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-James Keeley Has Clambered in
Three Decades from the Estate
of a London Newsie to
That of Owner of Two
Chicago Journals.
THF b, ttnrnmost rung of t
ti, wepaper ladder is undoubtc
?y that occupied by the MU
in Ce street The topmost rang
,- on Which the proprietor of t
tropoUtaa daily s:ts and mops i
K ? ? V\ , w ho a as bo
forty-seven yean ago has climb
that whole sunextng distance,
? >n May T Mr. Keeiey. who had be
for a number of ) ears managing edil
v Of "The I Tribune " took >
?? great atop upward He bong
Tb- Record Herald" and "Inte
ucean." of that City. l?n?t Mond.iv I
consolidated them, calling the
a ' *i" ?? < 'i.i- a.- ? i;< rd-Hc a
Int? in." i>n last ..
? er he was beseeching hll
ae for 1 ? ? V paper one fro
? names of bygone journa
whli ' ' I - ? ? presents
?Herald he wrot
ord"? Shall It ?
the Shall it be the "Intel
u ;? Ich la the name that ni
peala mosi strongly to yon? what i
reason why you prefer II to one c
the others?
"Write like one of the home folks t
a member of the family, for we are a!
of one family, associates in the horn
every day. and we must fix on th
nam? I bind us more and m?T
Write early. becattS
It will never do to ? I ? ith th
\d Iran yoor l< iteis t
m N ' : rVhea the name i
\. then we'll have a christening.'
Nl There > simple, homelx
tarases of this appeal a key to tin
?.haracter and i K !OM Of James KC4 ley
Ther-' scl ? I I ' ?
Anglo-Saxon with whose help he used
to sell papen on I hi streets of 1
It nrst goes atralght to the point ana
then it conx- - \nd then hi here als
( the solidarity of hu?
manity and of the democracy of tht
Middle ahich be steeped nlm
a "newsic"
Keeiey went to school to the crowd.
As a reporter he took a poet-graduate
course amomr individuals, if there is
an average man Keelay knows hlffl
and if there isn't Keeiey knows hi?
Add to - ? i. an education the sort of
will that gas with a bullet head and
.. welded into iron by the buffet
in gs of a bald life, and .von have a
rough summary of one of the most la
tereatiag characten of contemponrj
life. ? .i it- wapaper man.
\ i h of this atralght-from-tht
der. )ook-you-in-tl. ? '
ure .rops out In the following signed
announi ament of his purchase, ?
.- p; | -th "Th. i:.rd-Herald"
the morning aft( t
'The Chicago Record-Henld" and
'The Chicago Inter-Ocean" wore pur
vistoniav by James Keetey. Th
t\?-i papers will be consolidated s
"The Chicago Record-II. raid and Inter
Ml Keetey will be editor an.
w \v chap?n, recently publisher o
Seattle Poet-IntelHsrencer" ant
"I'll. Sac, Francisco call." will be pub
The Heci.rd-Herald" and "The In
ter-Ocean" were purchased free of ai
debt aid obligations of every kind. Tin
? ? paper w ill be in.iei.cn.i. nt
111 pol " I .o d every other phase 01
'1 end. .:v or t" be a con
? i ? force in i'hlcago and the greai
Central West It will wbrh for th?
upbuilding physic ally, commercial!;
and morally of the i'\- iti which it ha?
lts hone-, and in national affairs v. il
strive to ui he'd 'he hands of this.- wh<
- re laborlnj ? Ifarc of the t.
>l S il..le.
Cleanllneai and accuracy, in so far a?
i.--, hunutnlj possible, will control IU
and advertising columns, an.l
Sanity 'ill be th< governing factor in
the .-dit..rial treatment of men, women
measures and no - i
The publication ..Hice of the oom
hlned papers after Monday will be 111
West. Washington :t.. 'he present loca?
tion of "The Record-Herald "
Hing! There you have the whole
legend In a nutshell.
Hut let us consider in more detail the
remarkable history of this magnetic.
two-fisted man.
Prom an early age until he was
fifteen years old Keoley alternated be?
tween blacking boots and selling news?
papers in th?- streets of his native
WhitechapeL die was born on No?
vember 14, 1867.) <'ne writer has said
of him at this period: "He ould scrap
in a flash light foi a sal.-, fight for a
shine, fight for fun or for principle."
Just so long as mind, body and ap?
petites remain wholesome su. h a scbool
should provide an excellent training
for success in any field of human ac?
tivity. It should give one a directness
of vision unclouded by sentiment: ex?
actly, in fa. t, what it gave .lames
lb- learned practltcally noth?
ing that be had lat. r to unlearn.
At fifteen he became enamored of a
? ked transatlantic ticket reading
to I/eav< nworth. Kan., displayed in the
show window of a booking agent. It
took almost his entire savings, but he
{.ought it, and emigrated with the idea
that Ijea ven worth, Kan., might be one
of those numerous Jersey towns on the
left bank of the Hudson. If It had
two New Yoi k panera instead of
two Chicago papers might now be his
As it is, be has been too Icisy In the
region of prairies to do more than pav?
os short v ?sits.
His Brst r>ai lesson m geography
came with that long, dusty rid? '"
? north in an Immigrant -
And. oiu e in l.eav ciivvorth, he con?
firmed an old suspicion of bis, that sil?
ver dollars w.re not among th? most
of those ol JOCl
about in the g?tt. rs of a W. st.m town.
He bad neue than half prepared him
pelf for the sad truth that one may gi
hungry and cold In America wlthou
half trying, unless, In fact, one mon
than half tries not to.
I So he buckled down in, 1/eavenwortl
as he had been accustomed to do It
London. It is not recorded that hi
sold papers there, but there is prettj
good evidence that he sold peanut!
and scrubbed pots and kettles, anc
did as many other odd and menia
though' perfectly honorable jobs ai
.ame to hand. He had no regular oc?
cupation until he became steward fW
four army officers who conducted
bachelors' quarters out at the fort
Later still be worked for a Jeweller In
Leavenworth and became an expert
But noi even this dignity could hind
him to the town after he had begun
to tire of it. He moved on down the
roadbed of the Missouri Pacific Rail?
road in the general direction of Kansas
city, without the aid of a superheater,
pausing, however, at Wyandotte.
There be put the artistie skill he had
acquired as an engraver m Leaven
Worth tO good advantage by painting
for a large number of merchants and
earning meats a' restaurants and their
equivalent a< grocery stores, it i?
also set down In black and white that
he curried horses and ?nrned a bed
in the hay,
Bui through ill these vicissitudes
James Keelej rel lined a seen lnt<
In newspapers. He became carrle
In Wyandotte for "The Kansas Clt
Journal" When the local correspond
ent of the paper became ill and de
parted he appropriated the Job, an?l be
gan sending items in clouds from thi
Kansas City suburb. He had no fais
impressions of his ability as a writer
however, and with the object of learn
ing both how to write and what t.
write he used to keep carbon coplei
of what he sent In to the paper t<
compare later with what the papei
printed. This, it may be said in pass
Ing. is the only road to knowledge am
skill ?m a newspaper.
Keolev had, of course, a natural
"nose for news." as any boy who had
supported himself by selling newspa?
pers might he expected to have. And
with a perfectly good, if somewhat un?
cultivated, mental equipment. It took
him only a short time to acquire a
working knowledge of the written lan?
guage. He soon promoted himself to a
place OU the city staft of "The Kan
sas City Journal "
NOS . the Job of reporter may not
se.-m to the majority of newspaper
readers Uta easiest a/ay of making a
living, but to a former newsboy it ap?
pears a very exalted and comfort?
able b.rth indeed. And vet, having
reached this pinnacle, the hero of OUT
sketch had no idea of resting on his
laurels. He not only became a report
er. but n very demon of a reporter
plunging Into the very depths of lif?
after fad I and coining back with them
running his short legs off on clews.
City editors have a way of glvins;
such a on,- all the work he wants
Having great faith in his industry and
Ingenuity, they send him on as many
Intricate mlasoBS as they can crowd
Into his waking hours. Rut Keeiey
thought thai was simply one of the
id ios ) 11' ras ?es of the city editor of "Thl
Kansas City Journal," SO when he con?
sidered the habit had become too In?
grained he bade Kansas city farewell
and dropped down the river to Mem?
From Memphis he went to Louisville.
Tn each of these cities he rose from
extra reporter to City editor and took
a hand himself in driving reporters.
Then he sighed for a broader sphere.
The metropolis of the Middle We.st
tbeckoned, and he answered the sum?
Once in Chicago it is probable that
he took his choice in the matter of
newspapers to work for, though this Is
only conjecture, baaed on his known
characteristics in an] ens,., uo he
came a reporter for "The Chicago
Tribune" That was twentj yean ago.
Since then, until a seek and I half
ago, when he acquired his own neera
paper, lam? Keelej had given every?
thing he had to "The Tub,ils As g
reporter h? wrsj one of those who
Consolidation of ''Record-Herald
and "Inter Ocean' Is a Monu?
ment to a Remarkable.
Straight - from - the -
Shoulder Career.
. "worked alone": that Is, his object wai
always twofold- to get the news anc
to prevent his fellow reporters frorr
getting It or reporting it. And if th?
thousand and one legends enshrouding
his personality have any basis in fact
the methods he used to "beat" his fel?
lows lacked ? great deal of being
ChajBtaftTaidiaa and they earned him a
great many enemies. A story is told of
Id-: first big out-of-town assignment,
designed to illustrate his manner of
getting the news:
i The at tie rustWs' war was on in
Wyoming. The city editor handed
K.-elev *::00 and told hilt? to cat? h the
1 next train for the front, leaving in
twenty minutes. It was in Manh, 1802.
and Wyoming was in th> grip of a bliz?
zard. Kseley had no overcoat, he did
! not have tim?' to get one or to find out
to what partH'ular town In Wy?>ming h"
had better buy a ticket. He neverthe?
less bought a ticket for Douglas, took
the train, and two days later tumped "if
Into snow drifts over one hundred miles
south of the scene of conflict.
"The Chicago Herald" had a corre
srjpndent, Sam clover, already on th
spot. His first story had come out ove
a wire running south to Douglas. Th
rustlers had cut this wire, but fou
companies of federal cavalry were has
tenlng to the rescue and might be ex
pected to repair It in short order.
Keeiey travelled north in a bngg'
along the line of telegraph poles, dis
trlbutJng a large part of his $o<x> ii
such a way that by the time he readier
his destination he had established f
splendid courier service to Douglas an"
had the telegraph operator there ach?
ing to do him a favor. And at the
same time some mysterious agent, no;
the weather, had destroyede most oj
what remained of that wire leading
north. The Tribune thereafter for a
while monopolized the "story."
But much to the relief of Chlengi
newsgatherers In general Keeley re
mained a reporter only a few months
He took instead the direct route to th.
city editorship via copy desk and nigh
city editorship. As city editor he ex
acted from his men the same indefat
Igable Industry which he had gtwayi
displayed himself He didn't mak?
them love him, but they worked foi
him with a z.st which unfortunately
? love does not always engender.
Sixteen years ago K. W. Patterson,
who was th.-n In control of "The Trib?
une," walked Into tho city room ?me
?lav and told Mr. Keeley that he,
Ke.-lev, was managing SditOT, Mr.
K.'.lev did not refuse the title. He
took it and immediately began pouring
his substance tato it.to such good ef
?feet that he became probably the most
famous managing editor In the coun?
In his first year he scored a "heat"
on the battle of Manila. When MoKln
lej di*'d "Th? Chicago Tribune" was
the only pager having the news In Its
first edition. The failure of the Walsh
banks gave Keeiey another opportu-'
nlty to "beat" the town, which he
grasped heartily. Tho morning after
the Iro'iuols Theatre fire he had "The
Tribune" print nothing but the names
of the victims on its front page, a dar?
ing Journalistic Innovation, but entire?
ly successful, amounting almost to a
"scoop" of his rivals.
The ousting of Lorimer from the
I'nited States Senate put the finishing
touches to his fame. Keeiey bought
Whites jackpot story and threw the
whole force of his paper and his per?
sonality behind the crusade against
Lorimer. The Senate defeated him in
the first round, but H. H Kohlsaat, hie
neighbor of "The Record-Herald."
joined him in his assault and together
they so Influenced public opinion that
almost every newspaper from the At?
lantic to the Pacific finally demanded
I/orlmer's dismissal. Lorimer's defeat
must be regarded as a Keeiey victory.
After this Keeley even found It pos?
sible t,, force the Illinois Legislature to
pass I dira I primary law that he might
convin?-e Theodore Roosevelt the Re?
publicans of th? state wanted him to
inn for President. This wa? In 1112.
Roosevelt won over Taft In the pri?
maries and won over him again In ths
election, with "The Chicago Tribune"
figuring as the oracle of the minois
Progressives, it [.roved a tremendous
circulation feature for the paper.
Keeley is a martinet, a man who
does not heed personal appeals when
they conflict with the Strict interpreta?
tion of his duty. He has been accused
of ruthlessness, of hardness of heart,
hut he calls It conscience. They sa"
he has a mere handful of intimates
! and almost no friends in the casual
sen^e. but that he has developed a
host of the bitterest sort of enemies.
And vet we learn that out of respect
and admiration for Keeley the mer?
chants of Chicago doubled In th* first
iSSra? of th.- consolidated pap'r last
Mondav the advertising space they had
been accustomed to buv in th.? "Re
ord-Herald" and "Inter Oflsan'' sepa?
rat el v.
Let us. ir closing, ask that ha.k
neye?! question Is personal Journalism
lead? Xot for one moment, If James
Keeley has anything to do with It, and
, it looks very mu.h as if his activities
m the future even more than in th?
would profoundly oolor the pro?
fession in this country.
Forty-Acre Playground at Amtierst i
v for Men Who Never Make a Team
A MARKED readjustment of at
being made
?. ? -tel unlversitl
to-day. a wen defined movement
way to encourage 'be s
cali, d intramural sports which engai
the t proflcie
enough physlcall) to earn a place i
big teams whicb have hei
I all attention I'la;
grounds .m- being laid ou
who like tO season tl Ing w-i
a litf. exenlse In a i
Institutions a
i t.. ?? uni ?
bnbry the moi I ? ?.tensive puw
:,. |(j dei ted to ihi ' a? luafre a
, ' ? , ? t qualifl? d for a place on
"vanity team have be. n made by An
bent one of the small New- Bnglai
colleges-, up in the Mita of W< '
Mai - Mere e forty-acre tn -
of land is being developed at a
a playground for the att
i who do n to fame an
i\ .? been draw n t l Utllil
? ? the big Held. Bhieldi
by the lull where the college buildlni
are grouped, the land slopes to ih
south. An elevation of 1"" feel at th
- at point arm n'es for three broa
k 1. rra.es on which t- t.t.i
Courts are to be laid --'it. On om-h tOT
th> re in turf) d i Iota, lare,
?i as of tw
In ?' In calisthentc drilla
baseball i mondi are
i instructed In conjunction with Mi
Ids. I
i of a m | tway runnlni
traek is planned, as well a* a circulai
of equal length Th4 m is room
well i tdoor 1 aaketball
? a one-mile Yroes country
runnli Addition
? ed for winter
1 I ting and skiing, while part of
Held ? aa be Booded for
the ground i- fronen, it is ,-ti
' mated thai the :^ni students can be
V a i ooaaaaodated al some ?ame 01 ether.
'be Bald ao'.is the gytniia.s.'im and
ew miming pool, with the campus and
?iormitoias just beyoBd to the north
To the south stretcbee a ?ride valley
with a magnitud,t \ nw of the Mount
Molyeke ran?, of mountains.
lb re :t Is hoped that the aolUtlOB
of a big problem may be found. When
the time comes to put it into COI
p?ete operation, athletic requiromen
win be ?nade for the scholar Jusl i
-tic requirements were made f.
the athlete in the effort to do aw.
with flagrant abuses. Every man wl
? :t11 ?- lied tO spend so many bou
a week ai me, playini
dub. fraternity or class team In it
tramural competitions.
'Way back in 1826, when this colleg
like the oth.-rs m New England, wi
educatlni men for the ministry, ti
need of physical exercise for the sti
dents .-?.<.- recocnixed A special hoi
day was given t<> cli ar away the undei
brush from the grove as a pli
outdoor exercise. Tins space is th
ainpus. a jrtar i ter, s gymnastic s.
cietv was formed for the erection an
support of apparatus in the grove. ,
bath iiou.se was constructed for showc
baths, the water being conducted i
troughs from th. i ollegs we
at th? top of the hill,
For fitte.n years the athletic actrri
? ? ntred ta the gym
society. Swings and a rude hors
Of wood and springs were hullt in th
'?:.?. running, round ball
quolta and assoclatloi
,!i were the popular games of th
The equipment a i sti adily in
1 until parallel bars and a run
ning track appeared In isb". witi
swinging rings a fOU years later
Wrestling, boxing, fencing and weigh
lifting were added to the 0X( PCil
it was In 188? thai the Amheral bal
dub was organised, and on July i ,,i
that y.ar Williams C< 111 gS S
red In the first intereolli gist?
U game on record. The haul.
was waged on neutral ground In Pitts
tiel.l. Mass.. Anil:, rst winning by ;,
SOOre of T."> to ? >'-'. after playing all on.
nfternoon. Ths balls used in the gam?3
are to be se n in the trophy room ..;
The success of physical SXeTClSS in
ths grovs was so marked that greater
r?cognition? from the authorities was
demanded Consequently, ta 188A the
?irst college gymnasium in the coun?
try, kn.wn as Barrett Qym, was con?
With the advent of th. gymnasium,
the gymnastic society was merged
in th.- department of physical ed?
ucation. In ?Nil l>r. Edward Hitch?
cock, of the class of '49. was
??hosen profeeaor of hygiene ai
physical education. He introduced lit
forms and class drills, with dumbbel
and Indian clubs For nearly fif
sears be held the post at the head
the department, gathering vital statl
tics on the physical growth of coUei
students under the Influence of requin
Under the direction of "< >ld Doc." ;
he came to be known when his hair 04
gan to whiten, the athletic equlpmei
of the Institution was increased a hu?
dndfold In 1*77 a field for outdo?
sports was obtained, and Amlu-rf
played its first intercollegiate footba
game wdh Tufts, winning by a score <
two touchdowns to one. The Prat
gymnasium now in use was given t
the COllegl 111 1884 and six years lab
i anic the I'rati Field and grandstan
loi 'varsity teams. The swlmtnin
pool, op, ,,f the largest m the Baal
came eighl yean ago. and was f..i
lowed in 1008 by the ice bocke) rinl
With a natatoiium Amhent lost n
time in compelling a student to lear:
to swim before he received a degree.
Through all then years Dr. Hitch
COCk fought the light for the health 0
the student, often in the face of bitte
heel lity, until physical education wa
; ..n an enduring basis, not onl;
In Amtierst, but in every other college
It is now as much of the curriculum ai
Latin or (ip-ek or mathematics
He was a Vigorous old man, with :
heart big enough to hold the warmes
affect ion for every one of bis boys
whom he numbered by the thousands
<m those wondrously clear wintei
mornings when the mercurv ouddlei
close to /ero and the peaks of the pur?
ple mountains were cut like cameos Ir
the sky "<>ld DOC" was the first up thf
lull to chapel, while a more pampered
generation clung to the coverlets. His
b:g black hickory cane tapped sharply
on the sidewalk a- he walked along,
bundled up in a heavy mutiler.
The time came when Old Doc's"
voice was heard no more at College
Hall and his stooping figure was not
aeea any longer around the campus.
Lut after a big victory they always
1 would go down to his house to give him
. ear, Thenth? day came when they
j could only stand in BtlenCS a few miti
lutM under bis window. He was too
.weak to he allowed to hear the voices
that he loved so well. It ?m not l^ng
1 before they learned that he had gone.
\nd they b?>re his body away to the
Krorn ail o'er th* country, from cities and
Thev came before flfrhtina; had c?a??d.
A hand of the test] that America hold.?,
Who'd heed?d the rail of th?? Eaat.
''an th? work that they did he forgotten
or ?cornel '
.'an II he well r?w.irded with pay*
Dir! thev ?top when tired out and dis ?nurnitel
and ?tck?
Never for on^f-not THEY
They taught Flliplnoa the right way to work.
Ami the? taucht as If te?ohtnc were fun;
Tlify tau<ht them to spell and to build
themselves roads.
And the best ?TSV to handle | inn
Were their ?alarle* ?o ble that th? task ?as
?refill while"
Did they ?ave a centavo of pav*
llave the average men an lec.unt with th?
Neve- a cent?not THEY
Ah. those were the day? when the he?t men
? en,
Th? mirvlval of thnae that wert? fit?
When the work to ha done counted every
And politic? nary a hit
Did they a" 4Useet?rs8ts4l when t*'.irs;s ara I
w rons?
And their work seemed never don?*
Did '.hey throw up their Jobs ?? i ,? -r, the
choier*. rased?
He proud of them all?not ONK
nut now they ?ay that we ??1 musr fe
They ?corn all our hope? and fe.r?
They've learned a lot more In a ?cant four
Than we've learned In fifteen year?
Do thev know that great n.ovemer's mutt
alway? be ?low
And th?t Rome w??n't built In a dav*
Did they a?k the advice of ONK man who
Never a hit?not THEV.
And even these who are ?till on th? Hit
''an aee that the end's in alght .
No matter If they have worked hard and
With results that were alway? rich'
Will our government take those who've don?
IS well.
A? would other world-circling power?.
And five them like Job? In another B s B?
Urt on v.nir life?not Ol'RS.
If? "yaur pay will ?t"P ?t th? ?nd of the
We And we don't need vo?J now
; A Filipino can do your work.
Since you've l?hored and taucht him how
And ?1nc? y..ur relief I? already picked
You may aa well leave to-day "
Do thev sav 'Many thank?" or "Your work
??..? good" *
Never a word?not TUET
S? we haven't a Joh, and w? hav?n't a cent.
I And nobody rares a damn;
Hut we've done our work and we've done It
To th? ?lory of t'nele Sam
And we've seen a let and w? ve lived a lot.
In these, ?.?lands over the sea
Would we chance with our brother? grown
rich at horh??
I Praia? b? to God?not WE
?The Manila Dallr Bulletin.
A Flat Dwellers Familiar Problem
Is to Keep His Library "Boiled Down"
THE other daj I read I magnate
article OB "How to Acquire
Library " it interested me, a
though, as tenant of B New Vork aparl
ment, my own problem Is how not t
acquire one. By nature i une bi|
roomy Looks, with clear type and wid
margins. Bui then isn't room fo
books like that In my Bat Already Ml
looks are spreading Into the dinin
room next it will be the turn of th
kitchenette. And then what?th
dumbwaitei "
< >f course, there are ways of keepin
one's library trained down. You cai
generally lend your books to friends
and, by praising it out of all reason
you can get rid even Of your drearies
tome. The trouble is, one's friends ar
sometimes honest about the dull book?
I have had sieh books returned to m
quite promptly. It isn't really tru>
that lent books an never returned,
don't like cynicism, it all depends
There are oth.-r wavs of redUCinj
one's library. One can aiwavs move
Ami, in my old free-lance days, when
spent my time very much as 1 phased
there was a still simpler recipe. I ati
my i.ha Booh loven may condemr
this practice aa Uiey wltt?l think it b
sometimes Justifiable It al! happer.'
naturally enough 1*00 are hungry
and so, after choosing the volume yoi
love least i very much as becalm?-,
mariners might pick out the least popu?
lar shipmate to make the pot boil), you
go downstairs an 1 OUI Into th.- CoU
world with an armful of literature that
you sell at a second-hand dealer's i <-?
fore daring to enter the restaurant. As
you order yon reason somewhat lik?;
Consomme au cro?te de fromage?Rai?
za, s ? S.-raphita" .heap at th* price!
Lamb stew, Dublin Btylo?Meredith'!
"Modern Love," with a bound volume
of "The Nation" on the side.
Romaine Salad J.-an-Christophe eked
out with a volume of Henry van
DykO! reasonable enough!
Camembert Cheese, Black Coffee;
Cigar?Adam Smith's "Wealth of Na?
tions," plus a second-best Bheltey, a
brand new .lack London and Wcll.s'a
"Passionate Friends."
And >et. in spit.- of eating now and
.again, and having friends and moving
in our uncivilized American fashion. I
find that books do still a< cumul?t-. It
Is time to discover how this happens.
One may as well l?>ave out of account
the exceptional methods of acqtiisitioi
by inheritance and purchase. Nelthi
of these ?h practised freQoently enougi
or on a large scale*
?'hristmas brings books. "John is
great reader." reason one;? female rein
tions. "We must Und a nice book t'
his Christmas present." And they .sen
you either the latest work of you
worst enemy or a tawdry reprint .
somebody you have dps; eared in th
edltio princeps.
The plfSBSntSat sray of acquirm
hooks is at an auction. I don't mea
the South ?'lark st. hook auctions, .
those which take place durincr the noo
hour In the cross streets of downtOW
Boston. It is at these that the "tire,
business man" bids for limited edition
of Poe, or Maupassant, or Paul d
Kock. alona; with Illuminated texts o
the Constitution, and beautifully etch.-.
"Arabian Nights' No. I assume tha
all of us ar?' above being interested n
this kind of auction. And for me th
real!] tempting sale is that where th.
Ubrarv of some great man some cele
brlty, at least- is disposed of. You
first thought is: 'What a pity tha
his collection should be dispersed Wo
thatl Princeton ought to l.uy it un
broken." And your second thought
"I must bi?l on some of these items
NOW, which 'association books' shall 1
mark in this fascinating catalogue'"
For, there is no doubt about it, cata
logues have an attraction all their own
Have you never felt if Then you car
never have sympathized with M. Ber
Keret in Anal? le Frances nOVOL What
Ut in..re. voii can fiev.-r have had an)
deep sympathy with me
The trouble is, my own way of bid?
ding has its disadvantages. It make.?
it, it Is true, all the more an adventure
It makes of the book aUOtloa a verita?
ble lottery?in spite of the federal awe.
For I neveratt-nd book auctions, some?
how, I never have time. I merely read
the ?ata logues v. ry lovingly, and slab
the pages with pencil marks ami under
Hcortngs. Th.-n, when I COSM to the
? ml. I beirin ..ver again, : i r.-.idmg ths
Items I have marked. And tht-n I
make out a list of such books as I
think, in an enthusiastic moment, I
would Ilk- to read?or own. And I jot
down a CUUSSrvatlve amount against
? ach ' |..t " or volume and sign my
name, and seal my bid, and p?jsi It?
1 and wait.
Very often nothing comes of It. m
that case I shrug my shoulders and
tell myself i don't need any more books
anyway: prec?sele what She Is always
saying. But, sometimes, s notification
comes that I owe the bookseller? some?
thing or other, and I vvrtte out a check,
and aroader whai treaaun i have
drawn. Sometimes the "treasure "
proves a great disillusionment a fnded
oopy of *,>me minor classic. In such a
binding as the French cal1 ' tlr-vi."
Then, again. I shrug my poor shoulders.
It might have been worn "
Alas' sometimes It is worse. Only
last month I went through an auction
catalogue with great avidity, and de?
cided to make a large number Of un?
usually small bids "I'll get some?
thing," I said to myself, and I won't
pay much for it, either"' And wh*n
the auction was pulled off it befell
Just as I had prophesied -only mor,? ho.
Almost every one ?r my bids ama a
winning number' Now, I wanted some
Of those hooks, one or two lots, sa v. Hut
all of them! with Artscnea Wai i, i
fined myself murmuring, "It is Z
mut ?1.'
Wh'-re shall I shelve my new ac
quisitiOna? Must I buy a new book*
case'* Unhappily, there is no room for
It unless I rent a bigger apartment.
The desk has two BUeapeeted ro'v.s ??'
books upon it ahead) , even the hur^MU
,ls Invaded by an unmllltary A??* of the
lame, the halt and the fatigue The
top of the china closet out that's ?i
family s-cret. Perhaps the best way
out of the difficult v would be I
few- eO?BBOa after th- fashion set
forth in my third paragraph. Hu- t ,
??at books whlie a few CO|BS still Jinglo
in your trousers lor the biblia
that apella i annlballam!
II Hamilton Kv fs the L:,e!|sh journal?
ist, was talking at the Tress club In
New York ar-out Mfxlco, whence he had
Just return?.1
"Among the Mexican Indians," he said,
"two things astonlshe.i me-first, the early
a*e at which the ,-n t,, smoke,
and. BSeOWd, the late age at which they
continue to be nursed by their ? .thers.
"Krei'ijentlv th?. Ind'.an bgl -< a ?
BUCklsd till they ?re four years ? -. B
that time thev have learned to masaje,
and it Is not uncommon, m the Indian
? -. to so- a child leave Its uioll.ei -i
breast and immediately light up a eon?
tmWtaata after dinner' cigsr "
Briar pipe?, are made, not ol bnar, hut
1 of bruy?re, a heather growing on th?
' Riviera and In Corsica.

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