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THE EVENING STAR.
With Sunday Morning Edition. WASHINGTON. SUNDAY December 22, 1907 CBOSBY S. NOYES Editor Catered at teccnd-clau mail matter at the peat Office at Waihington, D. C. THE STAB hu a regular and permanent Family Circulation much mora than the combined circulation of the other Wash ington dallies. As a Hews and Adver tising Medium it has no competitor. The Evenlnc Star, with the Sunday morning edition. U delivered t>y carriers within the city at 50 rent* per month; without the Sunday morn Ug edition at 44 cent* per month. Br mail, postage prepaid: Dally, Stand ay included. one month, 60 cents. Daily. Sunday excepted, one mouth, 50 cents. Saturday Star. on?? yeur. fl.OO. Sunday Star, one year, $1.50. Calling a Halt. Representative McCall of Massachusetts, who is a gentleman of culture and fine taste and a lover of noble trees and all that is grand and beautifill in nature, has done good service to the city and the country and to the memory of Gen. Grant by calling a halt upon the scheme to place the monument of the great General in an ignoble position over a shaking quagmire in the Botanic Garden, in a position prohibited by Congress, and where its location would Involve the de struction of not only two or three his toric trees, but of the whole number in the garden, and ultimately of all In the Mall. Representative Smith of Iowa, In op posing the motion of Mr. McCall, had the bad taste and the bad judgment to im pugn the motives of tire opponents of the wholesale tree-butchery in the Botanic Garden and through the Mall from the Capitol to the river proposed by the so called "Park Commission." ? Since he has set the example it may be worth while to inquire what his motives arc in Indorsing the disreputable trick by which the so-called "Park Commission," after slyly engineering a provision through Congress authorizing the Grant monument to be placed upon "unoccupied ground" in the Botanic Garden, proceeded to locate It upon ground fully occupied by grand old historic trees? Why is it that, to enable the McKim Commercial Architects' Trust, alias the so-called "Park Commission," to get an entering wedge for their grand billion-dol lar scheme of improvement (for the pock ets of the architects), he is willing to have the Grant monument placed In this dis honorable position In a swamp on the low est ground in the city? Does he not know that every move of the so-called, self-appointed, congression ally repudiated "Park Commission" has ?been characterized by the same low trick ery, >n the attempt to evade the will of Congress, that has been shown in the matter of the Botanjp Garden site? Is he aware that the next scheme of the slimy trickstersjis to worm a bill through Congress providing for the opening of Sec ond street, by which a wide swath can be cut through the middle of the Botanic Garden, rooting out a large number of the finest trees in the garden, and utterly de stroying the magnificent greenhouses there, with all their rare contents? If Mr. Smith does not know about these tilings he ought to study up, and get in formed, so that he will not +>e liable to be imposed upon in his virgin innocence and allow these sharp tricksters to use him as a cat's-paw to pull their chestnuts out of the tire. t ?e? ? The Heyburn Bill. The favorable report ordered yesterday by the public buildings and grounds com mittee of the Senatte places the Heyburn bill on the calendar in position to be taken up for passage at the first favor j able /Opportunity. This bill is in truth ?" Ulle most important measures now or liIlV be before Congress at the present^lpssion. l/ stands for the intro duction mto the Governmental economy of a ittlejphrewd/business policy such as that^i?jfli governs in private affairs. It BT<"'v itie"f?Tor the immediate taking of ?ands In this city which are destined ^jrely to be eventually acquired by the E&ited Stater fft'r its own uses. Indeed, sflfcmUaiwWsly with the favorable report oni?ie Heyburn bill comes a similar re port* from the same committee on a bill to jjrehase, as a Department building site, |m of thfe "sections of land lying wifbhr the Mall-avenue triangle covered by,(the Heyburn measure. As sure as there Is a Capitol at one end of the ave uue and a Treasury at the other, sooner or lftter urgent need will arise for every squaire foot ground within this space *?r Pd^yc building sites. Already there are bdMfpv requirements sufficient. If met at Wk>\ to olace at least half a dozen large structures within the triangle. Nothing is plainer than that Uncle Sam is cheating himself by postponing from year to year the acquisition of these squares and their transformation from a scene of comparative desolation into a stock of building sites, reSdy and avail able at short notice for use whenever the necessity for an additional structure is Xelt. If he asks Admiral Dewey about It, Ad miral Kvans will probably be exceedingly cautious about getting into the limelight In a way that might cause him to be men toned for the presidency. Anybody who thinks thlat being a sena tor from Arkansas is an easy Job ought to read Senator Jeff Davis' speech. ? ??? ? Seymour and Boosevelt. A correspondent thus addresses the New York Sun: "It may be well at this Juncture, in riew of the recent proclamation from the ?White House, to call attention to an epi sode of 180K. The democratic national convention that year, held in Tammany Hall in this city, chose as Its chairman Horatio Seymour. After futile efforts to select a candidate the name- of the pre siding officer was sprung upon the con vention as the nominee for the Presidency. In the midst of the pandemonium which followed Mr. Seymour was finally allowed to make the announcement: 'Your candi date I cannot be.' What followed Is a matter of history. Are we to witness at Chicago In 190& a repetition of the Tam many Hall episode of lmiS with Theodore Roosevelt as the central figure?" Replying to this, one must only point out the very great difference between the democratic situation of 1868 and what will be the republican situation next year. The democracy at Tammany Hall in the former year was in a state of much dis couragement. Its prospects were gloomy. Its resources were limited. Although the republicans had been in a bitter snarl over Andrew Johnson, they were in trim again, and looked like, as they proved to be, win ners. The democratic nomination was not exactly going begging, but It was not al luring to the party's strongest leaders. Gov. Seymour, who was an able man and a very astute politician, did not care for an empty honor, and was altogether sin cere in his statement to the convention. He was drafted because of the low state of his party's stock In trade. He was decidedly the best man in sight. No such situation will confront the re publicans at Chicago next June. They are In full control of the government and will be in excellent shape for another battle. Their strongest men are avail able for the supreme leadership, and vir tually are offering for It. A draft will not be necessary. A dark horse need not be "lifted." Republicanism In Its best estate Is represented by all the men wh?se names now figure In the serious calculations of the day. That a hot fight will take place at Chi cago is probable, and should be sired. The field is an excellent one, and If the strongest man, or the man capable of the strongest combination, wins, he should prove an exceedingly strong candidate before the people. His cap will be adorned with a tall feather. Where Taft, and Cannon, and Fairbanks, and Hughes, and ^Foraker had contended would certify to points for the victor, and should both first and second place be fllle4 from the list, as is sometimes suggested, the ticket would have every mark of a witmer. A stampede to Mr. Roosevelt Is most un likely. His wishes are well known and his resolution is irrevocable. He has taken himself definitely out of .the equa tion In a manner worthy of all applause and respect. An effort .to draft him, therefore, in the way suggested would discredit both him and his candidacy If under pressure he accepted. Mr. Seymour's candidacy, hopeless from the start, was all the more hopeless because of the man ner of his nomination. * Taft on the r Philippines. The message whioh Secretary Taft brings back from the far east is of the highest value. His one object, as he explains, was to investigate conditions there, and he executed his commission. What he tells us, therefore, is entitled to our first consideration. It is not only the latest information on the sub ject, but represents the Industry and the judgment of the American who above all others is the best qualified to advise us as to the proper course toward the Philippine Islands. On this latest visit Secretary Taft saw what he had not seen before? Filipinos gathered together to legislate In their own behalf. He addressed the assembly, and conferred privately with Individual members. In this way he sounded sentiment as to the whola con dition of affairs. He likewise made Journeys into the Interior, and saw the workings there of the American sys tem, and counseled with officials and natives. ? The result of all this was to confirm in the visitor's mind impressions he had previously received. On the lead ing proposition of the whole Philippine problem?the future of the archipelago as respects American control?he holds to the views expressed when he re turned home from his residence in the islands as governor general. He thinks years must elaps? before the people are ready for Independence. Meanwhile we should legislate for them in a spirit of liberality and helpfulness, and by the benefits conferred on the people disarm the agitators who seek to embarrass us In our course. What Secretary Taft says about a Mr. Fiske vVarren?of the Aguinaldo Aid Soci ety of Boston??shows one feature of our Philippine difficulty. This man is trot ting around booming independence, and spurring on Filipinos favorable to that policy. He wants them to rush us, and tells them that a Bryan victory in the United States will mean an early realiza tion of their hopes. In one case, how ever, he encountered an old-time revolu tionist who wanted particulars, and, get ting them, discovered that they would not hold water. Sentiments attributed to Mr. Bryan were not verified by the demo cratic leader. This is high-handed business for an American, citizen, to say the least of It. What would be his share of responsibility If a revolt were to take place in circles where he has been, and may still be, active, and blood were shed in an effort to force the issue of Independence? Would not some of that blood be on the head of this busybody and conspirator? Mr. Bryan and Humor. For a long time it was said that Mr. Bryan lacked humor. His speeches were devoid of stories. His conversation was nearly always solemn. His illustrations were drawn almost wholly from the Bible. This was deplored by some of his warm est admirers, who thought th?t a racier vocabulary and a keener appreciation of the everyday would add to their hero's drawing power. Has Mr. Bryan set out to supply the lack? In his speech here a few weeks ago he told several stories, and reports from other places show that he is exer cising himself in that way frequently these days. Will he profit by It? Is he taking the best advise? Effective humor is not acquired. The orators who have moved the masses by quip and story have been born with the taste and the talent. Tom Corwin could not have smothered his humor with a feather bed, while Mr. Lin coln?probably the greatest and most suc cessful story-teller in all the history of politics?had one or t|WO stories pat for every occasion. It is strange about Mr. Bryan. He was born and reared in the section where Mr. Lincoln's genius flowered. Good stories abounded there even In Mr. Bryan's day. The chair at the tavern was a sort of throne, and no man without a sense of humor as well as authority could occupy It. Leaders at the bar and In politics graduated In such surroundings. Mr. Can non and Mr. Cullom ajre both good rep resentatives of the old Illinois school. From Illinois Mr. Bryan went to Ne braska, where life also, while strenuous and serious, was sweetened by wit and hijmor, and pat illustrations drawn from the everyday. There the adventurous easterner, the more progressive southern er, and the breezy westerner met and im pressed their characteristics on the com munity. Mr. Bryan was young when he arrived, had his row to hoe. was thrown with the men who were making local his tory, and yet remained as serious of thought and aa solemn of delivery as though the product of a theological semi nary. And yet he went to the front and led the people, representing his district in Congress, and carrying the state in his first race for the presidency. If Mr. Bryan, under the spur of friendly critics. Is abating somewhat of his nat ural style and taking on a lighter tone of thought and speech, he Is making a risky experiment. He may fail, and there are people who will tell him that success In that line for a man of his grade and am bition Is not worth achieving. Mr. Cor win thought his humor defeated his best aspirations, and Mr. Lincoln came to re sent the prominence that his gift for homely, humorous illustration held in the popular appreciation of his equipment. Secretary Taft speaks of current affairs like a man who is perfectly willing to be gin work on a boom all over again. The prohibition wave has not become so effectual as to put the New Year's resolu 1 tlon entirely out of business. Mr. Davis and His Speech. Mr. Davis of Arkansas accomplished at least one thing by addressing the Senate at the time and in the way he did. He attracted national attention to himself in his new capacity. Newspapers all over the country have appraised or are appraising his personality and his speech. The comment varies, and some of It is much awry. It is folly to set this man down as an accident, or as*the product of an obses ?Ion on the part of his constituent*. He was too Ions reaching the top'to be ac counted an accident, and there are a number of constituencies that might have sent him to the Senate. There is some attraction in the man, and no little method In his madness. He may become, with care and study, more than a talker. As office sobers most men, and as the Senate is a high field for activity, Mr. Davis after a time may trim his vocabu lary and aspire to do more than entertain his senatorial associates. He need not cut out his so-called elo quence altogether. There will still be use for it outside the Senate. He can save it for the stump; and his engagements as a spellbinder ought to multiply now that he is in national office. His party might use him to advantage in many states. He Is a stumper all right, calculated for near ly any meridian where a healthy man with a cherubic face, a hearty manner and a welter of words finds welcome. The Arkansas public Is much like other pub- i lies In granting a hearing to one who takes it in smiling manner by the bijtton-1 hole and talks to it like a Dutch uncle. If Mr. Davis is not a figure in next year's campaign In the west and in the middle states?Arkansas will not need hlrn?it will be a wonder. But if Mr. Davis is well advised by his friends and properly instructed by his own observations he will present another face to the Senate. Entertainment "goes" there llmitedly, but It is not effective in the Senate's business. As a rule, the de bates afe serious and weighty. The mem bers have passed the-*age when extrava gance of speech, of either the hlfalutin or the studiedly coarse and flippant or der, holds attention or influences votes. Now and then a premium phrasemaker like Mr. Ingalls, or a masterful orator like Mr. Conkllng, appears and molds the situ ation to his liking. But such men are few. The great majority of senators are molded by the Senate, and in order to succeed they study and obey its rules and traditions. They wisely forbear to try to change what has stood so long, and been so much admired. It is a pity that some of those Japanese athletes who have visited the White House could not have seen the physical prowess displayed at the Capitol. ' 1 ?" 1 t New York authorities naturally feel that they have trouble enough enforcing the ordinary statutes -without being en cumbered by a lot of blue laws. Hope still exists that in the delirium of Christmas shopping somebody will step lip and try to buy a few of Uncle Sams superfluous Islands. Troubles face a political leader when his able assistants begin to develop ambitions on their own account. A man who can have as much to say about presidential nominations as Mr. Roosevelt need not worry much about his political future. A great many democrats feel that a man who approves of~as many things as Mr. Bryan does cannot possibly bo an ideal candidate. There is never any trouble about getting a lecturer who denounces gold worship to accept his share of the box office receipts. A number of statesmen feel that there should be an autopsy on the recent panic for the benefit of political science. Some of the developments In connection with the Terra Cotta disaster suggest new candidates for the Ananias club. It must seem strange to Senator Piatt to find nobody caring much whether he is conciliated or not. SHOOTING STABS. BY PHILANDER JOHNSON. Her^nterest. "Why *do you encourage that young man to quote poetry to you?'.' "Because," answered Miss Cayenne, "the effort to remember occupies his mind so completely that he can't notice whether I am paying attention or not." "Many a man," said Uncle Eben, "thinks he ought to have credit foh patience, when de simple truth is dat he's gettln' too lazy to Kick." An Oratorical Method. Although you may not understand His speech, let not th*t fact distress; He Just weaves words together, and Then puts It up to you to guess. An Observation. "Do you think there are any great ora tors left?" "Yes," answered Senator Sorghum. "My observation is that great orators are nearly always left." "Ddn't you think children are' wiser than they used to be?" said the old-fash ioned man. "I don't know," answered Mr. Sirlus Barker. "Sometimes I think grown-up people are getting so much foolishness J into their heads that It makes the chil dren seem wiser by comparison." A Letter to Santa Claus. Dear Santa Claus: Assuming that you really exist. Would you kindly put a grown-up, just for once, upon your list? Nor hold it in. resentment if he's some times been inclined To question your existence, for a man may change his mind. I read of mental science and of telepathic waves. And other things that show how strangely nature oft behaves. I've followed some great student far aloft beyond the stars, 'Til I really feel acquainted with the people up on Mars. My skeptic mood has vanished, as for solemn thoughts I pause? If all these things be true, why then, why not a Santa Claus? I dimly recollect it was the custom long ago To take a pen as Christmas day drew near to let you know Exactly what would please your cor respondent, so that you Need not be worried guessing as to what 'twere best to do. I shall not ask for sweets or toys to rob the children's store. But, oh, I'd like to have my old-time ap petite once more. And I'd like to have some sunshine of the kind that used to gleam Thro' my window when the waking was far sweeter than the dream. I'd like to have some song birds, with melodies so sweet That they seemed to set the wlnd-swe^t daisies dancing at ray feet. And I'd like to have my hope and faith and smiling as of old Please give me back my rainbow that i shone o'er a p<?t of gold. I beg, sir, to assure you that I shall ap preciate Your kindly offices, and hope I may recip rocate. I thank you in advance for such attention M you may Bestow on the above request. - Yours truly, OLDEN GRAY. FIFTY MRS AGO IN THE STAR It has been many a day since the. chairman of the ways and means com mittee was called by the Chancellor fanciful title "Chancellor of . the House." In 185T, how 01 House. ever the de8igna.tlon was commonly in vogue. In The Star of December 15. of that year, appears the following: - "The relation of the Hon. J. Ulancy Jones for the chancellorship of the House ?the chairmanship of the ways and means committee?bears out the prog nostication of The Star months ago, when first saying to the public ?ef"? alluding to him as a candidate for tne position of Speaker were without founda tion Mr. Jones is now In his appropriate sphere. Eminently a pari lam .ntary tac tician, he has not only the entire confi dence of the democracy of the House, out of the administration and the c?u"tr> ? His selection for the position Is hailed by his political Mends, now in and out or Congress, as being eminently wise and fortunate for the future of the present Congress and country. That it is exceed ingly gratifying to the President Is a nec essary consequence of his past and pres ent relations with that functionary. * * * Although the new meeting room of the House of Representatives was greatly admired by members, the Press newspaper men were by no _ ,, means pleased with their Gallery. new quarters. In The Star of December 16, 18ii, is the following statement of their side of the case. "Great is the Indignation being mani fested by the members of the press en titled to seats around the old Hall of Representatives at the idea of being thrust up in a hencoop of a gallery, far away from facilities of instant communi cation with the honorable members, trom whom, for years past, they have been in the habit of obtaining much of the in formation on which their letters for the press are based. If the feporters for the daily press of the city and the Asso ciated Press are to be banished up into any such galleries they will suffer under inconveniences which must prevent. tn newspapers they represent from, as her - tofore. Instantly accommodating the members In a hundred ways, on call, as they too, will be wholly out of reach of honorable gentlemen hereafter. "There are twenty or thirty seats around the back of the new ball, we hear, placed there for the accommodation or the reporters or those to whom they may be assigned by the House. In our judg ment it will be a great accommodat on for the House itself at once to> assign them to the representatives of the city and Associated Press, and those not re quired for their accommodation to tne representatives of other presses. \>e are harulv ever five minutes in the House Hall without being visited by some mem ber on business at our desk, or without receiving a message or a note on busi ness from some member. We should be greatly incommoded In being assigned to a cockloft from which to note the proceedings of the House for instant pub lication. To place us In any such posi tion would make our duty of reporting for instant publication an impossible one to be discharged Correctly, while it WHL from incorrect and imperfect report* give infinite annoyance to honorable mem bers, however faithfully we may labor to the contrary." * * * In its next issue The Star discussed the arrangements of the new Representa tives' Hall, calling atten Legislative tlon to the fact that It X offered poor iacllities for Lobby. ^ lobbyist to get In his work on the legislators. After not'"? again the extreme dissatisfaction of the newspaper writers with the new plans The Star said: "For our part, with this exception, we think the change a great improvement, indeed. The new hall is by much the finest deliberative chamber in the United States in all Its and appointments, and Is destined v?ry shortly to become universally P?jj"J1*r with the House and country. Its acous tic advantages are most signal, while it rinords no opportunities whatever forlo hvincr? an achievement in its construc tion of incalculable advantage to the future of the National Treasury "The force of ex-member lobbyists? quite an army already, though the ses sion has but just opened-must carry on their business under the eyes of all. Tne alleged corruption against whlcn tne press of the country so strenuously pro tests. cannot be put down until both houses of Congress require from every ex-member a written declaration that he Is in no manner interested in their legis lation ere he be admitted to the entree of their halls. We regret that matters have come to such a pass. But such Is the fact, and the House should make the order for its own protection from the lobbyers while In session." * * * In The Star of December 18, 1857, Is a news item which relates an amusing in cident noted in the course Clever of local Jurisprudence. _ . . . The account of the affair Constables prooeed9: "A case was up before Justice Cull In which the plaintiff, a colored woman, brought suit against one Uartln Young hautz, a German, to recover certain moneys alleged to be due her for services in his family. The defendant was had upwind on appearing ruled the day for a trial of the case. Iiy the meantime he thought to sell tne slfarp-witted consta bles "by effecting a compromise with the plaintiff, and accordingly he went to her and forked over the amoAnt of her bill i and took a receipt In full of all demands. When the day of trial came about tne defendant exhibited his receipt and, of couse, the case was non-suited. The German chuckled heartily at the manner In which he had done the constables out of certain fees, and went on his way rejoicing. The officers, somewhat cha grined at the unexpected upshot of the case, put their heads together to see how they might get even with the cun ning German. They ascertained that Mr. Younghautz had in his possession two goats, which he was harboring about his premises without having paid a li cense for so doing. So a warrant was Issued at their instance and the aforesaid Youngllautz appeared before his honor on the above serious charge. The de fendant plead that the goats were neces sary in his family to supply milk to an Infant, but the fact being proven that the animals were billy goats It was held by the magistrate that proof was wanting to show their usefulness In the alleged capacity. So Younghautz was fined tH and costs, the officers thus having the laugh on their side." THE GREAT REFUSAL. From the Detroit News. But unfortunately for Wall street. President Roosevelt's "great refusal" may I not be a marker to the people's great j Insistence. From the Knoxvllle Sentinel, Those who persist In advocating Teddy for a third term come pretty near giving him the thirty-third degree of the order of Ananias. From the Jacksonville Union. Wise /Ones In Washington giVe John Sharp Williams credit for smoking out the Roosevelt abnegation. That's one good service the minority leader has done the country. From the Richmond Tlmes-Dlspatch. Mr. Roosevelt's renunciations probably I make a far better hit with the Ananias | Club than his denunciations used to. From the Toledo Cltlien. Washington wouldn't take a third term, j Grant couldn't get it and Roosevelt profit ed by the example of one or the other. From the Houston Poet. Viewed in the light of the annual mes- | sage and the recent declaration, the Presi dent's determination to keep his I's and | noes constantly active Is evident enough. From the Syracuse Herald. ' Mr. Roosevelt certainly didn't steal the idea of refusing another nomination from Bryan. / The recent publication of Queen Vic toria's political letters with her uncle, Leopold I, her intimate Political counsellor <1887-1861). has Letters. excited great interest in Europe and especially in England and France. The correspondence is doubly important In that It is a se lection of letters of a political character made under the authority and patronage I of King Edward VII. The publication is designed not only as a sidelight upon the political history of events of the time, but as a tribute to the marked personal ity of Queen Victoria, her foresight, sa gacity, perservance and sympathies. More over, the purpose of King Edward is to strengthen the recent reconcllllatlon l^e tween France and England by recalling the ties that bound them prior to an Interval of estrangement and hostility. Edward, Duke of Kent, fourth son of George III, it may be recalled, married in 1815, Mary Louise Victoria, the sister of Prince Leopold of Saxe Coburg, who became in 1831 Leopold I, King of Bel gium, which explains the relationship be tween the uncle and niece whose letters are now attracting universal attention. King Leopold's first letter In his role of counsellor to the future queen. Is dated Lacken. May 21. 1X33: "You are now fourteen years. You have arrived at , a moment when the delicious pastime of adolescence should be mixed with Teflec I tlons which belong already to a riper age. I know that you have studied diligently,' but the moment has come when it is necessary t? form your judgment and character, bearing In mind that the young tree preserves the shape It takes during all its life. "The situation of tho<* who belong to what is known as the 'grand monde' has become of late extremely difficult. They are attacked, calumniated and Judged with less Indulgence than others. Since the revolution o" 1799 they are lees se cure than formerly and the fall from su preme power to. entire misery has been as frequent as unexpected. In conse quence It is necessary that the character be strengthened that you may neither be dazzled by grandeur nor cast down by misfortune. To arrive at such a point it Is necessary to appreciate things at 'their real value and particularly to avoid at taching to bagatelles too much import ance!." * * * The King of Belgium writes a few days later to the Princess Victoria, expressing his stupefaction at the con Matrimonial duct of the old king's lnvl Designs. tat'on to the Prince of Orange and his sons. Now Leopold I, had set his mind upon the marriage of the Princess Victoria to his cousin Prince Albert of Coburg. With this object in view he had arranged that Prince Albert and his brother Ernest should visit the Duchess of Kent, the mother of the Princess Victoria, at Ken sington Palace. King William opposed this project and favored the candidacy of Prince Alexander, the youngest son of the Prince of Orange. King Wililam, In deed, had declared that no other marriage should take place and that the Duke of Saxe Coburg and his sons should not be permitted to land In England, but turned back whence they came. Leopold I was Indignant and expressed the hope that such an Incident might serve as a "whip lash to your courage. Now," adds the king, "that slavery has been abolished in the British colonies, I do not see why you should remain a little English white slave, and that for the pleasure of the court, that never bought you, and so far as I know, never expended any great sums upon you." ? On the loth of October, 1839, the prin cess, Who was crowned queen in 1837, writes her uncle from Windsor Castle: "My Dear Uncle: This letter I am sure will give you pleasure, for you have al ways given me proof of tho interest you take in all that concerns me. I am abso lutely decided, and told Albert so this morning. The ardent affection which he showed In learning It gave me great pleas&re. "He seems to me perfection, and I have In prospect great happiness. I love him more than I can tell, and I will do all in my power to render the sacrifice he makes (for in my mind It Is a sacrifice) as light as possible. He seems to possess great tact, quality singularly necessary in his situation. These last days have passed as a dream and I am so overcome that I can scarcely write, but I am very, very happy." King Leopold, writing from Wesbaden, October 24th that his very dear Victoria will find in Albert all the qualities which will accord with her temperament and her manner of life. It is true, as she says, Albert makes sacrifices, for his position will be a delicate one, but all will de pend upon her afTection for him. ? * * * Here Is a letter which Is interesting In the maximum degree, as showing that Great Britain did not Egyptian "drift" into Egypt, alto Policv aether, through the folly and Inanity of French pol icy, but from a certain method that dates from 1840, if not much earlier. The queen declares that she would name her first born "Turco-Egyptol" The letter In question Is dated Windsor Castle, October 16, 1840: "My Dear Uncle: Following the two dispatches from Thiers it was decided that Palmerston should write to Lord Ponsonby to urge the porte not to despoil definitely Mohammed Aly of Egypt, and I think that the other for eign ministers at Constantinople will re ceive the same instructions. "I find that our child should have, in addition to his other names, those of Turco-Egypto, for we think of nothing else. I had a short conversation with Palmerston on Wednesday, and also with Russell." Was this simple pleasantry? Or was It seriously contemplated, as tne translator would have It appear? It Is to be remarked in the above con nection that Mohammed Aly was not to be despoiled definitely, which clearly In dicates a decision to despoil later, spolia tion which was accomplished finally in 1882 and which Is now. after twenty five years of British occupation of Egypt a fact against which all Egypt Is protest ing and will continue to protest. It should be remarked for the Intelli gent appreciation of the reader that on the 16th of July, 1840, an agreement had been signed in London by the representa tives of England, Russia, Austria and Prussia In order to address an ultimatum to the viceroy of Egypt. The King of Belgium writes to the queen from St. Cloud July 26, 1840 that the secret manner In the Turko-Kgyptian affair In which France was eliminated has produced a disastrous Impression there. Leopold I declares that he should not conceal the fact that the consequences may be very serious, the more so that the Thiers ministry is sustained by the popu lar party and Is as careless of the con sequences as tne British minister of for elgn affairs, ana Leopold adds: "Thiers himself would not be angry to see things turned upside down. He Is strongly im bued with the Ideas of glory, which char acterize particularly the republican era and the jmperlal epoch. Thiers, Indeed. THE FLEET. From the Indlnnapollg Star. The Atlantio considerately thought bfest to have Its fit and get over with It before the fleet started to the Pacific. From the St. LonU Republic. With the entire naval strength of the united States sent to the Pacific, the At lantic coast, which has never had any more Imported trouble than it cared to Import since 1812, will be Just as able to get along without Importing trouble as usual. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, J?J8 to hoped the big fleet will meef with no spells of weather sufficiently bad to stir up the inner resources of Admiral Evans' noted vocabulary. From the Harrlaburg Telegraph. So it appears that the Japanese will al low Uncle Sam to sail his battleships fn the Pacific without a formal permit. And what do the mollycoddles think of that? From the New Haven Register. What's the use of speculating whether the fleet will return by way of Suez canal? Let's wait and see first In what shape ltgets around the Horn and up to San Franclse* would not indeed be very much tn^.bled at the idea of the reign of a convention again in France. Thiers thinks that he would be the man to direct the assembly. He said to me last year that'in his opin ion the most powerful form of govern ment for France was the convention!" * * Louis Philippe, King of France, visited the Queen of England in 1842. and Queen _ Victoria, referring to the LOUU visit in a letter to Leopold. Philippe dated Osborne House. Oc tober 17. 1842. says: "The visit of King Philippe passed oil to per fection. What an extraordinary man the king! What a marvelous memory; what vitality; what Judgment! I wish that Tahiti was at the bottom of the sea. Louis Philippe treats his 'Very Dear Al bert' as king, and said: 'Prince Albert for me is king!" Leopold I from the Tulllerles writes to Queen Victoria January 15, 1847: "Many wise people repeat here phrases which they pretend to have heard you utter, for example: 'This .Louis Philippe, one cannot put any faltlrln him; he is after all only an old fox,' etc. In the interest of Great Britain, tranquility, it is to be hoped, will be maintained in France. To attack France In France would have the most I dangerous consequences. In general, should we have another great war. you may be sure that revolutions will follow everywhere, and to think that you would escape in England all reaction would be a grave error. In England the spirit of the old monarchy has been destroyed and what may be the consequences, in the course of time, it Is not easy to say. A bad constitution acts badly on the people; ?? a' Amerlca, and even Belgium!" The Queen of Belgium recounts the revolution of 1848 to Queen Victoria: "The coming to power of Gulzot has been as fatal as his fall, and he Is per haps the first cause of our ruin, although, my father, Louis Philippe, cannot be blamed for having called him to the min istry. because Gulzot had a majority In the chamber, and an overwhelming ma jority. From a constitutional point of view he could not be dismissed. It was impossible to foresee the result when all was tranquil, the country prosperous and happy, the laws and liberty respected, and the government strong. That a revo lution. and such a revolution, should be provoked by some imprudent words, and the resistance, however regrettable which the government made! It was the will of the Omnipotent; we must submit He had decreed our fate the day He called from earth my beloved brother (the Due d'Orleans, accidentally killed July 13. 1842). It was also an immense mis fortune that Joinville and Aumale were absent; both were popular. The poor dear Joinville foresaw and predicted Just what happened. If the republic Is really near it 1b impossible to say what may happen." Louis Philippe abdicated, and on March 3, 1848, addressed Queen Victoria from Newhaven, Sussex, a note announcing that he had sought refuge In her king dom and recalling her former goodness as precious souvenirs, etc. * * * ? On November 19, 1848, Lord John Rus sell informed Queen Victoria /?rom Pem broke Lodge thfc^ the presl ?Bonaparte's dential election In France ifephew. aPPr?ached and that Louis Bonaparte would probably play the role of Richard Cromwell. Louis Napoleon, when elected president of the French republic, expressed (Jan uary 22, 1849) his respectiul sympathy to Queen Victoria, and recalled the generous hospitality accorded him In her country when a fugitive and outlaw, and that he would be happy_ to strengthen the ties that united the two governments. The 3d of February, 1852, Queen Vic toria writes to Leopold I that with a man "as extraordinary as Louis Napo leon one cannot remain a moment in se curity." She fears war, but assures Leopold that any attempt against Bel glum will be considered a casus belli. The queen on October 26 writes: "My Very Dear Uncle: I must tell you an an ecdote relative to the entree of Louis Napoleon In Paris. (We have it from Lord Cowley).. Under one of the triumphal arches a crown was suspended by a cord with this Inscription: 'He mer ited it well.' For some reason the crown was taken away, but the cord and the In scription remained. *ou may imagine how edifying the effect!" Leopold, on his part, in a letter from Laekeni February 4, 1853, tells the queen of an anecdote from Paris. The empress, it seems, had expressed to the emperor how much she felt t5e dignity of the position to which he h4d promoted her. He replied: "You tell me of the advantages of ffie position. My dear child, my duty Is to point out to you Its dangers. I shall be without doubt the object of attempt at assassination. Besides there are plots In the army. I count in one way or an other to avoid the explosives; the means perhaps will be a war; there are great chances of ruin in that for me. Tou see. then, that you should not have scruples in Joining my fate, the bad chances being equal, perhaps, to the gooa. ? * * The queen writes from St. Cloud of their visit and entree In Paris: Absolutely "feenhaft" and "over Victorift's whelmlngv" Impression. The queen' from Buck" Ingham Palace, in 1855, writes her impressions qrt the visit of the Emperor Napoleoli and empress: "A concourse of remarkable circum stances determine the alliance which now unites England and France, who were bitter enemies and rivals during so many centuries, and It is under the reign of the actual emperor, the nephew of our greatest adversary, who bears the same name, that the reconciliation is effected, provoked almost entirely by the policy of the late EmpefCr of Russia, who con sidered himself the chief of a European alliance against France!" The queen gives a long description of the character of the emperor, of whom she speaks as a very extraordinary man and "a man of mystery." and concludes: "The difference between Louis Philippe atid Napoleon III Is that the poor king was absolutely French, whilst the em peror was as little French as possible and quite like a German." The queen foresees the fan of the em pire, and in 1800 wrote King Leopold "Every one would be glad to see France 'prosper, but she seems bent upon turn ing up every part of the globe and pulllnjr "ae world by the ears. It witl end one hy by a veritable crusade against the perturbator of the whole world. It is truly monstrous!" The queen has manifestly confounded the uncle with the nephew. For a fact Napoleon III since the queen penned those I notee has been shown to have been more sinned against than sinning, and he eer? tainly was not the 'perturbator' or ag gressor in the t ranco-Prusslan war for : that responsibility has been clearly placed 1 upon Bismarck. CH. CHAILLE LONG. CHRISTMAS PARAGRAPHS. From the Toledo Cltlaen. If Santa Claus bumps Into an airship ! "p, will want to know who is interfering with his monopoly. From the Pittsburg Gazette-rime*. Judging from the fact that bank direct ^rs are making a fuss like a Christmas dividend, things are looking better. From the Chicago Evening Post. Have you noted the elaborate friendli ness of the janitor, the postman, the ele vator boy these days? From the Columbus Evening Dlipatck. Remember that you are putting a good deal more Christmas Into the year when you are trying to help others than when you are knocking others to help yourselt From the Newark News. . Ye,.d?n.t wlsh t0 aP^ar hypercritical. but it is Impossible to shut our eyes to the fact mat Santa Claus Is taking en abroad'00 mucl1 ot our read>r money From the Chicago News. One of the best ways, dear children, to attract the attention of Santa Claus is to shout up the chimney when papa and marrma are not too far away. i YARIOOS YERSES ON TIMELY TOPICS LEFT BEHIND. Cnder a spreading chestnut tres The village smithy stands; The smith ts up arsinst It -bs Has cobwebs on Ills hands; And cobwebs hind abundantly The torse with llltnjr bands. Time was the forge wss on the roar. The smith was on the Jnn>*> ? A-sboelng horse* by tbe score "Ker-tbump. ker-thnmp. ker-thnmp." * The sledges nans. They sine no mors. There came a frightful alump. ? The auto banned tbe horse. Straightway The smith's wise wife wss keen Cpon n sign "GARAtiK" to sar. "REPAIRS" and ??GASOLINE." Bnt foftcvlsm gained the day; AH atayed as all bad been. J Hence quenched Is now the forte's lira, Rags now the wifely wear; Hie daughter's left the Tillage choir. Her gowns beyond repair; And aye her old. back-number air* Plucks cobwebs from his hair. ? Milwaukee Evening Wisconsin, ODOROUS COMPARISONS. George Washington we may reTere And think hipi peerless In the natioQ, If aa a rider we Indorse The Roosevelt Administration. Beethoven'* melting melodies We may regard with admiration. Provided that wc also add A word for this Administration. We may remark that Rembrandt's art Attalued the very highest station. But we must couple It with praise Of Roosevelt's Administration. We may admire ? certain girl And tell her so with great elation. If In the selfsame breath we laud The Federal Administration. ?McLandburgii Wilson In New York So. HIS ADVANTAGE. The heir** never sure That he*? loved for himself. But fear* that h* merrly I* loved for bin p??lf; And tbe fellow who earns Only twelve plunkN ?t week Can't be certain at all It 1? blm the jflrla seek. It may be bis income Ix>ve is love you may know When it cornea to tbo man Out of work, out of dough. ?Houston Post. FABLE OF THE MEDDLING CROCODILE. A morbid, meddling crocodile waa bowed with cnrklng care Because he found that life waa quite a terrible affair. That creatures lied and awora and (tola and fought, and otherwise ?% Committed wrongs aud broke the laws, seemed erll In bis eyes. * The steps that others made aside bad moved him oft to weep. And, worrying about auch things, he loat much needful sleep, Until be thought that be waa called to make them see a light. To check them on their mad career and kindly head them right. One evening as he sauntered forth beside the rippling Nile He saw a meretricious and despiteful crocodile Engaged In the correction of bla lawfnl, wedded wife. Whom he had beaten up within a balf Inch of her life. "Aha!" said he. "Here's where I win both gratitude end praise By making this rude wretch behold tbe error of his wave!" And, stepping In, he gave the gent a pat upon bis wrist And velvetly inquired If he'd better not desist. When next tbe molten sun arose above the orient east And shed effulgent rays upon both sand and man and beaxt. It lit a shining something on the swirling, whirl ing Nile, A something that was stark and cold?to wit. a crocodile Whose first and best meant efforts toward th* uplift of the rare Were met with tbe bestowal of a sandstone on his face. Tbe which, alaa, in bitter truth, a pity 'tis *tla true? The which said half-ton chunk of stone tbe in jured lady threw. Which shows thst letting trouble quite reli giously slone Beats all known ways of keeping as from trou bles of our own. ?New York American. COWARD CONSCIENCE. I'm glad that Towner cannot speak A single word himself. 'Cause when I stole cook's Jelly cake I'Trxn off the pantry shelf And ran off to tbe barn and bid. He watched we all the time, be did.' When mother questioned If I knew Tbe thief (oh, horrid word!) I kept quite mum. and p'raps she thought I hadn't even heard, But Towner rolled his eyes at me. Just like a tattle-talc, you see! So. wbeji I go to bed tonight I'm going to confess. And. anyway, I feel so bad I'll have to teill, I guess, 1 Because that stolen Jelly cake Has given me a stomach ache! ?New l'ork Times. REMEMBERED. HE. I wonder, love, if you remember The day when flrst I beard yon sigh; 'T was In the gray month of December, And leaden clouds o'erepread the sky. But I forgot the wintry weather. Forgot the day was cold and drear. The world while we remained together Seemed filled with new-born splendors, dear. SHE. No, I hare not. Indeed, forgotten; It lingers in my memory; The weather, as you say. was rotten. But that gave no concern to me; The sigh I sighed was not Intended To let you know I loved you, though; It was beoauee?don't be offended? Your cuffs were soiled and frassled so. ?Chicago Record-Ilerald. ALWAYS UNFORTUNATE. Here I stand within the hall; For the elevator bawl With a frown. "Golnr up?" I loudly cry. And the urchin makes reply: "Going down." Here yon see me buying stocks, \ Hoping to acquire both rocka And renown. "Going up?" I loudly aay; But my broker answers: "Nay; Going down." When old Charon I shall meet. Looking mystical, but neat. In bis gown? "Going tip?" I'll murmur low. And he'll doubtless answer "No; Going down." ?Louisville Courier-Journal. THE GALLANT ADMIRAL Admiral Evans Is on th' blue, Kallin' away with l;ls flghtln' crew; Everytiiln' lovely aloft an' alow, Ohurnin' the briny away they go. Yo-heave-yo and a eheer or two, Admiral Evans is ouvth' blue. Admiral Evans has sailed awtiy. Hoist th' pennant an' tlien belay. Clear the scuppers sud trim tbe ship, Splice th' braces sn' take a nip. Over th' billows gallant and gay. Admiral Evans has sailed away. ?Cleveland Plain Dealer. MONEY. Hoggins has an awful pile: Making money all the while? Simply heaps It; But be keeps It. Which is not at all my style. , I'd not change with him. I know. Though I'm needing mouey so, i When I get it You may bet it Hurts me not to let It go. Hoggins, though he hatea to spend. On security will lend. I must borrow Some tomorrow Need It to help out a friend. That's no sort of credit, though. Tell me, what's tbe use of dgugb, ? Where's the pleasure In a treasure If you never let It go? Hoggins has tbe stuff, all rljht. But he squeexes It too tight; Won't employ It Or enjoy It As a real good fellow migbt. I have never bad much sbow. Getting bold of cash to blow Don't exjiect to. I object to Saving It?so let It go. ?Chicago Nev* #