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s " In Behalf of Russian Jews.
The interview of the executive council
of the great Jewish organiiation B'Nai
B'Rith, which stand* for Jewish sentiment
in this country, with the president and
secretary of state, yesterday, at Washing
ton, with reference to intervention in be
half of the Russian Jews by our govern
ment, was, as might be supposed fruitless
in uch results as the American Jews de
The president and Secretary Hay re
ceived the deputation most cordially and
made very sympathetic speeches, the
president citing examples of the effective
ness of the Jewish policemen in New York,
as known to him thru his experience when
one of the police commissioners of that
city. Both gentlemen explained that noth
ing could be done at present, and that our
government could not assume that the
czar is not doing all that is In his power,
as "a lover of peace and religious toler
ance" ((Secretary Hay), to put a stop to
auch atrocities as the Kishenef massacre
and punish the guilty.
The president told the delegation of the
visit of Count Cassini, the Russian am
bassador, to the White House, where he
declared that the czar had already re
moved the governor of Kishinef and had
ordered the arrest of several hundred of
the participants in the outrages. Mr.
Hay commended the harried Russian Jews
to God and said that, "He who watches
over Israel does not slumber and that the
wrath of man, now, as so often in the
past, shall be made to praise Him." This
is well and piously said, but the B'Nai
B'Rith geneltmen would rather have the
sympathy with some aggression In it.
Not a Jew in the delegation believed that
Count Cassini spoke the truth, or is
often capable of speaking otherwise than
in strictly diplomatic language, which a
masterly diplomat once said was language
intended to conceal the truth. Cassini's
statement of alleged fact does not seem
to have any currency in Russia. The
count's deliverances on the subject of
Manchuria have proven so contradictory,
even when made to our government In an
official way, that dubiety must attach to
any other statement he may make. The
B'Nai B'Rith deputation desired our gov
ernment to promote unofficially or semi
officially, a petition to the czar in be
half of the amelioration of the present in
tolerable condition of the Russian Jews, as
his own subjects, or to issue a circular
note to the civilized powers embodying an
invitation to attend an international con
ference to consider persecutions and op
pressions growing out of religious pre
judices and hatred, and adopt means for
international concord preventing such
persecutions. The president has promised
to take these suggestions into consider
The experience of our government in
making the mildest kind of suggestions
t to Russia and Roumania, the chief Jew
baiting nations of Europe since Germany's
fierce anti-Semitic fury cooled down,
Js not encouraging for further action. Ru
amnia has not paid the slightest attention
to Secretary Hay's request that there be
an abatement of Jew-baiting on the
v ground that the persecution was driving to
\hla country a kind of immigration not
desired. Russia has officially suggested
^ in plain words that her internal troubles
are within her own province, and that
she would not tolerate outside interference
with these domestic affairs. The head
of the Russian police department so stated
. ^ officially the other day. A s the European
(powers declined to interfere with the
Turkish amusement of slaughtering Ar-
K menian Christians by the tens of thous
ands without lifting a finger to stop the
v deadly work, it is" not likely that they
, would promote an international congress
designed for unity of interference in the
interest of the Jews But such occur
rence as the Kishinef massacres have
startled the civilized world and invoked a
most serious contemplation of the Iniquity
of religious and racial hatred and intoler
ance in an age boasting of its higher intel
ligence and humane spirit, and which is
more and more coming under the influence
df the highest Christian and philosophic
teachings as to the brotherhood of the
human race and rejecting the medieval
theory of the mental and moral inferiority
of the Jew. Even Russia can be reached
in these latter days by the pressure of a
well-deflned public Opinion against such
*lind and oruel prejudices as the Kishinef
massacre suggests, expressed thru the out
side civilized world.
The street railway company really ought
to take up the suggestion of the real
estate men, that a regular observation
car be provided for the entertainment
and instruction of Minneapolis' guests
Such cars have proved very successful in
many other cities. They are Indispensa
ble to the hurry-up tourist of these days,
Who undertakes to see the whole west
ern part of the United States in fifteen
Tho interstate commerce commission's
report on the railways of the United
States for the fiscal year ending June 30,
1902, shows that out of 649,878,505 pas
sengers carried, only 345 were killed and
6,683 injured. These figures show that
when a man takes a train he has just one
chance in 1,833,708 of being killed and
-"one chance In 97,244 of being injured.
The record is put in better shape for the
railways when it is said that the passen
ger trains of the United States had last
' ye** to pil up a, mileage pf_ 57,072,283 be-
fore they could demand the sacrifice of a
human life. And still there is great room
for improvement. The English railways
are greatly superior to ours in the matter
of safeguarding life and limb. W e be
lieve that not a single passenger was
killed while traveling on a railway train
in England last year. To be sure, the
total English mileage is less than that
of some American system, but the densi
ty of traffic la much greater there than
Sunday Excursions. ,,- J, -
Will Chamberlain declares in the Da
kota Republican that people are losing in
terest in the Sunday excursion as a means
for recreation. This is a very broad state
ment and Is probably true only of some
peoplethe people who have recently
taken a Sunday excursion. To the man
who likes a quiet Sunday, whether by a
lake full of good fishing, in the library,
or in attendance upon religious and church
duties, the Sunday excursion is an abom
ination. Slipping out quietly and unos
tentatiously into the country for genuine
rest and recreation is a very different
matter from joining a {ree-fbr-all excur
sion to some place a hundred or two hun
dred miles away, starting At 3 o'clock in
the morning and getting back at 3 the
next morning. W e can well understand
how people who have gone thru such a
process of hurry and skurry mixed up
with congestion and indigestion, train
sickness, smoke, cinders, dust and bad
air, think the Sunday excursion is declin
But that is merely the retrospective
view, the opinion of the sated man. It
takes no account of the joy of anticipa
tion to people whose weekday lives are
full of routine and dull monotony. To
such persons a rush excursion on Sunday
with its prospect of meeting many
strangers, of seeing new sights and en
countering novel experiences is very pleas
ant. They really feel that their Week
days are so quiet and placid that the way
to get a rest on the seventh day is to
rush across the country, drink pop, take
a steamboat ride around a lake, smoke
many cigars, do as much as is possible
in twenty-four hours and conies home
thoroly exhausted. Some of these peo
ple no doubt feel later that the joys of
anticipation are greater than those of
realization, but many of them return from
a fatiguing Sunday excursion confident
that they have had a good time.
Mr. G. F. Ewe told The Journal
yesterday of a crop of winter wheat being
raised on a Manitoba farm. A s an evi
dence of the existence of a milder climate
In that province than is customarily
ascribed to it, such a demonstration may
be valuable, but it is hard to see that it
has any direct economic Importance, un
less it should be followed up with experi
ments that would prove that it is safer,
on account of August frosts to raise
winter than spring wheat in western
The Canadian press is so largely domi
nated by the manufacturing interests that
it is not until the country and agricultural
press is read that a student can get a
line on Canadian sentiment as to reci
procity with the United States. But when
he reads of ffjrmers' meeting after meet
ing, where the farmers complain of the
tariff on Ameilcan agricultural machinery
and also of the"5unerican tariff that causes
their hogs to sell at $6 in Toronto as
against $8 paid at Buffalo, he begins to
understand that, tho the loar of the pro
tected manufacturers is large, "there are
others" in Canada. One Ontario farmer
recently asserted that if Ontario farmers
had the privileges of buying and selling
freely in the United States, it would in
crease the annual output of the average
Ontario farm from $200 to $400.
Nothing to Pear from Irrigation.
One of the objections to the nationaliza
tion of irrigation is that it simply means
more and fiercer competition for 'the
farmers of the humid regions. Some of
these farmers, like some labor unions and
some combinations of capital, believe that
production should be restricted as much
as possible, or that, at any rate, the fed
eral government should not undertake to
stimulate competition in farming.
In the current number of Opportunity,
St. Paul, Mr. Guy E. Mitchell of the Na
tional Irrigation association, shows that
the eastern farmer has little to fear from
extensive irrigation even If it adds 100,-
000,000 acres of productive land to ifie
farm area of the United States, or sub
stantially one-eighth of the entire area
of the country now included in farms.
The irrigation engineers think that the
government will be accomplishing: -won
ders if it shall be able to prepare this land
for the plow fast enough to keep pace
with the growth of population. Moreover,
lands redeemed by irrigation are too val
uable, as a rule, to be used for growing
wheat and corn, the staple crops of the
humid region. Alfalfa, to be sure, de
mands a large acreage, but it in no way
competes with eastern forage crops. If it
were not raised, it would be impossible
to raise beef cattle in many parts of the
west. There are farms in the Yakima
valley in Washington where, under irri
gation, more than 100 bushels of wheat
may be raised to the acre, yet the farm
ers find fruits more profitable. Even if
there might appear to be some competi
tion, it would be entirely superficial, Mr.
Mitchell ably argues. Large portions of
the arid west will remain Indefinitely even
after reclamation, agricultural territory.
The manufacturing for them will be done
in the middle and eastern states. The
larger the population they maintain, the
larger their consumption of manufactured
products and the larger the consuming
power and demand of the eastern markets
for what the tributary country may raise.
A fair sample of Some of the distorted
ideas of the relations of labor unions to
the rest of society and to the nation is
to be found in a resolution adopted .yes
terday by the executive committee of the
Western Federation of Miners. Because
the president is an honorary member of
the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen,
this committee resolved that in sending
United States soldiers to quell riots at
Morencl, Ariz., the president was guilty of
treason to the principles of organized la
bor. This is the sort of idiotic nonsense
that makes the plain citizen with a some
what limited vocabulary feel like swearing
as the most direct and forcible way of ex-
, pressing his feelings. If to uphold public
1l2th& ik%^
peace and order and to use regulars to do
so in the territories of the United States
is treason to the principles of organized
labor, the country wants tolcn bw it, so"
that It can proclaim itself traitorous from
Maine to California.
The Strong Getting1
In America, as in England, the people
of the more fortunate classes seem to be
developing into a stronger and better
raoe, physically and mentally, and, per
haps, morally, than their ancestors. It is
good to know that if we are falling off
in quantity the American people are gain
ing in quality. The old Puritan stock is
hardly reproducing itself in the east and
IS declining in some states at an appall
ing rate, but what is left of the most
fortunate part of it is apparently stronger
than xthe members of the prolific genera
tions of the early part of the last cen
In England, and perhaps on the con
tinent, there is evidence to show that the
common people are losing in stature and
weight, but here even they seem to be
gaining, though it is to be expected that
the large influx of immigrants of small
stature ought to have some effect On the
average. But perhaps even small stature
will evolve Into large stature under the
conditions of plentiful and cheap food and
a generally superior environment!
The average height of the British re
cruit is now only 5 feet 6 Inches, and
during the Boer war it was found neces
sary to recommend the acceptance of all
men over 5 feet, as in no other way would
an army be raised. The average British
soldier also weighs very much less than
his predecessor of fifty years ago. A man
can't get into the American army unless
he is at least 5 feet 6 inches tall, and
the average height of the soldiders is 5
feet 7.5 inches A s to the continent of
Europe the reports are somewhat conflict
ing, tho it has recently been asserted in
England that compulsory military service
is raising the standard of physical man
hood thruout continental Europe. Sir
John Gorst recently asserted that one
fourth of the British people are not able
to get enough food properly to sustain
life. Undoubtedly there is a direct con
nection between such a hard life and the
deteriorating physical condition of the
English masses, It is certainly distress
ing to know that the upper classes are
getting stronger and the lower classes
weaker. The contrast suggests that not
very much can be accomplished for the
regeneration of the lower classes untU
their economic environment is so much
improved that ten million people shall
not have to go hungry to bed every day
in their lives. Poverty may be a good
school for some of the virtues, but
evidently it does not make individuals
strong and healthy or nations great and
Turning to the American college man,
we find that he is an inch taller and three
pounds heavier than his father was. The
Roman soldier was a pigmy compared
with the football player of these days, and
the gladiator of old times was no worthy
foeman for the modern prize fighter.
The college girl, and, indeed, all the girls
of families in comfortable circumstances
are physically larger and stronger than
their foremothers
The superior economic conditions of
America which have bred a physically, at
least, superior race are to some extent
passing away with the complete occupa
tion of the continent. In the future we
will have to look to improved laws to in
sure that the masses shall have the en
vironment without which improvement
for any great portion of them is impossi
It is said that most of the assassinations
in Kentucky are due to local politics. Ken
tucky has 40,000 square milesabout half
the area of Minnesotaand yet has 119
counties to our 83, while the population
of the two states is about the same.
About two-thirds of these Kentucky coun
ties are counties that take more out of
the state treasury than they put in.
"Whenever a Kentucky governor," says
a correspondent of the New York Post,
"can secure a complaisant legislature
willing to perpetuate his name, he induces
It to form a new county for that purpose."
Each of these pauper counties has its full
quota of officers, and as the inhabitants
are not very actively engaged in agricul
ture or business, a multitude of incentives
exists to the formation of bitter political
factions for the control of these offices,
with their cash salaries. If bunches of
these counties could be consolidated intoj
one, many causes of feuds would be elim
inated, and it would be easier to secure
If American naval officers are to be
called upon to "go httd ociety'r
representatives of Uncle Sam they ought
to be provided with public funds to meet
the- cost of the social events that are not
of their own seeking. In time of peace
one of the principal duties of the naval
officers on foreign stations is to participate
In international dinners, balls and recep
tions, etc. As a rule the officers partic
ipate in theSe affairs as representatives
of their country, and not as individuals.
Unless Uncle Sam desires to eliminate
the interchange of courtesies between na
tions in which naval officers act as social
ambassadors, he should be prepared to
foot the bill. It is unworthy of this great
nation to send its officers to "jolly" the
German emperor and the British king and
then require them to pay the fiddler.
Stranger. \
Mrs. Ella W. Feaftie makes"'a plea for
"fine writing" in te June Otitic and be
wails the tendenoy to "matter-of-faot-
ness," insisted on by^some critics. "We
must beware lest we decorate our ideas,"
says she "We must dare apostrophize
nothing we are inoculated against pas
sion, and phantasy is as out of favor as
embezzlement it is not thought quite sane
to be enthusiastic about anything to be
ardent is as great an offense as to be un
sophisticated, and any one who is elo
quent may expect the sardonic lifting of
the brows at his expense."
While it is true that hysterically emo
tional novels of the elder day are gen
erally reprobated, andMrs. Caroline Lee
Hentz and her school ate out of print,
it Is certainly not true that fine writing
in fiction, biography or history has been
put under the ban. and that readers de
spise rhetorical finish and symptoms of
passion and emotion and enthusiasm.
There is certainly an increasing number
of persons who objecCto the* ebullitions of
an inebriated imagination and verbal law
lessness and tangled Thantasems But no
intelligent reader would have the refine
ments of writing crushed under the wheels
of pitiless matter-of-fact Juggernautism.
O.Edgar, Minneapolis^ New loik, D. Apple
ton * Co
This little volume by the well known edi
tor of the Northwesiernr Miller is full of
interest and valuable information for all
who are interested in wheat, as raiser,
dealer, flour miller, and all persons inter
ested in the great economic questions of
the day. In twelve chapters Mr. Edgar
introduces his subject, discusses the wheat
berry, the early history of wheat, wheat in
modern times, Britain the great wheat
mart, Argentina as a wheat grower, wheat
in the United States, the wheat fields of
to-day, the wheat fields of to-morrow, the
milling of wheat, the progress of milling,
transportations and tariffs. One of the in
teresting portions of the book is that
which explains how hard wheat, so long
in disfavor, began to be the great milling
wheat of the United States in the early
Mr. Edgar says that the coming of the
purifier made spring wheat flour far
better. Before its invention and
use it was regarded as far in
ferior to flour from Whiter wheat,
being strong but of poor color. The meth
od of milling then in use was such that
the intrinsic value of spring wheat was
unknown and unsuspected. "A machine
was introduced in Minnesota in 1870," says
Mr. Edgar, "which was to milling what
the reaper was to agriculture No other
one machine accomplished what it did for
the world of bread eaters. About the time
of its introduction good flour sold for $10
or more a barrel. The average price for
patent flour in these times is about one
third of its average then." This machine
was invented by Edmund N. La Croix.a na
tive of France, who built the first success
ful purifier in Minneapolis in 1870. It is
sad to learn that he profited nothing by
his great invention. The story of the
LaCioix improvements and how another
obtained the credit for them is verv inter
esting as well as the story of the litigation
over the purifier that ensued Mr Edgar
deals broadly and intelligently with the
question of western Canada wheat and
predicts that ere long Canada will wrest
the supremacy in wheat raising from the
United States Mr Edgar is particularly
well qualified to discuss wheat transporta
tion and tariffs and to many his discussion
of these subjects will be the most inter
esting in a very interesting book.
Couug Rice New York McCluie, Phillips
& Co. Minneapolis. N McCarthy.
The author of this book is the husband
of the author of "Mrs Wiggs of the Cab
bage Patch"Alice Caldwell Hegum of
Louisville, Ky. He has contributed verses
of no little merit tor the leading period
icals, and in this frakedy he has put his*
best and mature^r thought, choosing the
fifteenth century a&rthe
Foyer Chat.
Two large audiences witnessed A. C.
Gunter's excellent comedy drama, "Mr.
Barnes of New York,' as played by the
Ferris company, last night and this aft
ernoon. The piece seems to please this
patrons of the pretty Lyceum.
Next week, opening Sunday evening,
the Ferris company will be seen in George
JjEcFarland's best play, "The Fatal Card *'
*/^\ + UP TO HIM. N** "*%y
Boston Herald.
Mr. JuStwed (at the station)Great
heavens! I thought I -wired you not to
bring your father and mother home with
Mrs. JustwedThey opened the tele
gram, and that's what they've come to
see you about
A young lady in crossing the ocean
Grew ill from the ship's dizzy mocean
She said With a Sigh
And a tear in her eigh *.
"Of living I've no longer a noceah." "
Chicago News.
* - s
the last volume of his "Source Readers
of American History" to the "Romance
of the Civil War."
The Macmillan company say in their
notes: "Miss Elizabeth C. Yates, a sister
of the Irish poet, has started in Dublin a
"Dun Emer Press," in which she is at
tempting to rival the Kelmscott work..
Paper made of pure linen has been pro
oured from Irish mills, and Miss Yeats
is doing her own printing, with the help
of an assistant. Her first volume is to be
a collection of peoms by W. B. Yeats
In the Seven Woods." These are de
scribed as being peoms 'chiefly of the Irish
heroic age.' Early in May Miss Yeats wrote
to a friend i N ew York that all the short
s *S*A\$
n *n
period and Italy
the locality. He has not overburdened his
pages with characters, but he portrays
with considerable power a succession of
intrigues, outbursts of passion and jeal
ousies and leaves the reader contemplat
ing a double tragedy thru a fatal misun
derstanding. There are some fine pas
sages in the tumultuary interviews be
tween Antonio, the "Duke of Leucadla'S
son, and Helena, the daughter of Haemon,
tortured by evil prophecies and doubts,
yet constantly pleading her love for An
tonio, as:
- *****
Then would I lean forever at thy lips,
Lose no reveroerance, no ring, no waft.
Hear nothing everlastiugly hut them!
And the prophecy of her drowning was.
verified, for she had seen a vision even
in the ecstacy of-love:
A waste of waves that beat
Upon a cliffand heat' Yet thou and I
Had place in it.
By Mary White, author of "How to Make Bas-
kets." Illustiated New York: Doubleday,
Page & Co Minneapolis N McCarthy.
Price $1.
In her former work, Miss White devoted
her directions and suggestions to the
simpler forms of basket making. In this
book, she enters into the aesthetics of
"basket making and she certainly deserves
the thanks of the public for her agencv
in developing interest 4n this most useful
industry, in which even small children
now engage without -Using costly tools
or machinery. The making of baskets Is
a very ancient and jiortorable industrj,
and it is a matter of congratulation that
the past few years have witnessed-a wide
extension of the Industry From being the
handicraft of Indians, the industry has
become a feature of the public and pri
vate school curricula and has become a
feature of society amusement and stud}
Miss White makes many suggestions
looking to the development of new and
elegant aesthetic forjrts of basket making
which require new appliances and mate
rials. She says: "A well made basket
shows more than dexterity and skillit
stands for patience and stick-to-itiveness
and has the value of all-good work. Best
of all, children love the craft and would
rather weave baskets or wander afield in
search of natural material for weaving
or dyes than do anything else you can
suggest." The book Is well illustrated
and especially explicit instructions are
given in the making of flower baskets,
and hanging baskets, aid there is an in
teresting chapter on the making of raffia
and palm leaf hats. ,
as the
Dana, Eses & Co , Boston, have pub
lished "Poems^ and Verses," by Carol Nor
ton, author of "Woman's Cause" and "The
N ew World," whose work has the key
note of life, peace, immortality, the an
swer of the intelligent and devout soul
to all questionings as to the meaning of
the present and the to come.
Ginn & Co, Boston, announce "Dis
courses on War," by William Ellery
Channing, the third volume in the Inter
national Library published by them. The
Massachusetts* Peace society was founded
in 1815 in Channlng's study and he was
its animating spirit and his voice was
against war thruout his life.
Herbert S. Stone & Co., Chicago, an
nounce "The Strange Adventures of Mr
Middleton," a tale of Chicago, h y Warden
Curtis, of Madison, Wis.
John Lane announces Shakspere's
poems in sme volume octavo, uniform with
the thirty-six volumes of the Vale Press
Shakspere's Plays. **-
John Lane will soon issue a new and
revised edition of Richard Garneft's ^'The
Twilight of the Gods," with additional
stories, and a collection of sea stories en
titled "Life in the MercantHe Marine,"
by Charles Protheroe.
Professor Albert Bushnell Hart devotes
JUNE 18, 1903.
"'v -~r\
Our old childhood's friend, Noah,'would have been right in his element in the f
southwest, tho he might have been bothered by negro roustabouts and river thieve* |
stealing his animals.^
h Paris under
the title "La ViM e Intense.""Circumstance"
r A
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has been called for to the extent of 38 000
Miss Scidmore^ sayas her "Winter In
a i
Centu 5
and civil servants. - * - There was
the major's wife, fat, brune, and long past
40, wrinkles drawn in lines of pearl pow
der around her eyes and under her chin.
* * No one in India reads Kipling,'
S n i ^P^lfvely. 'We do not esteem
him at all He does not tell the truth
about anythings. Why, a very
common, sort of person here. He
only with the "Tommies " as
u ?associated
e L
hl booksallhefulwasf l o things
about the sergeants' and the soldiers'
wives and their class Of course, as he
never associated with ladies, or went with
the nice chaps of the regiments, how could
he know anything about society, about
Government House, or the Simla sets?
Why in that ridiculous story and
she told me In detail how he had it all
wrong about the Godsbys, the
The commencement exercises at the Kingsville university and at the Sweet Pea
Female institute and the reception of the Kingsville university catalog for 1904
recall the fact that as time is passing even the higher education is getting higher.
A glance at the university catalog shows that everything is optional -on the intellec-
tual menu For the first year choice is offered between "comparative Study of the
Root Forms of Ancient Spanish" and a course in "Dodekahedral Tetrahedron*
wfth a view to Associate Geologic Formations of the Upper Jurassic Period and a
comparative view of Trenton Limestone Formations " In the intervals of football
the freshman may also amuse his leisure moments with forty-two weeks on th
Greek enclitic "de " or he may attempt to get to the bottom of "The Use of the In
flnitive In the Cuneiform Inscriptions from the Palaces of Tiglath Pileser." A fel-
low came in from the country the other day and wanted to get a little Greek, Latin,
geometry and history for a starter. Nobody seemed to know much about these
studies, and he decided to go to a business college and get rich.
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The Houston Signal is twenty-one years old, and has celebrated the event by
moving. Nels' dray got a hot box lugging the heavy editorial, but the Signal is now
waving from a new pole.
"P nin y Publicatio n "[A t
Lahore] we found a whole table full of
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charact ersEnglish army people
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London publishers,the spent over hal mil
p e!Ls,o
nal ly on "Dictionaryf oaf Na -
tional Biography."
Smart Set
Jii f
ecei X
ed '
s aernoon," said the
nriglit-evfd, common-sense girl, the while
a light blush of maidenly coyness tinted
her peach-hued cheeks, "a written pro
posal of marriage from Horace J Poke
long, the rising young attorney, and "
Huh! that petrified dub'" jealously
ejaculated the voung dry goods dealer,
who had been hanging back because of his
timidity and excessive adoration
"He says," proceeded the maiden, gen
tly ignoring the interruption, and reading
aloud from the interesting document, "I
have carefully and comprehenslvelv anal
yzed my feelings toward you, and the re
sult is substantially as follows, to-wit. I
respect, admire, adore and love you, and
hereby give, grant and convey to you my
heart and all my Interest, right and title
in and to the same, together with all my
possessions and emoluments, either won.
Inherited or in any other manner acquired]
gained, anticipated or expected, with full
and complete power to use, utilize, give
away, bestow or otherwise make use of
the same, anything heretofore stated, ex
pressed, implied or understood, in or by
my previous condition, standing, walk, at
titude or actions, to the contrary notwith
standing, and I furthermore '-' "
' II!" fairly shouted the listener, spring
ing to his feet and extending his arms.
"Miss BriskMaudI love you' Will you
marry me?"
"Yes, I will"' promptly answered the
lass, as she contentedly snuggled up m
his encircling embrace. "And I'll reply
to the ponderous appeal of that pedantic
procrastinator with the one expressive
slangism, 'Nit'' I am yours, Clarence!"
New York World.
The creation of the fortune of Benja
man F. Jones, who died the other day,
estimated in his home city of Pittsburg
at $50,000,000, was one of those odd events
that are wholly unavailable in'support of
the contention that pure luck or chance
plays no inconsiderable part in human af
Jones owned a small forging shop thirty
years ago, and had no apparent prospects
of entering millionairedom. One day an
employe, a careless fellow, let a pair of
cold tongs slip from his hands and they
fell between the rollers. Examination of
the tongs when they were recovered dis
closed tho fact that the metal in them
nad been accidentally rrsde into an ex
ceptionally high-grade quality of steel.
The patent secured on that purely chance
discovery was the passport of Jones of
Pittsburg to one of the largest fortunes
in the country, and incidentally to political
immortality as the chairman of Blaine's
presidential campaign committee, who
"fried the fat" out of such manufacturers
as were sluggish in their contributions.
The perverse moral of this story is ac
centuated by the fact that the careless
workman who droppad the tongs was re
warded for his carelessness with a gift of
$20,000. Young Americans will, neverthe
less, do well to believe that, as a rule,
large fortunes are not made by chance,
but by deep thinking and hard working
and also that painstaking, not careless
ness, is the main highway to success.
I am thine,
Thine, more than immortality is God's!
Hear, does the nightingale not tell it thee?
The stars, do they not tremble it, the morn
Murmur it urgently Into thine eyes?
A law suit which may probably be
claimed as the oldest in the world is re
ported from the Trentina. The two com
munes of Galllo and Foza have been for
four centuries in litigation for the pos
session of an extensive tract of woodland,
which has assumed the character of a
virgin forest, with trees of colossal size,
which no man dares to touch Spots are
still pointed out where 200 years ago the
two communes fought pitched battles for
the disputed wood. Apparently the hom
erlc struggle is as far from closing as
President Jacob Gould Schurman of
Cornell university was born in Nova
Scotia. Last Fourth of July his young
son used up all his firecrackers before
dusk and begged his father for more
money. "I'll give you some more, my
son," said the professor, "if you will tell
me what you are celebrating." "That's
easy, dad," said the lad, who was born
in New York state. "This is the anni
versary of the day when we licked you
fellows." An extra and unexpectedly
large supply of cash was forthcoming on
the spot.
The Eskimos possessed the most re
markable place of worship in the world It
was a sealskin church. Forty sealskins,
stretched over a little framework, and in
this tent, 18x12 feet, services were held
every Sunday But the church came to
an untimely end. One hard winter the
Eskimos' dogs, being half famished, dined
on the sealskins, and only the frame was
left The Eskimos have now erected a
dog-proof tabernacle.
Fargo Forum.
The Iowa idea is not dead but simply
sleeping It should be termed the western
idea, for it is by no means confined to
Iowa, nor did it originate In that state.
Oakes, N. D., Republican.
Just now the politicians are engaged in
the pleasant pastime of making a presi
dent A little later the people will take
that duty upon themselves and return
President Roosevelt. - *-
Philadelphia Press
"Talking of ships." said Mr Phunniman "I
suppose courtship might properly be considered
a transport."
"Sometimes," replied Miss Loveylipz,ofdream-
n7.- .'.'it
ta nothing less than a soit w or -
-jit mm4$m&m^
'," Casually Observed. S4, ~ ,
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A hearsemobile has not been built yet, and we are not anxious to ride in it^
when it is.
printed, and that the play which finishes
the book was nearly done."at
Roosevelt's "The Strenuous Life" has
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shed ri
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Four circuses are flaunting their gorgeous banners thru the northwest Liffc"
for the small boy this year is almost too full of glory.
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In a lecture in England Mr. Carnegie complained of caste in Great Britain, and
stated that in the United States if the plumber's son is a stronger and better man
intellectually and morally than the millionaire's son, he goes up top. Asked how
he reconciled this assertion with the existence of the so-called smart set in N ew
York, Mr. Carnegie answered that with us the smart people do not count. W e laugh
at them. We give them nothing to do. Englishmen, on the other hand, would place
such people at the head of their government departments Seems to us that the
plumper's son goes to the top anyhow, no matter whs* his intellect or morals. If
not, what does the plumber do with it?
and others, for she knew some people who
were in Simla that year, and it thi
way, etc.,
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The Washington department of The Journal sends this column an interest-
ing story told on himself by Congressman John J. Gardner of New Jersey, in which
that statesman describes his "cure" of a case of love for a circus queen. It was
almost a first love, dating, in fact, from
one of his earliest visits to a circus. She
came out, resplendent in tights, gauze
and spangles, as the congressman re
calls, a vision of loveliness and grace,
and did stunts on a prancing steed.
Tohn saw her thru a haze, and he
took away a memory which went
with him for forty years. He
grew to manhood, married
^ and had children but he
v^V^ NV\ frankly admitted that his
-^^^er* ideal of feminine grace re-
'" mained always the lis-
some, airy equestrienne.
Often he thought of her, and
wondered who she was, and where.
One day he spoke of that early ex
perience to Dan Gardner, a well
known olrcus man.
"That was my daughter, Eliza,"
the old man exclaimed, and he named the year and town
where the circus showed, and where the statesman had
encountered the lasting experience of the heart The
two men talked, and the congressman learned that Eliza was no longer leaping on
and off the bare-backed dappled charger, but was now a settled matron of middle
age, engaged in rearing six large children, and living in southern California.
"You tell her," said the congressman, "if she ever comes east, to let me know.
I want to see her and be disillusioned."
It was two years after this conversation that Congressman Gardner was seated
in his office at Atlantic City, drawing private pension bills and waiting for people
to come in and be insured A lady with a gingham dress and outlandish sunbonnet,
entered, looked at him with an amused expression for a moment, and finally asked:
"Are you disillusioned? I am Eliza Gardner "
The congressman learned later that the gingham dress and bonnet were for
his special benefit.
And he never told whether he was disillusioned or not
From a London Letter.
In the British capital they have been having a Dickens exhibition, including
many pictures of the scenes and characters made immortal by the great novelist
In the exhibition is a famous portrait, painted by W. P. Frith, R A., who tells the
following interesting story of its painting:
"It was early m the fifties that John Forster asked me to paint a portrait of
Dickens for him I gladly consented, and was about to propose a day for the first
sitting, when Forster stopped me by mentioning what he called a most unfortunate
propensity which Dickens had developedhe was actually growing a mustache!
" 'Tis just a fancy of the moment," said Forster, "and we must wait till the craze
has passed away.'
"A very few months convinced us that the mustache, so far from passing away
was rapidly growing into what threatened to be a formidable beard so. unless one*
half of the face was to be lost to us. no more time should be lost.
"My idea was to paint him in his working clothes, but when I found that he
always wore a light blue silk coat with big red cuffs every morning when he took
pen in hand, I remonstrated so successfully that, after a little hesitation, he con-
sented to wear the black jacket in which he now appears at South Kensington. The
sittings took place at my house in Bayswater. Dickens was a delightful modelal-
wayrf amiable, and if tired, successfully hid his fatigue. Mustaches, now so dread-
fully common, were rare in 1856. In Dickens' case the handsome mouth is only par-
tially covered.
"Edwin Landseer and Dickens were fast friends, and when Landseer, on his re-
turn from a long sojourn on the continent, saw the beard for the first time, he took:
no notice of it. This puzzled Dickens, who, after a while, stroking his mustache,
said: 'How do you like thisan Improvement, eh?' *Yes,' drawled Landseer 'its
advantage is that one sees less of you.' .
"While my portrait was progressing Dickens was giving readings of his own
works at the Hanover Square Rooms. 'Would you care to hear me read?' he asked
one day. 'Indeed I should,' said I. 'Well, I will send you tickets for the night that
the Pickwick trial comes off. That'll do, won't it?' 'Right well,' said I.
"Sam Weller appeared in due course, but in the hands of the author of his being
he was a timid, soft-spoken creature, who seemed afraid of the sound of his own
voice, instead of the self-possessed, almost impudent dog he always seemed to roe.
An artist friend of mine, not overburdened with the riches of this world, asked me
to get him tickets of Dickens for the reading My friend's address was given, and
in flue course the tickets were sent. Before the reading took place I met my impe-
cunious friend, and on hearing from him that the Pickwick reading was to come off,
I Warned him against disappointment m re Sam Weller. In the course of a sitting
Dickens asked me point blank if I liked his reading of the famous trial I took
my courage in both hands and told him how disappointed I was with Sam Weller.
H e seemed to me, said I, afraid of the sound of his own voice, and I enlarged a little
upo nthls. All this he tpok in perfect good humor not a word in reply.
"The reading took place, and shortly after I met my artist friend 'Well,' said L
'wonderful, wasn't it?' My friend interrupted me, saying- 'What on earth did you
mean by that account you gave me of Sam Weller? Why, the fellow's replies came
from Dickens like pistol shots!' Oh, oh, thought I at the next sitting I wni ha
this out with you, my illustrious friend.
" 'Well, Frith, did your friend like the reading?' 'Delighted,' said I, 'especially
with Sam Weller. Altered a little, I fancy, wasn't he? No pistol shots when yours
truly was there, sir, Mr. Dickens,' I continued, 'this is a proud moment for me I
have always heard that you take nobody's advice about any earthly thing * 'Oh, my
dear fellow,' was the reply, T am always open to conviction when I am wrong, but I
am so seldom wrong that no wonder if a little mistake escapes me. Well, yes, I
made Sam a good deal smarter.' Thus ran the immortal words, and I am proud of
"I still possess many letters of Dickens, among them one of 1842, in which he
asks me to do him the favor of painting two pictures for him, one of Dolly Varden,
the other Kate Nickleby. The work was finished, and the author came to pass judg-
ment. Never can I forget standing behind him as he examined the pictures
"After looking for what seemed to me a long time he caid* 'Capital they are
just what I meant. Ever so much obliged to you, my dear Frith,' and then- 'What
a pretty Dolly! 'Tis from nature, I suppose, eh?' 'Yes, of course,' said I 'We ne-ver
paint or try to paint without nature before us' 'Who stood for Dolly?' 'A Miss
Turner,* said I, 'one of our best models.' N o sooner had I uttered the last word,
which in my vernacular was pronounced 'moddle,' than I saw an expression on
Dickens' face whlch'l shall never forget, and In the next number of 'Martin Chuzzle-
wit* 'the youngest gentleman in company,' who had hitherto been nameless, wals
referred to as 'Mr. Moddle.' W e artists never say 'model.' "
- . Kansas City Journal. 3|
Thirty-three years ago Frank A. Woodward of Maryville, now a prosperou*
darpenter of 62 years, worked as a hand on a farm near Ottawa, Kan. A buxom
young Kansas lassie made her home at the same place. They drove to "lite^aries,
and dances together, and of course fell in love. Woodward decided he was too young
to marry, and returned to Missouri. The pair almost forgot each other, and he
married another girl and she another young man named Tfhacker Seven years ago
Mrs. Thacker became a widow. A few months ago when Mrs Thacker was visit-
ing in Ohio she learned that her old, lover had written inquiring her whereabouts.
She herself answered the letter. Last week they met in S t Joseph. They had not
seen each other for thirty-three yars, and did not rcognize each other and Wood-
ward, in his nervousness, grabbed another woman at the union station and came
near kidnaping her. This little incident was satisfactorily smoothed over, how-
ever, and the couple were married and are living happy ever after It takes a long
time for some of these youthful passions to burn so low that they pap't be made to
flare up again.

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