated, at this time. The
taxes paid into the national treasury
by the merchant marine holdings
would not build one gate of the Gatun
lock, or remove one slide from Cule-
bra cut. It would be just as reason
able for a shoe factory to demand that
its products be shipped to consumers
free of cost, because it was an Ameri
can shoe factory; or for any person
to demand the free delivery of an un
stamped letter, because he was an
It is not a question of subservience
to foreign nations. It is merely a
matter of reason.
The Emporia Gazette suspects that
Andy Carnegie's clamor for universal
peace might be traced to the fact that
Andrew no longer manufactures armor
From the rhymeful University Kan
san: "We all believe that knocks are
bad. and say so with sincerity. But
here's a knock which makes us glad
the knock of opportunity."
Mrs. Belmont declares that Mrs.
Emmeline Pankhurst is "the gueatest
woman of the age," but omits to state
what the age of Mrs. Pankhurst is,
says Frank Hartman of the Frankfort
Don't get peeved if a high school
senior offers to show you how to make
a great success of your business. Just
smile and be charitable because you
know this week a senior is exactly two
sizes bigger than the world itself. -Atchison
The Coffeyville Journal hands this
bouquet to Tom Cordry: "The last is
sue of the Kansas Workman was print
ed in Erie by Seth Wells and was ed
ited by Thomas Cordry. It is the best
looking paper that has ever been is
sued by the Kansas Workman lodge.
There is very little heard of Vic
tor Murdock since he became the floor
leader of the coterie of discontents
who compose the bunch of Progres
sives in congress. Victor probably
realizes that to make much of a stir
with so little backing, would be very
much like thunder without any light
ning. Clay Center Dispatch.
The Wilson County Citizen tells of
a Swede barber down there who, be
tween shaves, has been making a study
of scientific botany. As a result of
long and careful cross breeding and
fertilization he has produced a hop
vine that will produce hops of such
magical power that a single fruit
placed in a vessel with some cracked
ice and a little filtered aqua pura will
produce a schooner of most delicious
and exhilarating suds.
BY THE ATCHISON GLOBE.
Over confidence is neglecting to cut the
Probably the one who keeps count of
tne complaints is the busiest person.
A drunken man usually wastes a good
deal of time telling how sober he is.
You have to prove it in the Bush
League before breaking into the Big
Considering the number of inquiries.
there is a good deal that isn't found out.
Farmers are progressive, and most of
the country cured ham now comes from
the packing houses.
A boy in a beautiful home frequently
wishes he were a poor orphan and could
uo as he blamed pleased.
Sometimes a modest individual gains a
reputation for hauteur because he refrains
from talking when he has nothing to say.
This la a great country to prate of the
nobility and importance of education and
pay a teacher about half what a plumber
What has become of the old-fashioned
woman who used to say, "Look at the
pretty," when she was holding something
to attract the attention of the baby to
keep it from cry'ng?
Possibly, as the saw says, faint hear
never won fair lady. But, on the other
hand, it may have kept a man from get
In the Philippines, in case you are think
ing of moving, the plain people have as
many holidays as if they worked in the
A suff advocates a system requiring
bachelors to dress in raiment to distin
guish them from married men, but the
married men wouldn't stand it.
Heard on the street: "So he said he
knew me when I was a little girl?" "No,
he didn't say any such thing. He said he
knew you when he was a little boy."
"Don't you ever speak to me again."
From the Philadelphia Record.
When a woman reigns at a tea she never
reigns but she pours.
Marriage is a tie, but some people re
gard it merely as a slip knot.
Many a fellow takes advice that he
doesn't know what to do with.
A man seldom feels out of sight when
he is head over heels in debt.
Just about the time a man has the
world at his feet he wakes up.
Fortunate is the man who succeeds In
penetrating the disguise of hds blessings.
It is quite natural for a woman to feel
stuck up when she wears those big hat
Some people can't stand prosperity. The
horn of plenty has started many a man
on a toot.
Wigwag "Drowning men clutch at
straws?" Guzzler "Yes, especially if they
are drowning their sorrows."
Any poker player will tell you that It is
better to be flushed with victory than to
be four-flushed out of it.
When a woman builds a house she
wants plenty of closets. Then she spends
most of her time looking in them for
Harduppe "I borrowed $13 on Friday.
Would you consider that unlucky?" Bug
gins "I sure would if you had borrowed
it from me."
Blobbs "Do you believe ignorance Is
ever bliss?" Slobbs "Sure, if it takes the
form of having more money than you
know what to do with."
From the Chicago News.
Few of life's pleasure are inexpensive.
A society man's long suit is entertaining
Some girls are born foolish and some
He who laughs last may be merely
Blow of comprehension.
Kissing is unhcalthful. However, noth
ing risked, nothing gained.
There's always an ill-feeling between
the doctor and tl-e patient.
A Kansas physician shot one of his
patients. He was un unskillful doctor.
Silence is indeed golden when the heiress
takes that method of saying "yes."
The darkest cloud may have a silver
lining, but it's a dark cloud just the same.
After watching the antics of lovers for
a while the moon simply has to get full.
A man seldom gets a chance to propose
any more. The best he can do is to file
Sentiment is all right, but It is less de
sirable than a steady job if a man wants
to eat regualrly.
When a man discovers that he has made
a mistake he doesn't stop his friends on
the street to tell about it.
Every time we get the short end of a
lawsuit we are willing to bet our laat dol
lar that the scales of justice have been
RY THE WAY
BT HARVEY PARSONS.
This Mumm wedding looks like a
good thing for the groom. Being the
manufacturer of a popular brand of
high-priced headache, he gets part of
the newspaper space. As a rule, the
groom is Ignored.
And furthermore, a trained and ex
perienced observer might observe that
when the pair were interviewed, she
gave a description of her trousseau
but the foxy groom-elect took up his
space in advertising his booze.-
This Walt Mumm may be extra dry,
but he .doesn't overlook an opportunity
The colonel candidly admits that he
never drank a high-ball or cocktail in
his life. . Hon. Muskogee Red also pre
fers it barefooted.
Go ahead and swat the fly, and swat
him a plenty, but be sport enough to
give him a sporting chance to move
his position if he chances to be roost
ing on a seven-dollar cut glass pitcher
when the swat idea strikes you.
The social surveyors want the city
to contribute $500. Theirs Is a laud
able ambition; it is to commercialize
a bawl-out of the lower crust that is
too poor to start a libel suit.
The golf-ball is loaded with a dan
gerous liquid. Some say the high ball
can give the golf ball cards and
At the hour this paragraph was
written, the big auto race was more
than half finished, and the waiting
undertaker was still waiting. If they
can get it across without a fatality it
will constitute a record, regardless of
speed shown by the rival cars.
The married man who has any
household accomplishments is a
blamed fool if he tips his hand.
When House and Cain went fishing,
they returned not with the moth-eaten
story about the fish that got away.
When asked for the score, they merely
stated, in a superior sort of way, that
they got some fish and a large num
ber of bites. And as the chiggers were
on the job, they brought back the
bites as evidence to support a part of
And it is hinted in some circles that
they could prove the entire statement.
Rumor hath it that House purchased
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and, failing to find a can opener in the
crowd, was constrained to bring
"some fish" home with him.
SAYS UNCLE GAV
Don't be too sure that you are al
together a creature of free will. As
a matter of hard, brutal fact, most of
us are governed in big things by fixed
ideas that amount to obsessions. When
the flxed idea comes in free will flies
out of the window, and only a severe
course of Introspection will reveal its
absence. Sometimes a severe fit of re
morse or a mental shock will bring it
back, but usually it is gone for good.
Your course in life depends upon your
The commonest fixed idea is that
loosely described as conceit. The boy
who early in life gets the notion that
he knows it all is done for if he
doesn't mercifully bump into some
thing that will jar him loose from the
incubus that has cast a blight upon
his existence. Next in frequency is
the obsession of failure. Some men
have it beaten into them as children,
others have it scolded into them at
school and still others attain it
through a series of hard knocks too
severe for their developing stamina.
He who suffers from this fixed idea
never has any real expectation of suc
cess, shies at trifles, flees from diffi
culties and finally dies a moral cow
ard unless the saving shock comes
that awakens him to desperation or
Perhaps more men otherwise hope
lessly lost have achieved success
through desperation than any other
emotion. The most hopeless physical
coward was given to fits of mental
exaltation in which he imagined him
self a hero. Under the influence of
one of his "spells," as we called them,
he was moved to enlist in the regular
army. One day he found himself face
to face with six Spaniards armed with
machetes and became desperately
aware of the fact that there was an
unclimbable network of barbed wire
at his back. It was butt and bayo
net in a merry tattoo upon Castilian
skulls for about two minutes, after
which he found himself a hero with
two badly battered prisoners on his
hands. I asked him about it after
ward. "Up to that time I knew I couldn't
fight," he said. "After I thought of
that durned wire fence I knew I
couldn't do anything else."
. He had traded a bad obsession for
a good, workable one.
You'll readily admit that a man
who could pile up a half million dol
lars in Puckyhuddle without cheat
ing his neighbors out of their eye
teeth was something of an Industrial
and financial genius. Deacon Bangs
told me how he did Is at we walked
home from church one day.
"I never cheated a man knowingly
in my life," he said, and that was the
truth. "But along about the time I
was 21 I began to get the idea that
any man can get what he goes after
if he works hard enough and thinks
fast enough. That idea stuck in my
craw. I couldn't get away from it.
I thought of It the first thing in the
morning and the last thing at night.
I kept saying to myself, 'Work hard
and think fast.' I knew I couldn't win
any other way. Pretty soon that was
all there was to business for me. I
lost sight of the dollars in working
out my scheme. I couldn't think of
anything else but just how to win
out. I guess I'm crazy on that sub
This also was the truth. It was
part of the good old deacon's re
ligion to deal fairly with all men. It
was his obsession to work longer than
others and to think faster in order
that he might beat them to the op
portunities that were lying unused all
about us. It was the fixed idea that
gained his half million. He was no
longer a creature of free wilL He
simply had to win.
Don't flatter yourself about the
freedom of your will. Look to your
obsessions they make or break you.
(Copyright, 1913, by the McClure
Newspaper Syndicate.) j
Governess "And whom did the Goddess
Aurora marry?" pupil "Borealis!"
The office boy's grandmother dies
At least three times a week;
The bookkeeper develops ills
Of which he's apt to speak.
The ribbon clerk abruptly jumps
His job at 8 p. m.
He says his kids have got the mumps
And he must go to them.
The boss does not feel well himself.
And thinks he needs fresh air;
He goes out to the baseball park
And finds his help all there.
Roy K. Moulton.
THE EVENING STORY
(By Cora A Dolman.)
They had climbed down In the twi
light from the ragged coast to the
smooth broad shore beneath, which
spread for a quarter of a mile toward
the ocean beyond. One was a man
of 30, Dick Beauchamp, and the other
a boy of 12, was Roderick, Dick's
"Uncle Dick," the boy called out
against the sound of the wind and
waves, "hadn't we better turn
around? Mother said I was to be
sure you came In by 8. She told
me she thought as long as you are
going back tomorrow morning, you
would want to see Miss Reynolds to
night and I wasn't to tease you to stay
away. That Miss Reynolds is cross at
you, she told me.
"Oh, Miss Reynolds " Dick be
gan in an offhand way, and then, look
ing out to sea he interrupted himself.
"Curious sort of tower that a light
house, I suppose. Funny place to have
it, though, out there on the sand."
"Isn't it funny!" said the boy.
"Come, let's go back to the hotel."
"Forget that," replied Dick walking
resolution out in the direction of the
tower. There was a sudden look of
annovancA in his face. "Turn around
boy," he said suddenly, "not for Miss
Reynolds, you know, dut. ior me hub.
It is coming In fast."
The two turned quickly about, while
the flood of the Incoming tide swept
around before them and formed an
ever increasing stream between them
and the rocks. "Hurry, Uncle Dick,"
said the boy. "My feet are soaked."
"Something more than soaked feet,"
grunted Dick. "You'd better swim.
You will lose your footing if you try
By this time they had both been
swept up in the incoming tide, and,
with a sudden sense of fear gripping
at their hearts, the two were battling
against a current that rushed with ris
ing force toward the coast. In a sec
ond Dick had taken in the situation,
and with confidence in the boy's pluck
called out, "Make for the open,
He swam up to place a strong re
assuring grasp on the boy's coat col
lar. "We can swim out to the tower.
Maybe that is what it is there for. We
will get all tangled up in the current
and rocks and things if we go toward
shore." For a few minutes they swam
on with steady even strokes.
Then with a few words of direction
from Dick, he and the boy gained a
footing on the steps that came out into
the water invitingly. In a minute
more they stood in the shelter of the
sea-worn gray stone balcony above the
steps. "I knew the tide came In with
a vengeance here," said Dick, "but I
never knew it was like that."
Richard was examining a latch on
the rusty iron-bound oak door that led
from the stone stairs to the inside of
"Not afraid of ghosts are you,
sonny?" he said laughing.
"Don't let's go in anyway," said the
boy. "We can dry off on the balcony
"And we can walk back at low tide,"
added Richard. "Let me see; that
will be some time in the middle of the
night. You will have to go to sleep
and forget how hungry you are."
The boy accepted the suggestion,
and before many minutes had passed
he had thrown himself down on the
stone balcony and was trying to sleep.
"What is that?" asked the boy when
he suddenly roused himself from half
sleep. "Don't you hear something?
"Fiddlesticks," said Dick with a
forced laugh, unwilling to admit even
to himself that there came faintly the
sound of a woman's voice from some
where within the tower.
"I heard it again," said the boy.
"Gee'.' but I wish you hadn't said what
you did about the spooks and this
place being haunted. I wish it wasn't
Dick stepped to the oak door that
led into the body of the tower and
closed it carefully, and then returned
to wait patiently for a half hour till
his nephew was sound asleep. Then
Dick took his own coat and spread
it over the sleeping boy, crept noise
lessly to the oak door and passed into
the room within.
The small unglazed windows of the
tower let In a few rays of the fast-fading
light of day and Dick could sec
the outlines of a huge stone fireplace
that, in its simplicity, reminded Dick
of the architecture of a thousand
years ago. He also saw a rough oak
table in the middle of the room.
"Great Scott," he gasped, seizing a
can of jam that had apparently just
been opened, "and crackers, too," he
muttered, laying hands on a paste
To be sure anything In the line of
food looked good to him, but he hesi
tated before calling his nephew to join
him in the meager feast that it would
afford. Who had been eating in the
tower? Was it the owner of the voice
which he had heard so distinctly a few
moments before and, if It was, where
These queries were stopped short
and a sickening sense of dread came
over him as a heavy door on the op
posite side of the wall swung open.
Slowly and gracefully the figure of
a woman walked toward him. A ma
jestic figure dressed In white, crowned
with a wind-blown aura of reddish
hair that caught the last golden re
flection of daylight reddish hair that
could not possibly belong to any one
but Miss Madeline Reynolds.
Even more intense than his first
fear, Dick felt embarrassment- To
face the Incomparable Miss Reynolds
even In this extremity, In his shirt
sleeves, shoeless and collarless he
had left these accessories on the bal
cony to dry and still damp with sea
water, was unpardonable. He felt her
eyes, though he could not see them
distinctly since her back was against
"How long have you been here?"
"A few hours, I should say," 3aid
Dick. "Mt watch was stopped by the
sea water. We were caught in the
tide, you know my nephew and my
"Aren't you hungry?" she asked,
stepping toward him and revealing a
dozen different graces of girlishness
and womanliness that Dick ad or jd.
"I brought some Jam and crackers
for myself. If I had known you were
coming I would have waited for you.
I will go and get your cousin. You
left him on the other balcony.. I sup
pose?" She walked past him, but Richard
blocked her way to the door that led
to the sleeping boy and with sudden
resolution seized her arm. The girl
laughed in the darkness beside him.
For a moment they were both silent.
Then she spoke:
"Did you really get caught In the
tide didn't you know I was here?
Why did you come?"
"I came," said Dick "because if I
hadn't I should have been everlast
ingly beaten to pieces by the tide. I
was walking on the beach because
because If I hadn't I should have been
forced to come over to see you and I
hadn't the courage," Then he put his
hands on her bare wrists. "Tell me
how you managed to come?"
"I came," she said, "because I
thought if I didn't I would have to
see you, and I didn't have the cour
age, either. Anyway, this place belong3
to me. I often come out here at low
tide and wait till I can walk back
again. Father built It as a refuge for
poor people like you who might get
caught on the beach when the tide
came In. He had a brother who was
lost that way, and he built It in mem
ory of him. I think you are the only
person that was ever saved by It. Most
people know about the tides here. But
I often come out to watch the ocean.
I sometimes sing, too, because no one
can hear me." She paused and neith
er spoke. Then she added, "Isn't it
strange that It should be you whom
our tower of refuge saved?"
"Stranger still that you should be
here to welcome me. Madeline, you
wouldn't have the heart to refuse me
now that you have saved me? The
tower would have been built In vain
If you did."
"I shouldn't have refused you any
way," said Madeline, pulling her hands
away as she heard the sound of Rod
erick's voice calling to his "Uncle
Dick." (Copyright 1913, by the Mc
Clure Newspaper Syndicate.)
B -r- ?;
p EVENING CHAT
I BT KCT&' 3AMBRO!.
A- ' - tri
The Old Old Question.
Is the servant question quite so ter
rible a problem as we have been led
to think It?
Some weeks ago I wrote a little
article giving my opinion that it was
not, and that a woman who would
treat those who served her reason
ably and considerately need not pay
exorbitant wages or change maids ev
ery few weeks. I expected nothing
but criticism for this stand as the op
posite has so often been claimed in
women's columns and women's maga
zines. Therefore I was more than
happy to receive the following corro
boration of my article in a letter
which evidently came from a woman
of education, refinement and position.
"Will you allow me to thank you
for your very sane paragraphs on 'the
servant question, " writes this woman.
"Between my own and my mother's
houses, in winter and in summer life,
in small and in large families, I have
come closely into contact with many
servants. And I have never known
one whom I did not both respect and
admire. They have been, in no sen
timental way whatever, among my
most loyal friends. In trouble they
have helped me as no one else could,
bv takiner all care off of me. Over and
over they have shown the same self
control, the same kindly wish to be of
service, the same dignity that we prize
so much among ourselves. I am in a
constant state of gratitude to my ser
vants not only for their skill but for
their spirit. This spirit is not due to
any magical thing I do for them, but
simply to their own fine characters."
Can the servant problem be so ab
solutely hopeless as many mistresses
would have us believe when one wo
man has found it so very simple?
"This spirit," she says, is not due
to any magical thing I do for them."
PerhaDS there are some women who
would differ from her. Evidently she
does not consider as magical or ex
traordinary the use of courtesy and
consideration toward those who serve
her, and a habit of remembering that
they are human beings like herself,
with good qualities that deserve ap
preciation. There are many women to whom
such an attitude would seem most ex
traordinary and magical. Such women
will always have a servant problem.
They will always be writing to the
magazines about the rudeness, the un
reliability and the Inefficiency of their
servants, and will never retiect tnat
it is barely possible that these ser
vants are a mirror of those with
whom they live.
You think I am prejudiced in favor
of the servant side of the question?
Only as I am always prejudiced in
favor of that side which has not the
opportunity or the ability to speak for
The Dnnger of Whooping Cough.
Many persons regard whooping cough
as tedious and annoying, but quite
without serious importance. . Unfor
tunately that mistake often leads to
the neglect of the disease itself and
the failure to isolate the patients prop
erly. Recent statistics show that of the
children under 1 year of age who have
whooping cough one in four dies. The
mortality decreases rapidly with ad
vancing age, and at 5 years of age
one patient In 50 dies. Ten thousand
children die of this disease every year
In the United States.
Even when whooping cough does not
result fatally, it s still to be dreaded,
for it may be followed by consumption,
since the patient's powers of resistence
are often greatly weakened by the vio
lent and exhaustive cough.
The disease is highly contagious, al
though the offending germ has not yet
been discovered. Consequently the
mother or the nurse of a child with
whooping caugh ought never to take it
Into public conveyances, or to enter
tainments, or send it to school or to
church anywhere, in short, where It
will expose other children to the infec
tion. The disease begins like a simple cold
In the head that rapidly goes to the
chest. Youth's Companion.
An Old-Time Window Smasher.
In the frantic search for an effec
tive means of dealing with the suf
fragette raids, some one has dug up
the following entry In the privy coun
cil book, preserved among the historic
records of England:
"At St. James' the third day of
April, 1643, the Earl of Surrey, being
sent for to appear before the council,
was charged by the said presence of
a lewd and unseemly manner of walk
ing in the night about the streets and
breaking with stones of certain win
dows. He could not deny that he had
practiced these evil doings, and sub
mitted himself to such punishment as
should be thought good. Whereupon
he was committed to the Tower."
The record further states that the
noble earl had to do time, being incar
cerated in the Tower for one calendar
month. He was ultimately liberated
on his own recognizance of $1,000 to
be of good behavior. A little later he
was decapitated on Tower Hill at the
age of 30. This positively looks like
a threat. New York Tribune. '
HARD ON K. U.
This is proving a disastrous year for
Kansas University. It occurs almo-t
every year that one or two of the
school's professors accept calls to other
schools. Probably not a year passes
that a large number of them do not
receive calls at better salaries than
Kansas pays, but this year an unusual
number of them are accepting the calls
and are going.
There is something wrong about this. -Many
of those who leave the Institu
tion to go elsewhere for better salaries
go to schools in states that are no rich
er than Kansas and can afford to pay
no more. A part of the wrong, there
fore, is not paying sufficient salaries.
Kansas has not kept up with the pro
cession. There should be a mainten
ance tax provided for the University
and it should be a liberal one. Our
great school should not be dependent
upon the whims of a legislature for t'a
We suspect, however, that the lack
of salary has not been the only caus
that has conduced to the exodus of
professors this year. We suspect tha.
the meddling of the politicians has hail
even more to do with it. The placing cf
the state institutions under a salaried
board promises ill for the future. True
the board at present constituted is a
good one but the temptation of a $3,500
salary la likely to be too strong and In
the future the places are apt to be
filled by politicians who care more for
their party than for the education of
the youth of the state. Unless some
change is made to prevent the future
is likely to see politics creeping Into
the University more and more md it
is quite possible that the salaries of
the professors will be drawn by those
who have shown activity in propagat
ing the doctrines of parties rather than
by those noted for scholarship and
teaching ability. Such a prospect is not
pleasant for the scholar to contemplate
and hence those who have opportuni
ties to go elsewhere are more inclined
to move then they have been before.
THE MOTORCYCLE EVIL.
An esteemed exchange complains of
what it is pleased to term the motorcycle
evil. Possibly the terminology is proper
enough but it would seem more correct
if the writer had been more 3pecKlo if he
had called it the motorcyclist evil for like
most evils, this one depends on the in
dividual rather than on the machine.
In central and western Kansas the
motorcycle for many men solves the
transportation problem and fills a place
purely utilitarian. As the years go by
and its practicability is proven, the ma
chine Is becoming more popular and ta
efforts of riders of good Judgment la doing
much to eliminate the prejudice that was
felt against the motorcycle in earlier
years when It resembled nothing else so
much as a portable Fourth of July cele
bration going at the rate of 35 or 40 miles
The evil of the motorcycle, as has been
suggested, depends wholly on the individ
ual and a few reckless and obnoxious
riders can do much to prejudice com
munities against the machines, which as
long as they are as useful as at the pres
ent time, will not become extinct. Sup
pression of the irresponsible and reckless
motorcyclist will do much to eliminate
the evil. Salina Journal.
FROM OTHER PENS
A SISTER'S LOVE.
The world Is filled with good emo
tions and good deds and good im
pulses, but seldom does an act dis
play itself more luminously or more
beautifully than in the exhibition of a
sister's love. The other day a woman
journeyed from New York to Wash
ington to call on President Wilson. She
was garbed in the robes of a Domini
can nun, and in spite of her 62 years,
she was still young and beautiful, with
a face that flashed with remarkable
intelligence. She had no letters or pe
titions or passports, and nothing to
depend upon but her own personal
plea. She came to intercede for her
brother, who is confined in the fed
eral prison in Atlanta, having been
convicted of using the United States
mans for illegal purposes. And here
in is a story which at least all literary
people will take a profound Interest
in. This woman is known today as
Mother Mary Alohonsa. In secular lif
she was known as Miss Rose Haw
thorne. She is the second daughter
of Nathaniel Hawthorne, who is con
ceded to be America's greatest novel
ist. She was born In the year 1851,
and in 1871 she was married to
George Parsons Lathrop, who, as a
writer, is second only to the author
of the "Scarlet Letter." She collabor
ated with her husband In all of his
literary efforts, and when he died in
1898 she concluded to devote her life
to suffering humanity. She establish
ed a home for the care of those who
are suffering from cancer, one of the
loathsomest of diseases. After a time
she discovered that it would be better
for her to cut herself entirely away
from the secular world. In order to
devote her entire time to the service
of the unfortunate, and in the carry
ing out of this purpose she joined the
Dominican sisterhood. What fortune
was her own and what her husband
left her was given unreservedly to the
work, and since then she has received
assistance from other sources, and she
not only has a hospital in New York,
but also a country home for the care
of these suffering people outside of
New York. In spite of the fact that
she has abandoned the world, and all
its allurements, which, for her, must
have been great, because Bhe had al
ready achieved fame in literature, her
sisterly love overflowed the banks and
bounds of her environment and when
her brother, Julian Hawthorne, was
sentenced to a federal prison, she
came forth from her retreat In an ef
fort to relieve him of at least a por
tion of his physical suffering. No
mother ever believed that her son
could be anything more than her
"boy," who is incapable of wrongdo
ing: but this exhibition of sisterly
devotion and love Is a lesson to the
world which should and no doubt will
cuwi. ii was a pameiic and
a very unusual spectacle to see a mod
est and self-sacrificing nun in Wash
ington making additional sacrifices in
the interest of her erring brother. It
shows that there Is more good in the
world than we are accustomed to see
exploited In public. Deep down in the
hearts of many Inters is that name
fond and noble affection which en
riches the world, tecause It Is one of
Its greatest assets. What President N.
Wilson will do is T.ot known, but ev-
eryone who knows him feels that he
will do whatever he thinks Is right:
and no matter what he does, he must
admire and respect the fealty and de
votion of this sister, who comes back
into the world In order to render her
brother whatever little assistance lies
In . her power. Memphis News-Scimitar.
Belle "What's call money?" Nell"!
guess It's what the fellows spend on the
violets and chocolate-candy boxes tley
bring with them." Baltimbore Americas.
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