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the Press Room, which is the tinest in the west.
The battery of presses consists of three four-dec*
Goes Presses with a total capacity of 1-0W
eight-page Journals an hour, printed. J5
and counted. The best time to call is from -18
to *:3o p. m. Inquire at the business office and
be directed to the visitors' gallery of the press
The Evening Paper.
"One of the largest adveitis^rs on
State street assuied me week-day
morning paper advertising never has
paid him. and that he uses it only oc
casionally in the best morning paper,
when he has a very special sale. His
firm probably spends about $46,000 an
nually in evening newspaper advertis
ing. People have so little time to de
vote to papers in the morning that ad
vertising to be of any value should be
of the bold, striking kind, and not
given up to arguments or prices. I be
lieve that general advertisers who use
the morning papers with such adver
tising do so to supplement the work
done and impressions made in the
evening papers."Extract from article
In Mahin's Magazine.
The Great
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Average Circulation for March,
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The best circulation in the North
west, as it is almost entirely one edi-
-which goes directly to the homes
when people have time to read,
THE JOURNAL is the only 2-cent
daily in Minneapolis.
English Spelling Reform.
Twelve simplified English spellings
recommended b the National Educa
tional Association, and being widely
adopted. They will be used hereafter
ui The Journal:
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Thru Prolog
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The President and Tariff Revision.
The president's Minneapolis speech was
a disappointment to many of his most
ardent ^dmirert. These arde nt admirers
aic tariff revision republicans. The coun
ti v, and particularly this northwest, is
full of them. When they heard that the
president was to speak on the taiiff in
Minneapolis they were particularly inter
ested. Since he has spoken many of them
have expressed regret that the piesident
did not take as advanced ground as the}
expected It has seemed to them as if he
were not in sympathy with their views
and not deeply concerned about tariff re
fpi m.
This feeling we believe to be a miscon
ception of the president's real position. It
is probably duo to failure to get the presi
dent's MOW point. This view point, it
seems to us, is happily located by T h e
J o u i n a 1 ' s Washington correspondence
to-day. It is briefly this:
The piesident is a revisionist. Ho is
nut sounding a retreat from that position
as some have feaied He is only pro
claiming a truce. Unable to secure the
adoption bv congress of the wise and pru
dent commission idea, which affords the
be- assuiancc of gradual and moderate
revision with lea^t disturbance to busi
ness, he finds it inexpedient to urge re
vision bv the old method of congressional
committees and congressional debate on
the eve of a presidential campaign. There
are two icasons for this conclusion. One
is political and the other economic.
As the leader of his party he is bound
to considei the risk of venturing upon the
work of tariff reform at a time when
prospeiitv widely prevails and taking the
chances on possible business distuibance
m the midst of a national campaign. The
experience of the party in 1890 and '93 is
too leccnt to make the experiment safe
and prudent from the political standpoint.
So much for party considerations.
But there is another consideration and
one which, in the light of tho president's
Minneapolis speech, he evidently regards
as more important, and that is the econ-
, oraic reason." H e evidently had this in
mind wh en he said to his Minneapolis
audience, "We need to treat the tariff as
a business proposition, from the stand
point of the interests of the country as a
whole and not with reference to the tem
porary needs of any political party." Here
appears the broad and patriotfc view of
one who is more concerned about the
general welfare than the advantage to be
gained or the dangers to be avoided po
litically* I t Is quite possible that the* tariff
might be revised at the next session of
congress so as to help the"chances of the
republican party and be an advantage
rather than a source of danger, but such
revision might not be "in the interest of
#1f , the country as a whole." *' *
This we believe to be. President Roose
i velt'-s real position, a position whieh may
be. misunderstood and whieh, untillun^er-
|s stood, raa.y. cause him to suffer in popul-
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arity, but one which he has evidently
taken conscientiously and with more re
gard for public interest than for any other
Stocks took a tumble'in Wall street yes
terday. That settles it the circuit court
of appeals w as all wrong in the merger
Windom's Prophetic Words.
William Windom w as probably the big
gest man the state of Minnesota ever
counted as one of her citizens. A man of
great intellect, of noble chaiacter, with
conscientious regard for his public duties
and responsive to the interests and wel
fare of the people, he played *a large part
in national affairs. The words 'of few
men were listened to with more considera
tion and respect than were accorded to
those proceeding from him. It is, there
fore, a matter of peculiar interest In con
nection with the general discussion of the
question of trusts and monopolies, and
particularly appropriate, following the re
cent merger decision of the United States
circuit court, to note the substance of a
letter written by William Windom. while
a senator, from Washington, Fe b. 19. 1881,
to L. E. Chittenden, president of the Na
tional Anti-Monopoly League, which Mr.
Windom was invited to address at Cooper
Institute. Mr. Windom expressed his re
gret at being unable to atte nd the meet
ing, although up to the date of this letter,
two days prior to the date of the meeting,
he had expected to be present.
Speaking of the objects of the league,
defining them as a moveme nt to "dema nd
full protection for tho rights of the citi
zen against the abuses and aggressions
of corporate power, and to insist upon the
enforcement of those principles of law and
natural right defined by the supreme
court," he expressed his hearty sympat hy
with the work of the league. H e advised
them not to underrate the power or skill
of their antagonists, warned them against
the agrarian or communistic spirit, and
assured them that "constitutions, natural
rights and the spirit of our institutions"
are on their side. Mr. Windom says fur
Corporate power has done much to de
velop our country. For its good deeds I
freely accord it full credit. As an instru
ment to execute the will and serve the
interests of the public, I t is of incalculable
value bxit as tho imperious ruler of the
people it is a most cruel and relentless
tyrant. Kept within he limits of proper
restraint, it is an invaluable servant of
the public. Unrestrained by the forces of
law and public opinion, it will piove a
most dangerous master. The individual
citizen is impotent to contend against this
gigantic and rapidly growing power. Gov
ernment authority, state and national,
alone is competent to restrain its aggres
sions and correct its abuses. I have long
foreseen that the time would come when
the people would be compelled to invoke
the exercise of that authority for their
protection. I repeat to-dav, in substance,
words uttered seven years ago, that 'there
are in this country foui men who in the
matter of taxation possess and frequently
cxeicise powers which neither congress
nor any of our state legislatures would
dare to exertpowers which, if exercised
in Great Britain, would shake the throne
to its veiy foundation. These men may
at any time and for any reason satisfac
tory to themselves, reduce the value of
property in the United States by hun
dreds of millions. They may at their own
will and pleasure disanange and embar
rass business, depress one city oi locality
and build up ano^ier, ennch one individ
ual and rum his competitors, and, wh en
complaint Is made, coolly reply. "What are
o going to do about it? * * *
The channels of thought and the
channels of commeice thus owned and
controlcd bv one man. or by a few men,
what is to restrain corporate power, or
to fix a limit to its exactions upon the
people? What is then to hinder these
men from depressing or inflating the
value of all kinds of propeity to suit their
caprice or avarice, and thereby gathering
into their own coffers the wealth of the
9 Wheic is the limit to such power
as this? What shall be said of the spirit
of a free people who will submit without a
protest to be thus bound hand and foot ?
The practical question is, "what are
o going to do about it?" To my mind
the answer is easy. This organized, gi
gantic corporate power can only be kept
under proper restraint by the organized
power of the people, expressed thro their
state and national governments. That
such governmental power exists and may
be exercised I have not a particle of
doubt. It Is plainly written in our con
stitutions, and has been unequivocally de
clared by the supreme court of the United
States. * * *
I am aware that it will require much
care, labor and skill to frame laws which
will successfully regulate and restrain the
action of the great transportation com
panies, without unnecessary injury to
them, and without omitting the essential
elements of protection to the public, but
I hav e no doubt it can be done. When the
people dema nd it, they will find the men
to do it I believe the time has come
when this great work should be under
It will be far better for the corpora
tions themselves that it be done now, by
conservative but thoro and judicious leg
islation, rather than to postpone it until
the people, no longer able to bear the
tyranny of corporate power, shall rise m
their wrath to humble and destroy their
This letter was written twenty-two
years ago, and yet it reads, in the light
of the mergei decision, as if it had been
written to-day. It is the voice of the
past warning to-day against the en
croachments of the power of organized
wealth, guided only by human selfishness
and hampered only by the limitation of
human intelligence. This letter w as
written before the day of trusts and m o
nopoly as we kn ow them at this time, but
how prophetic, how discerning as to the
future, how wise and instructiv e. The
things which Senator Windom foiesaw
have come to pass in a larger degree,
probably, than he ever anticipated.
William Windom was no crank, no
rabid trust buster. Trus ts and monopo
lies were comparatively few when those
woids were written. But he was a sa
gacfous man he could read the signs of , ... ,.
. . . .. in the construction o f buildings.
the times, and such words as these com
ing from such a man as he, are still ti me
ly and worthy of serious consideration.
The Difference.. ,v
In New York yesterday 'Mr. J. J. Hill
said that even if the Northern Securities
company were compelled to give back to
the original holders Its Northe rn Pacific
and Great Northe rn stock, the control
would still remain the same. It is true
that the s.ame persons who now own
Northern Securities stock would then own
the- railway stock instearl, Just as they
did before the Northern Securities com
pany was formed. But there must have
been some great advantages to those per
sons, in forming the holding company or
else they would not have done it and
fought so stubbornly to .'maintain it. If
it^was to ?
company, it must be detrimental to the'if
plans to have it abolished. . A year and
their, Interest^tp p&\ e _ such a
- , ... we claim to be able to beat any record
a half ago Mr. Hill defined the Northern
Securities company as follows:'
It is purely sin investment company, and
the object of its creation is simply to en
able those who hold its
then* respective, interests in association
together, and to prevent such interests,
from being scattered by death or other
It is easy to learn from this definition
how great is the difference between such
a Qontrol as could be excicised thru the
merger and such control as Mr. Hill and
his friends may exercise over property
they together control n the sense of own
ership. The difference is not that be
tween twedledee and tweedledum. Mr.
Hill demonstrated that in the statement In
defense of the merger from which the
above excerpt is taken. He had discov
ered that control by understanding or
agreement w as not efficient or satisfactory.
"By death or otherwise" control might
pass from him and his friends at any time,
so long as the control of the road was
merely the result of common ownership
and mutual understanding. Effective con
solidation of two roads that might any day
become separate in ownership was not
possible, even tho so long as the control
ling interests were able to agree the re
sult would be much the same as actual
In case of a dema nd for higher pay, the
steel trust will now have a ha rd time ex
plaining to the men that it is haid up.
A Corporation Leviathan.
The detailed report of the United States
Steel corporation for 1902 is enough' to
cause eyes to open wide in amazement.
It is necessary to make some comparisons
to grasp the greatness of this gigantic in
dustrial organization.
Its total assets are put down at $1,546,-
000,000, or nearly twice the assessed
valuation of the entire state of Minne
sota and about four times the capitaliza
tion of the Northern Securities company.
The total capitalization is $1,390,000,000.
of which J500.000.000 is commonly counted
Its gross receipts were $560,000,000, or
almost exactly the same as those of the
federal government, and more than ten
times those of the Dominion of Canada.
Except the United States, no government
in the world has receipts as large as
those of this single corporation.
Its net earnings alone were $133,000,000,
or more than seven times the entire
amount of money raised by taxation
within the limits of Minnesota for every
The dividends, $56,000,000, are greater
than the entire import trade of the re
public of Mexico, and greater than the
entire revenues of Canada.
Its treasury surplus is great er than that
of any other nation in the world except
the United States.
It spends yearly in ordinary main
tenance and repairs almost as much as the
United States navy department spends in
the same time on new warships.
It emplovs 16S.000 persons, or about
thi ee times as large a force as the United
States armj.
Altogether it has 59,000 stockholders,
and the number, fortunately, is steadily
The total of wages and salaries is only
$13,000,000 less than -the net earnings, but
is more than twice the amount distributed
in dividends to capital.
The company is to be commended for
its readiness to spread information con
cerning its business before the public.
It seems that the postofficc department
should have given more attention to
frauds in the depaitment than to alleged
illegal use of the mails. While some poor
devil of a publisher has been harassed,
the thieves have been busy.
In about two weeks from now, the cere
mony of commemorating the effectuation
of the Louisiana Purcha se treaty of one
hundred jears ago will bring a crowd of
statesmen and tourists to St. Louis. This
ceremony will not immediately precede the
opening of the great exposition, for the
structures arc only in an inchoate condi
tion and will not be completed until next
j ear. It was thus as to the Chicago Co
lumbian fair. It was not opened until a
year after the proper date. There was no
excuse for the Chicago failure to open on
time. There is no excuse for the failure
of St. Louis to have the Louisiana Pur
chase centennial exposition in full blast
this year.
There is no difficulty about money. The
difficulty lies in the lack of push and go
in the management.
The St. Louis affair should have opened
on time. It emphasizes the importance of
the acquisition of over a million square
miles by our government from France, the
second great step in our terirtorial ex
pansion. At the approaching ceremony
the piesident and the other participants
will direct their eloquence to the con
sideration of Jefferson's feat, and its re
sults through the century past. There is
much to be eloquent over, but it would
be more inspiring if there was something
m the structural line which suggests com
pletion, and not a lot of building material,
a building or two. apparently finished, sev
eral in a rudimentary stage and many
which ought to be up, yet existing only
on the architect's drawing paper. There
has yet to be seen in this country of ex
positions one which has been completed
and opened upon the date promised or re
quired by the nature of the exposition.
W e should be able to set Europe a better
example than we do in this respect, for
As to whether times are prosperous or
not, there is a decided difference between
the views of the county treasur er or au
ditor's office, say, and those of the^county
attorney. There is one feature of the new
pay roll that will appeal to the public, and
that is the numb er of increases of sala
ries assigned to the men who do the work.
Behind Time.
While the delegation were readjusting
salaries in the county offices it seems as
if they might have done better than to
leave the salary of the treasurer and
register of deeds the same. The respon
sibilities and the character of the service
required of the register are not to be
compared with what is required of the
treasurer. The same inequality exists
when comparison is made with the audi
tor, while the county surveyor's office is
also a more difficult one to. fill and re
quires expert knowledge and business ex-
t , ^ .,,
to continue
perience. Twenty-five hundred dollars
will hire as good talent as the office of
register requires.
James M. Beck, ,^ne of Attorney Gen
eral Knox's assistants, resigned to enter
a- New York law fkm. The octopi saw
his work in the merger case and needed
him. Uncle Sam ivill have to inflate his
salaries a little if he Wishes to keep his
trust busters from becoming trust de
Among the inducements Canada Is said
to offer Americans is that it is a land
free from trusts. The trusts may be
lacking, but the railway pull is in a
healthy state of development. Up to date,
the Canadian railways have received sub
sidies amounting tor $J63,000,000, to say
nothing of 66,000/000' acjres of land.
"Wife for Wife."
"Wife "for Wife," the Ferris company's
offering this week, is not a "comedy
drama," as announced on the program.
In fact, it is about as closely related to
that style of entertainment as is the oys
ter plant to the succulent bivalve from
which it takes its name. The play is
melodrama in a middle-of-the-century
setting melodrama In which the sudden
death element is brought about through
gun and knife play and poison, and in
which infidelity and kindred evils flourish
like the traditional green bay tree.
The derivation of that word melodrama
is rather interesting. It bears the label
"article de Paris," and, originally, w as a
romantic opera in which the action w as
carried on in speaking and not in recita
tive or ariain other words, a "light"
opera, from the Greek, melos, a song, and
drama, an action or drama. In its mod
ern usage, however, melodrama may be
described as an averted tragedy. Ii is a
play of strong, situations, characterized
more by bold coloring than artistic finish.
"Th e- more thrilling passages," says the
Encyclopaedic dictionary, "a re accentuat
ed by musical accompaniments known as
the 'hurries,' the only relic of the original
musical character of the entertainment."
"Wife for Wife" is an interesting play,
despite its absurdities, and it is better
done than anything the Ferris company
has presented for some time. It has been
well staged, the scene of the first act
presenting an unusually effective stage
picture, despite the numerous anachro
nisms which may be discovered both in
the costuming and "properties." And it
is well played.
The piece w as written by John A. Ste
vens, a disciplo of the strenuous school
of playwrights, who. far from calling a
spade an ace, delights rather in referring
to it as "that dd lusty old shovel."
However, this method is not always inef
fective. ' The plot sets forth the machina
tions of an educated slave to revenge him
self upon his master for the sale of his
wife, a matter in which he is eminently
successful until the very last, when he
inadvertently drinks a poisoned beverage
he had prepared for his intended victim.
As the title of the play indicates, his .re-
venge is attained thru the disgrace * of
his master's wife, who, however, is inno
cent of all wrong.
The company is well east in this piece,
and, for the most part, the various roles
are excellently handled. W. D. Corbctt
does very well with the hero, and Grace
Hayward Is good as his wife, wrongly sus
pected of unfaithfulness. Ben Johnson
as a French physician, W . H . Murdoch as
the revengeful slave, and Herbe rt Brcn
non as an embryonic playwright, all do
good work. Maude Gilbert is charming
as the wife's sister, and Miss Lauret tc
Allen "makes good" in the part of a silly
old woman, who imagines herself in love
with the, doctor
fitted for the part of Richard Singleton.
His \ illainy. lacks finish and his love-mak
ing is devoid of passion.
MetropolitanT-"York State'folks."
"Sweet as the memory of joys that are
past," in Ossian's phrase, are many lines
of "York State Folks." Among the crowds
of pastoral plays striving to share the
success of "Shore Acres," only Arthur
Sidman's work may be considered a legit
imate rival. H e has not depended exclu
sively upon that photographic realism so
easy and so inartistic. H e has indulged
but moderately in caricature.
Without the imagination of Heme, Mr.
Sldman has been unable to reach the
strong emotions aroused by "Shore Acres."
But in "York State Folks" he has main
tained an equable, low pitch that is sur
prisingly true to the tenor of a country
life. Legitimate naturalism, indeed, is sel
dom attained to an equal degree with ma
terials whose sordid ^associations must
constantly oppose idealization. As will be
recalled by those that saw "York State
Folks" when it was produced here last
season, there is not even a mortgage in
the play, not a cow, not a villain from the
city. A check, a cat and an arbitrary
father afford sufficient complication for this
minor Iliad, wherein the wrath of Simon
Peter Martin is "the direful spring of woes
unnumbered" at Martinsville, N. T.
Simon Peter, himself a character un
commonly genuine, always intense and
never melodramatic, takes its full value
from the skill of James Lackaye, who
again fills the part with apoplectic gruff -
ness and a finished individuality. Ray L
Royce is too forcibly tender as the old
organist Myron. But the rest of the co m
pany are capable, in particular Miss Kate
Jacksonwell known to the twin cities
as the Widow Miller, and Ernest Lawson
as L cm Punbar. The costuming and ac
cessories are all that could be wished.
H. B. Curry.
Harv ey Sutherland, in Munsey's Magftzine.
Even when they seem least productively
employed, when they are gambling in
Wall street, they are really doing us a
service that we could not procure in any
other way at a million times the cost
at least, I do not see how we could. Let
us say that you and the whole commer
cial world want to know what will be the
price of wheat three months hence. The
information may be of prime importance
in the- conduct of our business. What an
army of high-salaried agents all over the
world one would need to keep one con
stantly advised of the state of the wheat
crop, the amount in tock, and other
factors that affect the market! Even if
they made no mistakes, what would in
sure us against an unforseen casualty
that would falsify their prophecies? But
in the wheat pit a man says that wheat
three months hence will sell at 96% cents
per bushel.
"It will not,1'
as the military stttraition in Cuba, would
- * . J. S. Lawrence.
The Value of Speculation.
be S6%."
"I bet you!"
"Well, all right. I bet you!"
They all bet what the price will be. The
upshot is that the world finds out to the
eighth part of a cent what a bushel of
wheat will sell at three morths hence.
If you want to know, you buy an even
ing paper and find out, besides getting a
lot of interesting reading. It costs you
one cent. That it costs a speculator a
million for guessing wrong i& his affair,
not yours. H e undertook at his own risk
to supply the needed information. H e
failed, and was fined heavily. If he had
succeeded, he would have been rewarded
at a ra te exactly proportioned to the
service he performed in insuring that
wheat will sell for so mu ch and no more
or less.
It is gambling in the necessities of life,
no doubt. But life insurance is gambling
in life itself and if getting out a policy
on one's life for the benefit of one's fam
ily be not a virtuous act, I do not know
what is.
Until quite recently these' services were
done somewhat after the fashion of the
campaign before Santiago, which was
what is called a ."captain's fight." But
the sudden and enormous increase in the
production of wealth has brought about
such a situation in. the cominercial world
t Robert Folsom is not
savs another. "It will
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have been had a foe more nearly ''our
match confronted us. W e would have
paid any sum to the man that could or
ganize victory we will pay any sum
to the man that will organize victory in
the commercial world. It is cheap' at any
price. . , "
which puts one in would suit the modern
connection with the housekeeper better than
general coherer in a this one. Loulsrllle
library and take courier Journal,
thru the ears the
contents of any volume desired. The pro
moter of this spurt of "look ahead" en
terprise refuses to make any clearer ex
planation. The scheme would be conven
ient, but it is questionable if it would put
a stop to the vigorous production of books,
even if demonstrably practicable.
MESSAGE AND MELODY. By Richard Burton.
Bobton: Lot'm| Publishing company. Price
Some of the poems appearing in. this
fourth volume of Dr. Burton's fine verse
have already attracted wide attention
since they appeared in the periodicals.
Noticeable among these is the swinging
rhythm of his "Song of the Unsuccessful,"
with it final emphatic and imploring line:
"God give us another chance!" Mr. Bur
ton is an artist in words. In the little
poem, "T he Deserted School," the picture
is realistic and it calls up. memories of
playground tumult and the possible life
tiend of the youths of the elder day,
whom the old schoolhouse knows no more*
I people all the playground up and down
V A 1th rushing forms aud sound of laughtei
I watch the light of evening like a ciown
Lpon the -walls till pales the western sky.
I wonder how those sturdj limbs have fared
That since have wandered far as east and west,
1 wonder who from sorrows have been spared,
I strive to read the heaits that have been
There are little poems which are master
strokes of the artist's colors, as, "T he
Wind-Broom," "Star Ships," bound in
Silence," "Sea Moods." Mr. Burton's sim
plicity of style never degenerates into triv
iality. His verse is manly and rings true.
SAYS AND SKETCHES. By Charles Warren
Stoddard, nutlwr of "South Sea Idylls." Bos
ton. The Lothrop Publishing company. Tilcc,
This volume embodies some of the
choicest of Mr. Stoddard's literary prod
uct. In his always charming way he
gives his personal reminiscences of Rob
ert Louis Stevenson, George Eliot, Bret
Harte, Charles Kingsley, Mark Twain and
others. One of the finest sketches in the
volume relates to his Visit to Anne Hath
away's cottage at Shottery, a mile from
Stratford, where, as Mr. Stoddard ays,
"the flower of Will's glorious jouth* w as
perfected, and whither, let us trust, he
oft repaired m reverie and to contem
plate in that summer garden the mellow
ing harvest of his later years." There is
keen humor in "The Strolling Player in
Stratford," and a pleasant memory. The
sketch of Robert Louis Stevenson is de
lightful reading. "His w as a superior
organization," says Mr. Stoddard, "that
seems never to have been tainted with
things common or unclean one more
likely to be revolted than appealed to by
carnality-in any form. A man unfleshly
to the verge of emaciation, and. in this
connection, I am not unmindful of a mar
ket in fleshpots not beneath the considera
tion of sanctimonious speculators but
here w as a man .whose sympathies were
literary and artistic whose intimacies
were born and bred above the ears ."
The sketch of George Eliot is fine.
Speaking of her before George Lewes
died. Mr. Stoddard says: "With her it
seemed as if the tides had all come m
as if she had weathered the ultimate
storm as if the circumstance and not
desire had swept her apart from her kind
and left her isolated, the unrivaled mis
tress of all passionless experience." The
London sketches and "Within Four
Walls" make many bright pages in the
A writer in the New York Tribune, re
fering to the oppressively large output of
books and the possible result of its con
tinuance, cites the
theory of a neigh
bor, that the deluge
of books will end
when every man
carries in his pock
et a wireless tele
phone pocket, re
ceiver, and all
trains, trolley cars,
steamboats, cabs,
churches, office
buildings, court
rooms, theaters,
etc., will carry an
improved coherer.
The result will be
that with a wireless
tuning key, one can
tune his receiver
after connecting it
with the electrode
Count Tolstoy has learned the new
"universal ' language, Esperanto" and
commends its simplicity. H e learned to
read it in two hours. *
Houghton, Mifflin & Co. announce "The
Legatee," a first novel by Mrs. Alice
Prescott Smith, daughter of a Congrega
tional clergyman, formerly of St. Paul.
The lady, when a child, lived on a half
cleared forest farm in the northeastern
peninsula of Wisconsin, and her environ
age there gave her the background for
her novel.
The Open Court's most attractive fea
ture is a well-illustrated paper on the
Acropolis of Athens, by Paul Carus, the
editor. The historic rock was the nu
cleus of Athens. Upon it there are to
day the remains of the most perfect art
in sculpture and architecture ever gath
ered in a single locality. Master minds
wrought the splendid buildings and
statues, and before the work of destruc
tion began the great Minerva of Phidias
stood, spe ar in hand, as if protecting the
city beneath her. At the close of the
seventeenth century some of the finest
works on the hill were in a good state
of preservation, but they were badly sha t
tered when the Venetians bombarded the
Necropolis where the Turks Were in
ipfivoniqiu h Arthur Win* PJtftfiro.
Literary Notes.
The Burr Mcintosh Monthly (New York
No. 20 W Thirty-third street), is a new
publication (this is the first numbe r)
brought forth by that enterprising gentle
man, Burr Mcintosh, whose salutatory
is alluring enough to bring him hosts of
subscribers, aside from the illustrative
features. Burr lays stress on the Illus
trations and promises literary merit here
after. The cover design shows a pretty
maid caught in an April shower, and
then *7e have Madame Seygard, as "Car-
men," in colors, and fine photos of Maxine
Elliott, Maude Adams, Mrs. Langtry and
other stage people, besides other illus
trations. Increasing pictorial attractions
are promised.
The Craftsman (Syracuse, N ew York
the United Crafts), contains some very
attractive, illustrated papers on artistic
gardening. There is a study of William
Morris and a valuable paper descriptive
of the new workshops of and residence
of Rene Lalique, the distinguished French
In The Critic will be found an interest
ing account of the library of Richard
Henry Stoddard, which le recently pre
sented to the Authors' elub of New York,
by Miss Carolyn Shipman. There is a
somewhat severe criticism of the dramatic
element in the writings of Robert"1
fl,,d a
.I t would be impossible
u, 03.
The Nonpareil Man.
The Bottineau, N. D.. News man is mu ch disgusted because a young man in
Souris, N. D., took his girl out for a ride and she fell out of the buggy and he drove
two miles before he discovered she w as missing. The Ne ws man adds:
When we were a young lover, the hind wheel might come off,
the spring break or the horse fall out of the shafts without o ur -
knowing it, but the girl was always safely anchored.
Wonder what that Souris man w as out riding with his girl for, anyhow. Fresh
air, perhaps.
A "lightning calculator" has just died at Trenton. N. J., at the age of SO,
Lightning calculators are more common than they used to be. It takes *
"phenom" of that character to get across the street when the chu-chu boys ar
out exercising their automobiles.
After a. man has broken a hinge in his back raking the lawn, a north wind
comes up in the night and all the old oak leaves for four blocks around hold a con-
vention in the front yard. h
While haunting the old bookshops for treasures of the past, a local bookhunter
recently picked out a fine copy of the Life of David Brainerd, printed in New
Haven in the early part of the last century. It is still clad in its original full calf,
making it a sturdy and gladsome volume to look at and to handle. The matter of
the book, too, is human and wholesome. It throws much light on the faithful at*
tempt of the fathers, even if it was misguided, to make an Anglo-Saxon Christian
gentleman out of the red Indian.
The eighteenth century will always be the storehouse of the romance and
poetry of American history. The struggle with the Indian, later with the mother
country for freedom of development, and the continuous and never ceasing strug-
gle with the Powers of Darkness, as at Salem and elsewhere, contain no end of ma-
terial for fiction and poetry.
Grandma's mother lived a large part of her life in the eighteenth century, and
she told her daughter about it, and grandma told me. W e kids had big ears for
Indian or witch stories. Great grandniother used to recall distinctly the terrible
night when the folks all went to meeting and left the children alone in the bi?
house. There w as a good fire in the fireplace and the large backlog was sending
out a steady glow of heat. The neighbors' children, whose parents had also gone
to the meeting, had been brought over to stay with great grandmother 's numerous
brothers and sisters. There was a great wind in the chimney, of course, and the
doors and window casings rattled handily. But the children didn't much mind.
They gathered around the fire and were talking and having a good time, tho, as thp
night wore on, they grew a bit apprehensive at being alone in the great house.
Great grandmother says they never knew how or when it happened, but on
of the girls, looking over her shoulder, saw a strange black cat sitting in the cen-
ter of the room. She called attention to it As the children looked another black
cat appeared, apparently from nowhere, and then, another, until thirteen black cats
were sitting in the center of the room, looking at the children,'who had now hud-
dled together, speechless, in the corner near the fire.
Just at that moment the folks were heard in the yard, returning from meet-
ing. When the first hand touched the latch of the door the thirteen black cats arose
to then feet, gav e a demoniacal ha-ha in chorus, and disappeared.
The folks found the children badly frightened, but they were all there and un-
harmed. Great grandma never could explain It, but she knew the story w as true,
for she saw the cats herself.
Saturday night was a cold one. but the "leaders" were millm' all the time witn
no thought of "bed ground" for that night.
The "circle riders" began rollin' in about 9 o'clock, and an hour later all "reps,"
some accompanied by their senoras, were there there and ready for the "stampede**
to turn loose.
There were three reps present from the Fiddleback outfit, the Robinson broth-
ers and Billy Blair, who were called for "first relief" on night herd, and when the
inspiring tones of the two violins and organ pealed forth the tune, "Turkey in the
Straw ," a bunch of mavericks didn't do a thing but break loose and go to the "wild
bunch,' 'and such a warmin' up there never was down in Dixie.
Round-up Boss Howell, assisted by his amiable better half, had replenished
the supply tenfold for the mess wagon, and at midnight a big feed was spread fou
those present, to Which ample Justice was done.
One day while in Lilliput the celebrated traveler, Lemuel Gulliver, stopped la
front of a restaurant.
"I'd like a cup of coffee," he said.
After a delay of an liour or more a hOgbhead was rolled out into the street,
placed before him, and filled with a pale brown liquid.
"There it is M an Mountain," said the proprietor.
"Thanks. Bring me some cream, please."
"Cream!" gasped the proprietor. "Great Scott! Theie isn't enough on the
island. You'll "have to take it straight."
"I wonder," exclaimed Gulliver, bitterly.' "if Dean Swift ever thought of that
when he put me in this dinky little country?"
If o wonder why this paper is warming up to Congressman Miller just take a
little walk around the corner of Fifth and Merchant and see the workmen clearing
the ground for a new government building, next door to the Gazette. The lot ow ned
by the Gazette outfit, just north of the building, cost $450. A man wanted to buy it
for $2,000 the other day. The Gazette building is worth "5 per cent more than it
cost. Whatever you may say about this little, old, dinky paper, vou can't claim that
ingratitude is one of its faults.
The editor of the Per ry (Okla.) Republican has the most intricate family rela-
tions. According to his own account he married a widow, who had a daughter.
His father married the daughter, thus becoming his stepson and making his daugh-
ter his stepmother. The stepdaughter had a son. who became the editor's brother
and "step-grandchild." The editor's wife is his step-grandmother, because she is
the mother of his stepmother. H e remarks plaintively that he is his wife's hus-
band's grandchild and his own grandfather, because as the husband of a person's
grandmother he is naturally that persons* grandfather.
Comparative Advertising
Sunday, April 12,
Monday, April 13,
Totals, (
Take a look at the Bacolod datto,
H e often with Spain did combatto.
Upon Uncle Sam
H e tried the same plan.
H e now wears a dent in his hatto.
A t Middletown, N. Y., a jury has fixed $200 as the price a middle-aged maa
must pay for kissing a middle-aged woman against her will.
This is too littleand too much.
A kiss obtained from a middle-aged woman against her will is not worth a cent.
A kiss obtained from any woman again st her will, whatever her age or previous
condition of servitude, is not worth a cent.
A kiss obtained from any woman who is personally attractive, with her full
consent and hearty participation, is worth more than $200much moreand a kiss
bestowed under these conditions by a high-bred, warm-blooded woman of middle
age is simply beyond price.
True, there can be no way of regulating the market value of a kis*. but if there
were, only millionaires could afford to ki ss middle-aged women of the proper
pulchritude and pedigree, and then not often.
Kisses stolen from or bestowed upon girls, debutantes or other exceedingly
young women are thrown away. It is a shameful waste of raw material. It is only
the ladies who have ,arrived at an.age wh en they stop counting who are fully
equipped and qualified to sign, seal and deliver a kiss that will burn a hole thru
sandpaper. And these are the only kisses worth worrying about or striving after.
Wasn't Cleopatra 40 when she did all the damage? Do vou for one instant sup-
pose that Sappho was a bread-and-butter miss?
The man who bujs a kiss is a chump the man who steals one from unwilling j
lips ought to be locked up in a foolish house the man who steps up like a winner
and sips it from the ripe, red lips of maturity is a gentleman and a hero, always in
New Castle, Wyo.. News-Journal.
Including Tiro Big Sunday Tribune Editions.
Casually Observed.
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Chicago Tribune.
Emporia Gazette.
(22 Inches to the Column)
First 11 days
in April
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