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TIIE SCR ANTON" TRIBUNE-FRIDAY MOHNINa, DECEMBER 11. TSOn. tit kranfon Zxiiwt IUy kud Weekly. No Sunday Edition. Published at Scrantoa, Pa., by The Tribune Publishing Company. J'w York OfflcK Ttlhiine nnlMinj. Frank a tlray, Mawwer. IHIRID AT THH P03TOmc AT SCR ANTON. PA.. A3 NCOKD-CLASS HAIL MATTBK. 8CRAXTON. DEOEMBKU 11. 1S98. "We've Rot a great many school chll tlicn and others to think of besides the parties Immediately interested." said School Controller Wormser Wednesday night. In relation to the Booth-Howell matter. It is too bad this wise thought did not appear to strike the school board earlier in the game. Explanatory. The Tribune regrets an error on this page in yesterday's issue whereby Mr. Schartr's name wus used In place of Mr. Schrlefer's as that of one of the controllers who voted against the ad mission, as part of Superintendent Howell's statement of the evidence In the Uooth secret investigation. The error arose through a confusion of the names. Mr. Schrlefer was willing to give the superintendent a fair hearing, but wanted the reading of the testi mony postponed until tonight. Fortu nately the error was corrected In our local report. Concerning tonight's hearing, The Tribune will not retail filth; but In justice to Superintendent Howell, who was publicly attacked for unpleasant duty courageously performed. It will print in tomorrow's Issue as much of the essential evidence as can be ad mitted to the columns of a respectable Taper without violence to Its readers. Duty to the public now demands that this whole cnst shall go before the public for Its fair and open judgment, with mullce toward none and charity for nil. We cannot agree with the Truth that the desire of Superintendent Howell for a complete public hearing In re sponse to a premeditated und impas sioned public arraignment of himself by a subordinate Involves any spirit of vlndictiventJs. As we view It. It In volves nothing more nor less than Jus tice. Ills character Is not less vulu uM? to him, his professional reputa tion Is not less of a resource to him und to his faully than ure the charac ter and r.-outution of his accuser to her. Justlco novs no sex. The written endorsement of Senator Penrose iy majority of the members of the le-ilature from I'hUudelphlu would Bvf f'i to dispose of the claim that Mr Penrose Is persona lion grata to the city of his birth. The McKinley Programme. Mr. William E. Curtis, formerly secretary of the bureau of South American republics and now Wash ington correspondent of the Chi cago Record, litis codified the political probabilities of the early part of the McKinley administration. Mr. Curtis has visited Canton, is In close touch with the real Republican leaders In Washington and his forecast may be accepted as authentic so far as any programme can yet be definitely ar ranged. "There Is no doubt," Fays he, "of an extra session of the LVth congress, to be callpd Immediately after the inaug uration of President McKinley. There Is no doubt that Mr. Dlngley, at the suggestion of the president-elect, will begin at once the preparation of a tar iff bill, to be submitted to the house of representatives Immediately upon the organization ,of that body at the special session. There Is no doubt of nn understanding between Mr. Dlngley and the president-elect that the exec utive branch of the government will not attempt to prevent the re-election of Mr. Reed as speaker of the house of representatives and the retention of Mr. Dlngley at the head of the commit tee on ways and means, with practical ly the sai;ie members that now compose the majority of that committee. There is no doubt that the president-elect and Mr. Dlngley concur in the opinion that low duties should prevail so far as Is possible, and that the rates imposed by the existing law will be generally preserved, with the exception of wools, woolens, lumber, coal and some forms of agricultural produce. There is no doubt that the same understanding In cludes a general reciprocity provision, under which the president will be au thorized to negotiate with countries whose products are admitted free or at low rates of duty into the I'nlted Ptatm for' similar concessions In favor of the exports from the I'nlted States. There Is no prospect of an additional tax on beer, nor of any duty on tea or coffee, except for reciprocity purposes. There is no doubt that specific duties will be provided In place of the ad valorem dutic-s now imposed by the existing law wherever It is possible. There Is no doubt that Representative Dlngley will have the new bill ready to submit to the president-f leet before the inaugu ration. There is no doubt that the next president will be very slow in making appointments to office until the new tariff bill has been disposed of." In every particular the foregoing programme seems likely to prove sat isfactory to the conservative sentiment f the country, i Senator Mills laughs at the Idea of a war with Spain. And yet, wa'r Is not a laughable matter. Abuses of the Mails. The postmaster general In his annual report to congress certainly makes out a strong case against the present post age rate of one rent a pound on bogus periodicals which usurp the second class mall privilege. Last year, as he shows, the malls carried 349.0OO.0C0 pounds of second-class matter. Its net receipts for transporting this was mills a pound, or $2,965,403; the cost to It of the transportation was 8 cents a pound, or $27,920,000; and the difference Is a loss of nearly J23.0O0.OO0. The profits accruing from first-class postage for It Is estimated that third and fourth-class matter Is Just about self-sustaining reduce the net deficit of the postofilce department to $S.127,0SS, which rum has to be made up by con gress by special appropriation. Thus It appears that abuse of the second- class privilege Is. the one thing which now stands In of one-cent letter postage. The latter could be adopted with comparative confidence if there were not this continual and growing deficit in the second-class column. It Is clearly proper for legitimate periodicals with bona fide subscription lists to receive the benefits of a mail rate of one cent a pound. These bene fits In the main diffuse among the peo7 pie and to their existence no objection is entered by the postal authorities. At one cent a pound It Is believed that the mall carriage of nlost newspapers and magazines would be, If not self-sustaining, at least so nearly so as to im pose small burden on the department. The trouble all arises from fake "li braries" whereby under the nominal claim of periodical Issuance, books, catalogues and a vast mass of other bulky printed matter are thrown as dtad weight on the postal system. It Is time this evil were remedied by congress. Professor Coles, the ordinarily ami able philosopher of Kingston, has de clared grim war on hypnotism. He pro nounces it the crowning curse of the century and wants legislatures to pass laws that shall "both tine and confine any and all persons who shall dare at tempt the awful practice." We shall pass the right of defense along to Pri vate Secretary Beamish. Col. Alexander HcClure. The completion this week by Colonel Alexander McClure of fifty years of ac tive service In Journalism was fittingly seized upon by his professional asso ciates as an occasion for honoring him. The felicitations voiced on that occa sion ure cordially re-Iterated by the larger circle of Colonel McC'lure's ad mirers which was not present In per son at the dinner given in Philadel phia In his honor. Men of the younger generation ure but dimly acquainted with those activities of this veteran editor which won for him his chief measure of distinction. In court or camp, during ante-bellum, war-time and reconstruction days, he was a mak er and a wiekler of men, and only in late years has he rested to some extent from those stirring Intrigues and fas cinating adjustments which, when properly dressed up, make history. The one who, however, cursorily studies the character and achievements of this foremost of Pennsylvania Jour nalists, will find much to admire. He will find a master satirist, a convincing controversialist, a wit of hltili degree, an orator armed with well-nigh all the gifts of eloquence, a politician adroit In the manaetnent of men, a thinker intellectually equipped for the weight lest mental engagements, and a pliil osopher savtd from dryness by an unc tuoun humor. He will find courtliness and polish and bon hommle, and, above all. a striking exemplification of the magnetic quality, which somehow nearly always differentiates great from commonplace men. If one were mind ed, one mlsht also doubtless point out faults the Inevitable and reconciling shortcomings which characterize all men of strength and character. One does not, however, feel called upon at such a time to piny '.he cen sor, even if one had the license to do so; consequently this brief annotation on the c hatacterlstlcs of an eminent con temporary may well be brought to a close with the admission that, whatever the colonel's failings, his service fir Journalism, in giving It breadth and in depnuhnce and vigor; and above all in lifting it up to a plane where it can, when wisely directed, bo of maximum usefulness to the public, entitles him to the unbounded respect, not only of the craft, but also of that large area of miscellaneous humanity to which American Journalism daily ministers. Amidst the clash of empires and the din of worlds, the Hon. Tom Watson rises to remark In his Georgia paper that the Hon. Senator Butler Is a liar, trickster and traitor. And thus does Populism breed peace. Better Go Slow. The Introduction In consress this week of a number of resolutions calling for the Immediute recognition by this government of the Independence of the republic of Cubn has no doubt been impelled by the most praiseworthy mo tives. It arises from a sentiment of sympathy which In itself does credit to American manhood, and for that rea son one can the more readily trust that when such a step as is contem plated in these resolutions shall be tak en. It can be defended, not only by might if necessary but also by indisput able considerations of right, which will appeal to the calm Judement cf the civilized world. If we were to recognise at this time the Independence of the republic of Cu ba we should, unless apparently trust worthy testimony Is utterly false, pro nounce as fact that which Is ns yet only an iridescent fiction. We do not know whnt better authority American senators and representatives can hope to command upon a subject of this char acter than the American department of state. Both the president and the state secretary have testified that there is no organized and actual civil govern ment in the so-called republic of Cuba. The president's words on this point tiro fresh In the public's memory; here is w hat Secretary Olney says on the sub ject: So far as our Information shows, there Is not only no effective local government by the Insurgents In the territories they overrun, but there is not even a tangible pretense to establish administration any where. Their organization, confined to the shifting exigencies of the military operations of the hour. Is nomaille, with out definite centers and lacking the must elementary features of municipal govern ment. There nowhere appears the nu cleus of statehood. The machinery for ex ercising the legitimate rights and powers of sovereignty and responding to the obli gations which u faeto sovereignty entails in the face of equal rights of other states is conspicuously lacking. It Is not possi ble to discern a homogeneous political en. tlty, possessing ami exerelring the func tions of administration and capable, if left to Itself, of maintaining normal relations with the external family of governments. ITnder these circumstances, how can the United States with propriety give official recognition tn a dream? If It were simply a question of measuring strength with Spain, we might do this or do anything else which fancy might suggest and trust to our suoerlor re sources to enforce our action. ' But I such Is not the role which Christian statesmanship marks out for this peo. pie. Much as they may sympathize with the grievances of the Cuban In surgents and firmly as they may be lieve that Spain, In morals, has lost title to Cuba, they must not take any action in the premises which will com promise their own honor or cause fu ture historians to adopt me apologetic tone. The correspondents at Washington are having fun with Secretary Olney because In his official documents he exhibits a truly Bostouian fondness for big words. So long, however, as he makes his polysyllables count like they did In the Venezuela affair, the coun try will pardon the foible. Senator Cullom's argument for Cu ban Independence Is unanswerable on moral grounds, but It still remains true that the I'nlted States cannot recog nlzt a republic In Cuba until one exists there. Congress has passed the bill prohibit ing the sale of Intoxicants In the capl tol; but It is the consumption of In toxicants In the capital that most needs to be checked. Senator Mills' proposition that I'ncle Sam sleze Cuba and hold It against Spain until the Cubans themselves or ganize and establish a stable govern ment of their own is virile, at least. It will not perhaps be In the nature of a surprise to know that Hon. Chris .hi gee does not subscribe to all the propositions in Senator Quay's reply to Dolan. Whether Muceo has been killed or not, Cuba's cause will win. for It Is Just, and Justice Is not dependent on any one man. Jtisf a Word op Tuto of Casual Mention A novel pilgrimage Is being arranged by Professor J. P. Welsh, principal of the Hloomsburg State Normal school. "1 om arranging," he writes, "to tuke a party of students of the school to Washington, U. C. It is my object to conduct them through the different departments of our uationul government, and thus give them a tetter Insight into governmental affairs. We shall see congress and the Supreme court in session. The cupltol, the new Congressional Library building, (proba bly the finest In the world, being finished In pure onyx and chiseled marble), tho botanical gardens, the nallonul museum, the state, war, navy, postolllee, agricul tural, ami treasury departments, the pat ent olliee, pension bureau, together with the many monuments, works of urt, and other objects of Interest throughout the city, will claim our attention. We shull also visit tlie navy yard, where may b seen In process of construction all the Interesting equipment of our ships of war, Including the Immense guns that shoot thirteen miles. We shall, if time permits, run down to Mt. Vernon, to see the home and tumb of George Wushlng tc:i. Til.' cost of this trip will not exceed tVi. ami I feel that It Is wortlrthree times this amount to eveiy student. 1 will bo assisted 111 the conduct of the party by teachers und others well posUd on nil points, so that every Htudent will get all the possible benefits. The excursion will be open to all sluil"iils, graduates, und spe cial friends of the school, and will leave East Stioudt burg at S.47 a. m Dee. 15, on Pennsylvania railroad. Those expecting to ko should notlly me at once." -O- Saxaphnne solos will ere long be among the numbers on the local entertainment programmes. A. E. .Morse, the young mu sic al gi-:iius of the West Side, has just re ceived one of tMs rare and costly instru ments and proposes to majter It. as ho bus n score of other Instruments. Mr. .Morse's paxuphuim U one of the best made, co. '.inj; un even $Wj. -O- "ep, I'm in a sea of trouble, but I'm n good swimmer." This remark emanated from the irrepressible I'rothlnghnm, und is as typical of Arthur as it is possible for any phrase to be. Xotliitiy, it seems, can depress his ardent spirits and good nature, lie Is the most dauntless, Indomitable, nevtr-say-die specimen of Electric City go-aheadativeness th'it we have. -O- The first direct and immediate beneficial result of the Improving of Uoblnson street and West Lackawanna avenue Is the erte. tion of a large and expensive hotel at tho southwestern intersection of these streets, where no one heretofore could be induced to build even a lien coop. The chbf topic of conversation yln Serntiton Hicyele club circles at present Is the blackballing of three applicants for membership at Wednesday night's meet ing. One of the rejected applicants is a young attorney, the second is a Journalist, and the thirl is a financier. The bluek balls fell Into the box like hall on a tin roof, but It Is Intimated by some that many of the m were cast as practical Jiik.'s. School ControllerTohn Gibbons is a steady patron of Davis' theater and can be found there twice a week in a front seat. John's taste runs In the line of bright catchy music and good dancing. He abhors the tank drama and the heavy vllllan. TOLD BY THE STARS. Daily Horoscope Drawn by Ajncchus Tim Tribune Astrologer. Astrolabe cast: 1.41 a. m., for Friday, Dee. 11, 18W. & f 4 A child born on this day will wonder what the dear pupils think of the school board now. The editor whose efforts bring In un pleasant callers has one consolation. The man with a club is Indisputable evidence that some one is reading the paper. It begins to look ns though the fellow who remarks "Is It hot enough for you?" will be In town before the urrlval of San ta Claus. Speaking of hypnotism, there seems no reason why Mr. Wormser should not make some of the other school controllers pick cherries from the air at any time. The school board muddle, like sauer- kruut, uppears to gather strength with age. Ajnrclmtt' Advice. Never put off until tomorrow that which can be done next week. "DOWN WITH HYPNOTISM!" Professor Coles, In Wilkes-Uarre Leader. It la hlirh tlm,, Ihul I h t,tsiu Iho tiiilntt . - - - - ," , ..... and the public In general begin to crush out this damnable hypnotic monster that will soon bring shame and disgrace upon our fair land. If left to roam at will. Out witn tins monster: we believe that It It is aioW'd to if it unmiilt-Htil It will urnvn a greater curse to the iMth century, than an ine immoralities ccmalneil have to this present century. Let legislatures pass lllWS that Rhllll tififh lint nn.l nmfln. onv and all perrons who dare attempt the aw- iui practice. Anil, let the public despise and shun It as they would venomous rep ine. STKONf. RECOMMENDATION. A Ulassxow grocer had tn .1lml M message boy for belnn laiv. Amnni the applicants for the vacant post was the dis charged boy's twin brother. When the latter culltJ at the shop to 'nport bl application the grocer said: '! shout! be afraid to take you on unless yoi turu out another like your, brother. You're twins, you see." "Yes." replied the boy, "but though we are twins, I'm rr.nir active than my biltli er. for I wis born first." He iol tho past. Scottish Nights. LUZERNE PHILOSOPHY, Professor Coles, In Storms and Slgiu. Knowledge Is power; but very few mm know how to use It. Progress Is the child of strui:?le. a.id struggle Is the child of difficulty. The majority of the farmers only make just about enough money 111 the d lys to ge t the hay fever. . Many young children are "brought up' on a bottle while many older children ure "brought down" by the bott'.e. Ho then parents throw their children to the crorkodlles. And many civilised par. ents let thelr's go to the devil. Some men are troubled with impedi ments In their sneech, but the most -d men are troubled with Impediment In their thoughts. HIS WISH. The foot ball iayer was struggling over his examination paper. He pasar.l hlJ hand over Ills blow und gaze; at the evil I m: "I wish." he rail mourn'u'.iy. n- th- pen dropped from ii's hands. "What do you wish?" Inquired the pro fessor, who haotiened to be passing. "I wish," was the answer In tones of dull-blue melancholy, "mat my memory were as long as my hair." Washington Star. HEAL ART. "Pa, what is dramatic ability?" ,.t .i.. v.ni.... W..I1 It I n telle luui.iutic auiiu; i ...... -.- writer girl's gift of looking sorry when she hears that her employer will have to stay at home a week with a bad cold. '- Chicago Recoro. TUF.IH MOTIVE. l-'rom the Chicago Times-Herald. The Philadelphia papers are a unit In recognizing I'ncle John Bunsmann a u vertisiug fitness for uny office to which he may aspire. A HOHKIHI.F. EXAMPLE. Thou, too, nail cn, oh. fliio of State, Our hope when troubles vex us; But, pryt'i?", uo not emulate. The manners of the Texas. Washington Star. HOW THE BOYUETS EVEN. Windy town, Crowded hull: Dem's ure there. Pop's and all. Tillman talks. Hill shows tlght "I.et's adjourn!" 'Nother night. Altgeld speaks, Uold men shrink. Chaos wins! Silver chink. Many cheer, others puy "Let's adjourn!" 'Nother day. Little boy. From the Pli'.tte, Goes on stage, Doffs h!- hat. Opens mouth, Swivel tongue; Takes the cake Leather lung! Special car, Round the land; Greasy torch, Itotten band. Talk nil day. Talk ull night Twouldn't do! Lose the tight. Votes and votes, Ky the peek, Hit the boy in the reek. ,. Little boy Won't be shook; Will Ret square Writes a book! Cecil Leslie. CHRISTMAS PRESENTS Do not wait until the last minute but cotnc and select your i;ift3 be fore the rush. Fine China, Brie-a-Brae, Silverware, Lamps, DINNER, TEA AND TOILET SETS All Make Nice Presents. THE Clemons, Ferber, O'Malley Co., l LCKiWlNW AVI OPEN EVENINGS. WORK 7 0 Cum th Buttonhole, I Kven Santa Claus would do It, if he had to lusnle with the shirts that some men wear. Lie a sensible little Santa Claus. Muy your husband something that he really needs. For Instance, a half-dosen good shirts, and a really pretty tie. Instead of the monstrosity he wears. Zero prices. CONRAD, HATTER uA. OUR LINE or Holiday Books Booklets Cnle-riara and Marie Is the Largest, Flnett and Most Complete vor allows, hi this city. Oor FORTY-SIX CENT Leaders now in the windows r simulr wondurfnL POSTER SHOW MO HOLIDU BMNCH an wasnington Ave., upp. Mart Hom Tower. , THE 4J7 Spruce Street. Holiday Merchandise And Holiday Buyers Are in complete possession of the store. Wonderful Activity and delighted patrons are the result. The potent factors creating it run from Handkerchiefs to Cloaks from Dolls to Dress Goods. -from Carpets to the richest creations of the publishers art--and so on through the long, varied and interesting category of goods that iind a fitting representation in each of our twenty-four departments all marked at prices that cause wonderment by reason of their extreme lowness. Store Open Evenings Until Christmas Every Street Car Stops at the Door. BUT NONE IN SCRANTON which can compare in auy way with our mammoth tailoring establishment. Our line in Suitings, Trouserings and Over coatings is as complete as you will find in any city. Our patterns and fashions are up-to-date and the very latest only. Should our price? be too low let us know and we will make the necessary correction. Our work and fit we guarantee. We don't allow a uurment to leave our place ex-ept perfectly satisfactory. Buying facilities enable us to sell at ItilK'l! lower tlltlll lowest prices, hence here, like everywhere en, our immen suc:eis. IT Branch 11. JW-v;tf-'tf SKATE SHARPENER If you have a rrood ju!r of sl:ato, the next most Important thiiiK Is to be nb'u to keep them sharpened an-1 in Rood con dition. Any one can use the Knrc-ka and It I Impossible- to round the cds-es or do ar.ythlnif but a Rood Job. It contain a four-Bided flic which can be turned when one pl'le become worn out or dull. Kull line of skates. No bvlter present for boy or (till. Also Carvers. I'o;ket Knives, Cutlery, etc., wholesale and retail. Ke- tiil department open evenings from 7 to ft during hullJuys. FG9TE & SHEAR CO., i:s wishing ji mxn SPECIAL Off i r for Deeambsr. Our prices already th lowctt in Scranton, greatly reduced. Ttke advantage of this, our greatest ottar, and make yourojif a Xmas present of Mads to Order Suit or Overcoat for $14,00 $3.00 Or at Least a Pair of Trousers for We show whole rail cf cloth. Hot ahor: length sample. GREAT ATLANTIC PANTS CO., "a? 319 Lacks Ave. IBr"ch CALL UP 3682, CO. Iflll'lEI OFFICE AND WAREHOUSE. Mi TO MERIDIAN STREET. HW. COLLINS, Manager. DR. C. W. GREEN, PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON, Electrical Treetment a Specially. Office, toj, 60S and 699 Mcere Building, SCRANTON, PA. The trout complete equipment of Electrical machine ana appliances for medical use to be found In a ptiyilc au's office outside of New York, Medical and electrical treatment fur all cast amenable to either or both. C. W. GREEN, rVI. D., CV7, 60s anl CUD Mean Building. Pcrantnn. Honrs-t a,m, to 12. 1 p.m.to5; '.tWtoV r 427 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, With every pair of Skafe3 we will sive a ticket . . whk-h will entitle the pur chaser to oi:v Chance on a Spalding Bicycle, 1897flodel. We have a full line of in door Gaines lor the Holidays. Florey's, WltL, Y. HI. C. A. B'JILDMC. HILL & GONNELL, 131 & 133 Washington An. Sewing Machines. Why pay Fancy Prices for Sewing Hachines when you can buy our "ANTHRACITE'' -FOR $19.50 with all the attachments. Fully guaranteed as hav ing no superior. WOLF & WENZEL, S3! Linden., Opp. Court Housi, PRACTICAL TINNERS anl PLUMBERS Sole Agent for Richardson Boyntona Furnaces and Ranges. BAZAAR. D. LOVVENSTEIN n i-- 1 1 rropnamr. Pn. Branch 11. Our Line of Holiday Goods Are now ready for your inspection. Prang's, Dutton's, Tuck's lines of (Kirs Bottls. GoIdPeiH and Pencils, Book Stands C elluloid Goods, Leather Traveling Cases .Mounted lard Cases, Etc. Reynolds Bros., Stationers and Engrave, 139 WYOMING AVENUE. Philadelphia Manufacturers of . Cloaks and Suits 411 Lackawanna Avcnuj. HAYE YOU VISITED OUR wide-awake STORE Where new nncl attractive goods are of. fered every day at prices exceptionally low. If you want to buy a good, sensible Christmas gift you can find It here. BBAVKR AND ItOfCI.R JACKETS, well tailored : silk llnel, latent effects, equalled to the be-t fl.M eoat 4 QO ever retailed; marked by us ... ) J,gO FINE ASTRACHAX CIXJTH JACKETS dressiest effects, new shield fronts; silk lined; splendid J9 value; j QO ' marked by us V nwO ASTRACHAX BOt'CLE . AND KERSET CLOTH JACK ET8. best tailoring, silk mieu inrougnoui, most correct ntvles. equul to the regular 15 coats t7 QQ sold elsewhere; we mark these SPECIAL LOT OF LADIES' DRESS WAISTS in stylish checked effects, dress-milker made, all lined, 6 no usually 1.4: this week $ ,38 EXTRA FIXE BILK PLfSH CAPES, full sweep, trimmed with Thibet, 3:t-lnch lenKth, lined with Khadam silk; 7 QO good value at 115; our price ., Very fine curl Astrachan Cape, lined throUKhout, trimmed with Thibet fur, cheap at 112, our price $5.98 No Charge for Alterations 7. WEINGART, Proprietor.