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THE SUN, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1912.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1012. Entered at the Post Office at New York as Second Class Mill Matter. ftmbtcrlptloni by Mall, Postpaid. DAILY. Ter Month SO DAILY, Per Year OO BUNDAY, Per Year OO DAILY' AND SUNDAY, Per Year BOO DAILY AND SUNDAY. Per Month 70 Postage to foreign countries added. All cheeks, money orders, Ac, to be made pay able to Tas Strv, Published dally, Including Sunday, by the Sun Printing and Publlhlng Asoclatlon at 170 Nassau street, In the norough ot Manhattan, New York, President and Treasurer, William C, Itelck. 10 Nassau street; Vice-President, F.dward P. Mitchell. 170 Nassau street: Secretary, Chester S. Lord, 170 Nassau street. London office, Kfltng ham House, 1 Arundel street. Strand, Paris office, a Hue de la Mlchodlrre, oil Rue du Quatra Septembre. Washington office, lllbhs Building. Brooklyn office, loo Livingston street. It our frttntls uhn fetor us irla manuscript, for ptiMtcstton irfsn to hare rrlrcltd artielrs returned thru murtifi all casts lend stamp) for 1111 purrxxt. Tribute to n Man Who Sacrificed Self-Interest to Duty. This striking portrait In words we put for a certain reason -within quota tion marks: TAFT, the most brilliant graduate of his year at Yale, tho youngest Yale man upon -whom Yalo ever conferred a de gree of doctor of laws; a man who, hav ing won high position at tho bar and then served as Solicitor-General at Wash ington, was appointed to tho United States bench. He was then asked to sacrifice him self, to give up his position in order to go to tho other side of tho world to take up an infinitely dangerous problem and do his best to solve it . Ho has done his beet. Ho came back hero the other day. The man has always l'tad tho honorable ambition to get upon the Supreme Court Ecnch, and when ho was back hero a few months ago, and there was a ques tion of vacancy arising, I said to him: "' Governor, I think I ought to tell you that if a vacancy comes in the Supreme Court' (which I knew would put. him for life in a position which he would especially like to have) 'I do not sec how I.could possibly give it to you, for I need you where you arc.' '"Ho said to mc: "'Mr. President, it has always been my ambition to bo in the Supremo Court, but if you should offer mc a jus ticeship now and at the same time Con gress Should take away entirely my sal ary as Governor, I should go straight back to tho Philippines, nevertheless; for those people need mc and expect me back, and bcliovo I will not desert them.' " He has gone back; gone back as a trong friend among weaker friends to help that peoplo upward nlong the diffi cult path of self-government, lie has gono to do his part and a great part in making the American name a symbol of honor and good faith in the Philippine Islands; to govern with justice and with that firmness, that absence of weakness which is only another side of justice. He has gone back to do all that, because it is his duty as he sees it. " We are to be congratulated, we Amer icans, that we have a fellow American like Tait." The foregoing admirable tribute to President Taft's character, strength and patriotism, with its incidental reve lation of a case of self-sacrifice to duty that was genuino and not fictitious or a mere play in a game of persona', politics, is not here presented as an editorial article of The Sun's. It is taken, with out change, from Theodouk Roose velt's address at tho Harvard com mencement dinner of June 25, 1002. Italy's Plight. An explanation of the bombardment of Beirut which may contribute to clear up this amazing action is contained in the British newspapers which havo arrived since Saturday. All of them contain a thoroughly circumstantial ac count of an interview between General Caneva, commanding Italian forces in Tripoli, and members of the Ita,' an Cabinet, which they, in turn, reprint from o Milan journal. In the Milan journal the statement is made that on General Caneva'k return to Italy after tho early operations ho was asked the following frank question: "Ara you In a ponltlon, with the means now at your disposal, and with all the other jneacs which you might ask for, and which 'the Government would not hesitate to give are you in a position to provide that une quivocal and decisive victory of which Italy la la need If It is to impose an unconditional peace upon Turkey?" To a prompt and emphatic negative General Caneva is said to havo added the following statement: "I cannot give to the nation that victory which is essential if peace is to be imposed upon Turkey. All that I for my part can answer for Is the alow and gradual conquest of the whole territory of Tripoli nnd Cyre naica. If you want a brilliant microns you muat aeek it elsewhere than in Libya, be cause in a war of an essentially colonial character such as that which has been en trusted to me no army could obtain a brilliant success not'at this moment ; not in a month's time; not in a year; never," To discover in tho bombardment of Beirut a first attempt on tho part of tho Italians to find "elsewhere than in Libya" the "brilliant success" which General Caneva rcportctl was unattainable in Tripoli seems a reasonable conclusion. Jf tho Beirut affair is followed by similar attacks upon other Turkish cities on tho Kgcan as well us the Mediterranean this conjecturu will bo confirmed. Apparently Italy has now to choose between a long war devoid of glory but replete with expense unci loss of life and bringing the conflict to n closo by an attack upon Turkey in Europe ami Asia Minor. But such an attack must pro voke tho prnti'M and perlmns (ho onen 'Interference of Austria in the Halknng.Y Germany in Asia Minor, whero tho Bag dad Railway is endangered, nnd France in Syria, where I-rcnch interests aro large. In addition there Is nlwayu tho risk of losing nil tho good will of the civilized world by such acts as tho bom bardment of Beirut. If all the superficial evidences are to bo accepted, Italy's second colonial campaign lias been only lessinglorlous than her first, and has so far gained her little beyond the coast towms of Trip oli, whero her hold is none too secure. Tripoli seems to promise a repetition of events which made Algeria a grave yard for French soldiers and n night mare for tho French taxpayer for half n century after the soldiers of Chablkk X. mado their momentarily glorious descent upon the city of the pirates. Enlarging the Metropolitan Museum. For the man in tho street, whoever he may be, the application of tho Metropoli tan Museum to tho Board of Estimate for new construction of $750,000 may need some explanation. This is not the first occasion by more than ono in which tho munificenco of Mr. Mono an has for tho moment embar rassed the trustees of tho Museum and raised questions in officially estimating and apportioning minds. At tho same tlmo no publio benefactor, promoting tho welfare of his fellow citizens by Increasing thoso of their unavailable assets which yet tended to give them col lectively whatever rank they might bo entitled to in tho general scale of civil ization, could be blamed or other than praised for insisting that they should show enough appreciation of his bene factions to provide proper architectural facilities for the lodgmcnt-and exhibi tion of tho same. Tho extension of the Metropolitan Museum to accommodnto for the pub lie benefit the art treasures of Mr. Mohoax is u peculiar case, innsmttch as to authorize tho project the assent of tho entire clcctorato as represented In the Board of Estimate is needed. It is easy to argue that this should not be so and that the persons who feel themselves particularly benefited by the ministra tions of the Metropolitan Museum should arrange with themselves by some "vol untary principle" of hatpassingtodefray the expenses thereof. Also it is, or was, easy to arguo that Central Park, re served and planned for a particular pub lio purpose, should not be in any part of it diverted to any other, even public, purpose. That would be a relevant con sideration if the Museum were now for the first time invading Central Park. In that case the increased public appre ciation of the uses of public parks, since the time of its first squatting thereon in the early '70s, would probably secure its extrusion. There is, however, no real question in anybody's mind that the anomaly is now established and should be per mitted not only to stand but to bo ex tended sufficiently to accommodato the growth of the collections of the Museum, of which this latest now awaiting such accommodation is one of the most im portant and valuable. The architec tural history of the Museum has been very diversified. Tho nuclcal building of the early '70s, by Wret Mould, was by no means so successful as the many minor structures with which its author adorned the park. The great hall, in deed, continues to fulfil the purpose of its erection with dignity and con venience. But a principal object of the architects of the subsequent addi tions has been to efface tho exterior as much as possible. The central building fronting the avenue, in which the late Richard Morris Hunt had the oppor tunity of applying the studies ho had made urder Ijzfves in executing tho then now pr.vilion of the Ixiuvrc, is one of tho most successful essays in its own phase of Greco-Roman that aro to bo seen in this country. It has the very unusual advantage, for New York, of stopping a street between the sides of which its central feature is effectively framed. In the northward extension, of Mr. McKim, both the curtain wall and the terminal colonnaded pavilion aro seemly additions. It is evident to any one who looks at the building that tho next extension will not remove or obscure any desirable features of park landscape. Apart from tho immediate exigency of providing more storage, this extension is necessary to tho architectural com pletion of tho building. With the utmost good will and prompti tude on the port of the Board of Estimate a year and a half must elapse before per manent quarters arc provided for the new collections, and they must be torn porarily installed in tho north wing to less advantage than that at which they will ultimately be seen. But it is to be hoped that the Bonad of Estimate will do justice to the general appreciation in which this unexampled artistic oppor tunity is held by their constituents, and that they will provide for the most ex peditious construction possible of the extension so urgently needed. Where New Yorkers Sleep. In tho year that ended with December 111 tho number of multiplo family dwell ing places classified for administrative ourposes as tenement houses decreased in the wholo city from 103,828 to 103,093. This decrease resulted from the'falling off in so-called "old law" buildings from 85,317 to 82,023, in part balanced by an increase in tho new law" houses from 18,481 to 20,170. Tho old law houses will gradually disappear, but there are so many of them that archaeologists will not very soon bo reconstructing them for museum uses. Tho decrease in the number of tene ments did not mean a corresponding loss in housing accommodations. On tho contrary, on December 31 there were 880,088 upartments in tho flvo borouglis, against 800,004 at tho beginning of tho yeur. Of theso 200,080 were in new law houses, or 24,305 more than were in tho samo classification on January 1, 1011. Theso flguroB do not givo exactly tho number of tenement houses in Now York, iwcauso not all such establishments nrn on the MM, I t 1 tit S the Tenement Motion Commission discovered .105 old law 1...IIJ! . 1 I.. , . uuiiuiuk" nui previously registered as under ito juried lotion . These contained 1,202 apartments. - It is typical of New York that twelve buildings erected under tho now law, together with 2,720 known as, old law I structures, were demolished or with drawn from tenement uses during tho year. Tho parents of a child born in a newly constructed apartment might reasonably asplro to show him in his childhood tho placo of his entrance into tho world, but there is little in the his tory of Now York building operations to give them confidence that their hope would bo fulfilled. The StitlibstrtibdillHlubliid. Without pretending to any pr,ivato peep into thoso mysteries of progres sive wisdom, tho councils of tho seven littlo Governors, decent citizens will hopo and trust that tho Hqn. Walter Roscoe STrnns of Kansas will bo the favorito hat in the ring enndidato for Vice-President, Babb of Now Hamp shire is too Eastern. Osborn of Michi gan is too Chestcrfieldian. Glasscock of West Virginia, Aldrich of Nebraska, Caret of Wyoming are obscure enough akcady. Hadlet of Missouri is un sound on tho recall. Only the only Stubbs rcmnins, the fated, tho sym bolical, the born red candidate. But who aro wjto laud even unworthily this firo peaked Sunflower saint? A Kansas poet, tho Hon. Charles Ross Wkrdk of Walton, has hymned Stubbs with unapproachable sonority. Amid this now fierce wagging of the leviathan jaws of politics find we space for the Muse to pant: "The buccaneers haunt our quadrangular edges, Not daring to step from the sheltering ahruba; The Jointiet nits low In the grim Osage hedges. Bewailing the wounds where the thorn rawly rubs. We've found us a Ransan of iron kept pledges; He's given our language Its grimmest word-STtrass. " He's the essence of Kansas, distilled from the labors Of the real and redoubtable Kansas that does. He's the heart of all Kansas, the spirit that sabers Our way to the front by exalting the laws. He's a king of a Kansan, our friend and our neighbor. The manliest man that a man ever was." The manliest man save one, of courso; the manliest man in Kansas. Mr. Wekdb'b Stubbsirubdubdubiad was written before tho recent invitation to the peoplo to arise and call. A little more surge and thunder, if you please: " The predator bandsTiurled back from our border, Though buffeted wait an oocaslon to smite. For we cannot forevermore keep as our warder A spirit so ready to battle for right. Can we find us a man of the same mighty - order To take up his talk and eternally fight? " For we'll send him on soon to that band that insurges, Where Bhistow. his brother, Is fully un furled. They are smiths that can fashion such thunderbolt scourges Aa will shake up the Senate till graft Is uphurled. They're eons of the Thunder of old Boa- NKROES, They roll up their sleeves and go after the world." 1 To the Senate; that is, as Vice-Presi dent, in caso tho peoplo want to indulge in genuino rule. As Mr. Weede tells us, Stubbs, "ho lives and he laughs in tho teeth of battle," a phrase sublimely apposite. Wc know not what othere may think, but as for us, give us Stubbs, unless Mr. Brtan will take the second place on tho platform which he so warmly approves. The New Massachusetts. How greatly the citizenship of Massa chusetts must have changed in fibre and deteriorated in substance if the inter vention of the Federal Government shall bo needed to protect the people of that State in their liberty to move from place to place as they will and desire! To what depths of ignominy they have sunk if for the restraint of the lawless nets of their own peace officers tho exer ciso of tho power of tho United States is required! If the situation that exists in the city of Lawrence to-day is actually beyond the resources of the State to meet, tho country will wait for no further proof of the frequently repcatod charge that New England, whose soul is Massachu setts, is decadent. Tho confession of impotence will have been made, and across the glorious record of ordered freedom wrought by men -who must now bo turning in their graveB will be writ ten tho pitiful story of a community untruo to its history and dishonored before tho people. And by what article of Constitution or, law will tho United States preserve the peace in Massachusetts or oversee the comings and goings of tho people of that once proud State? Battleships are the basis of the navy, There are other ships that wo ought to have, but If we have the battleships I think wo can hustle around If war were to come and get those things that would be needed to make them useful, Prtndtnl Tatt. Unfortunately transports and colliers cannot lie got by hustling around, nor can destroyers and swift tattle cruisers be improvised when they are wanted In an emergency. It is a great pity that the United States does not haven well rounded and rational construction plan to follow year after year. " I have no plans beyond this night. Tor to-morrow and afterward no ono known what la in Bloro, (.oionf t IloosETfLT to 'onion rej'orH r. No ono knows what Is in store, but thoro is a genornl and reasonably accurate idea of what is in stock. Less than a year ago a considerable faction of tho ' British Conservatives adopted ns Ihelr distinguishing ensign thn letters II M (1, which by Interpretation meant "IlAl.KOtm must go," Slneo Mr. Daltoub's departure his successoi, A, Bonati Law, permitted himself to be manoeuvred into a flat declaration in favor of the repeal of tho new insurance law, with the result that the Tories now havo a faction which has adopted tho letters B M R to indicate their convic tion that "Balfour must return. A new tangle over the Franco-German treaty has just been reveatod at Borlin, where the German Foreign Office insists that tho islands In the Congo River facing the territory ceded by France to Germany were included in tho cession. At Paris exactly tho opposite view is taken, and tho argument promises to be prolonged and sharp. It was upon these islands that Franco rolled to maintain a kind of continuity In her African territories of the Sahara and Gabun. In the present state of French publio opinion, which Is not only hostile but bitterly hostllo to all cessions, resistance to the German con tention seems inevitable. THE DEADLIEST OF ALL PAR ALLELS. President Roosevelt's Derision on No vember 8, IINI4. " Under no circumstances will 1 be a candidate for or accept another nomina tion " President Heosrvelt's Decision en Feb ruary at, 1912. I will accept the nomination for Presi dent if It Is tendered to me." THE ABSESTEE. Comment on the F-xcurslons of a Cele brated Peripatetic. To the Editor or The SON .Sir: I had been shuffling my left leg a bit to clear It of a cramp and was about putting down the right on the first of the broad steps leading to the State House at Trenton to day when I fialted Irresoli'te. "What Is It?" a man asked In a friendly tone. "Is Gov ernor Wilson In?" said I. "Faith, an' sure he is," said he; "In bad," "la he Inside there now?" said I. "I want to ask him the exact shape of that 'cocked hat' that he was to push Ilryan Into," "Ah, g'wan." says he; "don't ye know very well the Governor is in Tennessee to-day?" "Was he here yes terday?" says I, "indeed, faith, he wasn't here yesterday," saya he. "What'd he be doln' here yesterday? He was in Kansas yesterday." "But Isn't he the Governor of New Jersey?" says I. "Is that so?"says he. "Well, some say he Is, an' some say some thing else. The day before that again he was in Illinois. The day before that again he was In Kentucky. The day before that again ho was in Washington. The day be fore that again lie was in New lork Where could I see him, do you think?" said 1 coaxingly. "Faith, now," says he, "1 think you might try California, though It's like a dream to me that he's booked for Maine before that engagement at the Coast. If I was you, I'd try Maine." With a heavy heart I retraced my steps to the railroad station, keeping my eye on the figure of Washington away up on the high column as a sort of bracer. But why shouldn't the Governor have been in the .State House attending to the business or the State. That's what I'd like to know. Governor Wilson's time isn't his own, though he acta as though It were. Ills time belongs to the people of this State, for which they pay him at the rate of 110,000 a year. What right has he to take the money of the people for the time spent on these long excursions, which have now be come so frequent that they constitute a public scandal? He a not travelling about In the Interest of the people of New Jersey: he's travelling about in the interest of him self. He's straining after a Job that pays tss.ooo a year more than he now receives. not to mention coal, and has become so obsessed with the pursuit that he is ready to trample on therightaof anyone whoever crosses his path, of friend aa well as of foe. Aa a Republican and in the belief that it is good to rebuke one's own party when it wanders away too far, 1 voted for Wilson. But I am wiser now than I was In Novem ber, UI0. 1 think the Governor's course In persisting In these long political excursions In his own interest and taking the money ot the citizens ot this State for work which he does not do is an outrage on decency I thought, and thought lie thought, that the office should seek the man. Shade ot Grover Cleveland, where art thou now? J. M. Wall. Bound Broos, N. .1., February 38. POPULAR VOTE OX A DECISIOX. CERTAIX The Wisdom of .Marcus Anrrllus. To TnK Eniron ok Thr Si:n .Sir; (Julie In keeping with your editorial article under the heading "An Object or Pity" are the words of Marcus Aurellus: "Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self, respect." C. I'. Fatii. New iori, February :. The I,ost Hat. To thk F.niTon or Tns Sun Sir: I havo never claimed to be a prophet, but at this auspicious time I wish to make the following forecast: Taft is going to sit on that hat and Roose velt will go bareheaded tho rest of his life. New Yoita, February 28. ItiNG.nnE. Ambition. To thr I'.ni ion ok Till; tir.v Mr : It has been ald of Theodoro Itoosovcit that "at a funeral he would want to bo tho corpse." Adslt omen around nomination time! Hoiiokus, N. J.. February :n. Honours. Admiral Seymour and the Sentry. To thk Kmion or Thk Sun .sir; The Isle Admiral Seymour of thn nrltlsh navy was one of the most qiilst and democratic of naval officers, When he was admiral superintendent of Ports, mouth dockyard, the largest In the kingdom, he had the hnlilt of going about In rlvltlan clothes and serine how things were done. Convict labor Is used In some parts ot tlx dockyards, and w prevent an outbreak or escape there Is various parts where ronvlcts are working. The military order was to give the usual salute of present arms to the admiral superintendent when passing a sentry. One day ai Admiral .Seymour In civilian attire was passing a sentry, not getting the salute he was entitled to, he ac costed the soldier: ".Sentry, why don't you salute me! I guess you don't know who I am," "Who are you, sir?" replied the man. "I am the admiral superintendent of the dock yards," said .Seymour, The soldier, who was used to dealing with cranks on post, replied: "Well, all I can say l that ou have got a blamed line Job l( you don't get drunk and lose It. This way out, please." The old officer enlojed the loke Immensely and often spoke of It In the Southsea naval ofneers' mess. Tosiut Atkins. ItlciiuoNU Hiia. N, Y Pebruary M, Criminal Chsaffeur. To tub Kuitos or Thk Sun Sir: One of (hose Arltonlrss souls who Would not know a "best seller" from a Florida hotel advertisement stated recently that there were !00 rx-convlcts driving automobiles In the streets of this city. As I read this at breakfast la my favorite lies taurant de I'Kafant on the Passage du (Iros lllano I was convinced that this dryasdust delver In statistics had not stated Ihe full rase, A vara, clous reader of Ihe "sellers," I knew the ending was always better than Ihe frontispiece: and as an owner of two hnrselrss carriages nnd clultonuus buyer of gas and repairs (or the last Ave years, I was sure UryanluH story had an end to It, I So 1 hurried over to Ihe Public Library, and i there In Ihe cellar tho engineer shovelled oul for! me nun liln c a volume ot Ihe United States i rn-un iwiir. i nrrnn, unurr nmsinu AUtomo - blle," chanter "Chauffeurs," section "Social War-- fare, subhead "I'mitna," I trml: "Theie he itkl lulure rnnWrts driving automobllrs lu New York illy." . Honk, hnnkl J, a. U, Mw York, February U. XEtV POLITICAL DlCTIOXAtlY. Monumental Work Undertaken to Meet Present Conditions. It has for some tlmo been obvious that much of tho confusion existing lit publio llfo Is due to the Incorrect values at tributed by Conservatives to certain sounds and symbols used by College Men In Politics, ProRresslvlRte, Radicals, In surgents and others of reforming minds and ambitions. Thero are few misunderstandings when Conservatives communlcuto orally or In writing among themselves, for tho reason that among Conservatives an absurd cus tom prevails of using words In their ordinary significations. Neither Is diffi culty experienced when Radicals, of what ever clan they may bo members, engage In conversation or put fheir thoughts on paper, because Radicals know exactly how much confidence to put in each other's expressions of opinion, however transmitted. Hut trouble inevitably ensues when a Conservative tries to malso out what a Radical means, and to remedy this unhappy condition tho New Political Dictionary has been designed. It was at first Intended that tho editor in chief of the New Political Dictionary should be Hiram W. Johnson of California, an eminent New Nationalist, who has already reaped his reward. Mr. Johnson is said to Lo excellently qualified for tho post. His chances were ruined by the suspicion, declared by him to be groundless, that he was of the samo blood of the late Dr. Sam uel Johnson, u lexicographer oi:ce In good repute but now generally recognized as a person of reactionary tendenoles. Mr. Johnson having been declared in eligible, Dr. Woodrow Wilson, late of Princeton University, was pitched on to manage the work, and the suggestion was enthusiastically received by all tho pro moters of the project. It was pointed out that Dr. Wilson's scholastic fame among the People would be of great value to the business department of tho enter prise. His facility In changing his mind and improvising lifelong convictions at a moment's notice were urged in his behalf. After mature consideration It was decided to Invite him to supervise the editorial department, and a message notifying him of this was despatched at once. To the chagrin of the manageis, he declined the honor, explaining his refusal thus: A number of years ago I wrote several books which were put on sale tin "history." 1 he royillle derived from their sale wero net sufficient to compensate me for tho damage done to my political ambition by extracts from them subsequently circulated mnonc persons of the loner order, by men of the meaner vort and conscienceless conservn tlves. I will lme nothing to do with the writing, editing or publication of books of any kind hereafter, ' Thus deprived of tho services of two men of recognized capacity for inversion and subversion, the gentlemen at the head of the undertaking were for somo tlmo at a loss to nnd the individual best fitted for the job. They were fortunate at length in obtaining the services of no less distinguished an etymologist than the celebrated Mr. Humpty Dumpty, whose system of word management, as set forth in the adventures of Alice in Wonderland, made instant appeal to all concerned. A message was promptly sent to Humpty Dumpty, which brought the subjoined answer: Stns: It will give me great pleasure to get a salary from you for the use of my word control device, I shall not say that I am aurprlsed to have you call me to your as sistance. I have not failed to observe that many ot you long ago adopted my practice ot making words mean what the speaker wanta them to mean. In fact I have been a little nettled that you should appropriate the method which I originated and use it to your own advantage without even the courtesy of acknowledging my rights as Its Inventor or a single thought of com pensation for me. I conceive It to be only fair that haTlng definitely selected my scheme for the be fooling of others you should give me n share ot the profits, which, 1 understand, have been large In the past, are satisfactory now and promise to become enormous in the immediate future. One condition only do I make the con tract between us shall, be drawn in words as employed among our mutual enemiea the Conservatives. In matters affecting my own pocketbook I, like yourselves, am not alarmingly radical. The stipulation that the contract with the editor In chief should bo made In Con servative and not in Humpty Dumptian caused some uneasiness at first, because it was feared that this might ultimately re sult in the necessity of paying him some thing. On consideration this possibility was dismissed as of no consequence, be cause the money would come out of some body else's pocket anyway. The first detail of the publication sst tied by Mr. Humpty Dumpty was the makeup of the dictionary, and he decided that to meet the needs of his patrons and the necessities of those consulting it an entirely novel form of page should be adopted. Instead of being printed on paper the words will be printed on slips of cardboard of uniform size. Each pago of the dictionary will also be of cardboard, on which the definition will bo printed. Above, each definition will be a grooved space, Into which any of the Blips of card board may be put. Thus a word may le removed from tho place it occupies in the dictionary and in serted above whatever definition Its user wants it to boar for the time being. Tho Ingenuity and advantages of this simple device are patent to every Now National ist. A single example will suffice. The word "Pledge," in conservative lexicons defined as "a promise or agreement by ;whch one hinds oneself to do or for bear something," may be slipped from tho place under the sixteenth letter and In serted under the "e's" so that It will have the definition "that which ia oxedient," or "characterized by mere utility rather than principle; conducive to special ad vantage rather than to what Is universally right; also, of persons, guided by expedi ency rather than principle." Colonel Roosevelt was particularly pleased when this innovation and the ex ample were explained to him. He slapped Humpty Dumpty on the back and shouted By Godfrey! That is good! It is ex actly what I noed!" It was at first feared that the dictionary might prove too bulky for oonvenlonco because of the grooved cardboard pages, but as tho Radicals generally use only a few words, obtaining their results by repeating these frequently, this annoy ance will easily bo ayoided. No strlotly Conservative words, such ns "gratitude," "honor" and tho like, will lie allowed in tho book. The Lookout Company hns undertaken the publication of tho New Political Dic tionary, nnd Dr. I.abbott yman will write tho definition of coffee, . lllssallsfnrtlon of the Captain's Wife, Mrs. Noah sighed, "The hoirld boat has no room for my hat,' she i cried. I-Mlly she regretted Ihe room wasted on lle animals. A Horn Statesman, Who does the baby look UUci -ULc Uncuui. Friend 1'aicnt- r THE lrottKMEX's comrEXSA- TIOX ACT. Colonel Hoosoelt's Tears Oter a Statute That Was a Heart Letter. To the KturciB or Tim Sun Sir; Colo nel Roosevelt in his speech at Columbus again bitterly assailed the Court of Appeals of New York State for Its decision declar ing unconstitutional the Walnwrlght work men's compensation act. Thk Bun reports him as saying; A typical ease was the decision rendered but a few months ago by the Court of Appeals of my own State, the State of New Vork. declaring unconstitutional the workmen's compensation act. In their decision the Judges admitted the wrong and suffering caused by tho practices against which Ihe law was aimed. They admitted Ihe other civilized nations had abolished these wrongs and practices, I wish I could make you vlsuallte to yourselves what these derUIons against which I so vehe mently protest really represent of suffering and Inlustlre. 1 wish I had the power to bring before you the maimed or dead, the women and children left to struggle against bitter poverty because the breadwinner has gone. I am not thinking of the terminology of the decision, nor ot wiiat seem to mc the hairsplitting and meticulous arguments elaborately worked .out to Justify a great and terrible mhcarrlsge of Justice. Moreover, I am not thinking only ot the sufferers In any given case, but of the tens of thousands of others who suffer because of the way this case Is decided. Here Is a case where the gallant Colonel would at onco atart the rocall of declalona so that Justice might be done and the will of the peoplo not be thwarted by a roollsn ana iniiiultoiisdecision. A more unhappy exam ple of a wrong dono to the people by the de cision of a court could not possibly have been chosen. Were it not for the almost chronic habit of our modest and gentle hero to reverse the old saying "Look before you leap" It would seem almost Incredible that this decision could bo used by an Intelligent man to Illustrate his picture of "the women and children left to struggle against bitter poverty because the breadwinner has gone. Not from hearsay but from practical ex perience and knowledge as an insurance man In full touch with the workmen's com pensation law during the time it was In ef fect, from September I, 1910, to March 15. nil I. 1 Htate that with the exception ot the single clause that provided for payment of 13,00(1 In case ot the death of an employee, though caused by no fault or neglect of the employer, the law was an absolute dead let ter from the dry It went Into effect until Mnrch IS, when it was declared unconstitu tional, It was repudiated by the labor or ganizations nnd all working classes affected by it , advised against by reputable high class lawyers, condemned by manufacturers be cause it increased their insurance premiums, and was only welcome to.the insurance com panies, as it gnvo them the chance to advance their rates to a point where they could get somewhere near the premium required to carry the liability hazard of the Phillips act for employers' liability, that went Info effect on the same day as the workmen's compen sation act and is still In effect. Any lawyer or insurance man could have told tho Colonel thnt the Phillips act, un restricted as lo the amount of damages that can be collected as a result of occupational Injury or death, Is so much more liberal to the working people In Its provisions that they would havo naught to do with the workmen's compensation act nnd didn't enre a rap whether it was a law or not aa long as they had a better one. The only mourners at the bench were the Insurance companies, who could no longer charge for workmen s compensation.no matter how much they needed the extra premium to meet their losses under the Phillips act. For once large vested Interests can agree with T. R, that it was a great mistake to defeat the law, but the thousands and tens of thousands who, the Colonel says, will suffer because of the way this case Is de cided will not shed any tears, but rather abuse him for trying to take the bread out of their mouths. One word on the decision Itself: The Court of Appeals made no error. It de cided the law as unconstitutional primarily on the ground thai it confiscated property without clup process of law, and this ruling is absolutely sound. The Wisconsin court in declaring a simitar law constitutional practically apologired for doing so by the excuse that there was n crying need for such a law. and they would stretch tho Con stitution to meet the occasion, and took pains to slap the New York court for not having the courage to do the samo. In other words the Wisconsin court thatT. R. refers to with pride not only legislated but committed tho crime of usurpation of power with the approval of T. R, Workmen's compensation laws are proper and just, and undoubtedly within a year or twoiNew York will have one, na soon an It can be legally enacted. It is absolutely astound ing that during all the years "Rig Stick" has been advancing progressive ideas, most of them containing a great deal of merit, he hna never been able to know when, whero or how to put one of them Into effect with out doing more harm than good. He has never yet hit tho head he aimed at, but has brought disaster upon those whom he so loudly proclaims he is striving to protect. His pugnacious and egotistical nature, rushing in like a bull In a china shop, hia in ability to keep the ship off the rocks, makes him altogether too dangerous a captain to entrust again with the helm. I. tl. Batterson. Nrw York, February 38. The Greatest Club In the World. To the EniTon or The Spn Sir: If the coffee argument prevails will the Ananias Club increase Ita membership or lose its charter? C. A. F. Nkw Ha vi n, Conn., February 20. - rerplexlly of a Scientific Nntmeg Bachelor. To THit r.PTTOR or The Sun .sir: A friend put the question: "What would you do If you should recelie a.leap year propotalj" Being a bachelor and Inexperienced In such matters the question was a "stunner." Ordinarily 1 would say that nny man lucky enough to rrcebe a proposal from a good woman Is ery foolish Indeed to hesitate In the premises. much less ask for advice, nut this Is an excep tional case. My friend Is a serious man, whose mind Is bent on serious matters, who never reads light literature, hut who U always delving Into the mybtrrlrs ot astronomy, botany, religions and other sciences, and I presume he looks upon matri mony as a serious proposition and wishes to weigh the matter In all us aspects, pursuing his usual haMt In this respect. It two souls that are In harmony, two kindred Spirits, meet, what difference does It make who proposes the all Important question, so long as "All's well that ends weir? In this progressive age perhaps It makes no difference at all. John K. Hauuk, Jr. Cos Cos, Conn., February IS. The Knfolded Egg, To thr Cditor or Thb Sou Sir: You have had all sorts of suggestions regarding the rooking of eggs, both practical and facetious, mostly from those who enlby Ihe flavor of an egg rooked la some way or other. Now, besides Its appeal to the palate, the egg has an almost unique position gastronomlcally In that It Is almost totally digestible and nearly iuu per cent, iooa value; out mere are some people to whom Its flavor In any form Is unpleasant, yet they need thr nutrition therein contained. This difficulty Is got over by a simple method which saved the life of an old lady I know of and Is simply as follows: Ileal an egg slightly with a fork In your coffee run and stir It as you add your morning cup of rnffee, and behold, you have a rich cup ot codes with an egg enfolded and with no more taste than It has dimensions, outline or smell when so treated. I,, rasp SILVERS. i:mzabktk, N. J February i. A Regular Illnner, of Course. To thk ItoiTon or Tim SVNfitr: It was staled In several lion ion newspapers yesterday thatonp of the clubs at Harvard (not the Ananias) was giving a dinner that evening In honor of Colonel Itoosevrlt, It was not given In his honor, bui wss the regular February dinner of the cluh, Mr, lloosevelt's name lielng down merely as that of an Idi'HUItia! member Intending tone present, Hoston, l ebruiry M. Harvarp. Cathay in I'nnxsutawney, Tomr I'pitor or Thk Hun Sir: In the Mali of Fame Iheic must certainly be room for 11, O, Teoganlen, Ihe postmaster of l'unutaney, Naw Voait, February M. Jossru Havton, MINERS AliO BOSSES IN CONFERENCE TO-DAY Anthracite Men Will Insist on Unionism and 20 Per Cent. More Wages. NO PROPHECY ON OUTCOME They Think Knelish Strike. WHI Help Them Sou Coal Confer ences Next. A meeting of the committee of Ihe an- thracito districts of the United Mine Workers of America, which Is to begin conferences to-day at H3 Liberty street with the anthracite operators reRardliiR thb demands of the mon in thoso districts, met yesterday at tho Vlotorla Hotel to mako arrangements'for tho conferences. The committee consists or John p. White, president of tho United Mine Workers, which takes In the bituminous as well as the anthracite miners; J. T. Dempsey, T. Kennedy and John Fahy, presidents respectively of tho three an thracito district Nos. 1, 7 and 9, nnd the executive committees of theso districts thirty-two men In all. The situation is more complicated than It was before the anthracite strike of 1903. Then only the anthracite miners had made demands. This year both the anthracite and soft coal miners havo mado domands and the agreements of both classes esrrJre on March 31. In addition to this all tho coal miners of Great Britain threaten nn immediate strike and if all the miners hero strike, which the operators and the dealers will not admit is likely, a great part of the civilized world would be without coal. The conferences over the bituminous miners' demands will begin in a week or two. It Is admitted by the members of thn anthracite miners' committee that they look on the coal strike in England as in creasing the chances of a favorable settle ment with the operators. There has from time to time been talk that John Mitchell, who was president of the United Mine Workers when the an thracite strike took place in 1903 and has recently given up a salaried position with the Clvio Federation in order to remain in the union, would be asked to act on the committee. President White' said ye terday, however, that Mitchell would not bo asked to act, not being an officer ot the union. President White was asked if a decision had been made on the proposal to suspend work until an agreement was reached in case the nosotiations extended beyond April 1. "That matter was not taken up." he said, "and will not be taken up until we have conferred with the operators, W'e will insist on our demands, including recognition of the union. I believe, in view of the Increased cost of living, that the demand for 30 per cent, increase in wages is not excessive. The present situation, with the negotiations over th? demands of the bituminous miners com ing on nnd a general coal strike threat enecTln Fjigland, rather seems to be in our favor, but I will make no predictions." as to i no output or antiiMcite in mm Mr. White admitted it wag larger than In the preceding year and there was a larger proportionate increase in the out put of bituminous coal. In all 80,000,000 tons of anthracite were mined in 1910, an increase of 3,44,S87 tons over 1909 and 37,330,887 tons of bituminous coal were mined In 1910 over what was miner in 1909. In all, Including anthracite and bituminous coal, 501,598,378 tons went mined, nn Increase of 40,781,782 tons ovet the preceding yeor. The anthraciti mined, however, did little more that cover t he demand . The conference committee of the coal carrying roads and the independent operators will be in town early to-day The principal companies represented an the Philadelphia and Reading, the Cen tral Railroad of New Jersey, the Dela ware. Irfiokawanna nnd Western, tho Erie, the Lehigh Valley, the Lehigh awl Wilkesbarre Coal Company, the Penn. sylvania Coal Company, the New YorU and Susquehanna and the New York, Ontario and Western. The independent companies will also be represented on the committee. It is expected Hut George F. Baer, president, of the Phila delphia and Reading and the Central Railroad of New Jersey, will be be chair man 'of this committee. While representatives of some of the railroads said that on account of the great increase in the consumption of anthracite within the past year or two the supply about met the demand, others said there was a surplus and that a number of large concerns had been stocking up for several montns. The head of one of the largest firms of wholesale'dealers atd: "There is not much anthracite on the market at present, but many large manu facturing concerns have been laying In large supplies of nnthraolte. "There is one t h ing that militates against a strike and that is the small proportion of the members of the union who have been paying their dues recently. After a long time of peace througn an agree ment such as the miners have had a large proportion of members become apathetic and cease paying dues. Tho dues are the main thing in keeping up a strike, and if the miners strike this time 1 believe they will not be out long." Ho thought unlikely that n strike ot the American bituminous and anthracite miners and the English miners would be on at'tne same time. FOIl FACTORY FIRE DRILLS. Committee on Hafety Would Htren;thrn Fire Prevention Law. The Committee on Safety of the City ot New York has drawn up five amendments to the fire .reventlOn law, the Sullivan Hoey statute, and will pressnt them to the Legislature, this week. The Sullivan Hoey law, enaoted with tho Triangle waist factory fire in mind, cre.tod the fire prevention bureau, and the Com mittee on Safety seeks to strengthen the work of this bureau and put more author ity in the hands of ths Are prevention chief. The moat important amendment U on a providing that tho lire prevention chief shall have power to order monthly fire drills in all factories in New York em ploying more than fifty workers, Ths second amendment would give the chief authority to olose all dangerous buildings after sufficient timo has elapsed following a warning and the owners have rofuseu to meet the bureau's requirements. An other amendment makes all officials of the bureau peace officers authorised to' serve processes, The fourth amendment provide! that tho members of the boards of survey, to whom property owners under the present law appeal from the orders of the bureau, shall consist of one member appointed by the Fire Commissioner, one by the property owner and a third to h desig nated by theee two, The fifth amend ment provides for tho establishment of a bureau of records in eaoh borough to by operated us a branuh of the bureau of fire prevention. ,