THE EVENING STAR.
With Sunday Morning Edition.
SUNDAY December 22, 1907
CBOSBY S. NOYES Editor
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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
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
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.
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Seymour and Boosevelt.
A correspondent thus addresses the New
"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
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
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
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
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
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
A great many democrats feel that a
man who approves of~as many things as
Mr. Bryan does cannot possibly bo an
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.
BY PHILANDER JOHNSON.
"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.
"Do you think there are any great ora
"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
"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
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
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
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
Your kindly offices, and hope I may recip
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
ON TIMELY TOPICS
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,
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.
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.
FABLE OF THE MEDDLING CROCODILE.
A morbid, meddling crocodile waa bowed with
Because he found that life waa quite a terrible
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
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
He saw a meretricious and despiteful crocodile
Engaged In the correction of bla lawfnl, wedded
Whom he had beaten up within a balf Inch of
"Aha!" said he. "Here's where I win both
gratitude end praise
By making this rude wretch behold tbe error of
And, stepping In, he gave the gent a pat upon
And velvetly inquired If he'd better not desist.
When next tbe molten sun arose above the orient
And shed effulgent rays upon both sand and man
It lit a shining something on the swirling, whirl
A something that was stark and cold?to wit. a
Whose first and best meant efforts toward th*
uplift of the rare
Were met with tbe bestowal of a sandstone on
Tbe which, alaa, in bitter truth, a pity 'tis *tla
The which said half-ton chunk of stone tbe in
jured lady threw.
Which shows thst letting trouble quite reli
Beats all known ways of keeping as from trou
bles of our own.
?New York American.
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.
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.
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.
Here I stand within the hall;
For the elevator bawl
With a frown.
"Golnr up?" I loudly cry.
And the urchin makes reply:
Here yon see me buying stocks, \
Hoping to acquire both rocka
"Going up?" I loudly aay;
But my broker answers: "Nay;
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;
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.
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
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.
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