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If the senate could be induced to take
the broad view of the millers, it would
take a look at the pigeon-holed Kasson
reciprocity treaties and surejy take up
the French treaty moldering there, as it
concedes to us an average reduction from
the French maximum rate amounting to
i 48 per cent, including oils, and 26 per
cent, excluding them, and on many arti
t cles the reduction from the maximum rate
v is 50 or 60 per cent, while our govern
ment has conceded an average of less than
* 7 per cent from our tariff schedules *
* St Paul includes most of Ramsey
.county, but according to the application
for wolf bounties there are more wolves
in Ramsey than In frontier Mille Lacs
Negroes as Soldiers.
I President Roosevelt's complimentary
^reference to the negro soldiers in his
speech at Springfield, vesterday, gives
timely interest to an article by Oswald
Garrison ViUard in the June Atlantic on
"The Negro in the Regular Army " Mr
Vlllard shows that the records of the four
negro regiments, the Ninth and Tenth
cavalry and the Twenty-fourth and Twen
ty-fifth infantry, have been surprisingly
good Everybody knows that the martial
courage of the negro was demonstrated
at Fort Wagner and Fort Hudson forty
f years ago but it is interesting to note
., some other of his soldierly qualities
* The Ninth cavalry, for example, is the
only regiment in the service that has ever
t gone thru a whole year without a single
desertion The inspector general of the
army declared in 1902 that the Twenty
fifth infantry was the best regiment he
r saw in the Philippines One colored com-
- pany in the Philippines made a record of
reporting a full roster of 106 men fit for
duty every day in twelve successive
months, not a single day being lost on ac
f count of sickness Such a record strong
ly suggests the advisability of using many
f more colored soldiders than heretofore in
i any tropical wars the future may have In
store for the United States It is to the
, credit of the colored regiments that only
one member of them was ever in any Tvay
associated with the-water torture- In the-
Philippines. Two colored soldiers, nave
risen from the ranks to shoulder straps by
examination, and three officers have been
graduated from West Point. Captain,
Young of the Ninth cavalry is the only
negro West Pointer now In service, and
Mr. Vlllard says that race prejudice has
never Interfered with discipline in his
oommands, even where he has been placed
over white officers. Former Congress
man Lynch of Mississippi ia a captain,
being appointed from civil life, and there
are four colored chaplains in the service
Mr. ViUard says that in some respects
the negroes are better soldiers than the
whites, and in others worse, but under
the command of officers who understand
them they are certain always to give a
good account of themselves. It is surpris
ing to learn that they are soberer than
white troops and far less Inclined to de
sertion. They are also prouder of the
army and more deslrious of having a
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* Hanna vs. the Millers.
Bya fortuitous concourse of events yes
terday, the Ohio republican state con
vention and the Millers' National federa
tion weie In session at the same time,
the first at Columbus and the second at
Detroit The Ohio republicans paid a
fine tribute to the policy of protection and
reaffirmed their fidelity to it, concluding
that plank thus "Changing conditions
and the possible benefits of reciprocity
may call for timely readjustment of
schedules, but protection as a principle
and as a policy must be administered by
the friends of American prosperity and
must not be sacrificed." Senator Hanna,
m his speech before the convention, virt
ually condemned any tendency toward
reciprocity as imperiling the principle of
protection and held that there was no
call for any reduction of duties. With
"him no shading of duties would be en-
" couraged
About the same time that the repub
licans of Ohio were making the deliver
ance upon the tariff and reciprocity, the
Important commercial and industrial or
ganization known as the Millers' National
federation, were declaring that the exten
sion of our foreign markets is the solution
of the difficulties confronting their busi
ness, due to the exclusion of American
flour from important foreign markets by
Import duties, and they demanded with
inuch force the adoption by our govern
ment of "a broad, liberal and comprehen
sive policy of genuine reciprocity" to
equalize those import duties on wheat and
flour. They very strongly favored the
fullest possible measure of reciprocity
with Canada, which in her purchases In
this country stands next to England, and
made a strong deliverance against the
discriminating duties Imposed by foreign
oountrles in favor of wheat and against
It would appear from this, that Ohio
statesmen are not able to reflect the busi
ness sentiment of the country The mill-
., ers of the great federation, representing
a vast industrial interest and producing
half a billion dollars in flour, declare \ery
emphatically that they want the national
government to adopt, not at some in
definite future time but as soon as pos
sible ' a broad liberal and comprehensive
} policy of genuine reciprocity," notably
~ " with Canada
Vt hat is meant by "genuine reciproc
ity' '
As defined by the gentlemen who are
afraid reciprocity in some way will trans
form this country into a free trade pre
serve for British, German and French
manufacturers, it means that we should
offer concessions only upon such products
of other countries as are not produced in
the United States, and, consequently, do
not enter into competition with any of
our home industries Such a limitation
upon reciprocity practically makes Jts
application valueless There are very few
products of importance and value which
are not produced in our own country On
the other hand, genuine reciprocity is
quite another thing It is reciprocity that
means something and promises real ad
vantages for our commerce, thru actual
giving and taking of concessions which
will open wider for us the markets of the
world, and very deoidedly broaden the
distribution of our products
The miller* have decided to give wide
publicity to Professor Harry Snyder's in
vestigations of the food value of wheat
flour. Professor Snyder's work exploded
the all too prevalent idea that the eater
of white bread Is sacrificing his health to
his palate. The public has been served
with so muoh ex parte testimony against
white wheat flour that it really behooves
the millers to take up a campaign of
education in behalf of their much abused
Br. FolwelTs Timely Suggestion.
Thanks to the sound good sense of
Professor W W. Folwell. the University
of Minnesota has made an innovation that
will be received sympathetically thruout
the country, and, doubtless, widely cop
ied. Superficially it seems superfluous
that the faculty and the board of regents
should adopt the following resolution, pro
posed by Dr Folwell:
Resolved, that from and after 1904 every
person admitted to this university shall
be examined in reading, writing, spelling
and composing the English language that
all who fail to obtain a credit of 75 per
cent shall be required to take instruction
as provided, and that no person shall ever
receive any diploma or other certificate of
merit oi proficiency until he shall have
passed such examination and obtained the
specified credit.
The prevalence of erroneous spelling,
ungrammatical composition and inability
to use the English language as a real me
dium of communication, long endured at
the university, as well as In other insti
tutions of learning, reached the limit
when a candidate for a master's degree
handed in a thesis that was returned to
him "because its construction and spelling
were so poor as to destroy all interest in
it" How, it may be asked, did it hap
pen that such a man ever got a bachelor's
degree? The answer is to be found in the
note of rejection of the thesis, wherein it
was conceded that the candidate was un
doubtedly well acquainted with his sub
ject. Thru the four years of the under
graduate course his poor spelling and de
ficiency in English were pardoned because
he mastered his special subjects but
when it came to giving a master's degree
to such an incompletely trained man, the
limit of toleration was reached Is this
not a remarkable commentary on the ten
dency of the present day in regard to
specialization In the academic course?
Ignorance of spelling and grammar has
been pardoned to this man because he
was able to master other and later sub
It is apparent from the complaints of
college professors all over the country that
the University of Minnesota is not the
only institution in which there has ap
peared among the students an amazing
lack of proficiency in the simplest ele
ments of culture Possibly the appear
ance of a part of these ill-trained students
in the universities is due to the growing
practice of admitting the graduates of
certain preparatory schools without ex
amination, but while examination, In pla^e
of certification, might keep out these un
fitted ones, the fact remains that the pre
paratory schools are the ones that are
at fault when candidates for admission to
the university do not know how to spell,
cannot effectively speak and write the
English language and know nothing of
correct composition The University of
Minnesota now purposes to "brace up"
such elementary instruction in the schools
that feed it by examining all candidates
for admission, regardless of their diplomas
from, preparatory schools of good reputa
tion in "reading, writing, spelling and
composing the English language "
The new departure at the university, to
gether with Congressman Tawney's de
termination to investigate the causes of
the failure of four of his Minnesota high
school appointees to pass the examination
for West Point, make it probable that ere
long we shall have more attention paid
in the high schools to some of those fun
damentals of education whicli are now
neglected, unless the younger generations
in this country are inferior to their par
ents in natural lnteddigence.
Hereafter nobody will get a diploma at
the University of Minnesota unless he
can spell The faculty would make the
requirement a little easier if it would
adopt The Journal's spelling re
Millers for Reciprocity.
The millers' national convention at De
troit yesterday declared for reciprocity in
general and Canadian reciprocity In par
ticular, thus adopting precisely the plat
form of the Minnesota Branch of the Na4-
tional Reciprocity League The Canadian
reciprocity resolution was as follows
Present conditions are favorable to and
make highly desirable the fullest measure
of reciprocal trade arrangements with the
Dominion of Canada, the. nearest and next
to the largest market for American pro
ducts both of farm and factory, and in
view of the early assembling of the United
States and Canada joint high commission,
we most earnestly urge the exercise of
your strongest influence toward the suc
cessful accomplishment of this object.
For some fifteen years now, the millers
as a whole have been advocates of the
reciprocity policy, because they saw in it,
under the existing conditions in the United
States, the only method by which it is pos
sible to liberalize our trade relations with
other nations without undergoing a 'polit
ical revolution. But the present depres
sion in their industry will make them more
Insistent than ever upon a modification of
our tariff policy if^-Wl-1**
The most promista'gHispect of the devel
opment of the reciprocity movement in the
United States at the present time is that
it is getting into h*p*. te fight special ia^
erests with special Interests. A special
interest that has a product worth $600.-
000,000 a year ought to count for some
thing in oongress. Its registration of its
firm belief in the benefits of reciprocity
with Canada will give that movement a
great impetus. It is to be hoped that the
members of the federation will take to
heart the advice of the resolution that
"each individual member irrespective of
party affiliations shall bring such constant
pressure to bear upon his local congres
sional representative and the United
States senators from his state and all
future candidates for national office as will
commit them unequivocally to the further
ance of these measures by word and vote."
That is the way in which members of
congress can be put betwen the devil of
special interests and the deep sea of
special interests. That is the way to get
results The standpat manufacturers are
forever bringing pressure to bear on con
gressmen. They can only be beaten by
pressure of the same kind on the other
Walter Wellman is right when he de
clares that Chamberlain's scheme for rec
iprocity within the British Empire "is
acting as an Impetus to those republicans
in the Northwest who have been ardently
advocating recipiocity with Canada " It
is not only that the Chamberlain Idea re
minds the Americans that if reciprocity
between Canada and England is good for
the English, a similar relation between the
United States and Canada ought to be
good, but there is the additional spur that
if Chamberlain is not forstalled by the
United States in the near future, It will
be many a long day before reciprocity
with Canada will be possible Chamber
lain's policy would confine reciprocity in
which British governments have a part to
reciprocity within the empire. If Canada
should take it up there would be little hope
of improving our trade relations with that
country. As Mr Roberts, director of the
mint, puts it, "We should Jump in and
complete a reciprocity treaty with Canada
as soon as possible While the British are
talking about it we should act."
The university regents seem to have
shaken things up at the big institution in
a bewildering way. They have abolished
the art department and likewise experi
mental psychology, to cut down expenses,
it is said. As the saving will not be a
great one, the public is entitled to guess
that the departments named were abol
ished for other reasons The regents
censor very rigidly press reports of their
transactions. This, we think, is a mis
taken policy We can understand why it
would not be well for the regents to hold
public meetings, but they ought to give
their conclusions to the public without
reserve It is a bad thing for a state in
stitution when the impression gets abroad
that Its management is unwilling to take
responsibility for its acts
The crowding ot Englishmen into cities
is having a marked effect in the physical
deterioration of the common people In
1845 only 105 recruits per thousand were
below 5 feet 6 inches in height, now the
number Is 565 The average height of
English soTdiers now is less than 5 feet
5 inches and the average weight less than
125 pounds While the English are ret
rograding in physique the French, Ger
mans and Austnans are improving, and
the improvement is attributed to the
physical exercise enforced by compulsory
military service
"Politically unripe population' is a
phrase used by the St Petersburg Novoc
Vremya in speaking of the United States
This is good coming from a coantry
where the people do not exist at all po
litically The Novoe Vremva is wrong in
supposing that there is deep seated
prejudice in this country against Russia
On the contrary, there has ever since the
civil war been a bias in her favor, but
it is not strong enough to cause us to
overlook such a horrid atrocity as the
Kishinef massacre
"I think it is a mistake for American
railways to haul wheat any cheaper than
they do flour," says Paul Morton, second
vice president of the Santa Fe Now if
the millers will just fill all the railway
management offices in the country with
men like Mr. Morton their troubles will
be over
Large audiences continue to greet the
excellent presentation of David Belasco s
new play, Du Barry," by Mrs Lesli*
Carter and her talented associates at the
Metropolitan Performances to-night and
to-morrow afternoon and evening will
close Mrs Carter s season the company
going direct from here to New York After
to morrow night s performance the Metro
politan will be closed foi several month",
during which extensive repairs will be
Lovers of melodrama find much to their
liking at the Bijou this week, where ' Over
the Niagara Falls is the attraction The
scenic equipment is elaborate, the main
feature being the sensational representa
tion of Niagara Falls
Russian nobles soldiers, serfs members
of the secret police and taskmasters fr
the Russian mines and political convicts
will throng the stage of the Bijou next
week when the now Russo-Siberian play
' For Her Sake " win be the attraction
closing the season at this plav house
The a*ncient English town of Shrews
bury will devote a week in July to a cele
bration of the 500th anniversary of its
great battle, which occurred on July 21,
1403 The celebration will begin on Sun
day, the 19th, with a ppropiiate services
in the old Abbey church The next few
days there will be performances of "Rich
ard II ' ' Henry IV , * "Henry V " and
"The Merry Wives of Windsor," by Ben
son's Shaksperean company The central
figure of the whole celebration will be the
fat knight who was never in Shrewsbury,
if, Indeed, he ever existed Hotspur, the
two Henrys and Douglas will take second
place to the immortal Falstaff /
The monks of St Bernard have taken
advantage of modern inventions in their
work of saving lives Ten days ago two
Swiss alpenists started out to go to the
hospice Half way up they Were over
taken by a snow storm and lost their
way After wandering around the summit
for several hours they came across one of
the new shelters built by the monks. In
it they found bread, cheese, wine, a spirit
lamp and a telephone With the latter
they called up the hospice and asked for
help By the time they had finished a
good meal a monk and a dog arrived to
show them the way. The telephone at
these shelters has saved many lives during
the past winter. wW
j Booth Burled in the PotomacJH
To the Editor of The Journal.
Under date of June 2 you publish In
The Journal of same date a press
telegram from Enid, Okla., under the cap
tion of "Strange Story This," which gives
a circumstantial aooount of the identifica
tion of one George, a suicide, as Junius
Brutus Booth, the assassin of Abraham
It is an absurdity as old as the death of
Booth by the rifle of the soldier who
shot him in a moment of misguided zeal.
At the time of the assassination of
President Lincoln I was in the service of
the United States sanitary commission
and stationed at City Point, Va. My
duties took me often to Washington, our
principal depot of supplies At the time
of the capture of Booth I was in the city.
Complete mystery attached to the dispo
sition made of the body of the assassin,
the authorities rightfully wishing to avoid
all sensational announcements or any pub
licity that would add to the excitement
or lead to unpleasant demonstrations.
The story was then started that it was
not Booth, after all, that had been shot.
If it were, why not expose the remains?
An old friend of mine. Dr. Henry A.
Smith, long since dead, was then on duty
as assistant surgeon upon a gunboat at
this time lying in the stream off the
United States arsenal below the city I
met Dr Smith one day upon the street
while the excitement was running high
over the matter, and, of course, spoke of
it to him, knowing that his boat was on
patrol service on the lower river
He smiled and said "Don't let that
worry you I was on the medical boat
that made the autopsy and had my own
finger in the bullet hole that caused
Booth's death All the particulars of the
examination, he added, "were made up in
due form for the department of Justice
and duly attested The body was then
wrapped in a blanket, a shot placed at
its feet, and it was slid overboard into the
Potomac, beyond the reach of friend or
foe "
It was the silence and mystery attend
ing this appropriate disposition of the un
happy monomaniac's remains that gave
rise to the curious story of mistaken iden
tity. Strangest of all is the resurrection
of the idle conjecture after an oblivion of
thirty-eight years, to make the sensation
of a day The unsoldierly conduct of the
man Boston in shooting Booth without
orders when his capture alive was as
sured, has rendered it forever impossible
to get at the true story of that great con
spiracy of murder of which Mr. Lincoln
was the only victim But all that men
could do to get at the bottom facts was
done in the great trial of the conspirators,
and there is no doubt to-day but that
substantial justice was done in the find
ings of the court. There the matter
ought to rest.
A M. Sperry.
Wasioja, Minn, June 4. 1903.
Chicago Journal
The faculty of being able to adjust one's
self to circumstances is excellently illus
trated in the career of Herbert S Mills,
a business man of Chicago, who has Just
completed a year's confinement in the
county jail
Mr Mills was unfortunate enough in
the transaction of his business, to send
matter thru the malls that was deemed
improper by the federal authorities He
accepted his fate" philosophlcolly, was
driven to the jail by his coachman, and,
instead of idling away the time in fret
ting and chafing, began the study of so
ciology and penology, not from books, but
as he saw them day by day within his
Duung the whole year Mr Mills worked
in the midst of tragedies and trouble such
as the great public gets glimpses of thru
the newspapers ^He learned the inner
histories of hundred bf seamy lives, he
became acquainted With tearful, broken
hearted wives, children and sweethearts
as they visited the Jail, he gained a
mental rasp on the under world such as
comes to few in his station But that
was not all he did From the first day
of his confinement Mr Mills became a
practical philanthropist Dozens of
families that might have gone hungry and
neglected were provided for out of his
purse A number of cases that he
thought deserving were carlred to the
higher courts Lawyers were retained for
penniless prisoners Mr Mills financed
the Improvement Journal, and in all, ac
cording to Jailer Whitman, spent nearly
$7 000 for the betterment of mankind dur
ing the year in jail
Mr Mills is an interesting lesson in
versatility He saw an opportunity and
seized it Perhaps his original motive
was to save himself from ennui, but,he
speedily found his studies absorbing
Granted much libertv within the Jail, he
became as indefatigable a worker as Mr
Whitman himself
Now Mr Mills has emerged, and in
stead of bearing the stain of disgrace, he
is greeted as a hero is banqueted in state,
and received back into society with open
arms When he went to Jail Mr Mills
was known merely as a local business
man He comes out with a reputation
that extends over the country
There are many stepping stones to fame
even the county jail
London Outlook
As a married couple they were Indeed
to be pitied If the world had known it
They were childless, and therefore half
the world was dark to them No man can
be a "sage" who has no children A
barren woman is like half a story Let
her be ever so clever, so literary, so witty
when it comes to the essentials of life
she is open to the retort, How do you
know? And so it was with the Carlyles
in thir unsatisfying world of literary
eminence Pity them, gentle reader'
When they shut the doors of their sev
eral bed rooms at night a mouse might
no squeak or a fly buzz but they must
start full awake in the blessed dark and
moralize, the one on eternity and the
other on Thomas
Foyer Chat.
Chicago Journal
Brown is a very good fellow, but alas'
he has one bad habit It is that of never
reaching home until the small hours of
the morning
But one day last week Mrs B hit upon
a plan If she could not persuade him out
of the habit perhaps she could frighten
him out of it And consequently, when
he reached home that night he was con
fronted by a tall white-shrouded figure,
which glided toward him
'Wh-wh-w-what s that' gasped poor
I am the family ghost'" replied a se
pulchral voice
Brown heaved a sight of relief
"Great Scott'" he said "How you
frightened me! I thought it was the
Among the recently published "Essays
of John Fiske" (the Macmillans) are some
delightful reminiscences of Huxley, at
whose house Mr Flske was a frequent
visitor duiing his stay in London Here
is one of these chaiming and illuminative
"In an examination on anatomy a very
callow lad got the valves of the heart
wrong putting the mitral on the right
side, but Huxley took compassion on him
with the remark, 'Poor little beggar' I
never got them correctly myself until I
reflected that a bishop was never in the
right/A ^ ,
St. Louis, Star
Books and Authors
A writer in The Contributors' Club of
The Atlantic ridicules the present fad of
writers hiring out as housemaids, factory
workers, saleswomen in department stores'
living and bunking with tramps, steve
dores and so on, adjudging such quests for
knowledge as impertinent, fruitless and
mischievous, unjustifiable, deceitful and
dishonest This is a severe arraignment
of the motives *of the searchers for social
truth "No man," says this contributor,
"or woman, has a right to force a way
into the affairs of others, or by deceitful
pretense of social equality to obtain in
formation not otherwise to be acquired
It Is an infringement of personal rights."
This is a pretty serious accusation. It
is very certain that investigations into
and exposures of the frightful conditions
under which work is frequently performed
during the past few decades have led
to great betterments for the people em
ployed The ameliorative factory legisla
tion has resulted from what the Con
tributor calls "an Infringement of per
sonal rights " The question may well be
asked whether anybody has the rignt to
deliberately work under semi-barbarous
and unsanitary conditions, bringing dis
ease and death upon the community The
bread baking business in large cities has
been, by careful investigation of the filthy
conditions often revealed, been reformed
very radically to the advantage of com
munities The charge of "deceitful pre
tense of social equality" on the part of
investigators, as if they commit crime
by personally finding out the conditions of
work and writing about them, is absurd
If the victims of poor ventilation and
other dangerous conditions do not get
out of the fire somebody ought to pull
them out.
thor of "Love in Its Tenderness " New York
D Applcton & Co
This is a romance of the tenth century,
when as yet the kingdom won by Alfred
the Great was still the dominant power in
England It details the career of Osbae,
a prince of the blood royal, who had be
begun to make a hideous record of im
morality and who was sent by Dunstan,
the primate to a monastery to be re
formed The sequel shows that Osbae,
instead of being led into a pure and holy
life, became a very fiend in carnal lust and
came to grief Incidentally the effort of
Dunstan to bring the English church un
der the complete authority of the bishop
of Rome is interestingly detailed
By David Graham Phillips New York Mc
dure, Phillips & Co Minneapolis N Mc
Carthy Price $1 50
There are some very recognizable and
amusing portrayals in this book of the
fortune-hunting titled foreigner in this
case an Englishman, and of the American
who has made himself or thinks he has
made himself, into an Englishman, "to
the manner born," in dress, speech and
manners Mr Langview and Charles
Sidney are interesting tvpes of the latter
in this story The duke in this case had
made a toboggan slide down to his last
seventy pounds and, under such condi
tions, he went after the Golden Fleece in
New York and Chicago and found it in
Miss Dome who had the millions In
sight, made "In trade," as the English
say The duke did not mind the way
those millions were made Duke Georgle
then helped his younger brother, who
was famishing for money, to a fortune and
the whole business of buving and selling
titles is displayed panoramlcally with
some exaggerations and a large amount of
generalization wrongly substituted for
specialization The amount of fashion
able English slang is intolerable and the
profanity of the men in the presence of
ladies in the ancestral halls is, as the
English say, "beastly" The Earl of
Frothingham was in a chronic state of
surprise over the things he saw and heard
in this country He was made much of.
altho poor and monotonous but, as Wal
lingford said "If he were a plain, poor
incapable, rather dull American, is there
one of us that would waste five minutes
with him'"
The Macmlllan company have published
twenty-two volumes of the Dent edition
of the prose works of Thackeray, under
the editorship of Walter Jerrold The full
set will be completed by Jan 1, 1904
The Macmlllan company announce three
volumes of the works of W B Yeats, the
well known Irish poet and essayist"The
Celtic Twilight," "Ideas of Good and
Evil," and a play entitled, "Where There
Is Nothing "
The Macmlllan company announce a
new novel by Miss Gwendolen Overton,
entitled "Annie Carmel "
D Appleton & Co have issued a large
paper edition of Frank R Stockton's post
humous novel "The Captain s Toll Gate "
limited to 160 copies, of which only 150
are to be sold
The Bobbs-Merrill company of Indian
apolis have issued four out of the six most
popular novels issued this spring Mere
dith Nicholson, who wrote "The Main
Chance, " one of their recent publications,
is talked of as a possible candidate for
the Indianapolis mayoralty
A recent interesting combination of
periodicals is that of the Ledger Monthly,
founded by Robert Bonner in 1843, The
Household founded in 1868 and Ev'ry
Month, issued first In 1895 The combina
tion has gone into business under the title
The Household-Ledger, which is issued
from 97 Liberty street. New York
Miss Murfree's latest story is "A Spectre
of Power," dealing with the early strug
gles of the French and English and their
Indian allies in this country
Little Brown & Co, Boston, state that
over 2,000,000 copies of Miss Louisa Al
cott's stories have been sold.
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The Minneapolis Journal says* " * 'Bryan
will bolt" In heaven's name, where to?
Buffalo Express
Another six-year sentence for bribery in
St Louis' Joseph W Folk's string of
iscalps is becomin^-a^ng one. ^ ^
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SUITE 5, 1908.
The Nonpareil Man .
Mr. Edgar of the Northwestern Miller, is the writer of a book published by Ap- V
pleton,, called "Story of a Grain of Wheat." There Is no breakfast food game about ^
it, an the book is as interesting as a noveL '
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The democratic campaign committee is cheerfully looking over the postofflce ,
- The "Short Grass League of Red-Headed Men" has elected its candidate for
congress in the seventh Kansas district. The red-headed men decided that they had
not been fairly treated in politics, and they organized. The result was a prairie?
fire that swept the district like a ripe tomato
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The Memphis Commercial Appeal notes that no colored man has ever had ap-
pendicitis. The negro cannot discover anything In it for him.
$ S 8
The Chicago board of education has prohibited the usee of amongtoas
pupils and has arranged for lectu*s
many pedagogical efforts, Johnn?!*% ould much prefer losing two fingers via the
cracker route than listening to thenT-and he's right.
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One of the most sympathetic touches that has been noted of late was recorded
by the Brown County Journal. It seems that Herman Krings of New Ulm had been
suffering from nervousness, and a magnetic healer who had been running a hot
come-on advertisement In the papers in that
vicinity, said he could cure him as easy as
lying. This human magnet discovered that
Krings had $260, and he told him that with
this amount on his person he ought to be
cured quickly. He got him to place the
money In an envelop next to his heart for
three days The "cure" not having appeared
in this period of time, the Magnetic Marvel
soon had it figured out that the fund of
wealth was shy on "vibrations," and he per
suaded Krings to let him have the money to
sleep on for a night so that he might thoroly
magnetize it Krings gave up his wealth like
a child, and in the possession of the strong
armed man the money became so active that
it skipped out of town over night, dragging
the magnetic doctor with it. The magnet's
trunk was checked to Minneapolis Sheriff
Lins of Winona county has been seen visit
ing friends in this vicinity, and should he
happen to detect anybody on the streets giv
ing out sparks or drawing nails out of the
billboards as he walks by, he will be slapped
into jail and his power will be drawn off and used to run automobiles.
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Peewee Jackson had the narrowest escape in his career when the left end of the
horse reached for him and just missed He had just run over the garden and
Peewee's father said he wished the horse had come a little closer. The garden has
had a very unfortunate career this year The rich, mellow earth was turned
over, broken up, carefully raked and planted Everything was in fine
shape and was growing so fast that they had to place a stone on each cu-
cumber to hold it down, when the big, black dog in the next block came in and
stepped on the garden. The dog's little foot was about as big over as the head of
a barrel, and wherever he stepped, and he stepped about everywhere, the garden
was pushed into the ground about four inches Then Peewee walked on it oncj
or twice, because he was too tired to go around, and the place looked like a base-
ball diamond near a public school This gardening in the city has its drawbacks.
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A few weeks ago the Mankato Free Press in its haste said:
Philip Lease, whose hunting dog was bitten by S B Richard's *
dog yesterday, was shot by Officer Lunberg this afternoon, at Mr.
Lease's request.
And the St James Journal and the Fairmont News are making a great outcry
about it The former asks.
If Mr Lease was not crazy why should he ask a policeman to shoot
him, simply because his dog had been bitten by another dog'
When a man's dog gets bitten like that he doesn't care to live
HIS DAUGHTER FIRST. By Arthur Sherburne
Hardy, author of "But Y tea Woman " "Passe
Rose" etc Boston Houghton, Mifflin &
Co Minneapolis N McCarthy. Price, $150.
The author of this fine story has
achieved a fair literary reputation by his
former books He has been transferred
from his post as minister to Switzerland
to Bellamy Storer s position at Madrid
as minister to Spam where he will, no
doubt, produce his masterpiece In "His
Daughter First" Mr Hardy shows himself
a most able portrayer of certain phases
of American society, conspicuous among
the people being a gambler in stocks, who
has two charming women in love with
him, one of them the daughter of Jack
Temple, the conspicuous man of action in
the story We have for a heroine Mrs
Kensett, one of those lovely, gentle
women, who always want something to
lean upon and generally find it She was
a widow and hei investment of a consid
erable portion of her fortune in Argonaut
mining stock on the advice of Mr Heald,
the speculator and promoter, influences
largely the trend of events in the story
Jack Temple extricates Mrs Kensett out
of a perilous situation induced by her
thoughtless mining stock investment and
"Argonaut" figures thereafter interest
ingly Mr Hardy has gracefully and elab
orately developed strong lnterset around
the incident of Temple's love for Mrs
Kensett, her reciprocated feeling, his pro
posal of marriage, and her refusal on the
ground that Temple's daughter did not
like the prospect of her father's marriage,
and so the marriage was suspended in the
air until the trouble was overcome Tem
ple had determined that between anger
ing his daughter and persisting in his
pursuit of Mrs Kensett he would recog
nize his daughter s claim first, but this
determination weakened when he found
his daughter passionately in love with
Heald, the speculator, and he himself
somewhat dependent on Heald for suc
cessful manipulation of Argonaut stock
There are other characters who figure
subordinately, and, as a study of character
and temperaments the book is certainly
a brilliant success Paul Graham and
Margaret Frazer and Miss Gaunt are in
teresting studies by themselves
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s substitutes If thes talkfirecrackers s are as dry o
Walt Mason In Nebraska State Journal.
"The first paper that I ever worked on," said a newspaper man, whose gray
hairs showed that he was no longer young "is still running in a town on the Mis-
souri river, not very far from here. I was quite young, and I got a job as reporter
at $8 a week The force consisted of the managing editor, who ground out all the
editorial and went thru the exchanges, a telegraph editor citv editor and two re-
porters to say nothing of a fussy old lady who got up some society slush for the
Sunday morning issue, and made everybody miserable when she was in the office.
The managing editor was a man of grave and reverend appearance, who was known
as the Judge, because he had once served as justice of the peace He was very
quiet and reserved, and had considerable dignity This man became my hero I
looked upon him as one who had scaled the dizziest heights of fame and honor, to sit
at a desk in a swivel chair, as he sat, and mould public opinion, was greater than
to be a king. I often heard people say that his editorials were hopeless rot, and I
felt Borry tSv them it was not the judge's fault if people had not the brains to
understand or appreciate him One day I wrote an editorial upon a subject which
was agitating the town, and carried it timidly to the judge, and asked him if he
thought it was of any account At first he loked at me severely, as an archangel
might look at some lesser seraph trying to break into the holy of holies, but after
he looked the article o\er he smiled and said that it was very good indeed for a be-
ginner. "I'll use it" said he, "try your hand again, but say nothing, for It is
against tht ethics of the profession to permit a cub reporter to write editorials "
Never shall I forget the great and sacred Joy that filled my bosom then, I felt like
kissing the hem of the judge's garment My admiration for him changed to love.
And when the paper appeared with my editorial almost unchanged, tears of joy
rolled down my cheeks I'll bet I read that editorial five hundred times, I sat up all
that night reading it, and I became familiar with every letter and punctuation mark
in it After that I gave the judge about a bushel of editorials every day, and the
editorial columns were practically filled with it, and I never ceased admiring the
goodness of that great man who thus gave me such a chance I never dreamed
then that the judge was quietly working me, he was as lazy as thunder, and he
had struck a snap As long as he remained with the paper I had the same rev er-
ent admiration for him Finally he surrendered to an enemy which had downed him
before, he got on a high lonesome and was fired "
A well known English lady novelist, whose enemies accuse her of taking herseli
somewhat too seriously, was entertaining a partv of her friends and conversation
ran largely upon her new book One voung man in the circle had not read the work.
"Accordingly, on rising from the table, and by way of abstracting himself from the
talkers who were still worrying their conversational bone, savs the London Out-
look, "he fixed his eyes on the female portrait which adorned the drawing room
wall Coming softly behind him. the lady novelist significantly said T think I
know what you are thinkingthat that picture reminds ou of Fredericka ' 'Of
Fredericka,' replied the young man blankly, 'what Fredericka9
returned the novelist, with surprise, for her latest heroine bore that name Then
the unbeliever pulled himself together 'No ' said he with a judicial head shake,
'that is not my notion of your Fredericka ' And he plumed himself on having got-
ten well out of the hobble But It was yet early for self gratulation 'Come here,
then, returned the hostess, seductively, 'come and sit down here beside me, and you
shall tell me what your notion of Fredericka is ' "
Cwually Observed. ^s&%'^IW^S
Mme. Toselli did not like a novel written by M Henri Caurln, and when she
saw the author on the streets of Nice, France, the other day she took two shots at
him. The cable says, "One bullet was deeply embedded in M. Cauvin's flesh " If ggt
this method of discouraging literary endeavor becomes popular the Authors* CU^y||
will have to take out more accident insurance JF*^
" Chicago Record-Herald
"Say old man," said the traveling salesman, "what became of that peach of a
stenographer you had the last time I was here' I don_t see why you ever let her
get away I've been looking forward for six months to the Joy of getting another
smile from her She was all right. If I'd been in your place I'd have had a piano in
here for her and made ararngements to have our meals brought up You ought to
have seen the sad look she gave me that morning I told you I didn't expect to get
aiound this wiy again for a year I felt mad at myself for making her so un-
happy Where is she''"
"She's married "
"The deuce' Confound it, I'm sorry to hear that. Got some badl-headed old
chump with money, I supopse'"
"WelL he's able to make ends meet"
- Pshaw' When did it happen'"
"About six weeks ago"
"That's just my luck I intended to make this trip in March, but our Boston man
got sick and I had to go down there Say, why did you let it come to that, anyway'"
"I couldn't help it You see she gave me a few smiles like the one you refer to,
and my heart was touched Won't you come out to the house and have dinner with
us' I know she'd be glad to see you "
"Thanks, no I've got to catch an early train for St Louis "
"* * ' There is a Vermont bookseller who never tires of repeating the retort that he
made to Rudyard Kipling This bookseller lives in Montpelier and Mr Kipling dur-
ing his residence in Vermont, visited his shop one day He is a thin, sharp man and
the poe?, taking an interest in him, questioned him about his business ' How
"many books do you sell a day here?" "What is the profit of bookselling in Mont-
pelier'" "Do they read me hereabouts?" These and other questions Mr Kipling
asked Finally he took up "Celibates " a work of George Moore s "Is this good' *
he said "I don't know, sir " "You don't know' \Vh\. haven t you read it' No.
sir." Kipling frowned at the littlejnan "A bookseller " he said "and o don't
read your own books'" The other, very much enraged retorted hotly. "If I were
druggist would you expect me to take my own drugs?"
Mv Fredericka,*

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