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FRIDAY. MABCH 22, 1907.
cK^SrXSsr .r r^ r to ded co^z Tru Ar
2SS rV n om I> t r h°e%unb lJ at
the interests of citizens of the e \f^t v "
the war in Central America^ ==..******£*
report od a decisive defeat of the allied Sal\a-
S and Uonduran forces at >«"*■»«"••
ZZ-— Rioting and pillaging continued In s«v-
SaTßiunaSan cities and villages .many Jews
fleeing to Bucharest for safety; all the arm)
reserves were called to the colors. — — At
Se first meeting of the Transvaal parliament
the government announced its Intention of sup
©oriinK the exclusion of Asiatics from the
X === Leaders of both English parties
declared In parliament against the Channel tun-
Si scheme = The House of Commons
closed a twenty-seven hours* session, not being
permitted to adjourn till the Army bill was
t>a£sed. ■- The man arrested in Pans for
connection with the theft of a mall bag con
taining $400,000 from the United States con
fessed, and more arrests were expected.
DOM Senator Raines went to the res
cue of Superintendent Kelsey at the hearing in
Albany, but bis plan to delay the case by hav
ing a formal trial was defeated in committee,
end the examination of Mr. Kelsey continued.
.1 Brigadier General Theodore J. int.
U. S. A., died suddenly in Philadelphia. ■ -»
No trains arrived at or departed from San
Francisco on account of the floods. - Sena
tor Saxe's two measures designed to prevent
ticket speculating outside of theatres were ad
vanced by the Senate at Albany. ===== The an
nual dinner of the Legislative Correspondents
Association was held at the Hotel Ten Eyck.
Albany; Governor Hughes was the guest of
ho:..- and spoke. ■ -In the charter elections
in the incorporated villages o? St. Lawrence
County. th*» ' Republicans elected eight village
presidents' and the Democrats two. — T. V.
Halsev/ Indicted on ten counts in connection
with alleged bribery In San Francisco, was ar
rested in Manila: it was reported that D. M.
Delmas. the San Francisco attorney defending
Harry Thaw' in this city, hal been asked to
defend Abraham Ituef.
CITY. — Stocks were strong. = The Erie
Railroad announced that It had discontinued
work en th«» construction of several subsidiary
linos through fear of a change of attitude by
the state toward the company's relations with
such lines. == The Mutual Ufe directors, it
•was said, might re-elect President Peabody,
owing to his strong support from stockholders.
i It was said here that James W. Alexan
der. ex-presMent of the Equitable, had been in
Europe and A6ia since last autumn. — ■ ■ Dis
trict Attorney Jerome submitted eight affi
davits looking toward the appointment of a
commission In lunacy at the Thaw trial. — r -
It was announced that the highways and build
ings 'bureaus would be Investigated. ■ Post
master Wlllcox said that the reported French
mall robbery must have been of bags sent on
la. Savole, not on La Provence. ■■ ■ The loot-
Ing of the Bleg-el home. Driftwood, was said to
have been done by Sound pirates. = Con
tractors prepared to itake bids on new subway
routes. :■■ : Physicians representing Dr. Dar
lltjrton presented conflicting reports on milk to
the Health Committee of the Board of Alder
men; ordinances for and against pasteurization
were submitted. ;
THE WEATHER.— lndications for to-day:
Partly cloudy. The temperature yesterda-:
Highest, 49 degrees; lowest, 30.
Not the least amusing of the many logical
lapses of which even highly Intelligent men are
■ometitces guilty is the reasoning ujr which the
sine of corrupt politicians are charged up acainttt
tbe political party to which they owe shadowy
allegiance. In a recent editorial "The Xew York
Times" presents a cuse against "piirty sj.irif
which, while not openly condemning partisanship
«f every sort, contrives to suggest the Iniprrsi
•ion that a political party is a vile institution,
out of place In an enlightened community. This
view Is Illustrated by the latest scandals in
Pennsylvania and San Francisco. The men who
drew n eapfcHlsfj on the Pennsylvania State
Treasury catlei themselves Uepublicnns, while
the gang of thieves holding up San Francisco
tpere "stanch" Laltor party men. From tbes*
testimonials of allegiancu the reader In supposed
to Infer that party bpirlt is to blame, au<l that
the party in which such spirit arises is the sin
ner "higher up."
That something called "party spirit" is com
monly turned to account by political knaves can
not be denied. But that this "party spirit" is
necessarily connected with the spirit of the party
in which it seethes up no experienced man
should assert. The Times" surely does cot be
lieve it, yet by failing to recognize openly the
difference between these two tilings, related only
in a verbal way, its comments damn true par
tisanship by a sophistical silence. As the con
demnation may be more readily believed because
men just now are highly exasperated by recent
exposures, we feel warranted in drawing once
more a distinction and a lesson which should be
familiar to every intelligent citizen. Crime and
private plundering are not inevitable outgrowths
of the spirit of any large political party, but
may occur whenever and wherever one man is
obliged to place confidence in another. The
reasoning of those who oppose partisanship ou
the ground of the bad effects of "party spirit"
Is no lew übsurd than the logic of a man who
despises business because of the large annual
number of defalcations, forgeries, stock jug
gleries and dishonest "half -off sales." it is
parallel to the universal condemnation of all re
ligion by os How youths who remark the fanatics
and hypocrites that pollute so many ausctaarfes.
It is much like the puritanical BBBtfcesva of .in
which reasons* that because some artists are
naughty acamps £&cbl£« f*"i thrumming are
heinous. Tarty spirit," the cry of the grafter,
is not the spirit of the great organization to
which the vampire bus fastened himself; It is a
cleverly disguised signal to gaogs and cliques,
nothing Uiore. It Is the false report of the min
ing "expert" bringing in financial support to a
questionable venture ; It is the doctored balance
sheet of tbe crooked bookkeeper covering up pec
Lvery political party worthy of the name
etaudsfor two things— a general policy and an
honest administration. If all rival parties can
offer equally reasonable promises of a well con
ducted administration, that party oujrht to win
whose general policy Is soundest. But If all
parties are equally Incapable of running the gov
ernment hmiestly and efficiently, It makes luilo
difference which one is allowed to try its policy
ou tbe public. At the present moment honest
and competent sdministratlon Is the vital neces
sity ; the political party which allows grafters to
Impose upon it with the siren cry of "party
spirit" must stand condemned, however glorious
Its written platform muy be. But it would be
absurdly unjust to condemn such an organiza
tion merely because a band of robbers appeared
in its midst. Robbers may appear anywhere.
Sometimes carelessness, or, again, too much pros
perity. Invites them, but only too often they are
as unavoidable as Insects In springtime, for they
are the children of misplaced confidence.
Political parties are a natural and necessary
part of the machinery of a democracy- They
can bo praised or blamed only for their own
accomplishments, not for the literary skill or prl
v:ito perfidy of their members, save in so far as
the acts of these latter are sanctioned with full
consciousness of their import The fair question
to ask is not. "Are there grafted iv that party?*
j but rather. "What doe 6 tho party tlo when it dis
covers grafters lv Its ranks?" If It dilly-dallies
1 and hushes up ncandals, let It be branded. If it
has a Uoosevelt or a Hughes to run down the
thieves, let no man blame it for the appearance
of "party spirit."
The application for a commission to inquire
Into tbe sunity of Harry K. Thaw, the defend
ant in the Stanford White murder trial, is a
proper 6tep in tha interest of Justice, it l>eing
tbe District Attorney's opinion tJiat the court
is entitled to know whether the prisoner bo
fore it Is competent or Incompetent, whether
or not he has now a sufficient degree of mental
soundness to be properly on trial for his life.
The application for such a commission had to
wait until there was evidence before the court
raising a question of the defendant's present
competency. That doubt was suggested by Mr.
Jerome on Wednesday.
The defence has contended that Thaw was
Insane at the time of the shooting, and it intro
duced evidence that led Its experts to declare
that he had also been insane at certain times
In the past, particularly at tbe time of hi?
marriage and the signing of the remarkable
codicil to his will. Certain letters of the de
fendant were also put in evidence, tending to
show mental unsoundness before the killing of
Stanford White. The same exports reported
Improvement of Thaw's mental state during
their observation of him in the Tombs, but
there is no evidence before the court to show
that. If he was insane at th« time of tho mur
der, and, though Improving, continued in a
disturbed mental etate up to the time of hla
examination by the alienists, be has now suf
ficiently recovered to be competent for trial,
and, furthermore, th'-re is no evidence before
the court to show that if be was Insane ;*t
certalo times in the past he has not bei>n con
tinuously insane up to the present. On the
contrary, one of the experts who examined
him. Dr. Hurnilton. is of the opinion that be
watj iusane at the time of the murder and re
mains so to-day, and is Incompetent to advise
with his couum'l. Many Cacts, moreover, re
gardiug bi6 mental condition and Uie predeti r
mining Influences of heredity the District At
tomey was prevented by tho rules of evidence
from bringing to the attention of the court at
the trial proper. All of these consideration)'
create a suitable basis for un application f->i
au inquiry into Thaws present ui< utal sound
ness before v submission to the Jury of tha
question of his guilt or Innocence.
The District Attorney in his application for
a commission in lunacy appears u t have been
moved solely by a desire to see perfect J
done. It seems to us that throughout the iri.i!
this ideal-the desire for Justice, not for con
vlction for its own sake and v professional
triumph— has been maintained by .Mr. .Jerome
with a consistency rarely seen lv recent years
in the conduct of New York's sensational mur
der cases. Several famous trials will readily
occur to mind in which the public prosecutor's
conduct contrasts unfavorably with the con
duct of Mr. Jerome in this case. The heat of
legal conflict often inflames a prosecutor with
the passion for victory on any terms. A con
victiou becomes his sole aim. to be fought for
with all the Intentness of an attorney fighting
a client's battle In a civil case. A higher idea;
of the posecutor's duty requires that he shall
seek for Justice, not esteeming acquittal for
the Innocent a professional defeat— as If h»
held a brief for the gallows! Mr. Jerome has
conducted this case with a deep concern for
the interests of Justice. Asperities of temper
under the strain of so long and wearing a trial
have Inevitably been shown, but throughout
there has been unusual fuinnlndedness. The
brutality which lias too often marked a prose
cutor's examination of witnesses for the de
fence In sensational eases has Wen conspicu
ously omitted.
The cross-examination of young Mrs. Thaw,
the most striking Incident of the trial, was car
ried on In a tone and with a tact in which hu
manity was not sacrificed to Justice nor Jus
tice to humanity. The District Attorney has
not sought to prove Thaw sane, but to find
out whether he in Insane or not, and this ap
plication is consistent with and the logical out
come of that falrminded attitude. The public
will be better satisfied with the results of tho
trial, whatever they may be, because of an in
quiry by a commission, whatever be its conclu
hlous; for It is abhorrent to the public sense
of justice that a man should be on trial for his
life regarding whose sanity, whose competency
to advise with bis counsel, doubt exists.
A memory— contrast — of "old, unhappy,
far-off things and battles long ago" is aroused
by the news of the organization of the Trans
vaal government and the opening of the first
parliament of that self-governing British col
ony. It is only a few years since the conflict
between Boer and Briton seemed irrepressible
and irremediable. First It was said that Great
Britain could never conquer the Boers, but
would lose all South Africa as a result of the
attempts. Next It was *aid that the Boers
would never submit to British rule, but If con
quered, would make another "Great Trek" into
some other land. Finally we. were assured that
the animosities and hatreds engendered in that
war would not disappear, but would remain
active and mischievous for generations to come.
Only a few years ago; and now?
Now the British government deliberately in
trusts the "conquered" Boers with the govern
ment of the country, even over the heads of
a British majority of voters; the foremost lead
ers of the Boers In the war against Great Brit
ain are made the heads of the colonial govern
ment; and these Boers are not only taking
oaths of sileghuie* to the British crown but
art- openly professing for II : , devotion and an
amor of loyalty which could scarcely bo sur
passed by a colony of parest Bvltish Xhe
world will see, says General Botha, that this
Boer Ministry Is as zealous for the honor of
the flag as any ministry could be— not the
Vierkleur, that flag, but the Union Jack! In
doing so It will, be coutinues, be actuated by
motives of deep gratitude, because the King
ami the British government have treated the
Transvaal with a generosity and a confidence
unequalled in history— a generosity which the
Boors never can forget
Truly, that Is an amazing transformation,
and as gratifying as it is amazing. It is
enough to make *Oom Paul" turn in his grave
and the spirit of Cecil Rhodes shout for Joy
from his "View of the World" In the Matoppo
Illils. It makes the old hatreds and fightings
seem tar away, and still further will they
seem when presently General Botha goes up to
London to the Colonial Conference, to discuss
ways and means for continuing colonial loy
alty and the integrity of the empire with those
whom he describes as "the King, his majes
ty's ministers, my colleagues from the other*
"colonies, and the whole people of the Brit
"ish Empire." It Ik no longer a case of Boer
against Briton, or even of Boer and Briton.
Tbo Boers are Htill Boers, as Canadians are
Canadians and Australians are Australians, but,
like tlieso others, they are now all Britons.
Clarksville, Tex., has Just passed a resolution
asking Mr. Carnegie to take back the library
he gave It three years ago. Mr. Carnegie ful
fllled bis part of tbo contract, supplying the
building and, perhaps, the books—at any rate
doing whutever he offered to do— but Clarks
ville finds the maintenance of the institution
beyond its means. It is no fault of Mr. Car
negie's that the town is unable to do what It
undertook In an ambitious moment, flushed
with the tore of culture and, perhaps, a desire
to outshine the neighboring Texas towns as
the home of a real library. He made the peo
ple of Clarksvllle the generous offer of an equip
ment, to be accepted if they could afford the
upkeep of the institution, and they in their
eagerness overestimated their abilities, and now
they wish be would take his library back.
From "The Honey Grove Signal" we learn
what a costly thing culture is. When the
library was built Clarksvllle was In an ex
pansive mood, felt Itself the most cultured
place in Texas, the modern Athens of the South
west. The local newspaper In anticipation of
the growth of the reading habit ordered an ex
tra keg of Ink. But 6oon the strain of main
taining the library was felt by the town treas
ury. Clarksvllle tried to cut down expense*
everywhere, so as to afford tho newly got cult
ure. Just as a poor man will discharge his
servants, reduce his food bill and change bis
tailor in order to keep his automobile in gaso
lene ml tires. The Street Commissioner was
dismissed and his office abolished. The town
marshal then went the same way In the hope
that every one would turn from crime anil
strong drink to the library. Still the Insatiable
appetite of "culture" kept the treasury groan
ing. The Board of Aldermen was cut In two.
but the saving of the salaries of half the mem
bers failed to stop the growing deficit Then
the Mayor's salary was discontinued and, say*
the veracious "Honey Grove Signal," finally
the town clock was stopped. Still "culture."
like the boll weevil that devours the Texas
cotton crop, went on lt» devastating way.
until finally Clarksrllle decided to foreswear
"culture" while still there was time and whilo
remained except a bonded indebted
ness. . ,
Honey <;r<<re and all the other nearby towns
nr<- laughing at Clarksvllle f<»r Its "airs," Its
"culture.'' Its "superiority," Its ••refin«Mi»>nt."
and the heart f<t Clarksvllle is sore smitten
among the ruins of its ambitions. The loeni
editor haa •■'. second hand keg of ink for bale
'•):<'jip. The town has a •-«-;•« »n«i hand library
that It would like to five sway, and there Is a
_-« iit-ril Intention t.. iw> th;> iir-t money that
can be spared ti> anything but culture to erect
.t monument Inscribed with this admonition
onto all future gen< ratloi
When i . Is passed by F -.
Do not trouble Invite by taking a bite
I you cam at*.
And tho moral of !t all Is. that with tho l>oll
weevil Tezai bas Its baqds full without Its
going In fur culture beyond its means. There
Is no hope of a Guatemalan ant that is tlio
natural enemy nn<l exterminator of libraries.
When the discovery was made last fall by
Treasurer Berry that the "furnishing" of the
new Pennsylvania Capitol bad cost about
$0,000,000 more than twice the sum spent on
the building Itself— The Tribune bad no hesita
tion In saying that the disproportion in outlay
Indicated either gross extravagance or a wil
ful spoliation of the state Treasury. When it
appeared further that no definite appropriation
was ever made for "funilbhin^" the building,
and that the $9,000,000 had been spent by a
state board under a blind authorization Inserted
in a routine appropriation act, the suspicion
of mismanagement deepened and a cloud was
cast both on the fidelity and watchfulness of
the supervising commission and on the Integ
rity of the service given by the successful con
tractors. Governor Pennypacker, the moving
spirit in the board, stoutly defended the ex
penditure an regular and legitimate, lie ar
gued that the Ktnto was rich and could afford
to pay a liberal price for the luxurious adorn
ment of Its Capitol. In his opinion the board
showed a praiseworthy moderation In spend
ing only $9,000,000 when it might have «pent
$19,000,000; He publicly assured the Pennsyl
vania taxpayers that they had got their
moneys worth In "fixtures," and told them
that they ought to be. proud of the board's
monumental achievements in Interior decora
tion and embellishment
From testimony recently given before an in
vestigating •committee at Ilarrisburg it turns
out that these achievements were "monu
mental" chiefly In the way of assuring promts
to the* contractors for "furnishings." By an
eleventh hour modification of proposals the
bulk of the work was thrown Into the hands
of one speculator In Interior work, who there
upon distributed It among the disqualified
single Item contractors, allowing himself a per
centage of profit on their efforts. This* per
centage ran on various items from 140 to 4,305,
according to the testimony of the sub-contrac
tors. The most "monumental" margin of un
earned Increment bo far discovered occurred
in tho erection of rostrums for the caucus
rooms of the Senate and House of Representa
tives. The makers of these pulpits for the cau
cus chairmen say they received $2,000 for the
two. The "overlord" contractor charged the
state $35,144 for the one and $65,00480 for th«
other, netting himself a 'profit of $88.68850 on
the transaction. Tor -painting and decorating
walls and ceilings the state paid $780,47316.
and the contractor paid the sub-contractors
$104,473 58. These are only samples of the sys
tem of overcharge which seems to have pre
vailed In every field of high art embellishment.
Ex-Governor Pennypacker and his colleagues
are probably right In their contention that the
Legislature gave them full power to draw on
the Treasury and full power to employ con
tractors at any prices they might see fit to
sanction. The "monumental" charges allowed
did not exceed the still more dazzling maxima
fixed by the Capitol architect, and the archi
tect and the contractors will probably say that
they really held themselves in check, consid
ering the fact that they were working for em
ployers with whom cost cut so small a figure.
The board, tbe architect and the chief con
tractors were one In their Interpretation of
th« "logic of tho situation." If called to ac
count for abusing the license granted them by
the Legislature they will undoubtedly say that
they broke no law and erred only In trying to
give the state a Capitol which, whatever its
other merits, certainly "cost something."
It would be, of course, in the Interest of good
morals, clean politics and clean architecture if
the waste on the big building at Harrlsbtir?
could be recovered and the men responsible for
that waste could be forced to an accounting
with the commonwealth whose treasury they
raided. Probably two-thirds of the $9,000,000
■pent by the Pennypacker board was spent
without any other Justification than that the
money was In sight and the board had a
legal warrant for using It. The work could
have been done as well for perhaps $2,000,
000. Without charging the "furnishers" with
actual corruption. It cannot be denied that they
exhibited extraordinary Innocence and Inca
pacity. The Capitol scandal will be a lasting
blot on Governor Pennypacker's administration.
Politics and architecture are seldom mixed
with good results, and the Governor who tries
to be his own architect Is no wiser than the
lawyer who takes himself as a client.
There are to be three Jefferson Birthday din
ners In this city next month— a $3, ass and a
$10 dinner. Hitherto there have been about
fifty-seven varieties of Jeffersonians In the
Democratic party. Does the classification now
announced create three more varieties?
Justice Keogh has added another to the cata
loßiie of his decUlons in accordance with law.
Justice and common sense In enjoining further
"mud cap" blasting on Hook Mountain and
awarding round damages to a plaintiff whose
property had been damaged by such work. It
Is notorious that the quarrymen on that moun
tain have been redoubling their energies with
feverish zeal 6ince the Palisades Park Commis
sion moved for Its acquisition, partly. It may
bo assumed, to disfigure the mountain bo much.
If possible, as to make It unworthy to be takon
for the park and thus to cause Its relinquish
ment to the despoilers. and partly to make the
output of stone from It as great as possible
so as to form a high basis of valuation in case it
Is taken by the commission. Justice Keogh's
decision will thwart both of these objects and
will facilitate the acquisition of that Interesting
peak as a publio possession without much fur
ther spoliation.
Tho perfecting of a valuable Invention by a
convict In the Mtneola Jail suggests again what
a pltjr It la for men of ability to waste their
time and talents in crime.
"When angry, count on* hundred, unless you
l!ve In Pennsylvania, In that state rage Is not
warranted to die away within a year, as may be
se<n from the bill Introduced at Harrisburg
aiming to allow Pennsylvanlans to drub news
paper mon for offensive publications of fact or
fancy, providrrt the drubbing be done within a
year nfter the Insult Is published. We knew that
the Pennsylvania Dutchman was Blow to anger,
but never did we reallz* that It took him so
long to cool off.
It Is hard to frame a wise law, as the citizens
of Fort Dodge. lowa, will soon learn to their
sorrow. Those good people have just taken to
themselves an ordinance according to which "all
"ablebodled persons between the ages of twenty
"flve and forty-five years whose mental and
"physical propensities are normal" must marry
within two months of date or else be fined.
We suspect some Insanity expert was hired to
Insert the "Joker" In this measure. The "Joker"
Is there, and It Is worthy of a psychological ex
pert: It is the proviso about citizens "of normal
mpntal and physical propensities." Th© city
fathers, in their untutored way, did not observe
that this clause exempts everybody. A Fort
Dodge benedict may escape the law merely by
peeking to comply with it; his relatives will then
entflv the plea of abnormality In his behalf.
And any court In lowa will rule that a man
who is willing to wed within sixty days of first
notice Is as abnormal as a March strawberry.
Probably the city fathers didn't expect the law
to work nave as a hint to certain backward
friends of their eldest daughters.
There is a boarding-house keeper In Jersey City
who gave a rare exhibition of thrift recently. One
of her boarders had committed suicide by gas, and
the dead man's executor, In settling his estate, dis
covered a Mil from the landlady for BO cents* worth
of gas. On making inquiries, the executor wait In
formed by tho woman that It was her custom to
read her gas meter each day. to keep tabs on the
amount of gas consumed by the boarders, and that
on the day of the sutei lo the meter showed that .'• ■
cents' worth of gas more than usual had passed
through It. This, she charged, the Head man had
used In killing himself, and she saw no reason
why she should pay for It. The executor paid
the bill.
Client— You have an Item in your bill: "Advlr-e
January 8, slx-ar.d-elghtpence.' r That was a day
before I r«*tiiliifd you.
Lawyer— l know It. But don't you remember on
the btli I told you you'd bt-tter let ma tali* the
case for you?
Client— Yes. •
Lawyer— Well, my dear sir. that is advice,— Tlt-
A remarkable case of trichinosis Is reported from
Rumania. Dr. Babes, of Bucharest, recently
made an autopsy of a man who twenty-one years
before, after having eaten fresh pork, had suffered
from a sickness diagnosed as typhoid fever. After
his illness the man remained weak, and often com
plained of muscular pains, mostly In the legs. The
patient died after an attack of asystolla. Animals
which were fed with a part of the muscles died
of trichinosis eight or ten days later. The trichina*
were therefore alive, and Dr. Babes Is convinced
that the Infection was twenty-one years old and
that the original sickness was really trichinosis.
Weary Wtllij?-ru talk straight, sport. Vm dyta*
fur a drink. Gimme a quarter, will yer?
drink**"" 811 * you don't need a quarter to buy one
Weary Willie— One? Why. I ain't* de kind of a
Kent w'afll drink at anudder gent's i expense^ai?
not ask him t*r Join me—Philadelphia Press
Judge Graham, of the San Francisco Superior
Court, gets as much fun as possible out of life
even extracting an occasional laugh from. trials
over which he presides, though he sometimes of
course, comes out second best. Recently be had
before him for naturalization the French chef of
a big hotel. Satisfied with the answers to the
formal questions. Judge Graham suddenly and
unwillingly put a final poser: "You say you are a
Chef? What is the difference between a teal duck
and a pheasant?" Just as quickly and fully as
seriously came the answer: "Forty cents, your
Magistrate— You didn't steal this watch?
Prisoner— No. sir.
Magistrate— Then how did you get it?
Prisoner— l won It on a bet
Mueiatrate— What was the bet?
Prisoner-I bet a friend that I could take It away
from the man who nays I stole It-Illustrated Bits!
The largest book yet printed Is a colossal atlas
of engraved ancient Dutch maps, it takes three
men to move It from the giant bookcase In which It
is stored In the library of the British iluseum
This monster book Is bound In leather magnlfl
<-»-atly deccrated. and i« fastened with 'clasps of
solid silver, richly gilt. ,* is unllker; **» be stolen
however, for it Is nearly seven feet high and
weighs 800 pounds. This, the largest book la the
world, was presented to King* Charles II before
leaving Holland In the year 1660.
n^^'y'our* hands'" W - X pIW " *** **»*'
•d^tdJttrr"^" * h " Cr " <l - «»>«-'nslr.
"Why not?"
"Because I'm quite sure I'll need both hands In
PbSShia'rr o^ kMp you from *-»»P2M
About Teople and Social Incident^
Th« Tribune Bureau. ]
Washington. March 21.— The President received an
Invitation to-day to visit Ralelßh. X. C. on May
28, to be present at the unveiling- of a statue to
Ensign Bauley, who was killed In the Spanish war.
Senator Overman presented the Invitation and will
send the President's thar.ks arc! declination to
Senator Culluin. of Illinois, hnd a talk to-d;iy
about tho general financial and railroad situation,
am! when he left the executive office expressed the
belief that stock manipulators should be sent to
the penitentiary.
Callers at the Whlt« House Included ex-Senator
Allee, of Delaware: Representative Galnes, of West
Virginia; Silas Mcßee. editor of "Th« Churchman."
and Postmaster General Meyer.
[F*om The Tribune Bureau.]
Washington, March 2L— The Secretary of Com
merce and Labor and Mrs. Straus had as «uesta^ at
dinner to-night the Japanese Ambassador and Vis
countess Aokl, th» Danish Minister. Justice and
Mrs. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Justice Moody. Count
and Countess Hatzfeldt. Rear Admiral and Mrs.
Cowles, the Third Assistant Secretary of State and
Mrs. Huntlngton Wilson, Lieutenant Commander
and Mrs. Albert L. Key. Mrs. Rishard Butter, Mr.
and Mrs. Fahnestock. Mrs. Hockstadter. of New
York, who Is visiting Secretary **»* Mr> - Straus,
and Charles H. Butler.
[FVom Thi Tribune Bureau. 1
Washington. March 21.— The British Ambassador
and Mrs. Bryce left Washington this afternoon for
New York, where they will b« entertained for sev
eral days.
Lina Arenas Lima has Just been appointed charge
d'affaires for the Portuguese Legation In this city.
The affairs of Portugal were left In the hands of
the Brazilian Embassy at the time of the departure
of Viscount de Alta for his own country, and the
Brazilian Ambassador was Informed by cable of the
new appointment to-day.
Mme. Rtano. wife of the Spanish Minister to
Denmark, who has been the guest of her grand
mother. Mrs. Ward, for several weeks, sailed to
day for Hamburg. Seflor Riano will meet his wife
there, and they will at once go to Copenhagen.
[From Th» Tr!lur» Bureau. 1
Washington. March 21.— Mr. and Mrs. Herbert
Wadsworth gave the last of their Thursday even-
Ins receptions and musicals of this season to-night.
They were also hosts at a dinner party at which
the Due de Chaulnes was entertained.
Miss Marie Louise Williams and Boothe Bowie,
son of the late Governor Bowie of Maryland, will
be married at St. John's Church on April 24.
Mrs. Richard H. Townsend Is a victim of the
grip, and has accordingly had to postpone her visit
to New York.
Many members and their friends attended the
second and last general reception held at the new
Colony Club. In Madison avenue, yesterday.
Amonc those present were Mrs. W. Emlen Roose
velt. Mrs. Sidney Dillon Rlpley. Mrs. Charles M.
Oelrlchs. Mrs. Henry Clews. Mrs. J. J. Wysong.
Mrs. Adolf Ladenburg. Miss Anne Morgan. Mrs.
.1 lies J. Vatable, Mrs. James A. Burden, Jr.. Mrs.
William A. Perry, Mrs. Paul O. Thebaud. Mrs.
I«loyd S. Brvca. Mrs. N>wbo!d L* Roy Edgar. Mrs.
B. Ls Roy Emmet and Mrs. J. Nelson Borland.
Ambassador and Mrs. James Bryce arrived In
town yesterday from Washington, end are th*
Poet's Son Quotes Dying Words
of His Father.
Boston. March Tributes to th« memory of
Thomas Bal'.ey Aldrieh from well known writers,
which have been received at the A!dr!ch home In
tha form of letters and telegrams, were made pub
tic to-night. TalLot B. Aldrich, son of the poet. In
tflv'.nsr out these tributes made a statement which
Shows that his father approached death with his
mind filled with poetical thoughts.
"My father died a poet."* Mr. Aldrtch said. "Or.ly
a little' while before the end he said. 'I regard
death as nothing but the passing of the shadow on
the flower.' His last words as ho passed away,
holding our hands, were: 'In spit* of all. 1 am
going to •<> ;': put out the lights.' "
William I'<';in Howells. in a letter, wrote the fol
lowing: "We who knew him have lost a friend
such a.-* the whole world cannot replace."
Robert Grant wrote: "His' service to literature !s
•"••ure. . . . But I grieve that his delightful per
sonality has passed away."
Russell Sullivan ■»*«: "He was always most
friendly, helpful, inspiring."
Edward Robinson wrote: "Mr. Aldrich's harry
temperament was always s.i associated with
fum— that we had not begun to think of
death as more than a remote possibility for him."
Th following extracts are from telegrams re
ceived by the family:
Edmund Clarrnce Btedman: "I can givo you no
consolation except ir.y profound share in this sor
row. Ho was my brother, so bright, so dear and
still so young. His beautiful work and fame re
main for us."
WWtelaw Reid: "My loving sympathy in your
great loss. Wo ara mourning deeply with you."
William Winter: "Deep and affectionate sym
pathy with you m your groat affliction. God give
you strength to bear your sorrow. Tour husband
and 1 had been Tom and Will to each other for
fifty-two years. Ho was one of the finest poetio
spirits that I ever have known. I cannot think of
him as d^ad. The world Is growing very lonely.
The loss to our literature Is unspeakable, but the
renown of Aldrleh Is sure.**
Additional arrangements for the funeral of th*
poet provide for a burial service at Mount Auburn,
at which Dean George Hodges of the Episcopal
Theological School will officiate. Of th* distin
guished men asked to serve as honorary pallbear
ers at the Arlington Street (Unitarian) Church all
are expected to be present save William Dean
Howelia who feels unequal to making the Journey
from New York to Boston at this time. The
ushers, who were selected to-day, include editors
and publishers with whom Mr. Aldrlca was as
Th* body of Mrs. Jennie R. Bartlett, widow of
Admiral Bartlett. U. S. N., of Providence, was
brought her* yesterday on the steamer Kitalgen
I'Utae. from Naples. Accompanying the body wer*
Rsar Admiral J. H. Stevens. U. 9. X.. Mrs. Stevma
Rnd two dn lighters of Mrs. Bartlett. Mrs. Bartlett
sj;d her two daughter!! were on a trip abroad, and
had been accompanied part of the way by Rear
Admiral and Mrs. Stevens. Mrs. Bartlett died from
heart disease.
Ralph D. Mershon. an engineer, arrived her* y*a
terday from Uverpool on tho Whit* Star liner
Oceania He has Just returned from South Africa*
where he has been directing arrangements for th«
proposed harnessing of th* Victoria Falls, on th*
Zambesi River. It Is expected' that power will b*
obtainable from this method to run the gold mines
of Rhodesia and the Witwatersrand on a scale that
will greatly reduce the present high cost of mining
In that country.
Augusta, Me.. March 21— Anno<ino«m«nt Of th*
resignation of Frederick A. Powers, of Houlton. an
associat* Justice of tho Supreme Judicial Court of
Maine, and th* appointment of L<esll« C. Cornish,
of Augusta, as his successor, was mad« to-day by
Governor «'obb.
Dr. John Mlckleborough, principal of the Boys*
High School. Brooklyn, and one of tho oldest and
beat known teachers of New York City, has re
ceived permission to retire. He has taught and
AperviNd in u»o schools of Brooklyn for twenty
two years and rrts career as teethe* -Vends over
a period of forty-two years. He was born In Can
ada In WO. but received ranch of bis education In
th 2ft 8t t ' a ,*£¥ t* J*" Erafiuated from
tne Toronto Normal School he went to th* Ohio
fiSSSr" 11 nlvcrßlty - where he studied for hl»
f »?, ?f of Arts degree. He then studied at De
i!*JJ^ University. Indiana, and there received his
degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He began teack
mfv l iL < « tober 18G5 l ln Cincinnati. His sucoessor
Ss*^£S7«JSisfcC Ow »***»* •< «*• Curt*
guests of ex- Ambassador and Mrs. Choate at Qmb>
house. In East 63d street. Many entartalnsjs^V
will be given for them during their stay^ntosLT
Mr. and Mrs. William Bayard Cutting will jh^
luncheon for them to-day, and this evening jr.
and Mrs. Choate will entertain at dinner hi"t!hjl
honor. To-morrow Major General and lira F-ed*
erli k D. Grant will give a luncheon for Mr. nd
Mrs. Bryce at Sherry's, and In the evening g»
Ambassador will be entertained by the PtlgrUa*^
America at a dinner at the Waldorf. Mrs. Char: '«*
B. Alexander wll. give a reception for Mr. 4
Mrs. Bryce on Mor-iay at her house, In West aS
street. ' :: &'^ "~' :
The consecration of Trinity Church. Ro3lyn > 'T *
Island, which Mrs. Clarence H. MacJtay has $<&•
as a memorial to her mother, Mrs. Wiilla-i **
Duer. will take plaice this morning at » o'clock.
The ceremony will be performed by Bishop ■&-„
gess of Long Island, assisted by Archd*S4a>
Bryan. %&
Tableau* Illustrative of incidents in a No ■• Baa»
land village will be given this evening at the Some
of Mrs. William Church Osborn. In East "'lt'itstrest.
The entertainment Is for the benefit of the Oar~)
Junior Republic. - -. .?
From Tuxedo Park comes the announcement at
the engagement of Miss Muriel Delano Roblssm
daughter of Mrs. Price Collier, to Cyril Mar'.inesa.
of London. England. Miss Robbins made her (iesss
three years ago at a reception given by her motati
In the house In West 16th street which Mr. and 3|rs,
Collier had taken 'or the winter. The wedding rci
probably take placa at Tuxedo early in th» -ts>
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Weatherbee will \tKm
town for their country place In 3£a:naronecM Si
Mr. and Mrs. Pembroke Jones, who are now at
Wilmington, N. C, will occupy apartments la tlrj
Muenchlnger Kins villa, at Newport, from August
1. Their new villa, which they are havins sniß^
will not be ready for their use this season.
J. Gordon Douglas, who will marry Mlas Aasls
W. Kountze, at St. Thomas's Church, on April
has completed his list of ushers. They will be Ds
Lancey Kountze, Pierre Loriilard. Jr.. Arthurs.
Randolph. Cyril Hatch, Harry B. Bcll!ns. Jr.. c*
Kenneth R. Schley. Efnngham T. Irvin. as sV
ready announced, will be the bf-st man. Miss SBJjg
Douglas will be the malii of honor. A recspfica
will fellow the ceremony, at the home of the artds'S
parents. Mr. and Mrs. Luther Kountze, In East
57th street.
Mrs. Spottswood T>. Sfhenck and Mrs. Glen Csl>
Una have arrived In town frcm Newport, and ore
at tha Stratford, tn Eaat 32d str
The annual fair In aid of the Seamen's Befit
Society took place yesterday afternoon a: boa*
Si Mrs. Alfred Doaas Pell, ln Fifth aver.ua. Assam;
those actively Interested In the sal* and who bat
charge of the various tables were- Miss Helen Ta»
Cortlandt de Feyater, MJss Edith Ho'Uns; Mia
Katherlne er.d Miss Marguerite Leverica, ISu
Klngsland, Miss SSsfla and Miss Peabody.
Miss Marten Bache. daughter of the late John a
Bache. of this city, was married yesterday after
noon to Hampton Howell. of Brooklyn, at tfcs
home of her cousin. Mrs. Frank O. Rce. la East
S3<i street The bride was attire.l in a dress of
white satin, trimmed with point lace, and wore a
tulle veil fastened wi:h orange b'osscms. She car
ried a bouquet cf liiies-of-the-valley. Littla Miss
Grace Crossman and Master William H. E. Cross*
man attended her. Howard J. Haaelhurst was tie
best man. The ceremony, which was performed
by the Rev. Ernest M. Stires. was folio-wed by a
small reception-
Xiehaus Action Against Fair Di
rectors Likely To Be Dropped,
It was learned yesterday that there might t»
a compromise of the proposed suit by Charles
H. Nlehaus. the New York sculptor, to recover
$125,000 damages from the directors of :h«
world's fair at St. Louis- tor reproducing as
permanent: sculpture in bronze, without his
consent and against his protests, the -raff
model of the equestrian statue of St. Lou:3,
temporarily constructed for th* exposition, jj
was said, that Mr. Xiehaus. after consulting
counsel, had not received enough encouragement
to warrant the expenditure of time and money
necessary to make a t-fs*. case.
Regarding the proposed suit by Mr. X'.e!iau»
and the practical value to sculptors generally
of the recent investigation by the National
Sculpture Society and lia condemnation cf the
action of the directors. John Do Witt Warner.
a member of the council of the society. said
last n'sht that the National Sculpture Society's
memorial in answer to the Louisiana Pure has*
Exposition committee's defence of the us*
made of Mr. Niehaus's statue was not framed
as the basis for legal proceedings.
"But the memorial will have a great effect,"
continued Mr. Warner, "first, by putting on
record the authoritative Judgment of the
sculptors* profession in America on the points
Involved, which. In turn, will teci to bo reccg*
niz<-.l and respected as such; second, la re
minding all sculptors not merely of their rights*
but that these rights should be guarded by
proper contracts, by declining: to assist or con
nive at Improper use of a brother sculptor's
work, etc.
"While there la probably not ore in a thou
sand of our citizens who has had occasion to
appreciate the- points raised, I venture to say
that after perusal even of this brief memorial
no reasonably enlightened group of citizens will
disagree with Its conclusions or be likely »»
forget them." *
From The Philadelphia Inquirer.
President Thomas of Fryn Mawr College is vJotasT
mora than instil the minds of bar young aroma*
with a knowledge of the classics and the sciences.
Last year she divided the aheop from the poats la
mankind as those who taka a daily bath and taoss
, who do not. And if one couM Jud*> by the fuss
; made among the students at the tiir.e. there mugs
. have been a good many goats In tha school '
i This year she has Issued an edict— or in pra<*W"
It amounts to that— the girls must hava so<* el »
In their gowns. They have to carry keys. aniJ »
pocket la the only way to Insure their safety. »>•
admire the courage of Miss Thomas and - w!3 hall
every success. We may be pardoned for °«£*
pessimistic as to the outcome. It haa beer. •gVH"
since a gown was made with a pocket that P roD »^
none of her darlings ever wore such a one. i"
older generation can remember them w ** «°
particularly that tbey were concealed In the ™*3
I of the gown, thus requiring an Harness* amount «■
' time and trouble to end.
Prom Th* Chicago Inter-Ocean.
' This new arm. which the BWtjd Statej«gJ
Is preparing to adopt. Is an aut&mat.- j^*""^
plsfoi that neither looks like the «%o«er^^
loads like It. nor shoots like It. The f^fj-^foj
In rackets of ten. are inserted »••««***. •
firing recoil throws out th« empty "25 •«
new one rising Into place. Ftrln* -to ' » u " B gTi-*
pleasure. The soldier can thus olschariw "^oi
; hundred cartridges he carries almost wi""
| "iT^'man who make; two blade, ««-*S
! where but one grew before and t.,# ™ bur 3
makes four Incandescent • lac ST c Hl «HSactors el
where but one burned before are **™*£ n «k»
their race, what -hall be said of th» t m j^l tss
makes It possible for the flghtlne raw? ■» ■
, men where before he could kill but si*.
i From Th* Philadelphia Record: g
'1 "Medicine won't help you *?/;lJLrt!3 ami
physician told a patient after dlaff*?*?*
XIK I see what alls you. What you need '» * c £j£iW
change of living. Get away toi some flu iw^a
place for at least a month. Go to J*<* T^ch off*
more roast beef, drink plenty of f>°i*> nn ™ v *r»
and smoke Just one cigar a day. **°JLgtn «■*
in this -^Hborhood In a month or two f™£ c , t
let m* Me yoa" The man •*«*•<* off »««y. as«
he was already on the road to ft°J£^ntrr - v
th* next day found him headed for^the fSr^ tr«-
UtUe more, than a month passed. On* "SL UfoSe- 1
Uent miked Into the doctor's °*?f2* »,^m •» *1«
Ilk* a new man. and the doctor to , ld *- ■■> '
pays to have a change sometimes. o°« sn !," »«««•
the doctor's greetlnß. "Yes. *°??\J? *"„,". aw i
certainly did the business. I went to **>* e «" • BU'.
did all th*- other things you told nic to Jg^ ««
say doctor, that on* cigar a day •te^* tl^ )iM
at first. I tell you. It's no Joke «*««■« »" * . .
i «t «v ttss* at ltle."

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