OCR Interpretation

The Minneapolis journal. [volume] (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1888-1939, November 09, 1901, Image 16

Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045366/1901-11-09/ed-1/seq-16/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 16

;the journal
Payable to The Journal Printing: Co.
Delivered by Mall.
One copy, one month ......$0.35
One copy, three months 1-00
One copy, six months 2.00
One copy, one year 4-00
Saturday Eve. edition, 20 to 26 pages.. 1.60
Delivered by carrier
One copy, one week 8 cents
One copy, one month... 35 cents
Single copy 2 cents
Average for £IC;Ci.ft
. October 3IsJ3U
1 51,905
2 53,002
4 52,052
5 51,214
6 51,484
7 51,220
8 51,242
The above Is a true and correct statement
of the circulation of The Minneapolis Journal
for dates mentioned.
Manager Circulation.
Sworn and subscribed to before me this
Ktli day ot November, 1901.
Notary Public, Hennepiu County.
A Notable Series
The attention of grown-ups—teachers,
parents and others —is called to a par
ticular feature of the Journal Junior,
liast Saturday the Junior published a let
ter from a little girl at Marshall, Minn.,
describing an American public school,
■with the Bchool at Marshall as a type.
This was one of several letters written
by Journal Juniors, copies of which have
been sent to ambassadors, ministers, con
suls and others in foreign countries, so
liciting in reply a description of the
schools of most common type in different
foreign countries.
It was believed that it would be profit
able as well as interesting for the Jour
nal Juniors to read descriptions of
schools and school methods in other
oountries written'by children of approx
imately their own age, meeting the child's
Idea of a school In this country with
the child's idea of a school in a foreign
country. Replies have already been re
ceived from Holland, Denmark, Sweden,
Australia, Japan, Canada and England,
end promises of letters from Africa,
China and other countries. In fact, it is
expected that this series will ultimately
cover the school life of the civilized
Thus far all the letters received have
been written in English by the pupil of
the forcing school. This includes Japan,
Denmark, Sweden and Holland, as well
as Englißh-speaking countries. Some of
the replies doubtless will be written in
foreign languages, but will be carefully
translated so as to preserve the style and
Bpirit of the original as far as possible.
The series Is unique and one which it
Is believed will prove interesting to
teachers and parents and all Interested In
education end in the young; hence the
propriety of calling special attention to
It in this way.
The Schley court 1b at -work on its find
lugs and decision. The people are not
so slow. They have already pronounced
their decision. They arrived at It on gen
eral principles end. a sense of fair play,
and they have been sustained by the
The Charitable Institution Joke
The board of control likes a joke pretty
•well itself and in Harris Richardson, its
atorney, it has a jester for a king. One
of the best wlticisms the board and Mr.
Richardson have "been able to give the
public Is the one wherein, with much
outward gravity, they assert that the state
normal schools are charitable institu
tions. The manner in which Mr. Richard
aoa yesterday preserved perfect gravity
of countenance, while arguing this con
tention before the supreme court, gives
evidence of his possession of talents that
entitle him to membership in an Indian
tribe or a place on the stage. We doubt
■whether there Is another lawyer in the
state who could, without trace of smile
or- frivolity, stand up in the presence of
the supreme court and argue that normal
schools are charitable Institutions. And
no person or body excent those who en-
Joy a joke so well as the genial members
of the board of control would ever have
been responsible for this introduction of
Buch a practical joke into the hall of the
august court.
If the Dawes Indian commission should
■be legislated out of office it would be be
cause Tarns Bixby has other interests of
overshadowing Importance.
Mistress and Maid
A delver In the biography of the Car
lylea lias found out end published the cor
respondence (between Mrs. Carlyle and one
of her maids. A reading of the> long and
detailed letters Mrs. Carlyle- wrote to the
maid while negotiating for her services
and the kindly letters, giving personal
news, she wrote after the maid had been
engaged and when Mrs. Carlyle was away
from ihome, reminds one of what a con
trast there is between the domestic serv
ice of then and) now. Mrs. Carlyle seems
to regard the engaging of a new maid as
a most momentous matter both for her
and the maid. The interests of the latter
ere considered at length, and it is point
ed out wherein the position might not be
to her liking or benefit. Though it is evi
dent <£rom the first letter that (Mrs. Carlyle
is very desirous of engaging the young
woman, who is the daughter of a faithful
servant of the (family in the past, it is
equally -plain that she is as careful of the
girl's welfare as of her own. Then the en
gagement ie made for six months, which
Mrs. Carlyle evidently thinks none too
long a time for mistress and maid to un
derstand each other. In London, she says,
"the people engage servants only by the
month. A very bad plan, I think, giving
people an opportunity to fly asunder in
»ny moment of ill-humor on either side;
[when, had they been bound together for six
{months, they -would Just ihave had to make
I the best of It and found their account in
that in the lon«c run. For everlasting
changing is not good for the soul of
either mistress or maid, I am sure!"
Just think of a modern American mis
tress making a binding compact -with a
new maid ifor six months, fthe wouldn't
commit herself for a day. And think of
the injury that is done alike to soul of
mistress and maid by the kaleidoscopic
changes In the household service of these
daya, when one maid rarely remains long
enough in one family to learn anything
and the mistress nover has a maid long
enough to fit her into the household ma
chinery and get the latter to running
smoothly and efficiently. Our up-to-date
ness in 'the service department of life is
certainly not progress.
Did you notice the bank clearings iot
the past week and what a song of pros
perity they sing? Minneapolis, $19,979,-
000 —increase over corresponding week,
last year, 31 per cent; Seattle, increase
48.1 per cent; Spokane, Increase 30.6; Ta
coma, 47.2; Helena, 39.8; Fargo, 85.1;
Sioux Falls, T1.9; St. Paul, $7,o9l,ooo—in
crease, 46.5.
The Course of Business
The condition of general trade is emi
nently satisfactory, but the great iron
and steel industry is still handicapped by
the car shortage, which, of course, affects
the activities of the flour and grain ship
pers of the northwest. The western
freight traffic, indeed, is yet somewhat
demoralized by lack of cars, and freight
has accumulated heavily at the leading
shipping centers. Last week some lake
steamers declined further contracts for
the season through deficient car service
needed to handle freights. The ware
houses in the Northwest are overcrowded
with, freight awaiting shipment. In order
to relieve the pressure the American Rail
way association has taken steps to change
the rules for exchange car service, so
that the per diem basis will again come
into use and lead to the more prompt re
turn of borrowed cars.
Car shortage has raised the price of pig
iron a little. The iron and steel plants
have plenty of work on 'hand and orders
several months ahead. The demand for
raw material by the textile industries is
very large, showing a lively demand for
finished goods. This is notably the case
with wool, the active buying of last week
continuing and prices are % cent to 1 cent
higher than two weeks ago. The retail
trade is active everywhere, and, in conse
quence, there is a heavy demand upon the
government for small demonination notes
which, under the law of March 14, 1900,
must be silver-certificates exclusively,
and these have been rushed out in great
volume, but being printed: on green and
unseasoned paper, they have worn out
very rapidly and are returned as muti
lated currency to the treasury, and it is
difficult for the government presses to
keep up with the demand for additional
small notes. The demand for nickels and
pennies is very heavy, indicating the great
strength of the retail trade.
The bank clearings for the week aggre
gated $2,007,388,158, of which $779,103,379
was outside of New York, the Increase of
the aggregate over last year, correspond
ing week, being 28.4 j>er cent and 28.1 per
cent outside of Xew York. The gold ex
ports thl3 week aggregated $2,750,000—n0t
as large as was expected. The ex
ports are the result of easy money on
this side, and a strong demand for capital
in Europe, this time the demand coming
from Paris, as was the case last week,
London having put up the rate of discount
1 per cent to prevent Paris from draw
ing the gold from that center. The inci
dent shows that New York is able to
supply gold to Europe at any season of the
year if the premium demanded for it is
paid. Ordinarily at his season gold comes
from Europe*
Meantime a considerable amount of gold
is coming to us at Paclflc coast points
from the Klondike and Nome mining en
terprises, and' from Australia. Our sources
of gold supply are handy, for the large
product of our western mines must be
taken into consideration. There is small
probability of any money stringency, for
the government has resumed the purchase
of bonds and corporation interest and
dividends to the extent of nearly $57,000,000
will be distributed this month; the settle
ment of the Northern Pacific-Burlington
question will release much money now
tied up, and increasing exports of cotton
and grain will furnish plenty of foreign
exchange, reducing sterling rates. Wheat
exports for the we«k aggregated 5,651,472
bushels, against 3,210,164 bushels in the
corresponding week last year, and 3,927,203
bushels in 1899.
We set a good example for France as to
collecting claims from Turkey, but it is
doubtful whether French diplomatists will
follow the example of the American dele
gate to the Pan-American congress who
refused to escort Mrs. Diaz to dinner on
the ground" that he was tired and wanted
to go home. The French are up-to-date
in some things, but this is a department
of the new diplomacy in which they aro
lamentably behind us.
The Passing op Bryan
Mr. Bryan went out looking for trouble
when he took an active part in the work
of "redeeming" lowa and Nebraska in the
recent campaign In those states. Neither
state was "redeemed" and each, Instead,
clinched itself more firmly "than ever to
the idols of republicanism. By taking
an active part, especially in his own stete,
Mr. Bryan identified himself with the
lost cause; in a sense he was one of the
issues, because he hoped that his per
sonal popularity would win the day for the
fusionists. As that popularity failed to
appear, or if it did appear was ineffective,
Mr. Bryan as well as populism and the
fusion candidate for justice of the su
preme court, were rejected. The rejection
was very positive, because an off year re
publican majority of 10,000 or 12,000 in a
state like Nebraska means much.
The lowa democrats stuck to Bryan
like a brother. So he and his political
ideas were on trial in that state and, like
the democratic candidate for governor,
they wer9 snowed under by 84,000 plurali
ty. Off years, you know, are supposed to
be nuts for democrats.
Ohio was a state where the democrats
stood not iby the standards of Bryan and
silver, but their overwhelming defeat is
attributed to the fact that Colonel Kll
bourne, their candidate for governor, was
known to be a free silver man and en ad
mirer of Bryan.
Kentucky and Maryland are the only
states that yielded the democrats any
comfort in the recent election and in both
the gold democrats had the saddle on the
donkey. Results in southern states are
of no consequence.
The conclusion is inevitable that the
democracy as well as the people have had
enough of Bryan and his favorite Issue.
Wherever the democrats were faithful to
him and It, they -went down to defeat, and
where they discarded him and his fetish
they won.
The mad fever that reached Its height in
'96 seems to have about burned out In the
veins of the body politic. Mr. Bryan Is
still the editor of the Commoner, but he
is no longer the leader of the democratic
party. He would do well to get as many
long-time subscriptions as possible.
There seems to be a dearth of colllege
presidents. Columbia, Wisconsin and
Northwestern are looking for presidents.
The trouble seems to be that the place
for a colFege man to make a reputation
is on the football team.
A Western President
The homely phase of Seta Bullock of
Deadwood that President Roosevelt "is a
lioss off his range" is no mere figure of
speech. Seth means that our president is
really a western man whose home hap
pens to be in the eas>t.
In many ways Roosevelt may be i-on
sidered a western president, and in one
sense the first western president. Ohio is
counted a western state by the people who
live in It, but that is a purely traditional
classification. It is essentially eastern,
and President McKinley was uo more
western than his state. He knew very
little about the west of the Mississippi
valley and beyond the mountains, using
the verb in the sense we use it of one who
knows a coumtry from living in and study-
Ing it and being a part of it. Harrison
was from Indiana, but his was not the
western spirit. Similarly neither Hayes
nor Garfleld was a western man. Grant
and Lincoln were both western men in
birth, training, spirit and home. But the
west is now -what was then the far west,
and Roosevelt is the first president to hail
in spirit, at least, from 'tine -west whose
•waters flow eastward to the Mississippi
and westward to th-e Pacific.
As a child Roosevelt loved stories of
adventure and was keenly interested in
natural history. As 'he grew a little older
he took to stories of adventure, and the
man with a horse and a gun; the western
type of that day, became his ideal. Then
after his college days and a visit to Eu
rope came his hunting trips and finally
his ranch ownership in the west. Tlhis
personal western experience together with
his occidental spirit, his love of western
ways, his admiration for the pioneer,
naturally and inevitably lead to familiari
zation with western industrial, pastoral,
agricultural and political questions; to a
knowledge of the Indians and the Indian
question, the forest reserves, the public
lands; the possibilities of emigration;
to acquaintance with western men and a
study of its history that bore fruit in
"The Winning of the West." Then came
his characteristically western feat in the
organization of the Rough Riders.
In brief, the wesiternity of Roosevelt is
sufficiently ind.ica.ted by his favorite word,
"strenuous." It is the word that best de
scribes the life of the man on the border
land, the man who toils early and late
against adverse conditions, conquering for
civilization, and, moreover, taking a keen
delight in his toil. The
Rosevel'tian strenuousness is not
merely the uncompromising zeal
and determination of the dictionaries, but
it is also a buoyant and Joyous zeal —the
duty-doing of men who find pure joy in
So it may 'be expected that In all mat
ters rela-tlng to the west that may come
before thim he will act with understand
ing and sympathy. Though an eastern
man in birth and home lie cannot, for in
stance, fail to perceive the western at
titude on the question of reciprocity
which, on Its face, means so much more
to the agricultural west than the manu
facturing east, since the great bulk of our
enormous exports are products rather
than goods.
This is written in no hide-bound, pro
vincial spirit. We Americans, north or
south, east or west, are becoming too
homogeneous, too truly American, to
look for any selfish sectional advantage
from the geographical location of the
president's home or personal interests.
But it Is a source of satisfaction to the
west andi will 'be a cause of rejoicing to
the whole country that we have a presi
dent who understands the vast, expand
ing, pulsating, nervous west, without
prejudice to the rest of the country;
neither aio the east of his fathers nor
the south of (his mother.
Don't be disturbed because Mr. Roose
velt conferred with Mr. Ha.nna. He con
ferred with Mr. Platt when he was gov
ernor of New York, but Mr. Platt never
did any blowing about it afterwards.
Napoleon's Part
Dr. James K. Hosmer, Minneapolis'
public librarian, who has just published
"A Short History of the Mississippi Val
ley," contributes to the November At
lantic Monthly an interesting article en
titled "The Mississippi Valley Organized."
The fact that with the now not far-off
admission of Oklahoma to the sisterhood
of states, the whole of the great valley
will have completed Its governmental or
ganization is used by Dr. Hosmer as an
opportunity to give a brief and graphic
review of the history of the valley and
some account of the greatness of its re
"Into this favored region are gathered,"
h» says, "some 85,000,000 English speaking
men, the largest compact body, except
possibly the population of Great Britain,
to be fonud in the world. In no other
region of the earth, probably, are the con
ditions so favorable for the best human
Aa so much of the valley came into
American possession through the Louisi
ana purchase, Dr. Hosmer necessarily
pays some attention to that vast cession,
which causes him to say that Washington
was the father of the country; Lincoln
preserved It; Napoleon doubled its area.
Dr. Hosmer is inclined to make more of
Napoleon In connection with the cession,
of Louisiana than most of our historians.
"While there can be no doubt," he says,
"as to the extent to which Napoleon af
fected Europe, have we fairly made it
real to ourselves that scarcely any other
man has affected so momentously Ameri
We are accustomed to say that Na
poleon had to cede Louisiana to the
United States to keep it from falling into
the hands of the English and then let the
portentous topic go at that. We rarely
stop to think what would have been the
consequences had there been a less mas
terful man on the throne of France —one
who might have sold Jefferson the mouth
of the Mississippi but would never have
thought of Napoleon's bold offer to throw
in all French North America. It is true
that Napoleon was not animated by any
love of us and that his object was to rid
himself of American complications In the
great struggles of arms and diplomacy
with which hls-hamls wore then full. Hut
suppose the thing we so lightly pass over
ordinarily had happened; suppose that
after the downfall of Napoleon, England,
along with the other plunder of the great
Corsican's empire, had obtained posses
sion of Louisiana. The Monroe doctrine
was not then born. If the suppositious
cession had hastened its birth, we should
have fought England for the great terri
tory, and if we -were no more successful
in the effort than we were in conquering
Canada In 1812-15, we should have had a.
Canada on our west as well as our north;
we should have been a cribbed and cabined
nation and the British empire would be
immeasurably greater than it is to-day.
Dr. Hosmer does well to say that scarce
ly any other man has so mementously af
fected the history of America as Napoleon
Tammany's Defeat
Some interesting newspaper comment
upon the reform victory in New York is
cabled from London, and, among these
comments, there are two points made
which are noticeably correct. The Lon
don Spectator refers to the city of Wash
ington as "the best-governed city in
America by universal consent, adminis
tered by a nominated paid commission."
This is true and Washington would seem
to be worthy to be a model for all mu
nicipal organization and government. The
commissioners, named by the federal
government and reporting to congress,
have governed without a scandal and have
given the community a clean and effect
ive government since 1871, when congress
abolished the charters of Washington and
Georgetown and placed the whole district
under three commissioners appointed by
the president and who perform the execu
tive duties, the legislation of the dis
trict being enacted by congress, the people
having no voice in the management. The
latter feature is the one which makes tie
district T)lan practically impossible else
where. To suggest that the people shall
have no part in a municipal government.
In any other locality, would bring about
the murmurs of an indignant community.
Yet it is just because so many people in
our cities want to take a personal and
official hand in the municipal government
that it is so rare to find a city honestly
and conscientiously governed in the in
terest of the community. Utterly un
worthy and incapable men scramble for
office; offices are multiplied and rings are
organized; the taxpayers are bled and
harassed. The problem is to produce
good government under such adverse con
ditions, to bring about the domination of
the best element of the community which
insists upon the effectuation of policies
beneficial and essential to the good of
the community and makes war upon the
protagonists of the theory that city gov
ernment is meant for the individual profit
of officer-holders and their immediate
friends and supporters.
The London Saturday Review is re
ported as saying yesterday, that the "or
ganization of fusionists as well as Tam
many is constitutionally liable to rapid
degeneration." The great deficiency in
all the municipal reform movements in
this country has been the unfortunate lack
of continuity of interest and enthusiasm
in the cause of reform. There is no rea
son why, after the fall of Tweed in
1871-72, the reform element of New York
could not have held and purged the city
and continued the process of reform un
til the present time, if they had kept up
their vigilance and wholesome activity.
The reformers of to-day have triumphed
and a tidal wave of indignation has swept
the corruptiouists away. Their read work
has just commenced and they can con
tinue it successfully, if they recognize the
potential principle that in the warfare of
reform there can be no discharge from
active duty. If they think reform, hav
ing triumphed, will work out regeneration
of itself, or automatically, they are ter
ribly mistaken. They have their chance,
and woe be to New York if they fail to
take it. and act continuously the reform
they have professed to champion.
Mayor Ames offered Cole Younger a
commission as captain of police. Cole de
clined. The mayor's folly was offset by
the ex-toandit's good sense.
"Russia Agrees to Leave Manchuria,"
says a headline. And nobody even smiles.
One Million Less
Andrew Carnegie continues to dazzle the
world with his tireless and systematic ef
forts to get rid of his wealth before death
overtakes him. Considering the magni
tude of the task, Mr. Carnegie is doing
very well. It Is no easy thing to give
away $200,000,000 and do it well; and: to
place the gifts wisely is an essential part
of a program of giving that has never had
its equal in the world's* history. Yester
day Mr. Carnegie divided $1,000,000 worth
of 5 per cent bonda among twenty-one em
ployes, distributing the bonds so that the
income from them will equal the present
salary of each, employe.
Men who build up great industries often
forget what ipart the loyal and efficient
co-operation of their employes has played
in the achievement. There is scarcely a
great business undertaking in the coun
try, Identified though it be in the public
mind with, the name of a single man, that
could not be wrecked by united disloyalty
on the part of the responsible employes.
The original impetus, the spark of organ
izing genius, may have com© in the begin
ning from the great man, but often hia
business has grown far beyond him and
would overwhelm him If he were to be de
serted by his organization—that is to say,
by his employes. The great work done by
the trusted lieutenants of the big men of
industry is conclusively shown by the suc
cessful way the business fabric the letter
began is continued after their death.
Carnegie has always proceeded on the
principle of recognizing merit and faith
fulness in his men, and this last gift of
his may be described as an endowment of
loyalty and igood service that will do far
more to bring employer and employe to
gether that volumes of windy essays
and countless agitatory speeches on the
problem of the relation of capital to labor.
McKinley Memorial Arch
T*he William McKinley National Me
morial Arch association of Washington
has requested The Journal to re
ceive contributions from the people of
the northwest to a fund to be used in
erecting a memorial arch in honor of the
late president In the city of Washington.
The Journal will be glad to receive
contributions to this fund and takes
pleasure in calling the attention a* it«
readers to the project now definitely un
dertaken by responsible people.
It seems to us that this is the partic
ular memorial to which the people of the
country at large might be expected to
contribute most liberally. A monument
of this character in order to best serve
the purpose intended should be at Wash
ington, the capital of the country. It
will be seen there by more people who
are interested than in any other place.
It is peculiarly appropriate, too, that a
great testimonial of this kind should
stand at the capital of his country and
the scene of so much of the great service
Mr. McKinley rendered to the nation, as
member of congress and as president.
The plans of the association, as we
understand them, contemplate the plac
ing of this memorial arch at the Wash
ington approach to the memorial bridge
across the Potomac, connecting Wash
ington with Arlington, which bridge
President McKinley earnestly desired and
recommended to congress as "a monument
to American patriotism." All contrib
utors become members of the associa
tion. The president is Henry B. P. Mac-
Farland, president of the board of com
missioners of the District of Columbia.
Secretary Gage is treasurer. The vice
president and directors include the names
of many men prominent in civil and
military life, in business and in the pro
fessions. President Roosevelt has been
made an honorary member.
The Nonpareil Man
Little Side Is.hikm.
• One of the latest fads, a corrollary of palm
istry, is the "leading" of the soles of the
feet. People who are credulous enough to
have their feet read are usually disappointed
in resulta because they are of that long-eared
variety of the human species that are more
likely to present hoofs than soles to the
palmist and the lines in hoofs are somewhat
obscured. The crying need of these people
is a blacksmith rather than a palmsmith.
The way in which Mark Twain is cavort
ing around off his reservation, shooting polit
ical game out of season and beating up the
bush for tiger, indicates that the dear old
freak has another book on the ways. Buy
it? Of course, if the money can be bor
Another foreign pianist, Edward Zeldenrust,
who ia said to batter the box to a standstill,
is coming over to set America afire.
Little Johnnie who passes an hour "in soli
tary" in the closet knows something about
the reconcentrado policy.
One dislikes to refer again to Colonel
Bryan's $450 heifer for his new farm, but
if she has gold tips on her horns that settles
the question in 1904 for us.
A bargain counter rush at Charleston, S. C,
.resulted in some casualties and the ladles
now refer to their sisters as "injured in ac
The woman suffragists in New York ob
jected to the presence of Dr. Mary Walker.
Yet there were other pants in the convention.
At least several alleged men were down on
the program.
Sarah Grand's recipe for managing "Mere
Man" is short and simple. ' It runs thus:
"Feed him and flatter him." Sarah Is coming
out this way and some of us will have to
In. the Tall Grass.
At Caledonia, Minn., they have some
strange forms of athletics. For instance the
fencing master is teaching them to fence with
axes. At least the Caledonia Journal
usually very reliable, says:
While fencing, Herman Jensen, son of Rev
Jensen of Rlcefard, made an ugly gash in his
foot by the axe.
An opponent would be pretty sure to be
placed hore de combat if he were pinked with
an ax.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Joseph of Wells are now in
the market for Mellin's Food, and the Wells
Forum says that Mr. Joseph was so excited
and jubilant yesterday that he couldn't tell a
slot machine from a baby buggy." This is a
puzzle picture. Find the baby.
Paul MeDermott of Lake Emily has had no
end of trials. The St. Peter Tribune tells
now he mounted a broncho Sunday morning
last. The fierce animal seemed pinned to the
ground by its four corners, but the middle
of it shot up into the aid, an operation some
times known as "bucking." Mr. McUermott
held his ground until the animal finally
reared aud fell back on hie haunches, throwing
the rider across a wagon pole, breaking the
same and nearly breaking McDermott's back.
His opinion of bronchos could not be printed
in the St. Peter Tribune, but it is said to bo
The return of Mrs. Conrad Short to Crooks
ton has brought to light ia remarkable story.
Seven years ago Conrad Short went to the
Klondike, and nothing more was he^ard of
him. After several years, believing him dead,
Mrs. Short obtained a divorce. Mr. Short had
written faithfully, but all hie letters went
astray. Recently the couple discovered the
whereabouts of each other by means of the
postmaster at Portal, N. D., who Is a brother
to Mrs. Short, and whom Mr. Short appealed
to ask him why his sister did not answer his
letters. The reunion will be a Joyous one.
How to Become Notorious.
Dr. J. Wigglesfoot Bowdy, who claims to be
a sort of spiritual father of .the Nonpareil
Column, dropped into the exchange-room the
other day, Just before the meeting of the
Leisure Hour Club, which foregathers at the
busy part of the afternoon. The doctor came
in to remark in that cheerful, soul-reviving
way of his:
"Say, why don't you take treatment for
"What's that; a germ?"
"No, that's what they have incipent symp
toms of when they begin signing their stuff
in the pp.pers."
"What's the cost?"
"Well, I treat cases that look dangerous for
nothing sometimes. But outside of the medi
cal practice, do you know what you ought to
do to make that Xonparell Column notori
"Yes; eight old friends have already told
"Well, you don't want to try to be funny
all the time. I'll tell you .how it Is. I knew
'Gene Field well. He borrowed $10 of me in
"That makes you an authority on American
"Now Field, after he ran along six months
or so on this josh business, used to sit down
and kill c kid."
"Kill a. kid!!"
"Yes, in verse, you know. Do the tear
ful act. Make the little fellow fade away
and then bring out his little tin soldier cov
ered with rust to work on people's feelings.
Have hia parents do a weep, you know, in
the autumn when the leaves are falling. You
never can make a hit Jollying all the time
without killing off something In between.
That's where Bill Nye fell down. In not
killing anybody. I mean. Why, when I read
Field's toy soldier poem, I just had to leak.
That's when he struck me for the ten I men
tioned above."
"I see."
"Of course, I wouldn't give it up so easy
The doctor was becoming suspicious that
the Nonpareil Column might try the late Mr.
Field's successful tatlcs and he was hedging.
"You can get a reputation on the tearful
"I got one In 1863 that way."
"You need another by this time. It's get
ting shopworn."
While this matter was being given some
consideration a member of the local Authors'
Club came In with a poem that nearly cov
ered the ground that Dr. Bowdy was anx
ious to have pre-empted. Instead of killing
off a child to make a local holiday, it
emitted the necessary note of sorrow for an
ideal child that never lived. It ran some
thing like this:
The little footsteps pattering Ja the ball! ,
Sometimes 1 hear them when the house is
And all the sleepers on their couches stir
With some unknown and sudden thrill!
The little footsteps pattering in the ball!
1 hear them oftentimes when half asleep,
When all the morning birds begin to call
And fledglings in the leafy branches cheep.
Only a phantom footstep in the hall.
Xo little figure have I ever seen.
No childish form has ever taken Hhape
To image on the hearts its graceful mien.
They die away upon the soundless floors.
But when 1 climb the poppied hills oi' sleep
The Dream Child lays its head upon my arm.
I clasp it to my happy heart and weep.
The doctor was of the opinion that this
was not quite sanguinary enough, "but 11
will do for a starter," he thought.
—A. J. Russell.
In Lighter Vein
Shall We Shake With Pre»l«emtet
While the -wise ones all over the country,
with the e-xception of former President Gro
ver Cleveland, have been advising President
Koosevelt to "cut out" popular handshaking,
the latter has not evinced any Interest in the
advice. And, far from taking it, he keeps
right on shaking hands. Those who have
shaken hands with the president understand
why his interest is not aroused. There was
a hint of the real reason in The Jour
nal's Washington correspond encij yesterday,
When it warn told how the president will grasp
a man by the hand and almost wring it off.
The fact is, the president is such a master of
the liberal art of handshaking that the burn
ing question may yet be discussed in the con
verse, as for instance: Shall the president be
permitted to shake hands with unoffending
people? It was notd-ed during Mr. Roosevelt's
campaign tour last fall that he stood promis
cuous and unlimited handshaking without fa
tigue or core and swollen hands. This being
commented on in his presence, he explained
that he always took the gentle handshaker
unawares. Before the aspirant was quite
ready for the ceremony, Mr. Roosevelt would
suddenly .grasp him by the fingers and hold
them, tightly. After that he commanded the
situation. He would straighten out his elbow
and shake vigorously, thus fully impressing
the other party to the contact with the
warmth of his reception, but giving him no
opportunity whatever to reciprocate impress
Tacitus While Stamping;.
President Roosevelt is said to be a great
lover of Plutarch. The biographers say that
ho always carries with him a well-thumbed
copy of the fine old biographies, and knows
them so well that he can talk about the an
cient battles there described as authoritatively
as be can about San Juan hill. During his
campaigning last year he was reading neither
Plutarch nor his favorite Cooper. Tacitus and
the Waverly novels then engrossed his atten
tion. Just think of a. candidate for the vice
presidency making five or six speeches a day,
entertaining many friends and meeting hun
dreds of local celebrities, and yet finding daily
time to read Scott and Tacitus. Yet this
scholar has so remained in touch with the
people and has so kept away from pedantry
that he is a roaring, popular hero! To read
Tacitus In a hot campaign for the control of
the government of a nation of 80,000,000 Is
comparable to Wolfe reading Gray's Elegy at
the siege of Quebec.
A Populiat'a Self-Saeriflce.
When the biter is bitten pride usually
closes his mouth, and likewise, it would be
supposed that when the swindler is swindled
ho would keep very, very still. But Kansas
has a legislator whose pride is naught com
pared to his attachment to his coined wealth.
Representative Jonathan Daris, a self-sacri
ficing populist of Bourbon county, who has
devoted his life to the uplifting of the down
trodden and oppressed, lost $5,000 by betting
on a. sure thing, and is trying to land in jail
the man who deceived him and recover his
money. Two foot racers professed to have
"fixed" a race between themselves, and in
vited the statesman to take their money and
bet it for them. It was so easy to place the
"stuff" that Davis become excited and invest
ed $5,000 of his own on the sure thing, to
gether with his revolver and everything else
he had with him except his clothes. Of
coarse, the other fellow won, the fake racers
got the money and departed rapidly. Davis
Insists that as a good citizen it is his duty
to punish such rascality, even though to do
it involves some unpleasant notoriety. Mr.
Davis' ethics seem to be like those of a certain
eminent Minnesota railroad man whose defini
tion of an honest man is said to be: One who
stays bought. ■>
"Siccative Jealousies."
"The feverish intolerance of mediocrity and
tha sour, siccative jealousies of inferiority
generate an insubordination in many minds
and cause them to refuse just tribute to de
serving greatness," says the Memphis Com
mercial-Appeal, in pointing out some mod-crn
instances of how prophets are dishonored at
home. The Commercial-Appeal refers to the
attitude of the people of Lincoln, Neb., tow
ard W. J. Bryan, and that of the people of
Indianapolis toward the late Benjamin Harri
son. Neither Indianapolis nor Lincoln ever
did anything for the man that did for ea«h
what its beer did to Milwaukee. Coming home
to Memphis, the Commercial-Appeal, after
speaking proudly of the honor conferred upon
its fellow-townsman General Luke Wright, in
making him vice governor of the Philippines,
says that though he ha« long been regarded
as "one of the most potential entities in the
couth and is a Inwyer of great ability, a citi
zen of unblemished character, luminous in
social intercourse, possessed of a vision
vouchsafed few," ho would have had great
difficulty in seeking election to any office at
home. What the Commercial-Appeal bays is
too true. But now and then there is an ex
ception which, if nothing more, proves the
rule. Take the mayor of Minneapolis, for ex
ample. His ■civic virtues, his "great ability,"
his luminosity in social intercourse, have
never stood between him and an office.
The Reporter and Fame.
The New York Times and other papers
have been wondering why it is that Sir
Thomas Lipton, defeated, has got so much
more glory out of the recent yacht race
than the victorious owners of Columbia. The
Times answers its own queries by explaining
that while Sir Thomas always received the
yachting reporters courteously though not
seeking notoriety, "the members of the New
York Yacht Club this year, as always, held
firmly to the theory that the cup races are
private affairs concerning which the public
has no rights and very few privileges," and
treated the reporters discourteously. Nat
urally the newspaper boys had many kind
things to say about Sir Thomas and little
to say for the refrigerators of the New
York Yacht Club. A pretty good standard
of any man's character in respect to its
caliber is his attitude towards reporters
when he Is connected with some public event
or affair that makes it their business to seek
information from him. The big, broad-gauge
man, understanding that, after all, he is only
one of the people and appreciating the pub
lic's claims upon him, will meet the report
ers half way, tell them all they have a right
to know or he to divulge and send them
away x happy and friendly. That kind of a
man rarely has trouble with garbled inter
views. He understands the reporters and
they understand him. If he makes some
foolish break or says something that doesn't
accord with his reputation or character they
do not hurt themselves striving to get it into
type. The little, narrow man is always
puffed up and scornful of reporters when a
little passing responsibility or notoriety has
been thrust upon him. He shows his con
tempt for them, Ignores their questions and
earns their ill will. And, sometimes, he
later wishes he had' not.
About < iiryMiiiK lioiiiumx.
The rhrysanthemums are now in all their
spotless, gleaming glory. The gardener will
tell you that they might show you, with a lit
tle extra horticultural effort, more than a
thousand varieties of the beautiful flower
which In Indispensable for house decoration
,in the closing days of the autumn. Most peo
ple can recall the time when the varieties
were few and the flower was small, com
paratively. The wonderful variety in color
and form has been accomplished by pains
taking horticulturists, who, finding occasional
freak blossoms, varying from the original
flower of solid color, in color and petal
forms, took cuttings from them and propa
gated them, gradually producing the present
wonderful and generally pleasing variety, .as
large white blossoms with yellow centers, or
v\iili streaks of green or other color in the
petals, white with green center, etc. The
variation in the petals is remarkable, some
being long and narrow and curled up a little
at the ends. The pure white chrysanthemum
is the' finest of them all. it suggests a bride,
white veiled, white robed, adorned for the
marriage altar.
The lit>Kl<*MH Kh«'«".
It is barely possible that Professor Young's
prediction that the human race is slowly
approaching a legless condition, may be
verified. It Is yet a very slow process and,
doubtless, the present generation will keep
its legs. The professor bases his prediction
upon the increasing disposition of
humanity to avail itseli of the existing
of humanity to avail Itself of the existing
rapid means of communication by telephone
and transportation by bicycle and automobile.
Neither farmers nor city people use their
legs as formerly. There was a time wh-ri
reporters had to walk many miles to get a
minute Item of news. The telephone gets it
for them. now. There is a steady decline in
the use of legs, in spite of the latter day
athletics. As a legless race we shall havu
some advantages. We shall not have to
buy so much dry goods for clothing. Hav
ing no legs and feet, our movements will ba
altogether on wheels or rollers. To be sure,
none of us, under such conditions, will be
very graceful or beautiful, but we shall get
used to that.
Questions Answered
Schoolboy -I often see references in the pa
per to ''Black Friday." What particular day
is meant?—ln this country the term Black
Friday is UKed to refer to Sept. 24, LKt. It
was on thut day that Secretary Boutell of
the United States treasury broke the Jay-
Gould and James Fisk, Jr., comer or attempt
to corner the gold of New York city, some
115,000,000, by throwing $4,000,u0<) on the mar
ket. Gold was at a premium of 162 and
men were crazy with excitement when Air.
Boutell put the $4,000,000 on the nfarket. U
was feared that business houses would havt>
to close because they could not tell what
prices to put on their goods. Gold fell im
mediately after Mr. Boutell's action, but
Gould and Fisk made $11,000,000.
Eighth Ward—Who said: 'You can fool
all the people part of the time, and part of
the people all of the time, but not all of
the people all of the time?"— Abraham Lin
J. D. C—What ordinal correctly designates
President Roosevelt's place in the succes
sion of presidents?—He is sometimes spoken
of as the twenty-sixth president, but he is
really the twenty-fifth. Those who call him
the twenty-sixth make the mistake of count
ing twice the separated terms of President
Cleveland. But those two terms, though
President Ha'rison's term came between, are
no more entitled to be counted twice than
both cf the terms of a president re-elected lo
a Buce.se.ling term. It the order of administra
tion or presidential terms were being given
it would be different.
Henry A.— Minneapolis in the Louisiana
pi.r,-base?—That i-uit c£ Minneapolis that lies
west of the MUvsMppl river is.
X P. P.—la the metric system wl-leiy used
yet?— is used throughout Europe and in
many of lh«; countries to the exclusion of any
other system. "
Postmaster—Wben did the United States te
&-n to make a fixed postal?.' charge, regaid
less of distance?— The congress of 1863 passed
a law making the rate of postage on all
dofestic letters uniform throughout the
United States.
History Student—ls Charles Bonaparte cf
Baltimore really a member of the imperial
Bonaparte family?-Yes, he is a descendant of
Jerome Bonaparte, brother of the great em
peror and King of Westphalia, by his Ameri
can wife, Elizabeth Patterson of Baltimore
Jerome afterwards divorced her to take a
royal bride.
S. B. T—ls there a negro member of con
gress ?-.No. Congressman White of North
Carolina was the last. Whea the new con
gress assembles next month for the first
time, we believe, since reconstruction days,
there will be no negro member.
luquirer-In a set debate, several debaters
en each side, which is accepted as the better
form, each speaker to answer the argument
of preceding speaker on opposite side or
each speaker to make his own argument r. -
gardless of the opposite side, leaving the re
b>", tta! ?k lhe leaders of thelr respective
sides?-The latter is the plan generally fol
lowed in debates.
Edith S. Ballheim, Lincoln School-Ho-v
much money is coined each day?— y«nr
the United States mint* coinefl 175 699
pte< of money of the total value of $13" -
da°;t^ 34; h At this me allowing 3W working
dajs to the year, the daily output in piecei
would be 572.511 and in value *448
1 .Current Topics
=»=^^^ ES H S B sSSaSaSiiaßsasasas2raiasaaMi!a2sa;)i
Two Sort* of Sliver Men.
Salt Lake Tribune.
Those who comment on (Nevada) Senator
Jones 1 return to the republican party be
cause he considers the silver question dead
and who say that "not even Mr. Bryan wa.-i
a stoutor defender of free silver coinage than
the senator from Nevada," are in the thick
darkness. Senator Jones was the champloa
of silver before Bryan ever heard of aUver
«s aa economic or political question; and
Jones was always for silver from the eco
nomic standpoint, while Bryan waa for it
from the political standpoint solely; Jones
was for silver because he believed It to be
good money; Bryan because he considered
it bad (or Hat) money, and Bryan -would have
been for any sort of flat money, as he waa
for greenbacks, while Jones was never a
greenbacker. So that, while they *were both,
for silver, they urged it from different mu-.
tives and opposite standpoints.
Tammany* Payroll.
Indianapolis Journal.
Incredible as it may seem, Tammany gt>v
frnment In New York city pays more money
to officers whose salaries are $4,000 and up
wards than does the United States to civil,
military and naval officials of that clasa
New York's expenditure being $3,002,000 anU
that of the United States $2,848,4:: i. Greater
New York has 446 officers who receive Ji.wu
or more and the United States 496.
How They Talk; in Kentucky.
Louisville Times.
Teddy's 'eooa lunch contributed to the r»
sult. as did Durbln's disregard of the plain
"shall" of the federal constitution and the
'/should" of the unwritten law of common
courtesy that prevails in the dealing* of gen
tlemen with gentlemen. But at bottom, in the
middle and on top, the result of yesterday's
election in Kentucky is expressive of popu
lar disgust over the manner and matter of
republican misuse of opportunity In the state,
Deboe for senator, Taylor for governor, Pow
ell for secretary oT state, Sapp for collector,
and assassination as a means of deciding a
legally contested •lection! No wonder th*
public spewed out of Its mouth a political
party that bore such fruit.
Aljger and Richard Harding Davis.
Washington Post
But of course Davis could not have been
in General Alger'a mind. Of course, ha
marched in front of the attacking line at
Guasimas, just as Creelman did et Caney.
And, naturally, General Alger admired and
applauded him accordingly. The general
knew, on the authority of the gentlemeu
themselves, how deeply the army was in
debted to those two heroic things. He apoku
only of "some timid newspaper men" —not of
the raging warriors -who, on at least two
bloody fleld3, inspired our troops, enlight
ened their officers, and, otherwise and gen
erally, brought the war to a glorious and suc
cessful issue. Still, it will be great larka
If Davis should bring suit, and we shall need
larka in. our business during the Interval be
tween the termination of the Schley Inquiry
and the opening o-f the Congregational Investi
gation of the navy department.
Anger of the People.
New York World.
This rebuke to Van Wyck, this double de
feat, this double repudiation, this double dis
play of profound public disgust and public
contempt, is a vindication of popular govern
ment, a never-to-be-forgotten warning to pub
lic offenders.
Xot Misplaced.
Pittsburg Despatch.
President Roosevelt has been duly *«efcire<l
a doctor of laws of Yale college. The degree
In this case is not misplaced, tar file recipient
can read. his. UtUa <Jijjjojn.a.;. :

xml | txt