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Hirtford Building.
The President's Message.
To judge from the subjects treated
in the message transmitted by Mr.
Taft to Congress, the Chief Executive
contemplates making a number of rec
ommendations, dealing entirely with
questions arising out of our foreign
We agree fully with the President
that the fundamental foreign policies
of the United States should be raised
above the conflict of partisanship, for
only in such a manner can we expect
to increase still more the volume of
our exports to an extent to which Mr.
Taft would have reason to point with
pnde. He sajs that it is due entirely
to the efforts of the State Department,
as reorganized under his administra
tion, and to the merit svstem and spe
cialized work now fully in vogue in
our diplomatic service that contracts
have been secured from foreign gov
ernments alone involving an outlay of
at least fifty millions in the factories
of this countrv.
e aUo subscribe to his urgent de
sire that efforts on our part ought not
to be diminished to grasp every oppor
tunity to appear advantageously in for
eign markets, as they soon will be in
dispensable to our continued prosper
ity, which needs expansion "There
are manj fields" the President adds,
'in which American products ought to
predominate, and would do so, were
it nut for the efforts on the part of
other commercial governments to pre
empt such opportunity for their re
spective nations"
In short, Mr Taft has developed
the idea that a State Department
should not onlv lie considered an "or
nament " a "diplomatic channel for po
litical representation." but it ought to
be made to do ac'ual sen ice for the
benefit of its countrv, cpcciallv so of
a commercial and trading nation, and
he has worked out .these ideas in reor
ganizing it from top to bottom What
follows was to be expected, for it is
the nccessarv cqucl to the above The
President once more breaks a lance
for a large merchant marine, and from
the purclj commercial point of view,
which he takes he is absolutely justi
fied when he avs- "America cannot
take its proper place in the most im
portan fields of commercial activity
and enterprise unless aided bv a strong
marine "
The President certainlv- has demon
strated that he is a peace-loving man
All his undertakings have proved this
ampl cspecialh his "universal peace"
programme offered to European na
tions Taking this for granted, how
ever is not there something that may
be read between the lines in his fol
lowing statement
We must not wart for events to
overtake u unawares With con
tinuity of purpose we must deal with
the problems of our external relations
bv a diplomacy, modern, resourceful,
magnanimous, and fittingly expressive t
ot nigli ideals
Leaving out the 'high ideals," this
would simplv be made to express in
plain English "If vou desire peace,
if you wish to avoid war, be prepared
at all times "
That Mr. Taft should regret the fail
ure of his two attempts at arbitration
and at reciprocit with Canada is not
surprising lie meant well, indeed,
and time alone will bear him out as a
man of broad, peaceful international
ideas, to whom war and slaughter is
His rap to the Senate for not sanc
tioning the "O-called "loan convention,"
by means of which might have been
averted useless loss "of life and the
bombardment of defenseless aties in
Central America is merited, for it de
prived this government of the chance
of executing its well-developed policy
of extending aid to our weak sister
republics, a policy which was fore
shadowed by Mr. Knox's trip last
And, in conclusion, we certainly ad
mit that the United States has reason
to look with pride upon our great
work in Panama; that the opening of
the Canal is fated to ring in a new
era in our international life, and that
the nation should meet the situation
fittingly by taking the commercial lead
of the world
But whether, as a retiring Chief
Executive, Mr. Taft will impress Con-
cress to the extent that he evidently J
anticipates, is another question. Per
haps so ! We hope that his well-meant
effort may! But whom he will im
press is the majority of fair-minded.
patriotic Americans, who will see
nothing but a sincere desire on his
part for the oomnercial aggrandize
ment of our nation and for high,
peace-loving ideals in our international
Declared to Be a "Bad" Trust.
The reversing by the Supreme Court
of the United States of the decision
of the Federal Circuit Court's dismis
sal of the government's suit against
the merger of the Southern Pacific
Railroad with the Union Pacific (as
effecting an unlawful combination in
restraint of interstate trade, and di
recting a decree to be entered, order
ing its dissolution), rests upon the
simple ground that there was compe
tition between the two lines of rail
road with regard to an important part
of their traffic, which had been sup
pressed by the control acquired by
stock ownership by the Union
Pacific over the rival line to the Pa
cific Coast The decision was accom
panied by an injunction against the
voting of Southern Pacific shares by
the Union Pacific Company.
It may be added that the finding of
the lower Federal tribunal had been
based upon the established fact that
the merger had accomplished a "use
ful purpose in creating a through line
to the Pacific Coast" In other words,
that particular combine was consid
ered by three justices of the Circuit
bench to be a "good trust" But the
highest court evidently could not see
it in the light urged by the late Mr
In rendering this important decision
the Supreme Court leaves open the
way for the adoption of a plan bv
which the Central Pacific, which once
was owned by the Southern Pacific,
now may pass into control of the
Union Pacific so as to, after all, give
it a through line to the Coast Such
a scheme would require the sanction
of the court, and, no doubt, would
receive it. because that verv thing was
a part of the government's sugges
tion in bringing the suit in the first
place "for the restoration of competi
tion" between the transcontinental
What makes this decision of especial
interest and importance is its signifi
cance to other railroad combinations
of the country.
Panic Hate for "Call" Money.
The causes of a 20 per cent rate for
money in New York end of last week,
we hope, were only temporary. "Ul
timo" settlements account partly for
the withdrawals of funds. Interest re
quirements last week were Sioo 000,000,
and cash holdings of New York banks
had been drawn down by a strong
demand from the interior for funds,
especially from the corn and cotton
belts The subtrcasurj there had
thus lost something like $10000000
in cash, besides half a million had
been shipped to San Francisco and a
million to Montreal
Our currency not being elastic, the
effect of a sudden withdrawal 01 funds
is to create a stnngencv, sending up
the "call" rate Time loans, of course,
were but little affected, hut "call"
mone went up to 20 per cent This
rate has been reached onl once, but
at no time exceeded since the dajs
follow ing the panic of 1907. It is not
to the credit of our sagacity as a fore- J
most nation that, despite repeated
warnings, we should maintain a cur
rency system under which money
rates mav rise to panic figures With
drawals from New York would re
duce balances only partly, if country
banks were not carrvmg their legal
reserves on deposit at that great
money center As it i", whenever
these funds are withdrawn, there is
bound to be a financial disturbance.
Our currency ought to be expand
able so as to meet sudden demands!
and to prevent panic rates or strin
gency We are told that in this re
spect the best svstem is that of Can
ada Overissues there are prevented
by the redemption method, which is!
facilitated bv the fact that most of
the local banks are mere branches or
a small number of centrally managed
banks Such a branch banking sys
tem, however, is not popular in this
country, and. as a consequence, there
are some difficulties in providing a re
demption svstem that would secure the
retirement o'f currency whenever 'he
need of it should subside.
The United States, as the foremost
mechanical nation on earth, ought
not to be backward in its finan
cial methods to the extent that
the withdrawal of a few millions
of currency from the banking cen
ters can drive call loans up to
panic rates With adequate preven
tion of overissues, the Canadian sys
tem shows the advantages of a cur
rency based only upon the assets of
a bank.
There should be a law limiting the
number of sportsmen a gunner may kill
In one season.
Fifty-dollar hose of white silk, set with
diamonds, for a Washington bride. This
la going some!
Time for the Balkan states to beware
when Russia, and Austria agree.
Mr. Wilson Is infringing on a noted
copyright by saying that he has a "bully
time" in Bermuda,
Supposing that "unfortunate" error In
In the transmission of a telegram,
which sent French troops hurrying to
the German border, liad been duplicated
on tho other side of the Una?
A man who oves his school at all
Finds life no Idle dreamt"
He has to -take six weeks In fall
To coach the football team.
He -lets his. business slide ones more
With Bill and Jim and Tom.
When they go back to coljego for
The January prom.
In business comes another break
When he packs up his grip
To go and help the glee club make
Its February trip.
No use In going back: to work
When March cornea down the line.
For then "the man who doesn't shirk
Must coach the baseball nine.
Uncle Penny-wise Snysl
I repeat, the man who didn't vote ought
not to be allowed to kick.
Then Let 'Km Fight. '
"It will be a cinch to be elected Presi
dent when the term Is only one term of
six years "
"How will you work ltt"
"I'll secretly promise the Job of Am
bassador to England to every voter I
meet Then, after election, they can
scrap It out"
December 4 In History.
December 4. 1511 Leonardo de Vine,
the great architect designs a marble hen
house for the Duke of Milan
December 4, IMS Ivan the Terrible Joins
a mandolin club
Tired of Ills Pom.
"Well. I was the defeated candidate;
wasn't I"
"You w ere "
"I have congratulated the successful
candidate, thanked the voters, taken all
the Joshing, and smiled a cracked smile
for a month."
"What about if"
"Simply this, I am now going to take a
day on", go out Into the woods, and cuss "
.Vo -White Lights.
Our grandpas boasted of their homes.
They seem benighted men.
But still, one explanation comes
There were no grillrooms then
One Adrnntnge.
"When ou He In bed late jour muscles
relax, jour nerves become flabby, digest
ive action slows down, and all sorts of
evils result "
'Still, you ain't likely to get run over
by an automobile."
A DIlHenlt Fent.
"The President-elect Is being over
whelmed with messages and letters, and
Is said to be getting somen hat Irritated
about It"
'So I understand I wonder how r
could get word to him that I have re
frained from bothering hlm
After Thanksgiving.
"Tramps quit bothering me for several
days, but here they come again "
I had the same experience They fig
ure now that the turkey has been all
used up."
Art Collection of
Gen. Sickles May
Never Be Sold
New lork, Dec. 1 The personal effects
of Gen. Daniel E. Sickle", which were to
have been sold to-morrow to satisfy a
Judgment ot K.D09 against him b) the
Dank of the Metropolis will not now be
sold until December 12, If at all
Sheriff Harburger announced to-day
that somo of the wealthy members of his
panels of sheriff s Jurors had already
raised 11.000 toward keeping the paintings
and others works of art of the generals
from going under the h-unmer. and to-
cay he made arrangements with the at
torney of tho bank to postpone the sale
until Tuesday after next, Dy wnicn time
the sheriff hopes it will not be necessary
to hold any sale at all
Tho sheriff said to-day that he had al-
readi some responses from the invita
tions to attend tho sale which he had
sent out to seventy wealths men. and he
was still In hopes that tho general and
former sheriff would be "spared the hu
miliation of having his valuable objects
of art taken from him In the twilight of
his life "
Chamber of Commerce Is Getting
Referendum on duration.
A referendum on tho question pf the
plan for a national budget Is being made
by the Chamber of Commerce of the
United States for tho purpose of gather
ing business opinion of the subject for
the benefit of Congress, the government
and the nation at large
Statements of the question and ballots,
together with copies ot the Nation's
Business, the ofllclal organ of the Cham
ber ot Commerce of the United States,
which in Its last Issue treated the na
tional budget comprehensively, are being
trailed from the chamber s headquarters,
in the Biggs Building, to the organiza
tions in every State of the Union form
ing the Chamber's constituent member
ship In a letter sent out to the members of
the national organization, the following
is quoted from Pelatlah Webster's tract
of February 16, 17S3. outlining the "Con
stitution of tho Thirteen United States."
"There Is another body of men among
whose business of life and whose full
and extensive Intelligence,, foreign and
domestic naturally make them more per
fectly acquainted with the sources of our
wealth, and whose particular Interests
are more intimately and necessarily con
nected with the general prosperity of the
country than any other order of men In
the States. I mean the merchants; and I
could wish that Congress might have the
benefit of that extensive and Important
Information which this body of men are
very capable of laying before them.
"I therefore humbly propose. If the
merchants In the several States are dis
posed to send delegates from their body
lo meet and attend the sitting of Con
gress, that they shall be permitted to
form a chamber of commerce and their
advice to Congres be demanded and ad
mitted concerning all bills before Con
gress as far as the same may affect the
trade of the States."
Fireman and Enctnemen to Get To
gether Tvlth ILallroads.
New York, Dec. X Modified demands
were submitted to-day by the general
committee of the Brotherhood of Loco
motive Engineers and Firemen, at their
conference with the committee of railway
managers, representing fifty-two Eastern
The demands, which were modified as
a result of the arbitration committee's
recent award In the case of the engineers,
werA made in behalf nf mem a
and include straight time for work dono
oiier resuiiu- aours ana two firemen on
coal-burning locomotives weighing 170.000
pounds; and also on all freight locomo
tives on runs of over 100 miles. The con
ferences, will las dally until decision is
Myron T. Herrlck, Ambassador to
France, ,was reared in Wellington, "Ohio,
which Is not a town that looks like an
ambassadorial recruiting station. Her
rlck was Just like Cjther boys when he
lived there. Once he Joined a party ot
youngsters that trudged to a farmer's
orchard near a neighboring village and
there gathered many apples to carry
home against the time when there would
be none In the orchards. Herrlek's part
ot the enterprise was to climb the'tr'ees
and. shake while the others collected the
fruit Into sacks. And right, there was
where Herrlck was not diplomatic, else
he would have made some excuse and
let one of the others do the climbing.
For when the farmer came and chased
the boys from the 'orchard Herrlck had
not time to climb down. The others fled,
leaving Herrlck to his own devices. There
he was up In an apple tree with nobody
around but an angry and able-bodied
farmer down below. The longer he stay
ed up the madder became the farmer
who waited for him to come down. 80
that anyway one looked at it Herrlck
was In & pretty fix.
About that time, however, so the story
runs, the farmer's attractive daughter
came out and told her father he ought
to be ashamed ot himself for searing
that boy half to death that the boy was
nice looking and that If he didn't promise
to let the boy go unharmed he was no
father of bet's; so there
On that basis Herrlck Anally came
down and hastened away with tho air
of one having an Important engagement
elsewhere. But he was extremely grate
ful to the farmer's attractive daughter
and never forgot her. Probably she
never forgot him. either, for, unless one
is misinformed, she is now the wife of
the American Ambassador to rrance.
The Senator Pajnters, of Kentucky,
had planned 10 have a big turkey for
their Thanksgiving dinner, and Mrs
Pa)nter asked the Senator if he would
kindly slop at the market and select a
nice one He promised to do so. but fid
dled along and didn't do It and finally
sMd that he felt foolish doing that kind
of shopping, and they would have to
send somebody else.
So Mrs Paynter explained the situa
tion to their colored maid, whom they
had brought along from Kentucky, and
told her to go and buy the turkey The
maid took the Senator's part, and said
she dldn t think It would be the thing
for him to go mooching about the stalls
In a market house.
"But he alwa)s buvs our turkevs at
home." Insisted Mrs. Pajnter
Ves ' said the maid, "but back home
lie ain't got no standln'; here In Wash'n
he's got standln' and 'twouldn't never
The re-election of J D Post to Con
gress from one of the Ohio districts
at Islip and Bride Is Dis
consolate Annulment
New lork. Dec. 3. Ethel Loralne Bel
mont spent to-day without the compan
ionship of her young husband, Raymond
Relmont son uf August Belmont, the
hho left her apartments at the Cos
ford. 2S6 West FlftJ -fifth Street and
spent most of the day and to-night with
a woman friend fche declared that she
had no Idea why young Belmont left her,
and knew onl that he was at Icllp In
the homo of his brother. August. Jr
Later In the day she became pos-HS'ed
of moro personal Information when sh
met Rajmond at a cafe. The two were
encaged in conversation for moro than
an hour, when the voung man left her
and returned to Islip
The Belmont fanul would make
statement, but a frimd declared that It
was more than Ilkelv that the marrage
would be annuled within a short time
bv mutual agreement
Detective Sheridan who has been com
missioned by August Belmont to act as
his Intermediary with the girl, carried
the Belmont proposition to Raymond s
bride, and was referred to a lawjerwhom
Mis Loralne, as he la still known, has
She communicated with J J Shubert
on Mondav. declaring tint she wished to
return to the winter garden chorur She
offered to return and permit the
of her new name-Mr Raymond Bel
mont. She was toid that no financial
premium would be rlaccd on this title
and that she could expect nothing more
than her former pnition in tne cnorus
Chicago Dec 3 "Jack" Johnson, th
negro hcavj -weight and Luclle Cameron,
the Minneapolis white girl, were married
this afternoon in the home of Johnsons
mother. SHI South VVai)ih Avenue
The marriage took place almost on
the same spot in the front parlor of the
Wabah Avenue home where the body of
Johnson's ilr't white wife, who died a
suicide through tho bitterness of her
lot lay only a few snort weeus ago
John&on experienced not a little diffi
culty in getting the license for the per
formancn of the marriage ceremonv
Clerk Legner, of the marriage license
bureau, nfused to Issue me neccssnr
permit as Lucille Cameron is not yet
U years old He demanded that the
girl should bo brought, to the City Halt
Then the negro appealed to County
Clerk Swcltzer. who ordered that the
license be issued.
There was some difficulty In securing
the services of a minister to penorm
the ceremon several declining, but
finally Rev William Beioy. ot tne ouve
Baptist Church, was persuaded to tie the
Minister of Finance Ileported to Be
Going: to Enrope.
Me-rlro Cltv. Dec. 3. Ernesto Madero,
Minister of Finance and uncle -of Presi
dent Madero, will resign his place In the
cabinet and go to London as tne foreign
financial acent of Mexico, according to a
well-founded report printed In an evening
paper hero to-da. Neither he nor the
President would confirm or deny the re
port which has caused a sensation, owing
to the dissensions in the Madero cabinet
which have lately come to light
The Mexican Foreign iiinisterv Benor
Lascurairc who will sail from Vera Crux
to-morrow for the United States, an
nounced to-day that he Is making the
trip solely ' to rest and attend to private
business" It Is believed here, however,
that he is going to Washington and there
attempt to settle the differences between
tho United States and Mexico, the exist
ence of which Is believed to be the occa
sion for-the coming of American warships
to Vera Crus.
Arrest Redemption Co. Officers.
Rochester, Dec X. Edward J. Morley
and J. B. Warren, president and secre
tary, respectively, or the American Re
demption Company, with branch offices
elsewhere, were arrestea to-aay on a
charge of conspiracy, and were released
on 110.000 ball eacn. xne .federal grand
Jury will Investigate thejr cases
recalls how he nudged In two years
ago. He succeeded J. Warren Kelfer,
famous throughout our broad land for
wearing evening dress in the day time.
Kelfer looked so formidable with his
Blaring big whlfe shirt front that the
folks back In his djstrlct thought no
body could beat him. Consequently, the
Democrats had great difficulty In get
ting anybody to run against him. No
Democrat was willing to be made a
monkey of. It came down to the day
before the ballots were to be printed.
and still the Democratic line was blank.
The leading Democratic politicians went
about coaxing one another to be the
goat Just for the looks of things, but
nobody would. Then a man from Wash
ington Court House often called Wash
ington Clothes Horse by facetious per
sonssuggested that there was a fellow
over In his town named Post, then on
a trip to Colorado, who was good-na
tured and would take the Joke all right
ir tney put his name on the ballot
"He won't know anything about It
-1111 tne ballots are all printed." the
man explained, "and he'll take It all In
good part
When Post heard about the Joke they
had piajed on him he surprised every-
Doqy by taking tho Dronosltion seriously.
He hustled back from Colorado, got Into
tho campaign, and the landslide did the
rest And now the fellow Is re-elected.
Attorney General Wlckersham is re
garded by many as about the best dinner
entertainer here at the Capital. Do not
misunderstand. It Isn't that he puts up
the bcit meals In town, but he has the
most entertaining line of talk True, he
looks like a man who would eat his food
solemnly, glare about him between
courses, and say never a word Hut the
fact is that ho has a flow of wit and
repartee that makes him much sought
after by fashionable hostesses. The At
torney General Is at his best when some
other guest with a ready tongue tries to
crack Jokes at his expense
Representative Billy Wilson, who dwells
In Chicago, found himself up in the
upper peninsula of Michigan doing some
fishing and hunting While there he con
versed with the guide that he had hired
for that purpose
"Must get mighty all-fired cold up here
In winter, remarked Wilson one morn
ing "Ves, It often gets away down to 45
below zero, replied the native.
' Don't see how you stand It. ' said the
Oh, I alwajs spend my winters In the
South, explained the guide
"Go South, eh Well. well, that's en
terprlslng And where do you go"
' Grand Rapids." said the guide
(Copjrijht, no, br rttd o Kiiij. xn rifhti n-
Appears as Defendant in Suit for
$2,041 Debt No Verdict
New Tork. Dec 1 After waiting for
several hours for the Jury that heard the
suit brought against Mrs Evelvn Nesblt
Thiftv bv the Gorham Companj, Judge
Ljnch. In the Clt Court, to-day ordered
a sealed verdict to be delivered to him to
morrow morning V hen court adjourned
"the Jurors had failed to reach a verdict
Mrs "Thaw In being sued for COU
which the silversmiths declare Is due for
goods delivered to her In l; Fhe says
tho goods were sold to her husband,
Harry K Than
Mrs Thaw wore a velvet tarn o shanter
edged with fur, a black silk dress open
at the throat and trimmed with white
lace, a very noticeable black and white
striped coat, tan shoes, and a little veil
which was pushed up to disclose her
face The court room was Jammed with
spectators. Mrs. Thaw fenced with the
examining lawyer, frequently bursting
into petulant expressions and insisting
that she wis doing all she could to aid
Salesmen of the Gorham Company tes
tified that she bought numerous articles
between December, 1903. and August 190S,
and that the bill remained unpaid John
Rellly, her counsel, said there was no
dispute ot the delivery, but set up a de
fense that the were purchased In the
name of her husband. Harry K. Thaw
The defendant had the same attitude
concerning a bill for tha storage of CO.000
or more worth of her Jewels kept by
Gorham In 1"0T
Show Girl Sues
for Balm for
Bruised Heart
New York. Dec 3 Mis Madeline Mar
shall, a blooming brunette showgirl, and
who last ear appeared with Richard
Carle In "Jumping Jupiter," places a
valuation of 17612-13 on each of 130 love
letters In a suit for J10W0 filed to-day
against her faithless beau. John W.
Hanfort. Jr , Yale man and son of a
Pittsburg millionaire The action Is for
breach of promlc hut the amount would
have been much greater had it not been
for the fact that voung Hanfort sent
Mls Marshall Veveral verj costly pres
ents These include diamonds and an
automobile, and being of a business turn
cf mind. Miss Marshall has deducted
them from the general sum demanded
"It was exceedingly cruel Mr. Han
fort's treatment of Miss Marshall. She
Is a kind, trusting little girl." said the
showgirl's counsel, Jacob Welssberger, of
li! Broadway.
They were to be married last June
and were to take an automobile honev
moon In a machine he had purchased for
her. This auto was not tho only gift he
lavished upon her. He gave her, for In
stance, $3,000 worth of diamonds. For
this reason she is asking only $10,000
damages in the suit she has Instituted in
the Supreme Court
Crevr Abandons Charmer cnr Cnpe
Norfolk, Va., Dec J A total wreck,
the barge Charmer, loaded with coal,
was abandoned by her crew to-night four
miles south of Cape Henry. The barge
Went ashore early this morning, and In
less than two hours high seas beat her
so badly she began to leak.
Mrs. Palmer, wife of the captain of
the barge, and her Infant were taken off
the doomed boat by the crew of the reve
nue cutter Onondaga, which rushed to
the assistance of the Charmer after life
savers reported the ship ashore. One of
the seamen was Injured while worSng at
the pumps, and he was also taken off.
The) barge began to go to pieces
lata this afternoon, and the crew was
taken off.
Probe Coppersmith's Death.
New Orleans, Dec X George T.
Brown, a coppersmith on the battleship
Michigan, was found dead In a room
ing house to-day. The police believe hs
was poisoned, and an autopsy has been
frdereO, Brown enlisted, from fadlantw'
Author of "At Good Ola llwut.'
A wastepaper basket Is a sarcophagus
for ideas. Ideas are supposed to proceed
from mind to mind, but three-quarters of
them proceed from typewriter to wasto
basket by the quickest route.
The wastepaper basket Is one of the
most Important parts of the modern of
fice equipment and It does a large share
of the work of the office. It Is always
ready and always patient The boss may
only read the first line of a three-page
letter, but the wastepaper basket will
take It all and hold It patiently until
relieved at night. The ordinary waste
paper basket begins the morning on an
empty stomach, but by night Is so full
of politicians' cards, applications for po
sitions, gold mine circulars, book adver
tisements, noble offers to sell priceless
preferred stock, and miscellaneous litera
ture that It aches In the ribs.
Since the typewriter, the mimeograph,
and the printing press have become
great the wastepaper basket has had to
be enlarged to many times Its former
capacity. One hundred years ago a two
quart wastepaper basket would have ac
commodated the President of these
United States for a week To-day a five
gallon basket doesn't last him twenty
minutes There ought to be some way of
saving mall carriers by depositing per
sonal wastepaper baskets at each post
offlce This would shorten the trans
portation of thousands of tons of circu
lars and undeslred advice, and would
make us a happier and more useful na
tion The wastepaper basket produces fuel
for the furnace and old paper for the
mills But the cost of producing this
material Is staggering It takes SIT 43 In
stamps alone to fill a wastepaper basket
There are hundreds of people who write
exclusively for the wastepaper baskets
Tho retirement of Baron Hengelmuller,
for eighteen ears the Austrian represent
ative at this Capital promoted the
French Ambassador, M Jusserand, to
tho deanship of the Diplomatic Corps
This post carries with it little save the
honor of ranking first and the doubtful
privilege of settling the disputes that
arise In the corps At all functions, pri
vate as well as public, the French Am
bassador and Ambassadress will be given
tho first place after the President and
Mrs. Taft. there being for the moment
no Vice President
On New Year's Day they will head the
imposing procession at the White Houe
reception, which Is by all odds the most
Important social ceremony and the most
brilliant spectacle of the entire season
After the President s reception, the Sec
retary of State entertains the Diplomatic
Corps at breakfast This ear Mme Jus
serand will occupy the seat of honor at
the banquet, while her husband will be
seated to the right of Mrs Knox
The new doyenne of tho corps Ii an
American, the child at least of American
parents She was born Elsie Richards
Her father, the late George Richard, of
Boston, one of the founders of the bank
ing house of Monroe & Co . was for near
ly half a centurj a conspicuous figure
In the business clriies of Paris, where
his wlf one of the Vew York Kerno
chans, was a leader In society and one
of the ft-w Americans who have pene
trated to the Inner circle of tho old
French nobility
Born, brought up, and educated In the
French capital, married to a Frenchman
end a stranger to her fatherland until
she came here as French Ambassadress.
Mme Jusserand is quite natural! French
in her sjmpathles and outlook, but to
exploit her American nationally Is
thought to have a moral efTect It shows
that France Is not sleeping that she
Is abreast of her contemporaries, since It
has been the pollc In recent vears for
a number of the powers lo sen 1 as their
representatives to the American Capital
men married to the daughters of lncle
The do) en of the Diplomatic Corps Is
supposed to, and genenllj does, take
the lead In entertaining The Hengel
mullers. when the Austrian Ambassador
was promoted to that position, made the
most ambitious rlans for entertaining,
which were unhappil, never carried out
Baroness Hengelmuller, b a slip of her
tongue and too RTeat abandon with an
Insinuating Interviewer, made herself a
persona non grata to the present admin
istration, and finallj caused her hus
band a retirement Since they first came
here ten J ears ago the Jusserands have
entertained constantlj and handsomelv
None of their colleagues his excelled
them in this regard, and none of them
has succeeded in bringing about them
more interesting people with the excep
tion, perhaps, of the Bryccs Ambassador
Brjce has been a magnet for distinguish
ed men and women.
While not as well known In the Eng
lish llterarv world as Mr Bryce the
French Ambassador s fame as i lltera
teur is as great in his own countrv as his
fame as a diplomatist, and he and Mme
Jusserand have succeeded in adding to
their long list of friends the most distin
guished Americans. The home of the
new do en of the corps Is situated way
out in Sixteenth Street, far from the
maddening crowd, as the home of a lit
erary man should be, but not far enough
to keep an) one awa who really wi&hos
to call As soon as the French govern
ment finishes the palace, which Is to he
built on the site It has bought In tli.
West End. the Embassy -n-JU be moved
In town. The Interior of the Jusserands
home Is handsome They own some rare
pictures and tapestries.
His brilliant staff will add much to the
social luster of the Ambassador's service
as doyen. The counselor of his Em
bassy. Count de la Rocca, Is a man of
ealth, training, and wide social expe
rience, and his wife one of the most In
terestlns women in the diplomatic circles
Much has been said and written of the
dashing and daring Viscountess d Az ,
who Is Into everything and stops at noth
ing. Fresh, enthusiastic, clever, she Is
the light and spirit of all the parties she
The military attache of the Embassv
Count Charles de Chambrun. Is a direct
descendant of LafDette, another of
whose descendants and a cousin of the
de Chambruns, Count Guy de Lasterie.
has recently become engaged to Con
stance Warren, daughter of Gcorgo Hen
ry Warren, of New York Countess
Charles de Chambrun Is an American.
bom Clara Longworth. of Ohio. It Is a
significant fact that these descendants of
Washington's friend and companion In
arms should ally themselves with Amer
icans. Countess de Chambrun has a great
fortune, knows how and loves to enter
tain, and Is of the greatest assistance to
Mme. Jusserand
President McCormlck. of the Interna
tional Harvester Company, does not fix
the limit ot time for the complete ab
sorption of the Dcponnent of Aglrcul
ture by the Harvester Trust Still, the
confidence with which he speaks of his
company's co-operation with the agricul
tural colleges and experiment stations.
the rapidity with which the trust Is es
tablishing demonstration farms through
out tie. country fend, tha fact, tha., it feu.
of this nation and who devote all their
time to It For every play which Is writ
ten for the stags a hundred are written
for the wastepaper basket, and the bas
ket of a great and haughty producer win
contain In one load the labor of fifty
men for six months.
There ought to be some way of boiling
wastepaper baskets and of reducing their
contents to condensed and useful Ideas.
Full many a rose Is born to blush un
seen and full many an Idea which might
' Enlarged to man? tiiaea Its former cartdtr "
have reduced the cost of living or tickle
a nation has dived, undiscovered. Into
some overworked and unappredative
wastepaper basket If we were Presi
dent we would recommend a law for
the conservation of wastepaper basket
(Coprrisht IS1A bT Georga Sf&thtnr Aduaa)
great financial resources would sem to
furnish even assurance that Secretary
Wilson's department may soon be dis
pensed with as a governmental Institu
tion. And Congress itself will be relieved
of a vast amount of work when Mr. Mc
Cormlck's philanthropic purpose has been
accomplished. The agricultural commit
tees of the two Houses may then be
abolished, and Senators and members
freed from the duty of legislating and
aproprlatlng public moneys for the ad
vancement of the country's agricultural
Mr McCormlck's plan Is something of
an Improvement upon Mr Carnegie's 11
brarj polio He proposes paring fo
evcrything, whereas Mr. Carnegie re
quires the several communities in which
he builds libraries to guarantee the pay
ment of all running expenses. Still, the
l.a!rd of Sklbo Is becoming much more
liberal In his philanthropy, he wishes to
pension our ex-Presidents, their widows,
and others of our retired dignitaries.
Vh). Indeed should not our great cap
tains of Industry come to the assistance
of the government In such matters, now
that excess trust earnings are becoming
burdensome to them-
it Is meet too that Mr McCormlck
should not defer exercising his. generosity
until after the governments suit against
the Harvester Trust for violating tr
Sherman law is decided for our agricul
ture is Unguishlng
Secretaiy Wilson will be delighted to
learn that it is Mr McCormlck's Inten
tion to make two ears of com grow
where one grew before This Is an en
tirely new and original Idea with Mr.
McCormlck. our Department of Agricul
ture could not be expected to have
thought of such a thing
It is now In order for Mr J Plerpont
Morg-tn to propose taking over our Treas
ury Department
Fire In ew I ork. partment Home
Cnnsea Pnnle.
New lork. Dec 3- A Jewish rabbi
was burned to death and fifteen persons
were Injured in a fire whhh swept the
flve-storj apartment house at 113th
fctreet and Fifth Wenue early to-day.
causing .i0 0X loss The dead man is
Louis Lew He wa overcome b) smoke
and burned to death after warning other
occupants of the building of their peril
The Injizrcd are firemen, policemen, and
tenants of the burned building
There were numerous thrilling rescues
i hen the firemen arrived on the scene
the) found Mrs Bessie Scherzer In her
night dress hanging to the fire escape
on the fourth floor She was exhausted
when an extension ladder was put up
and the firemen rescued her
A falling beam struck Policeman Bern
stein as he was groping for bodies on
tho third floor and he was taken to the
Harlem Hospital In a serious condition.
W. II. WhlKnlicr Addresses Llneoln
PnrL Cltlaenn.
' Intermediate and Suspended Jail Sen
tences wis the theme of in address
made bv H VVhlttaker. superintend
ent of the District workhouse at Occo
qi An, laM night at a meeting of the
L ncoln Park Citizens Association
VIr Whlttakcr is making the rounds of
the various citizens associations with
tie objeit of mnverting the members to
lis belief remiins Jail punishments
His views on th subject are rapidly
(..lining favor in the District and such
1 1 nishment .is he proposes may be given
trill by tho Commissioners
e Cabinet Head
Over War Portfolio.
' Tok)o Dec S The Japanese Premier.
Marquis Salonji, will hand his resigna
tion to the Emperor to-morrow, accord
ing to official Information The boycot
ting of the portfolio of war, which the
Premier has tried unsuccessfully to place.
Is given as the reason. The marquis Is
understood to have reached his decision
following the refusal to-da$ of Field
Marshal lamagata to iccept the post
Engineer Killed.
I'ottsvllle, Pa. Dec 3. Guy Bceles. ot
Hazleton, president of the local organ
ization of the Brotherhood of Locomo
tive Engineers, was killed near hers
to-day when his locomotive on the I.e
hlgh Valley railroad was derailed and.
turned over.
Widow la Sole Heir.
The will of George Constas, dated Feb
ruary a 1312, was filed for probate yes
terday. In which bis wife Tene Constas,
Is named as sole beneficlar) A friend,
Arthur Tsangarcs. Is named as executor.
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